2018 ONE LAGOS FIESTA press brief- Lagos State Government

2018 ONE LAGOS FIESTA press brief- Lagos State Government

THE ADDRESS OF THE HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER FOR TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE, MR. STEVE AYORINDE, AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE ON 2018 ONE LAGOS FIESTA HELD ON MONDAY, 3RD DECEMBER, 2018 AT THE BAGAUDA KALTHO PRESS CENTRE, ALAUSA.

Gentlemen of the Press

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

I am most delighted to welcome you all to this Press Conference to formally announce the intention of the State Government, in collaboration with our corporate partners, to host this year’s edition of the State’s flagship Yuletide revue which you all know as One Lagos Fiesta.

The event, without doubt, has become the biggest end-of-the-year entertainment brand in Africa as it provides an unparallel platform for residents and visitors, both old and young, to relax and enjoy themselves in a secured environment.

As a Government, we are encouraged by the noticeable achievements recorded as a result of hosting this event and we are taking advantage of this year’s edition to fete millions of Lagosians who have supported this initiative running for the 4th consecutive year. The One Lagos Fiesta draws parallel with other international cross over events in the world especially in the countdown night of December 31, and with the unique features associated with the fiesta, it is anticipated to attract over 2million direct participants across the State and over 90million viewers via live television and live streaming on social media.

As you may be aware, Lagos prides itself as the economic and socio-cultural hub of Africa with vibrant expression of its art. Therefore, it has always been the tradition of this Administration to use this instrument as springboard to drive development and market the State’s potentials to domestic and foreign investors who will contribute meaningfully towards making Lagos Africa’s model megacity.

In this direction, there are some reputable private organizations that share the same vision and support us in this enviable drive. The State Government believes that the platform has and will continue to engender economic development, empowerment of the people and promote tourism. This is exemplified by the fact that besides entertainment, OLF offers upcoming artistes and tradesmen ample opportunity to showcase their talents and market their products which fits into the agenda of the Akinwunmi Ambode administration.

In line with the policy of inclusiveness associated with this Administration, this year’s OLF will continue in its tradition of holding across the five divisions for eight consecutive days. Like last year’s edition, the venues remain: Agege (in Agege Stadium), Victoria Island (at Bar Beach/Eko Atlantic City), Badagry (in Badagry Grammar School), Epe (at Epe Marina Waterfront) and Ikorodu (in Ikorodu Town Hall). It will commence, like the previous editions, on the eve of Christmas, 24th December and will run till the wee hours of the New Year.

Festivities for theOne Lagos Fiesta typically include: Kiddies Corner (This willrun from 12.00p.m to 6.00p.m with various activities like bouncing Castle,Rodeo Bull, Carrousels, etc.)

Cultural performances

Stage Plays

Talent Hunt (Lagos Grows Talent). This hasalways been an important segment of the fiesta. It is a grassroot competitionwhich provides a platform for youths to compete using their talents in the areasof music, dance, comedy and other creative activities. The objective is todiscover, celebrate and reward budding talents amongst the youth in the State.

Live Music Concert, which willfeature trending DJs and MCs and performances by popular Nigerian artistes andmusicians, will run from 6.00p.m till 12 midnight).

With its theme this year as: A December To Remember – A Celebration of the People that One Lagos Fiesta is not just about celebrating the end of one year, it is also a period filled with exciting activities for everyone. It is also a hub for children and adults who want top-notch entertainment.

In this vein, Gentlemen of the press, I am pleased to announce that this year’s edition will witness the introduction of a raffle draw for the purpose of winning a brand new saloon car, courtesy of one of our partners, CIG Motors. The competition is open to only residents of Lagos State who are up to 18 years of age and are in possession of a valid Permanent Voter’s Card PVC. Every individual that resides in Lagos and wishes to participate is a potential winner of the vehicle. Entries will open on Thursday, 6th December and close on Wednesday, 26thDecember 2018. Entries will be submitted strictly online through the OLF website. The winner is expected to emerge through a raffle draw which will be conducted on the 31st December, 2018 at Eko Atlantic City venue. There are other consolation prizes to be won.

On behalf of the State Government, I wish to express immense gratitude to our past and current major sponsors, who have lent their financial assistance to ensure that the programme continues to run; and all the artistes, vendors, technical partners and participants generally. In particular, our appreciation goes to our long-standing partners, Nigerian Breweries PLC,  Pepsi, Glo, Dangote Group, GTBank; JMI, XEnergy and Eko Atlantic and the new entrants, CIG Motors. We cannot thank you enough.

Finally, I wish to use this opportunity to encourage Lagosians and visitors to explore and experience the fiesta and savour the attractions it brings whilst enjoying the fun that is available in all the venues of the event. In this regard, I wish to particularly assure participants that adequate measures have been put in place for security, traffic management, sanitation and health concerns to ensure safety of lives and property throughout the course of the fiesta.

I thank you for your attention. Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lo Jewalogun

Mr. Steve Ayorinde

Honourable Commissioner

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture

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