Non-GSA Sponsored Event: CELEBRATING NIGERIA’S 50th YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE at HARVARD

Nigeria is “a new country emerging. And it’s time to showcase it.” This time it will be an Ivy League showcase, at Harvard University.The spotlight is on Nollywood this year.

Nollywood is the second largest movie industry in the world, after Bollywood. The Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood produces more films per year than Hollywood, according to UNESCO. The World Bank donated 20 million Dollars to the Nollywood industry to help create 100,000 jobs in Nigeria. A special presentation will be given by World Bank Specialist Chioma Nwagboso, on “World Bank’s vision for the potential of Nollywood to help improve Nigeria’s economy”. Peace Anyiam Fiberisma, CEO of the African Movie Academy Awards, will discuss Nollywood’s landmark successes, and its role in packaging Nigeria for cultural exportation. Mr. Omoyele Sowore,CEO and Editor of SaharaReporters will present in our Nigerians in Media panel. Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe Etim, of the blockbuster film Reloaded will share her perspective as an actress in the film industry. Surprise guests include other leading film personalities from Nollywood who will discuss the role of Nollywood in Renewing the Promise of Nigeria.

The Harvard Celebration is entitled a “Golden Jubilee of Nigeria’s Independence: A Weekend Symposium.The event is being planned by Harvard University’s Nigerian Students’ Association, in conjunction with MIT Nigerian Students’ Association and other Nigerian Community Associations in the Boston area. Events are scheduled to take place from Friday October 1st to Saturday October 2nd.

Through a number of panel discussions, the symposium will spotlight traditional Nigerian culture and values, as well as fusion of this tradition with American culture for global appeal. The symposium will also celebrate unity across ethnic groups, empowerment, networking, as well as leadership in the areas of academics, business, career planning, arts,and entertainment. It will also celebrate themes of cultural confidence, cultural exploration, as well as cultural education. Panel topics include spotlights on successful entrepreneurs across generations, Nigeria’s Development as a Nation, Nigeria’s participation in the global marketplace, Nigerian professionals with career advice, and the impact and potential of Nollywood globally, among others.

Among exciting installments to be featured during that weekend is the Nigerian Gala night with Nigerian food, and performances by Nigerian artists, as well as African Movie (Nollywood) Film screenings with opportunities to discuss with directors of the films.

Participants will enjoy opportunities to network with Harvard’s distinguished Nigerian professors and lecturers, as well as outstanding panelists. The aim of the event is to celebrate positive images of Nigeria , and the remarkable accomplishments of leading Nigerians. See attached flyer and schedule for more details.

Tickets available at Harvard NSA website (www.hcs.harvard.edu/nsa) at the Harvard Box Office, or from an NSA or HASA board member. NID weekend registration and gala/afterparty tickets: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/nsa/NID/register

Friday, October 1
Opening Mixer
Food will be served
Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall
7pm

Saturday, October 2
Panel Discussions
African Marketplace
Nollywood Film Screenings
Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH)
10am-4:30 pm

“Arise, O Compatriots” Gala Night
University of Massachusetts at Boston Campus Center (2nd floor)
7pm-10pm

After Party
Hyatt Regency Boston
10pm – 2am

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