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Nigerians living in UK

A British-based Nigerian friend the other suggested that there were at most 200,000 Nigerians living in the UK, based on his experience of how many Nigerians he meets as he goes about his business. This raises the question of how many Nigerians do actually live in the UK and where they live.for moreNigerians living in UK Of course, to begin answering the question, we must define terms: do we refer to people born in Nigeria of one or more Nigerian parents, or do we refer to people of Nigerian heritage (ie take into account second or even third gen Nigerians?) If the latter, the figure is far higher than might be imagined. The British Foreign Office estimates that between 800,000 and 3,000,000 Nigerians live in UK (ie up to 20% of the UK’s population!). The Office of National Statistics estimates a growth rate of just over 5% for the category of “black Africans” (many of whom are Nigerian). In any case, the Nigerian diaspora in the UK is far larger than that of the US and has already changed the balance of black cultural influence in the UK away from the Carribean towards Africa. However, as the Nigerian population in places like Peckham (a.k.a Yorubatown or Little Lagos) matures, it seems that the Nigerian cultural influence itself is slowly waning. Despite the Nigerian population growing across time in Peckham, the Yoruba language is not matching this growth rate and is in fact declining. As more Nigerians settle in the UK, the languages (and cultural regimes) from back home fade away from one generation to the next. While black British culture is increasingly Africanised, the cultural specifities become mixed and diluted.
16.10.14 09:39

Nigerian Directory in UK

Nigerian Directory in Falz Releases New Music Video “How Far” To Commemorate With Nigeria’sUK Lawyer turned rapper Folarin Falana also known as Falz has released the video to ‘How far’ ft. Sir Dauda.‘How far’ is a single off his album ‘Wazup guy’ which dropped a few months ago after other hit songs such as ‘Toyin Tomato’, ‘Cool Parry’ and more. With only a number of rappers in Nigeria talking about the state of the country,Nigerian Directory in UK this song is a much needed rap tune especially in this season as Nigeria marks her 54th independence anniversary. The video also complements the song and does enough justice to the song. While listening and bumping your head to the song, the message of the song is still very clear – how far can we say we have really come in Nigeria after 54 years of independence?
16.10.14 09:38

Nigerian Business in UK

Venue: The Cumberland Great Cumberland Place London W1H 7DL United Kingdom REIMFIN is designed to focus on the real estate sector in Nigeria. There is no doubt about it that the Nigerian real estate sector is booming and investors especially Nigerians in Diaspora need to learn where the opportunities are. The summit is also designed to engender close relationship among participants towards building new business partnership in the new Nigeria Mortgage Refinancing Company (NMRC) and how they can access mortgage in Nigeria.for more Nigerian Business in UK OBJECTIVES The primary objective of the 2-day summit is to create awareness and investment opportunities for Real Estate and Mortgage Finance Companies and organisations in Nigeria and in the UK. Other objectives include: •To expose real estate investment opportunities in Nigeria to the outside world •To provide an avenue where participants can network and exchange ideas •To enable participants understand the realities of mortgage financing in Nigeria and how they can take advantage of the scheme The event will also provide a niche networking platform for participants who have been carefully selected based on their strategic and leadership positions in their respective areas of business. Your organisation as well as other Nigeria based organisations will have the unique opportunity of engaging with key players in strategic areas of the economy on a one to one “fact finding” discussion and explore various investment opportunities that may be mutually beneficial.
16.10.14 09:30

Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Sisi Eko)

She led Egba women in a protest against the Alake for enforcing British food trade regulations. The protest led to the deposition and deportation of the Alake. She fought for the right of women to vote and also fought against separate taxes levied on women. She was also the first Nigerian woman to drive a car & ride a bike. Her activism inspired her sons Olikoye, Fela & Beko & her nephew, Wole Soyinka, to campaign for the rights of Nigerians. She died on 13th April 1978 when soldiers, who had invaded the home of her son Fela Anikulapo Kuti, threw her out of a second floor window. She was 78 years old when she died. for more Naija
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Professor Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu He attended Government Colleges, Ibadan and Umuahia between 1934-1937; Goldsmith College, London in 1944; Ruskin College, Oxford, England, 1944-1946; Ashmolean College and Slade School of Fine Arts, Oxford, 1946-1948, graduating with first class honours and did postgraduate courses in anthropology and ethnography at the University of California, USA and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA. 9ja From 1939, he was an art teacher in various Schools, including Government College, Umuahia, Mission School in Calabar Province, 1940-1941 and at at Edo College, Benin City, 1941-1943. He was art adviser to the Nigerian government from 1948. He toured and lectured in the United States from 1950 and executed many commissions as a freelance artist. In 1956 he was commissioned to sculpt a bronze portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The sittings began at Buckingham Palace and the resulting full length bronze statue was shown at the R.B.A Gallery (Royal Society of British Artists, to which he had been elected) and the Tate Gallery. On the 5th of October 1966, the Federal Government, on behalf of the Nigerian people, made a special gift of Enwonwu’s sculptural masterpiece, “Anyanwu”, or The Awakening (1955) to the United Nations. The sculpture, prominently displayed at the lobby of the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, is the symbol of the emancipation of the emergent African Continent and her right to self expression. He was editor, Nigeria Magazine, from 1966; fellow, University of Lagos, Lagos, 1966-1968; cultural advisor to the Nigeria government, 1968-1971; visiting artist, Institute of African Studies, Howard University, Washington, DC; appointed first professor of Fine Arts, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, 1971-1975 and art consultant to the International Secretariat, Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC), Lagos, 1977. He executed portraits of Nigerians as private commissions, illustrated Amos Tutuola’s The Brave African Huntress and maintained a studio in London. He was also a Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute, London and Member: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Enwonwu’s work is displayed in the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos. He died in 1994 ’I will not accept an inferior position in the art world. Nor have my art called African because I have not correctly and properly given expression to my reality. I have consistently fought against that kind of philosophy because it is bogus. European artists like Picasso, Braque and Vlaminck were influenced by African art. Everybody sees that and is not opposed to it. But when they see African artists who are influenced by their European training and technique, they expect that African to stick to their traditional forms even if he bends down to copying them. I do not copy traditional art. I like what I see in the works of people like Giacometti but I do not copy them. I knew Giacometti personally in England, you know. I knew he was influenced by African sculptures. But I would not be influenced by Giacometti, because he was influenced by my ancestors”. “Art is not static, like culture. Art changes its form with the times. It is setting the clock back to expect that the art form of Africa today must resemble that of yesterday otherwise the former will not reflect the African image. African art has always, even long before western influence, continued to evolve through change and adaptation to new circumstances. And in like manner, the African view of art has followed the trend of cultural change up to the modern times”. 1950, Ben Enwonwu.9ja
16.10.14 09:16

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