On Saturday, Oct. 9, New Yorkers celebrated Nigeria’s “Independence Day” in Manhattan, celebrating the 61st year since direct British rule ended. Commemorating the actual October 1st day, co-hosted by the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians, and MC’d by Sumonu Bello-Osagie, as always the day celebrated culture, potential and achievements. There was music, food, vendors and travelers from far and wide. As Afro Heritage magazine publisher Tosin Mustapha said, we were also, “Honoring the memories of some dedicated members of the annual Nigerian Independence Day Committee who had passed away since the last celebration: Alhaji Raheem Banire, Deacon Omotade, and Brother Ifeoluwa Dan – Salami. They were with us in spirit.”