To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Nigeria's existence as a nation, the Federal Government of Nigeria has planned 12 months of celebration from February, 2013, to January, 2014. The formal flag-off ceremony for the Nigerian Centenary Project took place on February 4, 2013, with a presidential dinner in Abuja.
Modern-day Nigeria came into being on January 1, 1914, with the formal amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of the former British colony. Therefore January 1, 2014, will mark 100 years of the union. The Centenary celebration offers a unique opportunity to focus global attention on the country's history, peoples, achievements, and aspirations.
The celebrations under the Nigerian Centenary Project were designed to highlight the key concepts of unity, indivisibility, virility, progress and the promise of the Nigerian federation. Some of these concepts are expressed in the theme, mission and vision of this project – as explained below:
One Nigeria, Great Promise
To project a united, vibrant and progressive nation that is ready to be a world leader.
To re-inspire a sense of unity in all Nigerians.
- Celebrate Nigeria's history and unity
- Celebrate Nigeria's diversity, hopes and the great promise that inspires our people
- Express our shared values in order to strengthen our national consciousness and patriotism
- Preserve our heritage and document our history, achievements and progress
- Institute legacy projects that will serve as a lasting reference for the Centenary
- Promote enterprise development as well as wealth and job creation
- Promote the empowerment of women the youth and encourage sports and tourism
- Promote environmental awareness
- Promote our national image and enhance the nation's prestige
To view or download the complete Concept Document for The Nigeria Centenary.
The Abuja City Gate
This New City Gate provides a dynamic entryway to Nigeria's new capital city, serving multiple symbolic and practical functions. The iconic design of the Gate's tower and pedestrian bridge creates an international landmark that points the way toward a modern future, while embracing the country's heritage.
The bridge's pylon and structural cables can be seen as an immense loom, metaphorically weaving together Nigeria's many different peoples into a single fabric. The cables suspending the bridge can display a changing array of flags, of the Nigerian states, African or world nations. Pedestrians animating the bridge in their brightly- olored clothing are "threads" on this Living Loom. The form of the Gate also evokes the traditional Nigerian bow harp, with its gentle curves and strings. Local laterite clay formed into pavers make up the walking surface of the bridge. The concrete outer surfaces are painted to match the clay, their hue reminiscent of archaeological terra cotta Nok sculptures found in the earth around Abuja.
The pedestrian bridge connects the two sides of the 65 acre site: the formal reception hall and plaza to the north and the "casual" elements to the south. The formal side is built on top of a hill, with views of Central Abuja, while the casual side with its planted roofs, virtually blends into the landscape. The amphitheater, encircled by a sloping path that links the bridge and lower plaza, has a canopy of photovoltaic panels that shades the seating area by day and powers the lighting of the bridge at night.
Please visit the Media Center to enjoy high resolution images of the planned city gate.