The Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode treated guests to a thrilling experience at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja as he put together a jazz concert to commemorate the 2016 international jazz day on Saturday, April 30th.
The concert was graced by local as well as international jazz musicians. Speaking at the show, the governor said the event was part of efforts to unite with the rest of the world particularly the UNESCO in celebrating the international jazz day.
The governor added that efforts of this sort have been put in place to properly position the tourism potentials of Lagos state, making it the true capital of arts and entertainment as well as a continental tourism hub.
Recall that a similar event was hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on Friday, April 29. Governor Ambode stated that hosting the jazz concert was a way of showing Lagos as a state in tune with the world.
Ambode added that April 30 has since 2011 been designated as the International Jazz Day and that Lagos being the Centre of Excellence was using the platform to promote arts and entertainment.
He said: “This musical show is a continuation of our promise to Lagosians that we will use tourism, hospitality, entertainment and the arts as well as sports to create jobs and opportunities for our people and to position Lagos state as a destination with rich entertainment content.
“We also want to use today’s event to identify with every musician here today, from far and near and to use their God-given talents and creativity to announce to the world that Lagos is the true capital of arts and entertainment in Africa and that Lagos is in tune with the rest of the world.”
Ambode further called unity in diversity, adding that with music and entertainment as well as events of this sort, brotherliness and synergy will be promoted in line with core values of the UNESCO.
He said: “I’m happy to inform you that all of them are here tonight, united through music in the centre of excellence which best represents the concept of unity in diversity and borderless brotherhood. It is perhaps the first time that we’d be witnessing this type of bonding and creative energy on a single stage in Nigeria. I believe this show of brotherliness and synergy is in sync with the values being promoted by UNESCO through the International Jazz Day.”
Among dignitaries who graced the concert include former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu I, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Chief Femi Adeniyi Williams, rtd Justice of the Supreme Court, George Oguntade, among others.
Performances were by the former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, award winning Afro beat musician, Lagbaja, veteran jazz diva, Yinka Davies, Jimi Solanke, Dare Art Alade, two-time Grammy award winner, Lekan Babalola, Grammy award winner, Kirk Whalum and other local and foreign jazz artistes.