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.
The cruise has in attendance the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde, who is also our host. In attendance were Nollywood stars like Kunle Afolaya, Eniola Badmus, Toyin Abraham, Fatia Williams, Darey Alade, amongst other. There were tour groups represented, Travelnextdoor, TVPAdventures, TheFisayo, WakawithDebbie, Sam Adeleke of Afro Tourism, and the founder of Akwaaba Tourist Market, Mr Ikechi Uko.
Seeing Lagos at night is a different experience. The highlight of the evening trip was the lekki-Ikoyi Bridge with its Red, Blue, Yellow lights at the top of the bridge popping out. This was so cool.
Lagos State is really trying in terms of Tourism and I wish the remaining States will sit up and project the Tourism sites they have.
It was a fun filled holiday in Lagos. How did you spend your Easter holiday? Please do share. Have a great week and do remember to subscribe to my social media channels for notifications on new contents.