*Says it’ll help reflate the economy
GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-Olu has unveiled the 2021 Greater Lagos Fiesta, noting that the month-long event will help the state’s recovery efforts after the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor stated this last Friday at the unveiling ceremony of the fiesta that has as theme ‘Lagos Rocks’. It will feature activities including cycling, photography and fashion competitions, the Xmas Souk Village, traditional games, and the popular Greater Lagos Concerts, featuring A-list artistes in all five divisions of the state. Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, explained that the pandemic affected the three critical pillars of society, noting that the Greater Lagos Fiesta, holding from December 1 to 31, is part of efforts to reposition the state further.
He said, “Society relies on three tripods: economy, health and well-being and security of lives and property. What Covid-19 has done is to affect all the three as well as nightlife but this edition of Greater Lagos Fiesta, which activities speakers have highlighted for you, will help reflate our economy.” The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, explained that the 2020 edition didn’t hold because the Lagos State Government prioritised public health and safety, but noted that this year’s will be a “blend of uniqueness and touch of innovation and creativity,” adding ‘Lagos Rocks’ will be “an immersive experience of entertainment, awe and inspiration the likes of which has never been seen before in Nigeria”Akinbile-Yusuf also explained that the government “will be using the Greater Lagos Fiesta to further transform Lagos into a major African tourism and entertainment hub by exploring and promoting the potential that abound in the state as well as integrating the trending entertainment and art industry as a viable platform to attract visitors and create job opportunities.
“She disclosed that only persons vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed into the fiesta’s venues and assured adequate security and emergency services. Also highlighting the fiesta’s importance, the Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu, said the fiesta affirms his principal’s commitment to tourism development, adding, “The Greater Lagos Fiesta 2021 is a reflection of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s love for tourism and entertainment and fervent belief in the ability of the ministry to organise an event that would portray the standard Lagos has been known for over the years.” Explaining Greater Lagos Fiesta 2021 brand and how it would reflate the economy, Chair, Marketing Communications Sub-Committee for the fiesta, Mr. Israel Jaiye Opayemi, gave a detailed analysis.
He noted its evolution from ‘Lagos Countdown’ to ‘Greater Lagos Fiesta’ and how despite the changes in name, its purpose remains “to serve as a unifying platform to promote entertainment, commerce, arts, culture, and the bubblingspirit amongst the people of Lagos State”Opayemi, the Managing Director/Chief Strategist of Chain Reactions Nigeria, a leading integrated marketing communication consultancy, also shared the statistical justification for the 2021 ‘Greater Lagos Fiesta.’ He said, “40 per cent of consumers are looking forward to HIGH energy this coming festive season as makeup for December 2020’s Covid-induced low energy. Over 80% of consumers want brands and businesses to organise events and festivals this December. As a form of escapism and to make up for Covid-19 social and psychological restrictions, 42% of consumers are willing to attend parties and concerts than other social gatherings this December as part of their “high energy December expectations.
“Opayemi further noted that Greater Lagos Fiesta 2021 is a celebration of “The Resilience of our Spirit in the Fight Against an Unseen Enemy Called Covid.”Explaining the brand identity and meaning of the logo, he disclosed that: “red symbolises courage, love, vigour, warmth; orange symbolises energy, excitement, vibrancy, youthfulness, change and blue is for peace, trust, calmness, and healing. Yellow to symbolise cheerfulness, passion, friendship; Green symbolises growth, prosperity, progress; black symbolises power, prestige, strength, elegance while white also symbolises the clarity of our vision According to Opayemi, “The bold fonts used to render Lagos was carefully selected to underscore the bold character of our people. If you are in doubt, go and ask covid and some of the adversities we have faced as a people. It underscores the RESILIENCE of our people.
“The iconic Lekki –Ikoyi Link Bridge was carefully embedded inside the letter ‘O’ to boastfully remind ourselves that we are not just the melting pot of the diverse cultures of our land, but we are the bridge that connects peoples of the over 250 ethnic nationalities. “The 2021 Greater Lagos Fiesta, a deliberate economic strategy to reflate the state’s economy, will start on December 1 with an opening ceremony at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.
The cycling competition will hold on December 5, while the photography and fashion contests will be held on December 7 and 10. The Xmas Souk Village featuring children’s corner, book exhibition, food, fashion and Santa’s Grotto will open in Lagos’ five divisions of Ikorodu, Ikeja, Badagry, Lagos Island and Epe on December 18. The Marina Experience, showcasing the state’s water treasures, will hold on December 26. It will then be four unbroken days of quality music from A-list musicians and upcoming ones across the five divisions from December 27 to 30. The official closing will happen at Eko Atlantic on December 31.