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Lagos holds Cultural Extravaganza

It was a celebration of culture and tradition at a Display on Saturday as residents from across the five divisions of Lagos State converged on the Agege Stadium to celebrate the inauguration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat for a second term in office.

Themed “Lagos Cultural Extravaganza”, there were various displays, parades and dances from masquerades, including egungun, Igunnuko, angere, as well as cultural and arts groups from each of the five divisions – Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe during the event which was part of post-inauguration activities.

In a message, Governor Sanwo-Olu described the event as a “truly pan-African celebration” that symbolised “unity in diversity” and a “testament of the shared history of Lagosians”.

“Indeed, this event is more than just a festival. It is a testament to our shared history, our resilience, and our ability to transform our cultural differences into a vibrant expression of unity,” the Governor said.

“It mirrors the spirit of Lagos, a city that thrives on the strength of its diversity and cherishes its unique blend of cultures,” he added.

The Chairman, Media and Publicity  Subcommittee, Sanwo-Olu  and Hamzat 2nd term inauguration, Gbenga Omotoso stressed that the event was an indication of the commitment of the Sanwo-Olu administration to the promotion of culture and the creative industry.

Footprints of David, a children arts and education advocacy group from Bariga, clinched the first position for the display of culture and performance, while the Zangbeto from Badagry received the 2nd position, and Ajojimale masqurade from Epe came 3rd.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor