Nigeria capital Abuja: Goes green ahead of St. Patrick day celebration

Lavender Odinaka Ekweremadu

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Ahead of the St. Patrick day Nigeria wasn’t left out, as this was the first ever to not only happen in Nigeria but the the first ever in West Africa. Ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria , Sean Hoy said: “This is a great way to highlight the warm friendship between Ireland and Nigeria. I hope this positive, welcoming image of Abuja will be seen around the globe.”

As of 2007 Graeme Wearden reported that “Nigeria has overtaken Ireland as the second-largest market for Guinness as Diageo pushes the black stuff internationally.

Although the world’s biggest drinks company did not reveal precise numbers, it said net sales of Guinness in the year ending June 30 were up 18% in Nigeria. This shows that Nigerians are heavy drinkers just like the Irish. The first ever Irish embassy was first established in Nigeria, Irish ambassador to Nigeria also had this to say “People-to-people ties have always been strong and date back to the first half of the 19th century when Irish missionaries first came to Nigeria. While their numbers today are less, the Embassy is constantly reminded of the contribution which Irish missionaries made to the education of Nigerian men and women. Many prominent Nigerians, including the First Foreign minister, the Honourable Jaja Wachuku, were educated in Ireland”.

It is clearly seen that Nigerians have a great history with the Irish government, in previous times countries and places like the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Table Mountain, have all been lit in green lights to mark the day. It is the turn of Nigeria to mark the St. Patrick day also which is great deal because it now joins other great countries on the list.

Since Guinness is one of Nigeria most consumed beer, the Irish government partnered with Guinness Nigeria and the Nigerian Government to make Abuja the first location in West Africa to participate in the Global Greening.