In what appeared like a birth race, thousands of babies across Nigerian cities yesterday participated in the competition of first arrivals in the New Year, 2013.
In the Abuja, the nation's capital, the first baby of the year, Oluwanifemi Badejo, arrived at exactly 12.01am at the National Hospital.
The baby, who was welcomed by the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, weighed 4.13 kg.
Thereafter, the first lady presented First Baby of the Year Certificate to the mother, mrs Kikelomo Badejo and urged her to raise the baby in the fear of the Lord.
In Ondo State, Baby Adedeji, who arrived at 12:01am at the State Specialist Hospital, Akure, weighed 3.8 Kilogramme at birth.
According to the hospital officials, Baby Adedeji was delivered through normal delivery without complications.
The wife of Ondo State governor, Mrs Olukemi Mimiko was full of praises to God yesterday as she welcomed the first baby of the year in the state.
The wife of the governor, while welcoming the first baby of the year, presented cash and other gift items to the baby's mother, Mrs Veronica Adedeji and other mothers who gave birth on the new year day at the State Specialist Hospital, Akure.
In Kaduna State, the first baby of the New Year was born at about two minute pass mid night at Kawo hospital in Kaduna North Local Government in Kaduna State.
Kaduna State government, through the office of the first Lady, donated gifts worth thousands of naira with a cash donation of fifty thousand naira to the mother of the baby girl of the year.
The wife of the governor, Hajiya Fatima Mukhtar Yero, who was represented by the wife of the deputy governor, Mrs Naomi Bajoga, prayed for peaceful co-existence in the New Year.
She assured that they would continue with the NGO set up by the former first lady of Kaduna State, Mrs Amina Patrick Yakowa to help the less-privileged in the state.
The medical doctor, Mr Okoyo Beint, thanked the wife of the governor and also appealed to the state government to assist the hospital in the area on infrastructure.
He lamented that the hospital was under-staffed with few medical doctors and nurses.
Ms. Lami, a divorcee and mother of four, including the baby of the year, could not hide her tears of joy and gratitude.
She explained that her husband divorced her six months ago, her mother is late and she now works at a restaurant to earn a living.
And in Ogun State, the baby of the year was born at State Hospital, Ijaye in Abeokuta at exactly 12.05am.
The baby, a boy, weighed 3.75kg at the time of his birth.
The mother, Funmilayo Sodiq, while cuddling it, expressed great joy over its arrival in the New Year.
The wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, while presenting gifts to the mother and the child, thanked God for the gift and rejoiced with the parents.