France President Emmanuel Macron To Visit Fela’s Shrine In Lagos


French President, Emmanuel Macron, will visit the African
Shrine next week to soak-in Afrobeat music, as he prepares to open the
new-look Alliance Francaise facility in Lagos.

Macron is expected to touch down in Abuja on Tuesday and after a
brief visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa, would head to
Lagos in the evening and would be hosted at the Shrine by Trace Tv,
according to sources familiar with the itinerary.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, will be on hand to guide
the visiting president and will use the occasion to promote Tourism in
the state.

Afrobeat was specially created by the legendary Fela Anikulapo,
originally known as Fela Ransome-Kuti, a radical artiste who fought
against injustice and executive recklessness through his addictive brand
of music. His sons, Femi and Seun have been able to sustain the
popularity of the genre and President Macron will certainly have fun at
the African Shrine.

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Next day at 9am, President Macron is expected to open the magnificent
Alliance Francais building, which is located in Ikoyi. It is the
biggest and best such facility that blends modern innovative and classy
design with the traditions of the past, according to the sources.

This scenic upgraded Chateau-style Alliance Francaise means more
Nigerians can learn about French culture and language in Lagos, the
commercial capital. This is a welcome development which is bound to
promote greater interaction between Nigeria and France and expand
business opportunities, cultural exchange and employment.

The Alliance Francaise Foundation is the premier cultural
organisation in the world, founded on 21 July 1883, it now has 800 local
associations in about 133 countries. It is supported by grants from the
French Government and the generosity of patrons, including its founding
fathers who are notable Frenchmen like the scientist, Louis Pasteur,
the publisher, Armand Colin and writers, Jules Verne and Ernest Renan.

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The renovated building, which is a villa, now has new additions which
have transformed it almost completely. There are spectacular
alterations done to the amphitheatre and the internal auditorium to give
it a touch of timeless elegance.

The Lagos accommodation has been improved, increased and enhanced, and sure to provide guests with an unforgettable experience.


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