The Lagos State Government and it’s Governor Akinwunmi Ambode are currently trending on Twitter following a viral video of impromptu repair of roads that leads to the Shrine, ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s visit.
Nigerians who reacted to the viral video, called out the Lagos State Government over the act they described as ‘eye service’. Here is the video and some comments below;
The Lagos State government also announced that there would be a traffic diversion and restricted movement from 12 noon to 12 midnight on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, around the Alausa, African Shrine/Agidingbi axis, following President Macron’s visit.
“While we regret the inconvenience that this might cause the public, especially those who live and work in the area, we appeal that you kindly bear with us during this period and make use of the alternative routes provided,”, Salaam said.
The evening will feature concerts, fashion shows by leading African designers and a meeting with stars from Nigeria’s booming Nollywood film industry.
Macron, who is currently visiting the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to attend an African Union summit on Sunday, will go on to Abuja (Nigeria’s capital) for talks with his counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari on security and terrorism, before coming to Lagos.
The New Afrika Shrine located at Ikeja Lagos was built after the original Shrine by the musical maverick, Fela was burnt down in 1977.
“The Shrine is a must-see place,” said Olivier Laouchez, the head of the TRACE media and entertainment group and organiser of the event Macron will attend, adding that Lagos is “Africa’s cultural capital”.
Some tourism stakeholders on Monday however said that the planned visit by President Emmanuel Macron of France to the African Shrine in Lagos, would further boost inbound tourism in the country.
They said in separate interviews in Lagos that it would also boost the positive image of the country’s culture, music and arts before the outside world. Mr Ikechi Uko, the founder of AKWAABA Travel Tourism Market said to have a president of a country like France that can attract lots of visitors to Africa would place the African Shrine on a global map.