Earlier in the week Lagos State hosted it's first ever Tourism Summit themed 'Destination Lagos: Towards a Sustainable Tourism-Driven Economy.'
Present were captains in the Hospitality, Entertainments, Arts, and Tourism Industry. The Chief Host of the event is the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr.Akinwunmi Ambode with the Former President, Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, as the Keynote Speaker/Special Guest of Honour.
The event which took place at the Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels & Suites, in Lagos State, will hopefully give meaningful shape to the Lagos State Tourism Vision.
The mission of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode is to develop tourism through the provision of necessary infrastructure and facilities to make Lagos one of the most welcoming cities to local and international tourists.
This he iterated while delivering his Special Message during the event. "Lagos cannot survive without critical infrastructure development," says Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
This is evident to the massive infrastructural development that is ongoing at the same time in different part of Lagos. It is key that the infrastructures that will make Lagos a major tourism hub on the continent be laid down.
It's Friday, the weekend is here and the kids are on a short break. The question that parents struggle with most of the time when kids are on break is majorly where do we take them for fun? The mall has always seem like the next place to take them, get them to see a movie, fill them up with pizza or any other unhealthy food in the mall's food court and back home. This is not a very healthy and fun way of treating your kids to a day out.
If you live on the mainland, then the JJT park in Alausa, Ikeja is the place to take your kids for a nice weekend outing.
Named after three main figure who ruled Lagos at different era. JJT is the acronym for Johnson Jakande Tinubu.
This park was name after Brigadier Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson, Military Governor of Lagos State, May 1967 - July 1975; Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, Governor of Lagos , October 1979-December 1983; and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor of Lagos, May 1999- May 2007.
THE MERGED BURST
The main attraction of this park is the merged bust of the three former governors of the State. It is erected in the middle of the 54 flags representing the African continent. It is a larger than life size statue. Guessed it would have been made with stairs but because it is near the Lagos State Assembly and the Lagos State House, security is of paramount essence.
Another thing I found educative in this park is that each of the 54 flags has the country's name, Capital, currency, flag colour, and size engraved on the plaque holding the flags. It was funtime for my nephew and I as we played country and capital with flag colours. This is a very cool learning technique with fun incorporated.
It was the 2018 edition of the Lagos Boat Regatta on Sunday. Lagos is known for its water body and that is what makes Lagos to be the iconic city it is.
The water ways contributes a lot to the economic development of Lagos thus making it the economic capital of Nigeria. Lagos is similar to New York city with its combination of Islands. While New York is made up of Boroughs of Islands, Lagos is divided into mainland and the Island with different communities formed on the Island. The three main Islands in Lagos are, Lagos Island, Victoria Island and Banana Island. Lekki, Ajah and the other water front axis are also part of Lagos Island. The exploration of water tourism is a must for Lagos.
There are many water communities with unique tradition, culture and way of life that contributes to the tourism ecosystem of the state.
The Boat regatta showcase these communities to the people, teaching them about their tradition and customs.
A set of criteria was used to judge the competitors with a winner at the end of the event. Contestants were judged on
1) Boat decor: How beautiful their boat was decorated
2) Deity and History: Some boat has a deity on board which is very important to the community.
3) Group Choreography: The performance by the group aboard the boats
4) Orderliness and routine by each group
The group from Lagos Island stood out for their costumes and boat decor. It was fun to see and i really wished there more boats to see.
Later in the evening we went on the #LagosTourismCruise of the waterways from Lekki to Victoria Island. It was a breathtaking view.