Celebration marks Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day

Daniel Lim

The Nigerian Section of the Panaga Club recently hosted a dinner at the V-Plaza Hotel in Kuala Belait, to celebrate Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day.

The guests of honour were Deputy Managing Director and Technical Director at Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Yap Kong Fah; Commercial Director at BSP Hajah Farida binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib and spouse Mohd Idris bin Haji Abdul Gapar; Managing Director and CEO of Brunei LNG Patrice Girard and spouse Marie-France Girard; and the Acting President of the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei Pengiran Zamri bin Pengiran Haji Bujang and spouse Afdah binti Haji Mahadi.

President of the Nigerian Section of the Panaga Club Adem Alli noted this was the eighth annual celebration organised by the Nigerian community in Brunei since 2011, with the goal of showcasing aspects of Nigeria and ‘the Nigerian’ way to the Bruneian and international communities in Panaga.

“I would like to thank the Brunei Shell Joint Venture Leadership for actively supporting the building of a truly cohesive and integrated community that enabled us – both the direct employees and our accompanying families – to not only contribute to fuelling Brunei’s future, but also creating opportunities for us to develop ourselves professionally and personally, and build meaningful and hopefully lasting relationships,” he said.

Adem added that Brunei has been a second home to many of them.

Various performances were staged including a play showcasing Nigerian customs and cultural heritage, by the Nigerian Section of the Panaga Club.

Hajah Farida, on behalf of the Nigerian Section of the Panaga Club, presented a mock cheque totalling BND4,500 to the Acting President of SMARTER Brunei.

Yap Kong Fah in a brief speech said, “Despite the diverse and different cultures, everyone…was able to come together in a showcase of friendship and values, which is a main driving factor in enabling the community and society forward as one.”

Attendees participated in a Nigerian dance onstage, accompanied to the beats and rhythms of traditional Nigerian music.

Guests of honour Deputy Managing Director and Technical Director at Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Yap Kong Fah, Commercial Director at BSP Hajah Farida binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib, Managing Director and CEO of Brunei LNG Patrice Girard; and the Acting President of the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei Pengiran Zamri bin Pengiran Haji Bujang with President of the Nigerian Section of the Panaga Club Adem Alli and members of the Nigerian Section of the Panaga Club during the cake-cutting ceremony. PHOTO: DANIEL LIM