Nigeria Day

Saturday, March 10,  10:00am – 5:00pm

Join KID Museum and the Zumunta Association to explore Nigerian culture through hands-on activities, performances, storytelling, and food. Nigeria, a country that is located in West Africa and borders Benin, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, is known for its large population. It is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups, of which the largest are Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. 

General Admission: $12 (includes 1 child and 2 adults)
Members: FREE

All-Day Activities

Adire Textile
Adire, meaning “tie and dye”, is a method of resist dyeing white cloth in indigo or blue dye made from the indigofera plant. It is used by Nigeria’s Yoruba tribe. There are several Adire techniques, such as tying seeds or rocks onto the fabric, painting the fabric with cassava paste, folding and stitching patterns with cotton threads and more. Learn how to do a simplified Adire method on a piece of white fabric and create your own Adire patterns.

Ankara Fabric Necklace
Ankara fabric was formerly called the Dutch Wax fabric. It was made for the Indonesian market but then became more popular in West Africa, especially in Nigeria. Ankara fabric plays a big role in the country’s fashion industry. Pick your favorite Ankara fabric, and learn how to create a Nigerian-inspired necklace with it.

Cardboard Eagle
The eagle is the national symbol of Nigeria, representing strength. Learn how to use a scroll saw to make a miniature cardboard eagle to take home.

Nigerian Waist Beads
Inspired by Nigerian dance costumes, learn how to weave waist beads using scraps of fabric and beads. Waist beads symbolize body positivity, self- love and confidence.

Food Tasting
Sample traditional Nigerian food from Jollof rice, to Moi Moi, Suya, and more! First come first served, beginning at 3:30pm.

Performances

11:30am & 3:00pm – Dance performances by Montgomery College African Dance Club.

2:00pm – Interactive storytelling presented by WANDA, a movement that helps fight hunger in Africa.

Title: Where’s WANDA: Little WANDA Finds a Cure for Nana

Description: Go on an interactive adventure to Nigeria with Little WANDA, the puppet from the popular bilingual (English & Hausa) book series, Where’s WANDA?, which was featured in Voice of America and Forbes. Sharing this story of African foods and the women and girls who heal their community is Tambra Raye Stevenson, author, nutritionist and founder of WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture. WANDA inspires a new generation of healthy eaters and ready readers in Africa and the Diaspora. Stevenson is a member of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, and the DC Food Policy Council.