La­gos to close roads for car­ni­val

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

The La­gos State Com­mis­sioner for Tourism and In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs, Mr. Disun Hol­loway, said a num­ber of roads on La­gos Is­land, Ikoyi and Vic­to­ria Is­land would be closed for the La­gos car­ni­val pro­ces­sion.

Declar­ing the Her­itage Week open, Hol­loway said a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties have been lined up for the eight-day event which will end on Easter Mon­day.

He said as part of the ac­tiv­i­ties, chil­dren from qual­i­fied schools in the state will be given op­por­tu­ni­ties to show­case their tal­ents in paint­ing, while the win­ning en­tries will be mounted dur­ing the gala event spon­sored by a bank and the win­ners re­warded with hand­some prizes.

Hol­loway added that other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude dance drama, dis­plays by mas­quer­ades and wa­ter re­gatta.

The fes­ti­val con­sul­tant, Pro­fes­sor Wole Soyinka, said this year edi­tion of the Her­itage Week was de­signed as an in­ter­ac­tive test to stretch youth­ful cre­ativ­ity, even more than in pre­vi­ous edi­tions.

He said the fes­ti­val al­ready en­vis­ages a more in­ten­sive con­test, with a dis­ci­plinary reper­tory whose menu will change from edi­tion to edi­tion.

In an in­ter­view with Daily Trust, chair­man of the Wa­ter Reg­gata Com­mit­tee, Otunba Oluse­gun Jawando, said the fes­ti­val is aimed at cel­e­brat­ing the rich cul­tural her­itage of La­gos State and Nigeria as a whole, in an en­ter­tain­ing, com­pet­i­tive but re­lax­ing man­ner.

Daily Trust gath­ered that five states from the South-west are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event.

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