Monday, July 29, 2013

South Florida's Nigerian Community Plans Museum

Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 11:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 11:43 p.m.

South Florida's Nigerian community is planning to build a museum highlighting its African culture.

The Nigerian American Foundation expects to spend up to $6 million to build the museum by 2018 on land owned by Miami-Dade County. The foundation will pay $1 per year for the lease.

The museum will contain a lecture hall and a performing arts center.

More than 1,000 Nigerians live in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The chairman of the Nigerian American Foundation said the community is "trying to leave some type of legacy for our kids."

"Since we are here, we might as well bloom where we are planted," Joseph Obadeyi said.


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