Why French President chose to visit Afrika Shrine

Leroy Wright
July 5, 2018

Lagosians have taken to social media to air their views on the rehabilitation of roads leading to the New Afrika Shrine, 24 hours before Emmanuel Macron, French president, visited the legacy building. I discovered Lagos and I discovered the shrine.

France's president on Tuesday visited a nightclub founded by legendary Nigerian Afrobeat star Fela Kuti which has a reputation as a hedonistic haven filled with frenetic music, scantily clad podium dancers and the stench of marijuana smoke.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event had in attendance personalities including, Dr Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra, Chief Olusegun Osoba, former governor of Ogun, Prof.

Macron is now ona visit to Africa. The Forum will allow the President to hear the voices and ambitions of a new generation of African businesswomen and men, who are changing the narrative and historic perceptions of Africa, brought together by the Tony Elumelu Foundation's unique network.

"So, I will say to the youths, politics is important, be involved", he said.

He said France planned to launch a season of events meant to be "the face of African culture in Europe".

The African Cultural Season 2020 in France, Macron said, will be about promoting African culture in Europe, adding that the event will be for Africa and by African artistes.

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Macron, a 40-year-old former investment banker who speaks fluent English, has made a point of boosting ties with France's former colonies but also improving trade with anglophone countries.

Macron stressed the need for Africa and Europe, especially France, to build a new commonality.

The event presented an opportunity for Macron and Ambode to interact with musicians, artists, fashion designers and film makers.

"It's a pleasant surprise that Macron chose to celebrate the cultural scene in Lagos", Ayorinde said.

The French President was received by the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello; French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer and top Nigerian government officials.

"What happens in the shrine remains in the shrine", Macron said to cheers from the crowd.

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