2018 One Lagos Fiesta To Attract Two Million Participants, 90million Viewers Worldwide

2018 One Lagos Fiesta To Attract Two Million Participants, 90million Viewers Worldwide

…As LASG Unveils Olamide, Teni, Mr Real, Humblesmith, Ayuba, Osupa, Other A-list Artistes For Concert

 

No fewer than two million direct participants and 90million viewers worldwide are expected to take part in this year’s edition of the flagship Yuletide end-of-the-year revue of the Lagos State Government, One Lagos Fiesta (OLF) holding from the eve of December 24, 2018 till the wee hours of January 1, 2019.

 

The State’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde who said this while addressing a press conference on Monday at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja to formally announce activities for this year’s show, said necessary arrangements have been firmed up to ensure another hugely successful outing.

 

Ayorinde, who briefed the media alongside senior officials of the State Government, some a-list artists billed to perform and representatives of sponsors, said the OLF would hold in five locations simultaneously across the State in line with the tradition adopted in the last four years, adding that it was gratifying that the event had become the biggest end-of-the-year entertainment brand in Africa as it provides an unparallel platform for residents and visitors, both old and young, to relax and enjoy themselves in a secured environment.

 

“As a Government, we are encouraged by the noticeable achievements recorded as a result of hosting this event and we are taking advantage of this year’s edition to fete millions of Lagosians who have supported this initiative running for the 4th consecutive year.

 

“The One Lagos Fiesta draws parallel with other international cross over events in the world especially in the countdown night of December 31, and with the unique features associated with the fiesta, it is anticipated to attract over 2million direct participants across the State and over 90million viewers via live television and live streaming on social media,” Ayorinde said.

 

He said considering the strategic position of Lagos as the economic and socio-cultural hub of Africa with vibrant expression of art, it had always been the tradition of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to use such instrument as springboard to drive development and market the State’s potentials to domestic and foreign investors who would, in turn, contribute meaningfully towards making Lagos Africa’s model megacity.

 Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (5th right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Arts & Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (5th left), with some of the Artistes billed for the One Lagos Fiesta, Teni; Saheed Osupa; Humblesmith; Mr. P; Mr. Real; Slimcase; Blackky and Adewale Ayuba  during a press conference on the 2018 One Lagos Fiesta at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, December 3, 2018.
Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (5th right); Special Adviser to the Governor on Arts & Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (5th left), with some of the Artistes billed for the One Lagos Fiesta, Teni; Saheed Osupa; Humblesmith; Mr. P; Mr. Real; Slimcase; Blackky and Adewale Ayuba during a press conference on the 2018 One Lagos Fiesta at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, December 3, 2018.

Tagged ‘A December to Remember,’ the Commissioner said there would be live music concert, which will feature trending DJs and MCs and performances by popular Nigerian artistes and musicians running from 6.00p.m till 12 midnight across the five venues in Agege (Agege Stadium), Victoria Island (Bar Beach/Eko Atlantic City), Badagry (Badagry Grammar School), Epe (Epe Marina Waterfront) and Ikorodu (in Ikorodu Town Hall).

 

Other festivities, according to him, are kiddies corner, which would run from 12.00p.m to 6.00p.m with various activities like bouncing Castle, Rodeo Bull, Carrousels, among others, as well as cultural performances, stage plays and talent hunt, otherwise known as Lagos Grows Talent, a grassroots’ competition which provides a platform for youths to compete using their talents in the areas of music, dance, comedy and other creative activities.

 

Ayorinde also announced the introduction of a raffle draw as part of this year’s fiesta for the purpose of winning a brand new saloon car, courtesy of one of the partners, CIG Motors.

 

Giving details, he said: “The competition is open to only residents of Lagos State who are up to 18 years of age and are in possession of a valid Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC). Every individual that resides in Lagos and wishes to participate is a potential winner of the vehicle.

 

“Entries will open on Thursday, 6th December and close on Wednesday, 26thDecember 2018, and entries will be submitted strictly online through the OLF website, while the winner is expected to emerge through a raffle draw which will be conducted on the 31st December, 2018 at Eko Atlantic City venue. There are other consolation prizes to be won.”

 

While thanking all the sponsors for supporting the vision of the present administration to scale up the entertainment and tourism potentials of the State via the OLF platform, Ayorinde also encouraged Lagosians and visitors to take advantage of the fiesta to experience and savour the attractions it brings whilst enjoying the fun that is available in all the venues, just as he assured that adequate measures have been put in place for security, traffic management, sanitation and health concerns to ensure safety of lives and property throughout the course of the fiesta.

 

Some of the a-list artistes expected to perform at this year’s OLF include Olamide, Teni, Slimcase, Mr Real, Humblesmith, Blackky, Mr P, Dr. Adewale Ayuba, Saheed Osupa, among many others.

 

 

Entertainment Industry Key To Nigeria’s Economic Growth

Entertainment Industry Key To Nigeria’s Economic Growth

…As VP Holds Special Evening With Stakeholders In Lagos

 

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday evening re-emphasised the importance of the entertainment industry to Nigeria’s economic growth, assuring that the sector would continue to enjoy support to maximize its potentials.

 

The duo spoke at an event organised for entertainers and tagged “An Evening with the Vice President” held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island and was well attended by scores of entertainers including actors, comedians and musicians, among others.

 

Osinbajo reassured stakeholders in the entertainment industry of the Federal Government’s commitment to support them to enhance national growth and development, adding that they remain key players in the nation’s all round development and Government was not oblivious of it.

 

The Vice President said he had met frequently with entertainers with a view to developing policies around the industry for economy growth, revealing that the government decided to create Technology and Creativity Advisory Council to see how the government could move the industry forward through proper policies, especially on how to address the issue of piracy.

 

“No sensible politician can ignore entertainers; if you do, you do so at your own risk. Entertainers also cannot ignore politicians; it is impossible. If you do, you do so at your own peril.

 

“Already, there is a lot going on. Your industry has to respond to what is going on. This industry is important and crucial to our economy.

 

“We must set up the environment that will make it happen. No environment is completely ready; whatever it is that we have at the moment, we have to make the maximum use of it to grow this industry,” he said.

 

He said it was gratifying that some entertainers were already in politics and urged others to participate, in order to make a change and a difference.

 

“Your support is actually important. What we need to do is to sit together and solve the problem. The country is what it is today because some people stole the treasure,” he said.

 

In his remarks, Governor Ambode said the State had always been the hub for entertainers and would continue to support the industry to grow the State’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

He also called for synergy between the Government and entertainers in order to create a convergence to grow the economy of not just the State, but also Nigeria.

 

“I just want to promise this time around that whatever it is that we have done as a government in the last three and half years, we have proven that the arts and entertainment industry can actually create a convergence with the culture of the city and then promote tourism using that convergence to grow the economy of Lagos and we have proven that.

 

“So, beyond our action there are other things that have to do with the framework, the things that have to do with copyright and access to capital to promote the entertainment industry and I hope that within the next one hour, we should be able to tell ourselves the truth on which way we can actually push this synergy to create that grows the GDP, not only of Lagos but the GDP of the whole country and we would be able to attract tourists to this country,” Governor Ambode said.

 

Also speaking, Sen. Goodwill Akpabio, who promised to support the industry as he had also been, assured the entertainers of government’s readiness to help them on issues of legislation.

 

Akpabio, who noted that the artistes were ambassadors of the country, urged them to promote Nigeria’s oneness.

 

Many of the artistes, who spoke at the event, identified the challenges in the industry as piracy, distribution of artistic works, poor power supply, lack of infrastructure, censorship, licensing, and access to credit facilities, among others.

 

Afrika Shrine Represents Culture, Strength, Music Of The Continent- Macron

Afrika Shrine Represents Culture, Strength, Music Of The Continent- Macron

…Visit Will Open New Vista Of Cooperation Between France And Lagos-  

…Insists State Remains Undeniable Destination For Business, Pleasure In Africa

 

President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday night made a historic visit to the Afrika Shrine, home of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, describing it as an iconic centre for the propagation of African culture, strength and music.

Macron, who spoke at the New Afrika Shrine in Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, at an event tagged ‘Celebration of African Culture’ to inaugurate the African Cultural Season 2020, said he was glad to be back to the Afrika Shrine, adding that he still holds fond memories of the place since his first visit back in 2002.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron (left) during the arrival of the French President at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron (left) during the arrival of the French President at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

“I discovered Nigeria and a lot of my friends are here. I discovered Nigeria and I discovered Lagos and I discovered the shrine. This place is an iconic place and it is a place where the best of music is given. I have to say my main memories about this place are friends, proud people, proud of their culture, proud of their art and music. I have a very different view of Africa than a lot of other people in Europe,” he said.

Macron stressed the need for Africa and Europe, especially France to build a new commonality, adding that “this new commonality is not based on what is important for Europeans but what is important for Africa, about their culture, how they build their culture and promote the culture and which places are important for them about their culture. Being here, I do recognize their culture and respect their views. This place is important for Africa and their culture and that is why I am here.”

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and Afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti (right) during the celebration of African Culture at the Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and Afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti (right) during the celebration of African Culture at the Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

He also disclosed plans to host the African Cultural Season 2020 in France, which he said, would be about promoting African culture in Europe, adding that the event was going to be for Africa and by African artistes.

“It will include people with fashion, African movies, new generation of artistes will be coming from Africa and it will be organized by them to show Europe and France” the real culture of Africa.

“The event will be financed by African leaders. It will not be sponsored by France or European businesses, but by African businesses, it is brand new. This season is a unique one and it will be the new face of Africa in Europe organize by Africans, providing what you like and what you have here,” he said.

At the official unveiling of Alliance Francaise, a French Cultural Centre in Lagos on Wednesday, Macron said the development was part of the measures to scale up the relationship between France and Nigeria, while also specifically offering the commitment of the government and people of France to development of infrastructural projects in Lagos.

“Thanks very much for being here; thanks very much for making this possible and to Mr Governor, we spoke yesterday and this morning together in the car. Going to shrine together yesterday and going to French Alliance now. It’s much more quite, much more calm and reasonable but at the end of the day, I think both of us (Governor Ambode and I) did share the same views that we can do tremendous things together.

“Your State – Lagos, is one of the main challenges of not just Nigeria but the whole of Africa. I mean this huge city, there is tremendous challenge about how to make people living together in peace, in a better place and I want France to be part of this story and I do want my country and my people being part of this experience. It means belonging same values, sharing cultures, languages, literatures, music, movies, building together projects, having common economic projects and so on, and this eco system will be not just possible but stronger staying in this place,” Macron said.

Earlier, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode while welcoming President Macron to the State, expressed optimism that the historic visit will go a long way to break any barriers between Nigeria and France as well as foster greater collaboration for economic, social and cultural growth.

The Governor said the State Government was delighted to host Macron, a well respected global leader, adding that it would also signal a new era between both countries, especially for Lagos where talents in the arts and creative industry abound.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron (left); Nigerian Music Act, Bankole Wellington ‘Banky W’ (right) when Master Karim Olamilekan presented a painting of the French President during the celebration of African Culture at the Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), with President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron (left); Nigerian Music Act, Bankole Wellington ‘Banky W’ (right) when Master Karim Olamilekan presented a painting of the French President during the celebration of African Culture at the Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

“On behalf of the government and good people of Lagos State, I welcome His Excellency, President Emmanuel Macron, President of France, to the commercial and cultural capital of Nigeria and indeed West Africa.

“We are delighted and honoured to be hosting a President of one of the world’s Super Powers; a permanent member of the United Nation’s Security Council with veto rights, a prominent member of the G8 and the World Trade Organisation and a champion of Global Climate Change.

The Governor said he was particularly delighted that Macron’s visit to Lagos began on a cultural and entertainment note, adding that the French Cultural Centre and Alliance Française based in the State had always been an asset to its cultural landscape in the same way that Trace Television had also become an invaluable addition to its music and entertainment sphere.

Governor Ambode said he was very optimistic Macron’s visit and activities would boost the State’s quest to become the culture and entertainment capital of Africa, just as he said that the State Government would seek to establish collaborations with France and play an integral part of the Year 2020 African Cultural Season in Paris as envisioned by President Macron.

“With the exceptional characteristics of our State as the most populous, vibrant and indeed the fifth richest economy on the African continent, Lagos is the undeniable destination for business and pleasure in Africa. The new Lagos experience is being enhanced daily as we continue to create an enduring infrastructural and security architecture for the business of tourism and cultural arts to thrive. This also creates a platform for our local talents to feel a sense of belonging and encouragement.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left), presents an art painting to President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron (4th right) during the celebration of African Culture at the Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. With them: Grammy award-winning musician, Angelique Kidjo (4th left); Special Adviser to the Governor, Lagos Global, Prof. Ademola Abass (3rd left); Afrobeat mucisian, Femi Kuti (2nd left); Mrs. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti (left); Nigerian Music Act, Bankole Wellington ‘Banky W’ (right) and others.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (4th left), presents an art painting to President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron (4th right) during the celebration of African Culture at the Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. With them: Grammy award-winning musician, Angelique Kidjo (4th left); Special Adviser to the Governor, Lagos Global, Prof. Ademola Abass (3rd left); Afrobeat mucisian, Femi Kuti (2nd left); Mrs. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti (left); Nigerian Music Act, Bankole Wellington ‘Banky W’ (right) and others.

“Mr. President, this momentous State Visit shall signal the dawn of a new era between France and Nigeria especially for the myriad of talents that have made Lagos their home,” the Governor said.

He said Macron’s emergence as the President of France has inspired many youths in Nigeria, who constitute 60 percent of the country’s population, adding that Lagos was providing avenues for youths to explore their creativity and talents.

There were also Art Exhibition, Fashion Show, display of Nollywood scenes, presentation of a painting of Fela to Macron by Governor Ambode as well as pencil frame artwork of Macron done by 11-old old Kareem Olamilekan drawn within two hours.

Highpoints of the night include sterling performances by dance group, Footprints of David, music artistes, Yemi Alade, Charlotte Dipanda from Kenya and a scintillating performance by Femi Kuti to bring the event to a close.

UNWTO/CAF Meeting: We’ll Showcase Lagos Tourism Potentials To The World- FG

UNWTO/CAF Meeting: We’ll Showcase Lagos Tourism Potentials To The World- FG

… Our Quest To Become Tourism Hub Of Africa On Course

The Federal Government on Thursday said that it has concluded plans to use its hosting right of the 61st edition of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)/ Commission for Africa (CAF) Meeting to showcase the culture and tourism potentials of Lagos and Nigeria in general.

Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Alausa in Ikeja, said Lagos would play a significant role in the success of the meeting considering its economic position in Nigeria and also as a foremost tourism city.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right); Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (4th right); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (4th left); Special Assistants to the President, Office of the Minister of Information & Culture, Mr. Williams Adeleye (3rd left); Mr. Segun Adeyemi (2nd right); Director, Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, Mrs. Ronke Wole-Fasanya (right); Deputy Director, Ms Dorothy Duruaku (2nd left); Assistant Director, Mr. Aliyu Abana (left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh (middle behind) and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (right behind)  during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right); Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (4th right); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (4th left); Special Assistants to the President, Office of the Minister of Information & Culture, Mr. Williams Adeleye (3rd left); Mr. Segun Adeyemi (2nd right); Director, Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, Mrs. Ronke Wole-Fasanya (right); Deputy Director, Ms Dorothy Duruaku (2nd left); Assistant Director, Mr. Aliyu Abana (left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh (middle behind) and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (right behind) during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Governor, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

He said though the UNWTO/CAF Meeting would hold in Abuja from June 4th to 6th, 2018, a major part of the event, tagged Technical Visit, would be held at the Eko Atlantic City, adding that the decision to hold the visit in Lagos was strategic and pivotal to the overall success of the programme.

“The choice is not an accident. It is designed to showcase to the world a city that promises to be a tourism haven, with the largest shopping mall in sub-Saharan Africa and a city which also boasts of vast amenities for entertainment, such as food courts, cinemas and playgrounds, an ample parking space and a canal that can be used for water transportation and water sports,” Mohammed said.

He said during the day-long Technical Visit, Governor Ambode would also play host to top executives of the UNWTO, African Tourism Ministers and a select group of local and international media, saying that it would be the major highlight of the meeting and that Lagos was better positioned to host it.

“The meeting will give Nigeria the opportunity to showcase itself to the world especially in the area of its culture and tourism and of course, we have a lot to showcase; our tourism attractions, our rich culture, as well as our music and films which have take the world by storm”.

The Minister said the UNWTO, a leading international organisation for tourism with a global membership of 158 members and over 500 Affiliate members unanimously gave Nigeria the hosting right for the Meeting during its 59th Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in April 2017, noting that it was a reflection of the growing positive perception of Nigeria by the international community.

He said the Meeting, which has the theme “Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst For Development”, would be attended by mostly delegates drawn from the 51 member states of the Commission for Africa, the Executives of UNWTO, International Organisations, local and international media as well as experts and stakeholders from the public and private sector.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed during the Minister’s courtesy visit to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Thanking the Governor for the strong support so far towards the success of the meeting, the Minister commended the move by the State Government to hold a Tourism Summit on Monday, saying that the development was in line with the Federal Government’s quest to make Nigeria a top tourism destination in Africa.

“We will not only be participating at the summit, we will also be making a presentation that showcases Nigeria as the preferred destination for tourists”, he said.

Responding Governor Ambode said the State Government was pleased to support moves by the Federal Government to preserve the rich culture and heritage of the nation, adding that his administration was also working hard to make the State the tourism hub of Africa.

“So, we are in tandem with your vision and aspirations to make sure that we tell Nigerians the way our story was and the way our story is and also be able to tell outsiders who we are and who we want to be. So, for me it’s a no brainer that I need to support you because this is also in line with what we believe strongly that Nigerians ought to do.

“In the last three years, we have tried as much as possible to promote our heritage and also promote our languages. We do not want a situation where the Nigerian culture which is so rich and diverse will become extinct and that is why we must do everything in our own capacity to ensure that everything that the Federal Government is doing through the Ministry of Information and Culture, in bringing the unity of Nigerian together, is supported by this government,” Governor Ambode said.

Pledging the support of the State Government for the success of the UNWTO/CAF Meeting, Governor Ambode assured that his administration would continue to provide the necessary infrastructure that would attract tourists to the State.

We want to showcase Lagos as a tourist State; our drive is to make Lagos the tourist hub of Africa; we are getting near it; we are providing tourism infrastructure and you could see because tourism is not so much about what you see; it’s about the infrastructure that makes it to happen – the roads, the airport, the ease of doing business, the warmth and then the strength of the people because there is so much energy in the spirit of Lagos,” the Governor said.