Hurray!!! The great city of Lagos@50. Lagos is the most vibrant city in Nigeria, known as the financial hub of Africa with exciting non-stop nightlife.”Lasgidi” or “Eko” as it is fondly called is already showing signs of becoming a 24hours city. Lagos never sleeps is in the same bracket as cities such as New York, Paris, Las Vegas, Mumbai. The long awaited celebration of Lagos@50 kicked off on April 8, 2017. According to the Planning Committee of Lagos@50, the events lined up for the celebration have been carefully selected to outline the journey of the state from 1967 till date. Lagos is currently decorated with billboards of notable personalities such as Aliko Dangote, Wole Soyinka, Sunny Irabor, Banky W., Joke Silva and the incumbent governor of Lagos Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to highlight the contributions of the city of Lagos to their success story.
The celebration of Lagos@50 started with the Waaka Musical held at Muson Centre on the 8th of April, 2017. Following this, there was Fela Concert on the 13th of April and a boat regatta parade that displayed the culture and tradition of Lagos on the 15th of April.
Here is a list of the other events happening over the next month to celebrate Lagos@50.
April 29, 2017: Jazz Meets Fashion!:
This event will spotlight Lagos as the fashion central on the continent while showcasing top notch Jazz performances from different artistes. It will be happening live at Eko Hotel & Suite on the 29th of April, featuring Lagos Grammy award winning Jazz artistes such as Dede Mabiaku, Waje, Heavywind, Yinka Davies, Najee, Joss Stone and the popular fashion icon Lisa Folawiyo.
May 1, 2017: Special Parade by the Civil Servants
May 1st will be a special worker’s day event atAgege stadium where a parade will be done by both active and retired civil servants in the morning. A special dinner in the evening will be held to commemorate International Workers Day. Dignitaries and official members of the House of Representative will be in attendance.
May 1- 5, 2017: Art performance and Lagos Contemporary Dance Festival
There will be a series of performances happening at Freedom Park, Lagos Island and National Theatre at Iganmu. It is going to be a long week featuring Lagos contemporary dance festival and art performances. The week will end in grand style at different divisions of the state – Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe – where five of the best Nollywood films and Nollywood classics will be screened for the local audience.
May 7, 2017: Lagos Laughs and Ibile Comedy Challenge
To celebrate “World Laughter Day” Lagos will feature 50 best stand-up comedians. A competition will be held between upcoming comedians to discover new talents in the country.
May 13, 2017: The Lagos Carnival
The famous Lagos Carnival will be happening on the Island and Mainland zones of the states. It is an event that you don’t want to miss. Lagos carnival is always filled with troops displaying beautiful costumes and various entertainment which includes music and dancing. The carnival portrays an extensive mixture of the Nigerian, Brazilian and Cuban heritage of Lagos city.
May 20, 2017: The Eyo Festival
The Eyo festival will make a grand return at Tafawa Balewa Square after its last performance five years ago. The Eyo Festival, also known as Adamu Orisa play, is a Lagos festival that is believed to manifest the impact of Brazil in Nigerian traditions. The white-clad Eyo masquerades represent the spirits of the dead and are referred to in Yoruba as “AgogoroEyo”. This festival has historically attracted over 10,000 tourists from around the world.
May 25, 2017: A Boxing Match Between Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Evander Holyfield
It will be happening at Eko Atlantic as a contribution to the 50th-anniversary celebration of the creation of Lagos. The event which was formally announced in Atlanta, Georgia on March 23, 2017, by the Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka will be a boxing match between the former governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Evander Holyfield, the 5 times World Boxing champion. This event is expected to attract an estimated 5,000 guests.
May 27, 2017: The Grand Finale of Lagos@50
This marks the grand finale of Lagos@50 which is on the same day as the Children’s Day Celebration. It will feature a historic gala night with a rich blend of good music, best of Lagos cuisine, a photo exhibition that captures the beauty and uniqueness of the city.
Wouldn’t you love to partake in colouring the city of Lagos during its 50 days celebration? If you are not in Lagos, visit www.travelstart.com.ng to book your affordable flights so that you won’t miss any of these exciting events.