Nigeria@63: Google Celebrates Nation’s Independence Day

Google, on Sunday, October 1, celebrated Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day with a waving flag doodle illustrating the nation’s colours green and white against a bright blue sky.

A post on Google’s page read: “Today’s Doodle celebrates Nigeria’s Independence Day! On this day in 1960, the most populous country in Africa officially became a sovereign nation.

“Independence Day morning starts with a nationally televised broadcast where the President of Nigeria addresses the general public.

“In Lagos, a green-and-white crowd gathers to watch the Nigerian Armed Forces perform military maneuvers. Later, many join in on the ceremonial raising of the Nigerian flag and the cutting of an Independence Day cake.

“The rest of the day is filled with bustling energy and upbeat fuji music as Nigerians hang out with friends and family. Plantains and chicken served with jollof rice isn’t just a popular meal — it’s a staple of Independence Day and Nigerian culture. Many take celebrations to the beach to dance and enjoy fireworks. Happy Independence Day, Nigeria.”