MY PHILATELIC JOY
I have been collecting stamps and coins since I was about 7 years old, thanks to my dad.
And as I grew older and started having pen-pals, I started collecting postcards.
It is nice to see that about 30 years later, the hobby of collecting postcards and stamps is still practiced even in this digital era of communicating through emails and social media.
This hobby got me featured on one of my first international magazine features, Forbes Africa, as an African Aficionado Collector.
COMMEMORATING WORLD POST DAY 2020
To commemorate World Post Day 2020, which is themed “Innovation, Integration, and Inclusion”, the Lagos Philatelic Club in collaboration with Freedom Park used it to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th anniversary.
The highlight of the celebration included the following:
- 200 stamps on A4 depicting 60 years of Nationhood
- 60 Selected Stamps with artists impression about Nigerian History
- 60 Nigeria Heroes represented on Stamps
- Pictures of Nigerian Civil War and political History
- 1st of October editions of Nigeria Tribune from 1960 to Date
- Voice of Nigeria News script for independence and other key events
- Nigerian Television Authority first camera and reel, in working condition.
- And other Archival materials from the National Museum and the National Center for Arts and culture.
CELEBRATING 60 NIGERIAN HEROES
One of my favorite parts of the exhibition was the display of the graphic art collections titled “The Labours of Our Heroes Past” done by The Vine Studio.
The graphic design pictures which were placed on enlarged postage stamp templates showcased 60 selected Nigerian Heroes, personalities who contributed to Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development in the past 60 years.
The coolest part about the graphically designed stamps was the vinyl barcode for accessing information about the heroes. All you had to do was to use your phone and scan the QR code on each stamp for information about the personality.
SLUM ART FOUNDATION EXHIBITION
One of the highlights was the exhibition by Slum Art Foundation. The Guinness World Record charity organization is on a mission to reach children from the slums, using art as a tool for social improvement, talent hunt, and empowerment through mentorship.
For the event, they created 60 paintings to celebrate Nigeria at 60 by showcasing historical memorabilia of current and upcoming generations who made or are making an impact in the nation.
They encouraged visitors to purchase the 60 paintings, where proceeds would be ploughed back to enhance the lives of those underprivileged children they train at their foundation.
Also in collaboration with NIPOST, visitors were requested to send a postcard with encouraging words to the slum art children. Trust me to join in this heartwarming exercise *smiles*
We were also encouraged to leave our signature on one of the biggest letters ever! That was fun! *laughs*
NIPOST LAUNCH: THE COMPENDIUM OF NIGERIA POSTAGE STAMPS
To commemorate World Post Day 2020, on October 9th, 2020, Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) unveiled the Compendium of Nigeria Postage Stamps (100 Years) 1914-2014 titled ‘The History of Nigeria and her Postage Stamps’.
According to their statement, the Compendium was put together by NIPOST in collaboration with TACOMS International Services to capture 100 years of Nigeria’s postage stamp history.
Looking forward to grabbing my own copy.
So tell me, how did you celebrate World Post Day 2020? Do share!