The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Ambassador Lot Egopija, has announced that the late Nigerian rapper Mohbad will be honoured with an Independence Day dinner on October 2.
The event will be held in collaboration with the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) after the flag-raising ceremony.
“Unfortunately, we had earlier invited MohBad, who recently passed on, to perform as the special artist at the festival; having lost him, we will honour him with the event,” Egopija said.
The envoy also urged Nigerians living in the US to be hopeful about the future of the country and its leadership.
“My message to Nigerians is, ‘We should be hopeful, and we should hold on to our belief that we will all arrive at our destination’,” he said.
“As the president has admonished us, let us ensure that even as the government renews our hope through its policies, we will also do everything to follow and ensure that we attain our desired goals.”
The Independence Day celebrations will also include a parade and festival on Saturday, October 7. The parade will start at 2nd Avenue and East 54th Street and will proceed to East 44th and end at Dag Hammarskjold Park, where the festival will be held.
Egopija urged all Nigerians to come out for the celebrations.
“It is only in our celebration of Nigeria that we can come together, and it is in togetherness that we can overcome our challenges,” he said.
The envoy also encouraged Nigerians in the diaspora to follow the policies of the government and contribute their quota to the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.