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Ambode Showcase Lagos State Through Jazz


Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode has again fulfilled one of his promises when he was elected into office , to use Tourism , Hospitality, Arts and Entertainment to market Lagos as a tourist destination creating jobs for the teeming youths in Lagos State.

Commissioner  of Information and strategy in Lagos, Steve Ayorinde, speaking on Tuesday at a press briefing, noted that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has thrown his weight behind the hosting of the two-day Lagos Jazz Festival which will commence on Friday 29 and culminate on April 30.

In line with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) declaration of April 30 of every year as International Jazz Day, the Lagos State Government has decided to join the global community to celebrate this year’s event in grand style.

A cream of International Artistes will be on parade for the august occasion. Expected to feature will be performers from the United Kingdom, the USA and Europe. They will be joined by their Nigerian counterparts who are also authorities in their own right in this genre of music. Some of the artistes include: Dare Art Alade, Yinka Davies, two-time co-Grammy award winner- Lekan Babalola with the Eko Brass Band, veteran Jazz saxophonist- Hubert Kunle Ajayi, Ubong Ntia and a host of others.

Ayorinde noted that the Governor will on Wednesday play host to key stakeholders, promoters of jazz music and concerts at the State House where he will share his vision on Arts and Entertainment for the State with them and to consider ways of support to the entertainment industry.

Tagged ‘Lagos in Tune with The World’, AmboJazz will be a platform where stakeholders in the entertainment sector in Lagos State will use Jazz to showcase the rich culture of Lagos State to the world.The Lagos International Jazz Festival is to hold at the Freedom Park on Broad Street, while the Governor and  stakeholders of the Jazz Industry in the state will celebrate the event at the State House.

Festival Director of Lagos International Jazz Festival, Ayoola Sadare, in a question and answer session with journalist said the festival will draw investment worth millions of Naira to Lagos with lovers of jazz travelling from far and wide to celebrate the event.

He noted that the Lagos International Jazz Festival is modelled after the Cape Town International Jazz Festival which has recorded great success, bringing in a billion Rands to the South African economy. This, he said, is about N20 billion.


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