Australia’s Tasmania state celebrates Nigeria’s 63rd Independence with stone unveiling

Nigerians resident in Tasmania, Australia, have celebrated the country’s 63rd independence day by unveiling commemorative stone at the International Wall of Friendship (IWF) in Tasmania.

Hobart’s Lord Mayor, Cr Anna Reynolds, unveiled the beautiful dark marble stone, symbolizing friendship and goodwill between Nigeria and Australia.

The ceremony, graced by dignitaries including Nigerian Ambassador to Australia, Anderson Madubike, Tasmanian Senator, Carry Bilyk, and Dr Remi Yusuf, chairperson of the Council of Nigeria Associations Presidents in Australia (CONAPA), marked the conclusion of Dr David Onu’s six-year tenure as the President of the Nigeria community in Tasmania.

Reflecting on the community’s journey, Onu, in a statement forwarded to Tribune Online, said: “This day has been a long-cherished dream, one that I have tirelessly worked towards for the past three years. I’m thrilled that it is finally here.”

“From modest beginnings in 2004, when a small group of Nigerian families in Hobart came together during the Christmas season, to their incorporation in 2018, the community has come a long way. This event is a testament to their growth and unity as a community.

“The Nigeria community in Tasmania, comprising 374 individuals and 124 families, actively contributes to the local economy across various sectors. Many members hold bachelor’s and postgraduate degrees, contributing substantially to the region. What sets them apart is their commitment to being good neighbours, ethical citizens, and law-abiding residents, maintaining zero imprisonment rates anywhere in Australia for the last ten years.”

The event featured captivating cultural performances, a delightful spread of traditional Nigerian cuisine, and a strong camaraderie that illuminated the warmth and unity within the community.



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