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About NCI

NIGERIAN CARNIVAL IRELAND (NCI) is the first of its kind celebration of Nigeria and Nigerians in the Republic of Ireland, bringing Nigerians and lovers of Nigeria together in the largest such gathering. It is the biggest and most popular mainstream Nigerian outdoor event in Ireland.

58647_428096905517_680870517_5626426_258344_nHeld annually in the historic Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, (one of the largest walled city parks in Europe and home to the Irish President), NCI grand finale is the climax of a week of activities designed to educate and enlighten people about Nigeria and Nigerians while showcasing the rich culture and commercial vibrancy of the country.

The first edition of the NCI was a one day celebration, held on 28th August 2010 at the historic Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, (one of the largest walled city parks in Europe and home to the Irish President). In its second year, the NCI expanded to one full week of activities running from 22nd August to 28th August 2011 with the grand finale at the phoenix park on Saturday 27th August 2011 as the climax of the week. Now in its fourth year, NCI 2014 will run from 18th to 24th August 2014. The grand finale will hold at the phoenix  park on Saturday 23rd August 2014.

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The aim of  NCI is to promote integration, celebrate cultural diversity and heritage, inform and educate people about the different, diverse cultures of the ethnic communities in the now Multicultural Ireland while re-orientating peoples’ perception of Nigeria to defeat negative stereotypes, promote Nigeria’s rich resources and encourage participation in the promotion of its cultural heritage as a country. This we hope to achieve through information dissemination and entertainment.

NCI provides an opportunity for businesses to promote their products and services. NCI 2014 is expected to attract close to 20,000 Nigerians and Lovers of Nigeria from all over Ireland, Nigeria and beyond.

Participants at NCI are guaranteed loads of fun at this family fun day with the sight, sound and taste of Nigeria. The carnival showcases Nigerian folktales, costumes, arts and crafts and joggles participants’ memory of oldies but goodies like catching the train, sack race, opon ayo, draught and many more.

NCI  features exclusive performances and displays by various cultural troupes from different ethnic groups within and outside Ireland in a competition, music by various artistes, fashion show and product display by vendors. There are several other interesting activities where participants can win exciting prices.

47291_428117250517_680870517_5626784_6896793_nParticipants can enjoy the delicious taste of palate tingling, mouth watering, finger licking, traditional foods/drinks from Nigeria and other cultures like: Pounded Yam, edikaikan, Jollof rice, Akara, roasted Corn, roasted Plantain (Boole), Moi-Moi, Puff-Puff and Buns to name a few. They can also learn how to Pound Yam, braid hair, tie Gele {head gear} and learn different languages, dance-steps, songs and other cultural values from around the world.

Children are not left out as the NCI CHILDREN’s VILLAGE features stories told in the ‘tales by moonlight’ fashion. They can have Ice-Cream, freshly made Candy Floss, Popcorn, Slush, Cake and also enjoy Face Painting, Colouring and Puzzle sessions, Limbo Dancing, Balloon Modelling, Arts and Crafts, Musical Games and Quiz..

 

 

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