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October 7, 2006

Albany - - They may live in the United States, but that doesn't mean they've forgotten their heritage.

Nigerians celebrated Nigerian Independence at the Civic Center. The event was supposed to be held on October 1st, the day Nigeria received its independence, but it was rescheduled to today.

Young and old alike learned about their heritage and also celebrated with music, dancing, and good food. 

"We have different foods, we have foo foo, gilaf rice, mai mai, plantain, do do, mint pie, and some vegetable soup. All food from Nigeria," says Titi Adealke.

On October 1, 1960, the Federation of Nigeria became a constitutional monarchy. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was adopted three years later, also on October first.

At the same time, Nigeria became a member of the Commonwealth and Dr. Nnamdi  Azikiwe  became the country's first President.

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