By NNAMDI OJIEGO
The Chairman of Black Heritage, Professor Wole Soyinka has assured Lagosians and indeed visitors who will be coming for the one week Lagos Heritage Festival scheduled to hold from April 16 to 25, that all is set to make the cultural ceremony a memorable one.
Soyinka, who addressed the press alongside other chairmen of the Heritage week, assured that some of the lapses witnessed during the last edition would not be experienced this year as adequate measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free carnival.
He said that apart from concentrating more on the quality of programmes mapped out for the occasion, that they have reduced the scale of activities for this year’s ceremony because of its coincidence with the 2011 general elections.
According to him, this has also necessitated the postponement of the overall theme of the carnival ‘Black Mediterranean’ to next year.
“Because we are reducing the scale, there is no real thematic core. It is going to be part and parcel of heritage. The animation of what used to be prison, for instance, is part of Nigerian heritage because, for those who passed through the prison, it is part and parcel of history. And by rehabilitating it, you are already indicating that you are a people of memory and transformation.” He said.
The professor of Theater Arts disclosed that the carnival is all encompassing as participants would be drawn from all parts of Lagos.
Also speaking at the briefing, the Chairman, Lagos State Water Regatta 2011, Engr. Olusegun Jawando said the Lagos State Water Regatta is a water-based cultural sporting and recreational event put together to exhibit diverse functions of the waterways as put to use, in the past years from community to community.
“It is one of the State festivals organized to promote the cultural heritage of the indigenous communities to the world and the sustainable development of the tourism potentials of Lagos State as part of the Black Heritage Festival week. In keeping with the policies of the State Government, we are extending our invitation to corporate organizations to partner with us in making the water regatta an all inclusive event for Lagos State.”