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The event leading to the Centenary Celebration in South Africa officially kicks off with a football tournament. This is followed by Masquerade street parade and visitation on the 1st of October 2014 which is the actual date of Nigeria’s Independence. Other events like, the Independence party, pre-Centenary Gala Dinner dance will take place on the evening of the Independence Day – the 1st of October. The grand finale is the Centenary Gala Dinner and excellence Award on Saturday 4th of October 2014.

A. THE FOOTBALL COMPETITION –  2nd August – 27th September 2014

The football competition is a two month tournament of 12 teams, starting on the 2nd of August and ending on the 27th of September 2014. The competition is the first activity marking Nigeria’s centenary celebration in South Africa. The need to include a football competition is born out of the love Nigerians have for football. The Super Eagles are Champions of Africa and also the first team in Africa to qualify for the 2014 world cup in Brazil. The twelve teams will be drawn from amateur teams consisting of Nigerians and other African nationals. The Winning team will receive a trophy, medals, cash prize and a special invitation to attend the Centenary Gala Dinner and Community Excellence Award where their cash prize will be presented to them.

Objectives of the Football Competition

  • The competition is aimed at fostering positive social interaction between Nigerians and African Diaspora in South Africa as well as our host country using the medium of sport.
  • Also to use football as a means of fighting crime on the streets and identifying talents for future footballing career.


The street parade is a traditional acrobatic dance with folk songs by three of Nigerian prominent masquerade groups- the Eyo (from the Yoruba people cultural heritage of Lagos, South-West, Nigeria), Ekpe (from the Efik people of South-south, Nigeria) and the Atilogu Dancers (From the Eastern people of Nigeria). The masquerades will visit offices of the Nigerian High Commission and the Consulate in Pretoria and Johannesburg respectively.

Objectives of the Masquerade street parade and visitation.
  • To make the day truly memorable for Nigerians by bringing the core traditional heritage of Nigeria to South Africa for the first time.• To create a cultural exchange between Nigeria, South Africa and other nationals in South Africa.
  • To showcase Nigeria’s rich culture and give the Nigeria-born children in South Africa the opportunity to witness the Nigerian culture first hand in South Africa.


This event is for a larger and regular audience to come together and celebrate the Independence and Centenary day in grand style. Live performance will be by one of Nigeria’s artist and other Deejays and artist based in South Africa. Discussions are ongoing with some few selected clubs as venue for the event.


The gala dinner brings together officials of the Nigerian High Commission and Consulate, representatives of Nigerian government (from Nigeria), members of Nigerian community in SA, representatives of Nigerian associations and corporate South Africa as well as South African citizens and members of African Diaspora, to celebrate and savour Nigerian-made entertainment and cuisine.

Every year, the awards ceremony honours the Most Inspiring Nigerian and African among other categories of awards. It is highlighted with the best of Nigerian music, cuisine and cultural performances as well as guest artiste from Nigeria. This year, the awards categories increased from 11 to 35; giving recognitions to other important aspects of Nigerians social and economic life in South Africa. Awards will also celebrate achievements among Africans Diaspora who are not of Nigerian descent. The awards ceremony also beams searchlight on our homeland, Nigeria as it honours Leadership Excellence, in governance and Local Government Administration achievements for leaders of government and business organizations in Nigeria.

The event will witness an A-grade Nigerian/South African artist to perform live for guest at the event, alongside other artist and deejays resident in South Africa.

We are currently in discussion with 3 first class venues to host the Gala Dinner and Community Excellence Award (Sandton Convention Centre, Gallagher Estate and Midrand Conference centre).

The event will begin at 2pm with red carpet picture taking and media interviews, and will last for two hours. The awards proper will begin by 4pm to 8pm, after party and networking will commence immediately after the awards and last till 12midnight with deejays entertaining guest while guest will dance.