The High Commission of India (HCI) celebrated the 76th Independence Day in Abuja on Monday.
The ceremony, which was attended by over 350 members of the Indian community and friends, was held at the Chancery premises.
Apart from Abuja, the celebration was held in various parts of the federation including Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and across Benin and Chad by Indian citizens and local friends.
As part of the 76th Independence Day and ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) celebrations, HCI in Abuja organized various events like Run/Walk, Essay Writing Competition, Painting Competition and also a Conference on India-Nigeria Relations.
The Independence Day celebrations began with the hoisting of the national flag by High Commissioner G. Balasubramanian, followed by the singing of the national anthem. A group of Nigerian students from Mewar International University (MIU) also participated in the rendition of the national anthem.
Addressing the gathering, the High Commissioner read out excerpts from the speech of the President of India, HE Smt. Droupadi Murma to the nation.
In his remarks, the High Commissioner emphasized the significance of celebrating the 76th Independence Day under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava “AKAM”.
Following the High Commissioner’s remarks, the Indian Cultural Association Abuja presented a cultural performance that included fancy dress, patriotic song singing and dance performances.
As part of the AKAM Celebration, the Indian High Commission in collaboration with Max Hospital and Tulsi Chanrai Foundation Eye Hospital organized free medical check-ups for people.
Promotion of Indian states and tourism took place during the celebrations in the form of placing stalls of various Indian states at the venue of the celebrations.
At the end of the event, prizes were distributed among the winners of the AKAM quiz competition, essay writing competition and painting competition.