Lagos State– the commercial hub of west Africa and the pride of Nigeria unveiled the hash tag ‘Lagos@50 Planning Committee’ on Monday at the Banquet Hall in Lagos House, Ikeja, Co-chair of the Lagos @ 50 Planning Committee, Prof. Ademola Abass, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, Mrs. Chika Balogun and Mr Habeeb Fasinro.
Mr. Habeeb Fasinro disclosed that a line of activities, while addressing a world press conference Mr. Habeeb Fasinro, said that the events lined up for the celebration has been carefully highlighted to tell the story and journey from 1967 when the State was created till date. That on the…
8th April 2017 – the event would commence with a special Musical Play tagged “Wakaa” produced and directed by ace producer and director, Bolanle Austen-Peters at the site of Lagos heritage Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos.
13th April 2017 – a three-day Broadway Musical Concert tagged “FELA” that would feature the life and times and the Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and celebrate his pioneering music to be performed by a combined cast of the original Broadway production and the Royal National Theatre production under Bill T. Jones.
15th April 2017 – a Boat Regatta parade would also hold in Epe Local Government Area, Badagry Local Government Area and Lagos Island Local Government Area to showcase the State’s aquatic asset to residents, tourists and guests,
30th April 2017 – a Jazz Meets Fashion event would take place and would see Grammy award winning Jazz artistes share the stage with Nigerian musicians while the evolution of fashion in Lagos State over the past 50 years will also dominate the runway.
1st May 2017 – a Special Workers’ Day celebration by both active and retired civil servants with a special parade in the morning at the Agege Stadium and a dinner in the evening
5th May 2017 – five of the highest box office films and five evergreen films would be screened to local audience in the five divisions of the State including Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe respectively.
13th May 2017 – a Lagos Carnival would also hold in the Lagos Island and Lagos Mainland respectively and extend to the different communities and ethnic groups in Lagos,
20th May 2017 – the Eyo Festival, which was staged five years ago, would make a grand return at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan.
24th May 2017 – all former Governors of the State will join Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in council for a Special State Executive Council Session, while the Judiciary and House of Assembly would hold same on May 18 and May 22 respectively.
27th May 2017 – the grand finale which coincides with Children’s Day Celebration would feature a historic gala night that would have a rich blend of good music and the best of Lagos cuisine, photo exhibition and the unveiling of a special coffee table book that captures the essence of Lagos through the lens of 50 accomplished photographers.
He said though the 50-day celebration ends on May 27, the celebration of the State’s Golden Jubilee would continue beyond throughout the year with series of festivals and events to celebrate the State’s rich cultural heritage.
The committee urges the generality of the public to key into the various events, that the anniversary is “a celebration of Lagosians, by Lagosians, and for Lagosians”.