INDEPENDENCE DAY WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS’ UKZN (ANSU)  OYEBAMIJI SUNDAY ISRAEL

INDEPENDENCE DAY WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS’ UKZN (ANSU) OYEBAMIJI SUNDAY ISRAEL

His Excellency
The Nigerian Consul General to the Republic of South Africa
Mr. Godwin Adama

The Vice Chancellor
University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN)
Dr. Albert Van Jaarsveld

Your lordships
Mayor of the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality
Ms. Cllr Zandile Gumede

Invited Professors of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN)
International Students Relations Officer
Student Governance and Leadership Development Officer
Students Representative Council (SRC)
Nigerian Students from Durban University of Technology (DUT)
Representatives of the Nigerian Union of South Africa (NUSA)
President, Descendant of Odu’a Yoruba in Southern Africa
Invited Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen

Greatest Nigerian Students!!!

It gives me a great pleasure to stand before you this morning to welcome you all most sincerely to this symposium in celebration of our dear nation’s Independence Day, the first to be organized by Nigerian students here in Durban. As we all know that Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom on 1st October 1960, hence, we are gathered here today to reflect on the efforts of our heroes and Nationalists such Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Anthony Enahoro and numerous others who fought for our independence and set the template for a great nation.

It is significant to note that just few days ago our host country, the Republic of South Africa celebrated their heritage day. Interestingly we are still in the heritage month. What heritage day means to South Africa is what Independence Day means to Nigeria, as both occasions are gear towards African Renaissance to promote our respective national identities that is self-conscious of our liberation heritage from oppression and colonialism.

The Association of Nigeria Students University of KwaZulu-Natal (ANSU) is the umbrella body of all Nigerian students here in the five campuses (Howard, Westville, Edgewood, PMB and Medical School) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The core objective of this Association is to promote unity among the Nigerian students here in the university and pursue all issues relating to welfare and wellbeing of all members of the associations.

There is no gainsaying the fact that our nation Nigeria is facing a lot of challenges which inadvertently forced many of us here to seek greener pasture and most importantly opportunities to attained higher degree elsewhere, hence the reason why most of us are here.

I would say, yes Nigeria is celebrating 57th anniversary of her independent from colonialism, but the total freedom from poverty, inequality, corruption among others is still a major one that we must struggle to attain. According to Martin Luther King jr. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”.
Therefore, we Nigerian students are demanding for freedom from all our nation’s vices that have held us from attaining our full potentials.
Your Excellency, distinguish guests, ladies and gentlemen. I must reiterate the challenges being faced by Nigerians here in South Africa. While I am appealing to all Nigerians to be law abiding in all their doings, I would appeal to the state authority to also treat all foreigners, Nigerians inclusive in a civil manner in the spirit of African hood. Let us remember the saying of our great Icon, President Nelson Mandela who says: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains; but to live in a way that respects and enhance the freedom of others”

I cannot end this address without recognizing the unflinching support of our distinguish guest of honour for today, His Excellence the Consul General of Nigeria to South Africa. He flew all the way from Johannesburg to celebrate with us here today.

Finally, my fellow students I want to appreciate your supports and the confidence you reposed on me and my executive members to pilot the affairs of this association. As we shall be leaving the stage for a new set of people to take over, I implore you to make yourself available to serve in one capacity or the other as the association needs capable hands to continue from where we stop. Let continue to promote unity, brotherly love and patriotism among ourselves. Remember our one time national anthem that says “though tribe and tongues may diver, but in brotherhood we stand”. Let us continue to live in unity despite our diversity.

Thank you for listening

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Happy Independence Day in advance

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