nigerian-flag_web.jpgPORT-OF-SPAIN — Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan came to visit for the nation's Emancipation Day holiday. Jonathan told attendees at the Aug. 1 parade in Port-of-Spain that strong ancestral links bind the two energy-rich countries.

Wearing his signature black bowler hat, he walked beside Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar until a downpour sent people scurrying for shelter. Trinidad, Jamaica and other Caribbean nations mark Emancipation Day on Aug. 1, when the British slave trade ended in 1834. People commemorate the day with the playing of African music and the wearing of traditional African garb. The Nigerian leader and his wife, Patience, were accompanying a roughly 70-member delegation of government officials and business people on a tour that included Jamaica.