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article imagePhoto essay: How Nigerians crossed into 2012 Special

By Samuel Okocha     Jan 2, 2012 in World
Digital Journal captured the variety of ways in which Nigerians crossed over into the New Year. While many trooped into churches to pray into 2012, some partied till dawn. Others, including children, celebrated on the streets with fireworks in the air.
In the mainland area of Lagos, sounds of 'knockouts' rented the air, with increased frequency and intensity as 2011 came to a close. Adults and children freely pumped sounds into the air as passers-by tread with caution.
This year was no exception for Nigerians who flock houses of worship to thank God and ensure they start the New Year on a spiritual note.
Lagos residents in church  praying into the New Year 2012
Lagos residents in church praying into the New Year 2012
"God has helped you to escape," Rev. Kayode Opadeji said as he led congregants in prayers at The First Baptist Church in Lagos."You have entered 2012 in the Lord's grace and power."
As 2012 befell congregants, the pastor led worshipers in prayers for the New Year.
"My reward for 2012 shall not be received in the grave,'' the pastor charged worshippers in one of his prayer points.
Congregants outside the filled main auditorium of The First Baptist Church in Lagos during the cross...
Congregants outside the filled main auditorium of The First Baptist Church in Lagos during the cross-over into the New Year
A young lady handles her blackberry phone while the church is in a prayer mood
A young lady handles her blackberry phone while the church is in a prayer mood
As the prayer session was on, some could not resist the urge to send New Year messages with their blackberry phones. Others locked themselves in congratulatory handshakes and hugs.
Nigerians in a hug after they crossed into the New Year
Nigerians in a hug after they crossed into the New Year
For some, it was time to retire to fun spots or set off fire works.
Fire crackers on sale for the New Year celebration in Lagos
Fire crackers on sale for the New Year celebration in Lagos
A fun spot in Lagos on the eve of the New Year.
A fun spot in Lagos on the eve of the New Year.
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