Poetry, music and dance flowed at colourful celebrations to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence Day at Wisconsin International University College, Ghana.  Wisconsin’s Chairman of Council Justice Isaac Duose surprised the audience with a rendition of the original version of Nigeria’s national anthem.

It was standing-room only at the event, organised by the Nigerian Students’ Association (NSA), in typical Nigerian flair. 

Guests of honour at the event included High Chief Kennedy Ginikanwa Obi, who represents Nigerians in the La-Nkwantanang/Madina, Adentan and Ga East municipalities; Equity Assurance Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for Ghana and Liberia, Mr David Ishola Akintunde; and Reverend Ramson Asante Darteh of the All Nations Christian Center.

Wisconsin was represented at the event by the University’s Chairman of Council Justice Duose; the Registrar, Mr Frank Yeboah; the Head of Library, Mrs Theresa Adu; and Law lecturer Mrs Ayo Ayoola-Amale, who is the NSA’s matron.

The students were urged to be good ambassadors for their country, to prioritise their studies, and to steer away from bad company.

Equity Assurance COO Mr Ishola Akintunde said: “There is a time and a season for everything.  You are here to study, so prioritise your studies. Some of us are where we are today because of studying hard and working hard.”

His advice was echoed by ‘Mother of the Day’, Mrs Theresa Adu, who cautioned the students against living a double life. She advised them not to leave Wisconsin “empty-handed” after squandering their chances, and to lead a “wise and positive social life” and avoid bad influences.

Wisconsin’s Chairman of Council Justice Duose emphasised the need for Africans to work together to develop their resources instead of having others develop them and receiving only the crumbs.

The Nigerian Students’ Association presented 10 waste bins to the Registrar, Mr Frank Yeboah, to help keep the campus clean. 

The Association also launched a sticker at the event, which is available at the WisCafe (University cafeteria) and at the Wisconsin Business Centre, at GHc 1.50. The proceeds will go towards running the Association and for future activities.

Prizes were given to winners of the five-day Sports Competition that was held at the Wisconsin hostels from 23rd -27th September, in the run-up to the Independence Day celebrations.

President of the Nigerian Students’ Association, Ekanem Blessing, said: “I’m grateful to the guests who came and the University’s representatives for the time they gave us and for the facilities they made available for the event. 

“I also want to thank my executives for the hard work they put in to make it a successful event, the Nigerian Kitchen for preparing the food, and the students for coming out in their numbers to support the celebrations.”

The event was covered by Ghana’s TV Africa. Photos are available on Wisconsin’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wiucghana