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Local cuisine to celebrate Nigerian Independence Day at Sunrise Mall

Adeola Adedayo and Mo Rahmon serve West African fare at Naija Cusine, the newest restaurant to open in the Sunrise Mall food court. // M. Hazlip

By Sara Beth Williams–
A local restaurant that recently re-located to the Sunrise Mall food court will host an all-day Nigerian Independence Day celebration this Saturday, Oct. 1.

Najia Cuisine, a restaurant featuring West African cuisine, opened in the Sunrise Mall food Court on Sept. 1, 2022. The restaurant will be celebrating their official grand opening with a Nigerian Independence Day Celebration, said Nigerian owner, Adeola Adedayo in an interview.

The restaurant was previously located on Northgate Boulevard in Sacramento, and then later operated out of a “ghost kitchen” on Sunrise Boulevard where they fulfilled to-go and catering orders. This is the first year that the restaurant will hold a Nigerian Independence Day celebration.

“We are going to have music all day,” Adedayo said, noting the event will feature a famous West African DJ from San Francisco to play music for the celebration. The celebration will last from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and patrons whose orders are over $50 will receive a discount.

The restaurant serves a variety of West African dishes that include beef, goat meat and chicken, with soup and rice entrees.

Nigeria’s Independence Day is celebrated on Oct. 1 annually and commemorates the country’s independence from British rule in 1960. The public holiday is a day of rest and relaxation, where markets and public places often close. Oct. 1, 2022 marks the 62nd anniversary of independence for Nigeria.

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