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Folly Coker shows his stuff as Commissioner,introduces ONE LAGOS FIESTA

Folly Coker shows his stuff as Commissioner,introduces ONE LAGOS FIESTA

When you put the right man on a job that has been his forte for years, all you would be expecting is excellent performance and sterling ideas.
This is certainly the case with Mr. Folly Coker, The Commissioner in charge of  Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture as he revealed grand plans for everyone this yuletide.
The amiable gentleman who understands entertainment like the back of his hands has announced that Lagos, the Centre of Excellence, will be hosting the biggest end-of-year fiesta in the country,  a mega event called the One Lagos Fiesta!
According to Mr. Coker ” Upon my assumption of office as the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, part of my brief was to ensure continuation of the Lagos Countdown tradition which ran for 3 years.
Furthermore, I was charged with seeking ways and means to improve the expression of our culture which produces a unique theatrical, musical and culinary art.
“In the light of this, we reviewed the successes recorded so far with the Lagos Countdown and settled for a model that will turn the entire State into one community; celebrating change and the achievement of the past year with a strong expression of hope for the year ahead.
“Lagos prides itself as the economic and socio-cultural hub of sub-Saharan Africa with a flamboyant multi-cultural expression of its art. It is home to people from all parts of Africa and serves as a pot of diverse language groups.
The people of Lagos are known for hard work and a “can-do” attitude which is complimented with a jovial spirit for celebration, especially during the festive period.
“Our plan is to take advantage of these attributes and identify with the citizens in a one community, one celebration and one purpose approach.
“It is my pleasure to officially announce to you “One Lagos Fiesta”.The Fiesta is to further the tradition of the crossover celebration in the State; but this time, with an expanded venue format spread across the State.
As you are aware, Lagos is divided into 3 senatorial districts made up of East, Central and West, and further subdivided into 5 regions, called IBILE- which is an acronym for the various administrative zones namely; Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe. Consequently, we have decided to take the crossover party to Agege Stadium (Ikeja), Badagry Stadium (Badagry), Ikorodu Town Hall (Ikorodu), Bar Beach (Lagos) and Epe Youth Center (Epe).”
He stated further that The “One Lagos Fiesta” will be a 5-day celebration of entertainment with lights, fun, food and drink, comedy, dance and theatre, with a strong infusion of the culture of each location.
Nothing that the festival- like event will happen simultaneously in all above five mentioned locations from December 27 – January 1, 2016. And that the event is aimed at showcasing the State’s cultural heritage and the art it projects with distinction.
He continued “Over 50 artistes are expected to perform for over 300 hours at this year’s event across the five locations and over one million people will welcome 2016.
“It will be the biggest crossover party in Sub-Saharan Africa. We have made adequate arrangements for security, traffic management and sanitation, health and safety and urge the public to continue to be vigilant at all times.
” On Tuesday, we will hold a soft launch of “OLF” at Freedom Park, from 7pm-10pm and on Thursday hold a party night at a venue to be announced with the artistes billed to perform during the 5-day event.”
He has enjoined Lagosians and visitors alike to get ready for a great ball while seeking  their collaboration to ensure that the event aimed and reestablishing  Lagos as the heartbeat of  Africa is a huge success.

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