Lagos State to build five new arts theatres

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); foremost Movie Producer/Director, Mr. Tunde Kelani (2nd left); wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Bagudu (left); veteran actor & actress, Olu Jacobs (3rd right); Joke Silva (2nd right) and Acting Commissioner & Special Adviser, Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola (right) during the LUFODO Productions Show entitled *Heartbeat The Musical...A New Beginning* at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on Sunday

Lagos State Government is planning to build five new arts theatres across the State as part of efforts to engage the youths and promote tourism through arts and entertainment.

At a stage play titled ‘Heartbeat The Musical…A New Beginning’ held at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the theatres would be up and running before the end of 2017.

Speaking after the stage play directed by Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva, Governor Ambode said he was thoroughly impressed by the production of the play.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left), exchanging pleasantries with foremost Movie Producer/Director, Mr. Tunde Kelani (2nd left) during the LUFODO Productions Show entitled *Heartbeat The Musical…A New Beginning* at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on Sunday, December 11, 2016. With them are wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr.
Zainab Bagudu (left); veteran actor & actress, Olu Jacobs (3rd right); Joke Silva (2nd right) and Writer of the play, *Heartbeat The Musical…A New Beginning,* Toyin Otudeko (right).

According to him, it is a confirmation that Lagos is not only the destination for arts, culture and entertainment, but has active youths ready to showcase their talents.

“I never believed I could sit down for two hours, I thought I would just pop in briefly and then leave, but this is awesome and fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it. We are already engaging the Terra Kulture and we are speaking to another consultant and the truth is that we want to have the theatres in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Alimosho and on the Mainland; we already have one in Victoria Island, but the truth is that this is where the energy of Lagos is.

It’s not so much about physical infrastructure, but 67 per cent of the Lagos population is below the age of 35, so we need to start  finding things to keep the younger ones more creative and then open the space for them to be able to just show their talents,” the
Governor stressed.

Governor Ambode also said that the State Government was fine-tuning plans ahead of the climax of its Lagos @ 50 celebrations coming up on May 27, 2017, adding that several events that would promote the arts and entertainment sector would be incorporated in the celebration.