The city of Lagos will experience entertainment, glitz and glamour extraordinaire today as it hosts 54 top musicians drawn from all African countries at the African International Music Festival, taking place at the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Ikegun Village, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.
The epoch-making event which is a brilliant initiative of Ambassador Wale Akinboboye, organised and packaged by Motherland Beckons Initiative in conjunction with the Association of African Ambassadors and diplomat, is aimed at ensuring the domestication of the creative industry for the growth, unity and economic brotherhood of Africa, for Africans and by Africans.
Speaking to Showtime about the festival, Prince Adekunle Adeyemo, Executive Assistant to the President, Motherland Beckons Initiative, noted thus;
“African International Music Festival is predicated upon the need to sow neatly and tightly the loose intra-cultural tourism relationship in Africa. It is a trite in the concept of nation building that the cultural ingredients of values, norms, mores and its strong pillars such as language and music are pivots of unity. Music is a potent weapon of intercultural understanding, appreciation and miscegenation. Good rhythm is sans borders”.
He added, “It’s going to be the best conglomeration of African musical acts in a single event. It is an event which will parade musical icons such as King Sunny Ade, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey, Shina Peter, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Femi Kuti, Lagbaja, Sunny Nneji, among others who are not performing but making appearances.”
Speaking further, he noted; that ‘there will be unlimited fun, good music, dance, display and cultural stunts as Anu the Lady Ekwe, Olo Omidan bata, Ara-Thunder, Wole Oni, Leslie Molds of Cameroon, Don Bra Don of Kenya, Joseph Chea of Liberia, Ammal of Uganda, Agossou Koffi Alphonse of Togo, Adigun Olohun Iyo, Choni the Cellist from USA, Kola Ogunkoya- Gbedu Master, Kareem Peterson, USA, Akeem Lasisi, Beriola and others are not only ready but on the ground for the event.”