Celebrating Nigeria: The Nation Builders at 60 is a special publication which is aimed at celebrating outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavor and contributed immensely to the Nigerian project. These individuals share a common bond with Nigeria by their birth in 1960, the year Nigeria gained independence from the British colonial rule. It is also aimed at educating Nigerians about the rich and diverse cultures and experiences of the various people in Nigeria. The objective is to understand one another so that we can live together peacefully as a country. The publication will help to promote mutual understanding, foster inter-group harmony and tolerance, advance national cohesion and integration, and encourage peaceful co-existence as well as inspire the younger generation. “Celebrating Nigeria: The Nation Builders at 60” celebrates the gorgeous mosaic that is Nigeria.
Sixty years or a Diamond Jubilee is not a simple achievement. These shortlisted 60 Nigerians that are featured in this compendium have distinguished themselves through diligence, hard work, and patriotism to their fatherland and most importantly contributed immensely to national development. It should be noted that these set of Nigerians witnessed and survived the Civil War and through perseverance thrived and grew along with Nigeria. Turning 60 is special. It is the onset of a golden era. The 60th birthday is considered an important event in many cultures. While some people retire from active work life at the age of 60, some prefer to pursue hobbies or other activities at this age. In many eastern cultures such as China and Korea, the 60th birthday is considered very important. In China, someone who has arrived at the age of 60 has completed a full life cycle. Following the 60th year, the person celebrates a new life. Hence the 60th birthday is celebrated with great extravagance. There is, therefore, an urgent need for us to know and understand ourselves.
The objective is to identify Nigerians who have distinguished themselves through hard work, patriotism, and service to their Fatherland.
By making us understand the contributions of these eminent Nigerians, we will come to appreciate the uniqueness of these unique Nigerians and the challenges they have surmounted to reach their present status.