Nigerian Celebrities visit Harvard – Movie and Music Stars Celebrate Nigeria’s 50th Independence Day Anniversary

Nigeria is “a new country emerging. And it’s time to showcase it.” This time, it will be an Ivy League showcase at Harvard University.

One major focus of the weekend’s events will be the Nigerian film industry. Nollywood is the second largest movie industry in the world, after Bollywood. Nigeria? The most populous black nation in the world.Twenty percent of African-born blacks living in the United States are Nigerian. Nollywood is valued for more than just the entertainment it produces; the World Bank recently donated 20 million Dollars to the Nollywood industry to help create 100,000 jobs in Nigeria. A special presentation will be given by World Bank Specialist Chioma Nwagboso, on “World Bank’s vision for the potential of Nollywood to help improve Nigeria’s economy”. Peace Anyiam Fiberisima, CEO of the African Movie Academy Awards, will discuss Nollywood’s landmark successes, and its role in packaging Nigeria for cultural exportation. Omoyele Sowore,CEO and Editor of Sahara Reporters and and Naija Boyz will present in our panel on the Role of Media in Shaping Nigeria’s Future: Social and Political Aspects. Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe Etim, of the blockbuster film Reloaded will share her perspective as an actress in the film industry. Banky W will perform during gala and After Party events. Surprise guests include other leading film personalities from Nollywood who will discuss the role of Nollywood in Renewing the Promise of Nigeria.

The weekend celebration at Harvard is entitled a “Golden Jubilee of Nigeria’s Independence: A Weekend Symposium”. The event is being planned by Harvard University’s Nigerian Students Association in conjunction with MIT Nigerian Students Association, the Nigerian-American Association of Boston, and other Nigerian Community Associations in the Boston area. Events are scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday , October 1-2.

Through a number of panel discussions, the symposium will spotlight traditional Nigerian culture and values as well as the fusion of this tradition with American culture. The symposium will also celebrate unity across ethnic groups, empowerment, networking, as well as leadership in the areas of academics, business, career planning, arts, and entertainment. It will also celebrate themes of cultural confidence, cultural exploration, as well as cultural education. Panel topics include spotlights on successful entrepreneurs across generations, Nigeria’s Development as a Nation, Nigeria’s participation in the global marketplace, Nigerian professionals with career advice, and the impact and potential of Nollywood globally, among others.

Among exciting installments to be featured during that weekend are the Nigerian Gala night with Nigerian food, and performances by Nigerian artists, as well as African Movie (Nollywood) Film screenings with opportunities for conversation with directors of the films.

Participants will enjoy opportunities to network with Harvard’s distinguished Nigerian professors and lecturers, as well as outstanding panelists. The aim of the event is to celebrate positive images of Nigeria and the remarkable accomplishments of leading Nigerians. See attached flyer and schedule for more details.

All events held on Friday and Saturday morning and afternoon are free of charge. Tickets for both the gala night and afterparty are available at the Harvard NSA website ( at the Harvard Box Office, or from an NSA or HASA board member.

NID weekend registration and gala/afterparty tickets:


Friday, October 1

  • Opening Mixer
  • African food, music, and community

Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall


Saturday, October 2

  • Panel Discussions
  • African Marketplace/ Book Signings
  • Nollywood Film Screenings

Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH)
10am-4:30 pm


  • “Arise, O Compatriots” Gala Night

University of Massachusetts at Boston Campus Center (2nd floor)


  • After Party

Hyatt Regency Boston
10pm – 2am

9 Comments on Nigerian Celebrities visit Harvard – Movie and Music Stars Celebrate Nigeria’s 50th Independence Day Anniversary
  • Kilonsparkles September 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    This is nice.

  • Gino September 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Bank in Harvard, this is great. I love bellanaija.

  • Chuks September 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    My profond gratitude goes to harvard Nigerian students for celebrating Nigeria @50 in an awsome way.

  • Chuks September 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I like Bella Naija

  • DUDU October 1, 2010 at 8:03 am

    looks like Banky is going to be in a million and one places at the same time o! Cos he seems to be listed as a peformer at a couple more events

  • naijaat50 October 1, 2010 at 11:42 am

    See us feeling big because Nigerians are going to HARVARD when our own universities are rottening away.

    Not much to celebrate, just that the Almighty has kept us from doing serious damage to ourselves.
    It’s a boulevard of broken dreams we are celebrating. Life is far more nasty, short, and brutish than it was 50 years ago. We should be in sackcloth and ashes

  • fokasibe October 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Banky is harvard again? I thot he was gon’ be somewhere here:

  • oto August 1, 2011 at 6:14 am

    hmm. Cool

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