A proposed African cultural center to showcase Nigerian legacy

August 20, 2013 by  

The Haitians have Little Haiti and the Cubans have Little Havana, but there is no iconic area in Miami linked to the many Nigerians who came to South Florida during the 1970s and ’80s. The American Nigerian Foundation has plans to build a museum and cultural center, giving the Miami area a reminder of their legacy.

At one time, many Nigerian people here were concentrated in the Miami Gardens and Opa-locka areas, particularly when they were attending Florida Memorial University. As the students graduated, they often dispersed throughout the Miami and greater South Florida area.

The effort to obtain land for the museum was spearheaded by The Nigerian American Foundation.

The nonprofit organization has pulled together the ethnically diverse Nigerian communities of Miami-Dade and Broward counties to obtain a lease on a parcel of land on Northwest 207th Street.

The land will revert back to the county if building is not completed by 2018, and the cost of the center is expected to be between $5m and $6m. In addition to a museum containing African artwork and artifacts, the proposed building will also contain a performing arts center and lecture hall.

Before printing companies are hired to produce brochures for the new African Cultural Center, a massive amount of fund raising will have to be undertaken. Until the required funds are attained, the most suitable professional services for the center could be those offering poster printing, which will help publicize the plans.