Queen Anne's Celebrates Nigeria's Independence Day
Thursday 17th October 2013
On Tuesday 1 October, Michell House celebrated Nigerian Independence Day with a range of Nigerian dishes cooked by Upper Sixth students.
Below, Marguerite , one of Queen Anne’s International Student Liaison Officers, shares with us her account of the celebrations:
“Today (1 October), exactly 53 years ago in 1960, Nigeria gained its independence. Up in Michell House the dining hall was filled with Nigerians as well as students from other nationalities who wanted to take part in the celebrations. Popular Nigerian Music was being played, while the students could talk among themselves.
As the students waited, the kitchen was buzzing with energy as the cooks of the day, talented U6 girls, were preparing traditional Nigerian dishes such as puff-puffs, chicken, fried rice and jollof. Having tried the dishes, I can only say that they were delicious and really spoilt my taste buds. The two varieties of rice were very appealing; one included chopped up vegetables and the other was mixed with tomato sauce. The chicken was also very soft and the skin was crispy. As for the puff-puffs, I regret not having the chance to try them but from what I have been told, I really missed out on something.
After we finished our meal, we all had the chance to go round the group stating our name and our nationality as well as our year group – this really helps new students to feel more at ease when they see that there are actually more international students present.
All in all I think that the event was well organised and that the Nigerian Independence day was a great success.”