As it’s customary to state celebrations and the achievements of giant strides by policy makers, the Lagos State government has chosen to celebrate her 50th year of existence in grand style through a number of arts and recreational activities. According to the programme brochure of the Lagos At 50 Planning Committee released by the co-Chairman, Mr Habeeb Fasinro, activities have been scheduled to run from today, Saturday, April 8 to Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Beginning with ‘Waka-The Musical’, a special stage play that is a fusion of music and drama as directed by an ace producer and director, Bolanle Austen-Peters at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, the celebration promises to leave a lasting impression on Lagosians. Other events lined up for the celebration include a three-day Broadway Musical Concert tagged ‘Fela’. The concert would be a combined effort of two theatre companies– Broadway Production and the Royal National Theatre Production. It would feature the glory days of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and celebrate his pioneering music–the Afrobeat.
After the Broadway Musical Concert on the 13th, a water display of culture and tradition would hold on the creeks and lagoons of Lagos on the 15th in the coastal communities of Epe, Badagary and Lagos Island. During this period, boats would be beautifully decorated to display the city’s socio-cultural traditions and potential tourist centres. Meanwhile, ‘Isale Eko’, a satirical stage play specifically written to commemorate the celebration would hold concurrently on the 14th and 15th respectively at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. It’s a play that’s inspired by Ayo Badmus to depict the Lagos of 14th Century.
On the 30th, ‘Jazz meets fashion’ takes the centre stage. The event is the combination of Jazz music and the celebration of the evolvement of unique fashion trends in Lagos over the years. Performing acts at the events include a Grammy award-winning Jazz artiste and a handful of beautiful local musicians. The organizers also found a way to weave the celebration around workers on May 1. On this day, the state will celebrate both active and retired civil servants with a special parade in the morning at Agege Stadium and a special dinner in the evening.
On May 5, five of the highest grossing Nigerian box office movies, and five Nollywood classics would be screened to local audiences in the five divisions of the State – Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe. Other events are Lagos Dance Exhibition, Ibile Comedy Challenge, Lagos Carnival, Eyo Festival and the grand finale–Historic Gala Night on May the 27th.