Greater Nigeria Independence Cruise: Double celebration for Goge Africa
Following the debut of the multiple award-winning culture and travel TV show, Goge Africa, on October 1, 1999, same day as Nigeria’s Independence Day anniversary, the show, in commemoration of these two epochal anniversaries for this year (Nigeria at 61 and Goge Africa at 22), in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Lagos Ferry Services, feted over 150 people to a boat cruise.
Under the theme Greater Nigeria Independence Cruise, the people aboard the expansive MV Adimu Orisa Ferry, along the waterways of Lagos state.
The event, which was a progressive synergy between the government, tourism practitioners, entertainers and water transport sector players led by the doyen of Lagos waterways, Lagferry, featured lip-smacking cuisines, networking parley and lots of entertainment including an electrical performance by ace dancehall musical act, Blacky.
The CEO, Goge Africa, Isaac Moses who reminisced over memories, recounted the debut of the show on television and the company’s dedication to the development and promotion of domestic tourism in Nigeria and Africa.
Speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism Arts and Culture, Solomon Bonu pointed out that the event was organised within a couple of days by Goge Africa with his collaboration, to showcase the viability of Lagos tourism.
Noting the importance of the waterways in the promotion of tourism in Lagos State, the Commissioner of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf said using the waterway would make it easier for Lagos residents to move from one destination to another. “This is why we encourage the public to continue to use our waterways.”
Managing Director, Lagferry, Ladi Balogun, who also noted that the adoption of the waterways is an excellent alternate means of transportation in Lagos, encouraged residents to see it as a viable and reliable alternative to road transportation, not only to commute people, but also for entertainment, tourism and social events on the waterway.
“This will give way for multi-modal transportation,” he said
Other dignitaries present at the occasion were the Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi, the Chief Corporate Services Officer at MTN Nigeria Tobe Okigbo and his wife Chioma Okigbo, tourism entrepreneurs were represented by Nnenna Fakoya-Smith, others.