Nigerians Celebrate as Canadian City Names a Park After ‘Emeka Nnadi’


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Emeka Nnadi, a prominent Nigerian-Canadian architect, was honored by the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with the naming of a park after him.


The park, located in Winnipeg’s Bridgwater neighborhood, was unveiled on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in a ceremony attended by members of the community, including Mayor Scott Gillingham, city councillors Janice Lukes and Markus Chambers, and Nnadi’s colleagues, clients, wife, children, and other relatives.

Nnadi, who has left his mark in Nigeria and the United States, played a key role in the creation and design of the Bridgwater neighborhood from its inception.

Nigerians Celebrate as Canadian City Names a Park After ‘Emeka Nnadi’ /

The park naming recognizes his significant contributions to the city.


During the event, attendees could be heard shouting “Igbo Kwenu,” a universal greeting used across Igbo nations. Nnadi expressed his humility and gratitude for the recognition, acknowledging the support of his associates and family in his journey.

Leaders from the Nigerian community also attended the event, which was emceed by Ayodele Odeyemi, founder of Africanad. Odeyemi highlighted the significance of Nnadi being honored in Winnipeg’s south end, which has a large and growing Nigerian community.

The park naming is a historic moment, as Emeka Nnadi becomes the first Nigerian-Canadian to have a park named after him in the province of Manitoba.


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