For the estimated 78 million Christians in Nigeria, Easter has a special meaning without gifts. Traditions like the Easter Bunny or egg hunt don’t play a role. People identify with Jesus and his suffering and hope to be redeemed. The celebration of Palm Sunday begins with a 4-5 hour Mass and is accompanied by processions where participants sing and dance with palm fronds.
In his Easter meditation, Msgr. Hypolite Adigwe reflects on the suffering of the people in Nigeria and asks where the risen Lord will meet them.
The poem “Make room for everyone” by Hypolite Adigwe asks God to create space for everyone and to consider the needs of the people. It recalls the manger where Jesus was born and calls for opening gates in difficult times to lead a new human life with solidarity and hope.