December 4, 2022

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FOLLY COKER ANNOUNCES HIS ARRIVAL AS COMMISSIONER FOR TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE WITH “ONE LAGOS FIESTA”

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imageGive the right man the job and you can jump into the bed and sleep peacefully and soundly. That is exactly what is happening in the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, where man about town, Mr. Folly Coker, is now in charge. The gentleman who understands entertainment like the back of his hands is planning something great and grand this yuletide for Lagosians and all those who will be in Lagos this season. Hear how he captured it during a press conference he addressed: ‘Distinguished colleagues, friends, ladies and gentlemen, I warmly welcome you to this press conference to announce the hosting of the biggest end-of-year fiesta holding in Lagos this year.
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, 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).
The “One Lagos Fiesta” is 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.
The festival- like event will happen simultaneously in all the 5 locations from 27th December – 1st January, 2016. The event is aimed at showcasing the State’s cultural heritage and the art it projects with distinction.
Over 50 artistes are expected to perform for over 300 hours at this year’s event across the 5 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 launching 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. On this note, we seek your collaboration and partnership for these five days of festivities. Let us partner in redefining Lagos as the heartbeat of Africa as we welcome in 2016.’

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UBA Foundation Rings in The Yuletide Season, Lights Up the Lagos Marina Africa’s Global bank, United Bank for Africa, through its Corporate Social Responsibility Arm, the UBA Foundation, on Tuesday, held its annual Christmas Lighting ceremony to mark the start of the festive season. The brilliant Christmas Lights of the UBA Foundation Gardens at the UBA Head Office on the Marina in Lagos, were activated by the bank’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Alawuba, in a grand ceremony which was witnessed by key management staff and some customers of the bank. Alawuba, who addressed attendees at the ceremony, reiterated that the annual Lighting event is a symbol of hope for the coming year, the future and all the goodness it will bring into people’s lives. Alawuba said, “The UBA Foundation is focused on touching lives and giving back to its host communities. UBA through its foundation, the UBA Foundation desire remains is committed to improving lives in whatever way we can. We want to give back always and this event is quite symbolic as it represents the affinity we have towards our customers, employees and associates as well as our communities.” The CEO of the UBA Foundation, Mrs Bola Atta, said that the Christmas lighting ceremony was important for the Foundation adding: “Today is significant. All over the world, it is known in the advent period as Giving Tuesday. It is a time to give back to those who don’t have enough. It is a time to shine light on others, to give hope and give gifts. Today we gave out a lot of gifts and people were happy as we lit up the Foundation gardens to symbolise joy and hope. We are constantly reminded as an institution, of our promise to continue to touch lives and show kindness. In these difficult times, sharing even a little bit, goes a long way.” The lighting ceremony was attended by UBA staff members and customers who were serenaded with Christmas carols by the UBA Customer Fulfilment Centre’s choir. It ended with a guided tour around the UBA Foundation gardens on the Lagos Marina. Over the years, the UBA Foundation has been very active in creating sustainable development in its host communities and as part of its corporate social responsibility, the Foundation will be feeding tens of thousands of people across Africa during this festive season. UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the UBA Group, is committed to the socio-economic betterment of the communities in which the bank operates, focusing on development in the areas of Education, the Environment, Economic Empowerment and other Special Projects.

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