Nigeria marks International Jazz Day

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

It was a gathering of who is who in the socio-political and cultural circles as Nigeria marked the International Jazz Day in Lagos on Saturday.

National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his wife Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the former of governor of Ogun State Chief Olusegun Osoba , Senator Gbega Ashafa and the traditional ruler of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu were among dignitaries that graced the Jazz Fiesta hosted by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House located in Ikeja.

Also, members of the diplomatic corps were not left out at the star-studded concert tagged “Evening of Jazz with Governor Ambode.” 

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The governor who explained that the objective was to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all nooks and crannies of the globe; explained that Lagos International Jazz Day was carefully tailored to showcase the tourism potentials of the State to the World.

The governor reiterated his administration’s strong commitment to use tourism, hospitality, sports, entertainment and arts to grow the economy of the state, assuring that nothing would be spared in transforming Lagos to the tourism hub of Africa.

“We want to emulate and even surpass the International Jazz Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, and then be on the world stage and that is the significance of this collaboration that we have decided to go into. During the electioneering campaign, we did promise that we will use entertainment and arts, tourism and sports to propel Lagos to the next level and this is one of the ways through which we hope to achieve that. We want to use entertainment to grow our economy, create jobs for the people and create that global picture of what Lagos is and what Lagos is not,” Ambode stressed.

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He said Lagos State apart from being the financial and commercial hub of Nigeria, his administration will work hard to equally transform Lagos to the tourism hub of Africa.

“Like you are all aware, Lagos is the financial and commercial hub of Nigeria and we want to be the tourism hub of Africa and we are going to use the Jazz family to start that journey and that is why we are hosting the concert here at the Lagos House,” he said.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had officially designated April 30 as international Jazz Day.