Greater Lagos Fiesta: A Triad of Culture, Talent, and Economic Boost

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The Lagos State Government kicks off the eagerly anticipated Countdown 2024 Greater Lagos Fiesta today, promising three days of unrestricted revelry across multiple locations in the state.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, assured the public during a press conference that the festivities would run until the morning of January 1, offering a diverse array of cultural activities, entertainment, and economic opportunities.

With an expected turnout of over 25,000 participants, the event spans key Ibile zones, including Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja, Lagos Island, and Epe. The ambitious program, a fixture in Lagos’ end-of-year calendar, seeks to not only celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of the state but also serve as a catalyst for economic growth and youth empowerment.

Benson-Awoyinka underscored the meticulous security arrangements in place, stating, “We have put a lot in place for security. We are working actively with all security apparatus of the state, the Nigeria Police, DSS, civil defence, LASTMA, and Neighbourhood Watch, among other security operators in the state.” This extensive collaboration aims to ensure the safety of the participants, especially the youth attending the event.

The venues, spread across various Ibile zones, will witness a convergence of diverse cultural activities and a showcase of emerging talents in the entertainment and creative industry. The SOL Beach venue, where the grand finale will unfold, requires participants to register for entry. The Commissioner emphasized that while entry to most venues is free, the registration process for SOL Beach is a measure to manage the event efficiently.

Speaking on the broader impact of the fiesta, Benson-Awoyinka highlighted its dual role. “Apart from showcasing the cultural activities and nurturing upcoming talented youngsters in the entertainment and creative industry, the entertainment show will also positively impact the state’s economy through massive sales of goods and services to thousands of fun and entertainment lovers throughout the duration of the event.”

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