Lagos – Some tourists at the annual Lagos carnival on Monday commended the state government for the richness of the cultural heritage exhibited by participants at the carnival.
The tourists told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Tafawa Balewa Square carnival ground that the carnival was of high standard and could compete with similar carnivals globally.
Michael Duncan, a tourist from the U.S., said that Nigeria was indeed blessed with diverse beautiful cultures.
He said he had watched the Brazilian Rio de Janeiro carnival, which he described as of same quality and standard as the annual Lagos carnival.
Duncan said he attended the carnival for the first time last year and the great fun made him to come back.
Alhassan Aziz, a tourist from the United Arab Emirate, said the carnival had become a yearly ritual for him and his family.
“I am a businessman, who shuttles between Lagos and Dubai, but am always here during the Easter holiday with my family.
He said that he was so impressed with the display of high cultural heritage and commended the state government for the initiative.
Aziz commended government for providing adequate security and lots of fun at the colorful event.
“After shuttling up and down for months it is not too much to give my family a treat by spending quality time with them in an atmosphere of festivity and love,” he said.
Miss Mario Roberto, an Italian, said she was attracted to the carnival by the display of African culture, colour and glamour.
“I enjoy the music and the food and the hospitality too,” she said.
Roberto urged the state government to take advantage of the opportunity and make it a global event as the Rio carnival to boost tourism in the state.
She said this became imperative because the carnival ranked among the best in the world and Lagos had all the requirements for international festival.
Aliu,a resident of Abeokuta, Ogun State, said there was so much hype about the carnival.
“I am really having fun. I am not at all disappointed. I want this replicated in my state. It’s really nice seeing people dancing and socialising,” he said.
NAN reports that the carnival featured youths, mostly students in colorful costumes and floats dancing to music, while over 20,000 spectators were thrilled by the exercise.
The spectators included Lagos Gov. Babatunde Fashola, his wife, Abimbola, some members of the state executive council and some prominent Nollywood artistes. (NAN)