Lagos Govt Partners Firm To Market State’s Tourism, Artistic Asset

The Lagos State Government has partnered with a firm, to market and project the artistic products as well as the tourism potential of the state to the global world.

The Programme Director, Dozie Atueyi, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Lagos.

Atueyi said that the partnership would ensure proper harnessing of Lagos music, arts, dance, crafts, culture and tourism potential to be projected to the world.

He said in the process of executing this project, the state tourism and cultural potential would be transported for exhibitions in cities like Toronto, Istanbul and London.

He noted that the exhibition which would be tagged “Lagos Arts and Tourism Expo”, would go a long way in attracting tourists to the country as well as boosting Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings.

“We are out to project Nigeria, most especially Lagos to the world, we want to reverse a trend of people wanting to go abroad but there are lots of opportunities here.

“We will be projecting Lagos aquatic offerings, tourism potential, cultural assests, fabrics of adire, artworks and all manner of crafts.

“This is to make Lagos the most preferred destination for tourism, leisure and business.

“These tourism, cultural potential, arts and crafts will be exhibited in Istanbul from Oct. 5 to 9, in London from Nov. 16 to 20 and in Toronto from Dec. 14 to 18,” he said.

Atueyi appreciated the state government for the support enjoyed so far.

Also, Ayoola Sadare, Founder, Lagos International Jazz Festival, one of the partners for the project, said that authentic music from the city of Lagos would be projected cutting across Fuji, Jazz and Afrobeats.

According to him, the project is not a relocation plan for Nigerians to travel abroad but an opportunity for the products of their creativity to be exported for patronage.

He said the exhibition would create viable marketing platforms for Nigerian music, arts, tourism and culture.

Todin Olukuade, Creative Director, FC Accessories, who specialises in turning storytelling of cities to works of arts, said he would be relaying the stories of Lagos in some works of arts which would be exhibited as accessories.

Olukuade said these accessories would be coming in form of household materials and souvenirs.

Triumph Dominon, the sponsorship consultant, expressed her love for the rich and diverse culture of Lagos State, urging Nigerians to take pride in their culture.

“I love Nigeria and specifically Lagos State with its huge wealth of culture, we should learn to appreciate ourselves.

“People said Lagos is crazy but New York is crazier, we must learn to appreciate our Lagos,” she said.

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