Special Events

Nigeria United of Colorado Springs Cultural Celebration

When: Sat., Oct. 1, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. 2016

Because our own Independence Day is hundreds of years old, a lot of Americans tend to forget that the history of British colonization didn't end when we signed that paper — it got worse. In fact, it was only 56 years ago that Nigeria was granted independence from the British government. Though cultures all over the world still suffer the damaging effects of Western colonization, groups like local Nigeria United of Colorado Springs are committed to keeping their histories and traditions alive. Today, the organization is hosting its annual Independence Day celebration, a massive, family-friendly party with food, drinks and entertainment — all completely free of charge. Nigeria United saves up all year to put on this shindig, so give something back by shopping vendor booths and purchasing raffle tickets. You could win some cool prizes and support a rocking organization while you're at it. 5 p.m. to midnight, 1025 Ford St., free, 816/359-2271. — Alissa Smith

Price: Free

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