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By Chuks Nwanne
28 December 2019   |   4:13 am
Lagos, the entertainment capital of Nigeria, is currently agog, as fun loving Lagosians are trooping out in their thousands to be part of the Greater Lagos Extravaganza.

An artiste thrilling the crowd at the event

Lagos, the entertainment capital of Nigeria, is currently agog, as fun loving Lagosians are trooping out in their thousands to be part of the Greater Lagos Extravaganza. The groove, which opened on Christmas Day, will climax on December 31 with the crossover gig at Eko Atlantic City.

The shows have been electrifying in Ikorodu, Ikeja, Eko Atlantic City, Badagry and Epe, with many leading artistes entertaining the crowd free of charge, courtesy of Lagos State Government. On the way are A-list artistes, drone shows, exhibitions, dances, fireworks display, music, talent hunt and over 35 concerts from top-notch and upcoming artistes.

The likes of Olamide, Naira Marley, Zlatan, Seyi Shay, Fire Boy, Pretty Boy, Do Fire boy, Small Doctor, Atawewe, Mukaila, Lyta, CBlack, Idowu West, Dotman, Scraper, Oladips, King Perry, Reminisce, Skinny Airboy and a host of others are also billed to perform at the venues.

Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is billed to attend the shows in all the five locations. He was at the Badagry show yesterday, where Idowu West, Dotman and Scraper performed alongside other artistes.

Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Shuli Adebolu has expressed satisfaction with the large turnout of Lagosians at all the five locations; over 10,000 attended the Badagry show and 4,000 in Epe on the Christmas and Boxing Day.

Shuli noted that the free shows have been peaceful, with no records of security breaches in any of the locations.

Highlights of other events lined up for Lagosians and visitors, who have been trooping to the locations include new year fireworks display, announcement of the ultimate winner of the talent hunt discovery who will earn a spot at the proposed Lagos Film and Video Academy and other mouth-watering prizes for the top two finalists.

Speaking on some teething logistic problems experienced on the first day of the event, the Commissioner affirmed that they had been addressed.

She enjoined Lagosians to come out en-mass to any of the Centres in Badagry Grammar School, Epe Youth Centre, Ikorodu Town Hall, Agege Stadium and Eko Atlantic City.

Adebolu thanked all the sponsors for partnering with the Government to make this year’s event unprecedented. They include Guinness Nigeria, MultiChoice, Access Bank, Zenith Bank, Airtel Nigeria, Glo, Mikano, Sab Miller, Bet Naija, Indomie and Coca-Cola.

Also speaking, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso dismissed a report that the show did not begin at the same time in all the locations.

He insisted that the Government has delivered what it promised on the Greater Lagos 2020 Extravaganza. More excitement, he said, is coming at the various centres.

“I make bold to tell you that despite initial challenges, the show actually kicked-off in all the locations as planned, except in Agege. Besides this initial challenge that was swiftly addressed, I am glad to say that there have been no reports of security breaches, no trouble about managing the crowds and Lagos Television has been beaming it live,” the Commissioner said.

According to Omotoso, the event promises to be simply “unforgettable” in line with the Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s vision for a Greater Lagos, experience for all its participants and viewers across the globe.

In contemporary time, tourism can be clearly defined as the new socio-economic game changer. The economic potential of tourism is remarkable, with direct and indirect impact on wealth creation. It is a good public relations device through which a city, state or country could attract needed foreign investments. Cities like, Bangkok, London, Paris, Nairobi, Dubai and New York City are also top tourists’ destinations.

African countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt and South Africa are vigorously tapping into the expansive global tourism market. However, in Nigeria, tourism is still in its infancy. This is largely due to years of the oil boom and over dependent on the revenue from the sale of crude oil as well as weak infrastructure.

A major aspiration of the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu administration is to actualize its Greater Lagos vision across all sectors of the state. From inception till date, the administration has left no one in doubt of its resolve to move Lagos to a greater height.

One area that is currently being used as a springboard to reinforce the Greater Lagos agenda of the administration is the tourism sector. Upon his inauguration, Governor Sanwo-Olu promised to grow a tourism industry that would truly reflect and explore the diverse tourism potentials of the state. And true to his word, tourism related activities are being given a fresh impetus in the state, especially in this Yuletide season.