BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI &Â JAPHET ALAKAM
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola hasÂ appealed to Nigerians to support the state government in its effort towardsÂ projecting its rich cultural heritage and that of the country to the rest of the world.Â Fashola made the appeal yesterday while flagging off Lagos Black Heritage Festival and Lagos Carnival at a colourful event replete with beautiful cultural performances from troupes across the country.
The event held at the Lagoon Restaurant, Lagos was attended by Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, traditional rulers, and top government functionaries, foreigners, tourists, among others.
Dance groups such as Agbon Dance from Ile Ife,(Osun State ) Gbedu Oba, (Lagos), Obitun Dance, (Ondo), among others, staged performances in front of the venue before the arrival of the governor to the admiration of the audience, while the icing on the cake came with the performance by the Lagos State Arts and Culture troupe which signalled the commencement ofÂ the programme.
Fashola, in his opening remark, added a fourth dimension to the theme of the festival which he tagged â€˜â€˜Eko the city of a thousand masks,â€™â€™ stressing that the week-long event, holding in selected venues in Lagos, with Badagry as home of the festival, promises to be exciting like the just concluded MNET Face of Africa and Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) stagedÂ in 1977 in the state.
Explaining that it will also signal to the rest of the world that the state is a home of diverse opportunities, the governor pointed out that Badagry identified few centuries ago as a Port of No Return, would now become a point of triumphant return as the festival would harp on the achievements of black people.