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UN Day 2014 marked with funfair in Lagos

It was a slightly cloudy Friday morning in Lagos. The streets looked normal – the traffic, cacophonous sound, the siren-blasting security vehicles; with vendors and hawkers dotting the major roads. As one veered off the expressway into one of the feeder roads Ajah, a Lagos suburb, a more euphonious sound faded in with an increasing decibel as one moved closer to the premises of Sunglee Formation School, Ajah, Lagos, the venue of the Day observance.

A presentation by the students of Sunglee Foundation School, Ajah Lagos

A presentation by the students of Sunglee Foundation School, Ajah Lagos


With funfair, over 200 students from Basic to Senior Secondary level presented country information of selected UN member States including recitation of their National Anthems, which drew a resounding applause from the guests. Of particular note was the drama presentation hinged on ‘The importance of community cooperation in fostering peace’ staged by the students.
A drama presentation by the students of Sunglee Foundation Schools, Ajah Lagos

A drama presentation by the students of Sunglee Foundation Schools, Ajah Lagos


The UN Day observance had started a day earlier with the visit to Falomo Senior High School, Ikoyi Lagos where over 50 students were engaged to discuss the United Nations and its works, as part of activities marking the 2014 United Nations (UN) Day.
In his message on the 2014 UN Day, the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, called for reaffirmation of commitment to the marginalized and vulnerable.
Students of Falomo Snr. High School, Ikoyi Lagos saying 'Happy Birthday UN'

Students of Falomo Snr. High School, Ikoyi Lagos saying ‘Happy Birthday UN’


The message read on his behalf by the Senior Public Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Envera Selimovic, added that everyone should ‘work in common cause for the common good.’
Selimovic charged the students to always be of good behaviour and worthy ambassadors of their families in order to excel in life.
Speaking on the occasion, the Proprietress of Sunglee Foundation Schools, Mrs Caroline Olaniyi, noted that global peace began with individual families and therefore, called on everyone to be instruments for promoting peace.
Envera Selimovic addresses the students

Envera Selimovic addresses the students


The Secretary General’s message was also translated into Yoruba Language and shared with the students of Falomo Senior High School and a live radio audience on ‘Faaji 106.5 FM Lagos by the National Information Officer of UNIC, Oluseyi Soremekun.SONY DSC

Nigeria marks UN Day in style

‘I am a new parent in this school and this is my first time of attending a UN Day. I must admit that I have learnt a lot about the UN today. It is really great to see the children learning and enjoying themselves.’ – Mrs Yewande Ogunlana, a parent at Sunglee Formation School, Lagos.

The above comment of a member of the audience at this year’s United Nations Day in Lagos summarises the essence of 24 October every year. Since 1947 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October as a day that “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations…” Nigeria and the rest of the world have remained consistently committed to the commemoration of the day universally known as the United Nations (UN) Day.

UNIC officers, some parents and few students of Sunglee Formation School, Awoyaya, Lagos at the 2013 UN Day event.

UNIC officers, some parents and few students of Sunglee Formation School, Awoyaya, Lagos at the 2013 UN Day event.


The 2013 UN Day was marked in Nigeria with pageantry as activities held simultaneously in Abuja and Lagos. The highlights of the celebration included ‘UN4U’ Video show, Military parade by a detachment of the Nigerian Peace Keeping Force; Dance Drama on Peace; and Mock UN General Assembly Session and Playlets by students of Primary and Secondary schools.

Anchoring the Lagos end of the commemoration, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, organised outreach to two schools: Tade Schools, Apapa and Sunglee Formation Schools, Lekki-Epe Express Way, Awoyaya. The events attracted a total of 434 people made up of 300 students, 67 teachers and 67 parents. The atmosphere was electrifying as students with flags of some UN member nations, sang for peace; presented UN Facts and staged a mock opening session of the UN General Assembly to the delight of the audience.

Students of Tade Schools, Apapa Lagos stage a mock opening session of the UN General Assembly as part of activities marking the 2013 UN Day.

Students of Tade Schools, Apapa Lagos stage a mock opening session of the UN General Assembly as part of activities marking the 2013 UN Day.

In his global message on the occasion, the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, noted that the United Nations Day ‘is a chance to recognize how much this invaluable Organization contributes to peace and common progress.’ He drew attention to how the United Nations came together this year on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues.

Mr Ki-moon added that the Millennium Development Goals had cut poverty in half adding that the world must maintain the momentum, craft an equally inspiring post-2015 development agenda and reach an agreement on climate change.

The National Information Officer, UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun reads a speech at the 2013 UN Day event in Lagos.

The National Information Officer, UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun reads a speech at the 2013 UN Day event in Lagos.

The National Information Officer of UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, speaking at Sunglee Formation School, Lagos, enjoined Nigerians to unite and work together in support of the various developmental works of the UN in the country as ‘Development can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.’

Speaking further on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) at the occasion, Mr Soremekun reiterated that the United Nations was committed to supporting the APRM and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD. He noted that the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), an initiative to transform the African nations, had deepened a democratic political culture among African governments and had fostered more principled leadership and constructive national dialogue.