Glamour, Colour, Culture Take Centre Stage As Lagos Carnival 2015 Holds
…As Governor bids farewell, thanks sponsors, organizers, costume makers
May 9, 2015 - Glamour, colour, fun and beauty and a rich display of the culture of Lagos took central stage on Saturday as various groups representing diverse neighbourhoods, communities and selected associations in Lagos put up a masterful display at the Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos as the 2015 Lagos Carnival took place.
The State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) while addressing the large crowd made up of participants in the carnival processions and the spectators at the stands in the TBS, urged all of the sponsors, the participants, the designers and manufacturers of the costumes to continue to work hard to expand on what the present administration has done.
The Governor described the day as a great family day where all the children, parents can come out, dance, sing, display and generally have fun, stressing that a nation that has so many young people needs many more of this kind of activity to expend the energies that it has and to channel them to productive purposes.
He thanked all those who have participated, those who have organized it, all of the many sponsors to whom the State Government is deeply grateful including the artisans, the costume makers, the tailors, the designers of all of the fabrics, all the workers in the various knitting centres,
Governor Fashola expressed the hope that the participants in the 2015 Carnival have all enjoyed themselves in spite of the delays prompted by the shifting of the elections that the present administration was determined to hold the carnival none the less.
He stated that this year's edition is the last time he would be addressing the Carnival as the Governor at the annual carnival, expressing optimism that at next year's Carnival, the Governor- Elect, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode would be present to keep the tradition going.
"We have built a great team and it couldn't have happened without you, so for me, it is time to say thank you all very much, you have been wonderful over the years and it is also time to say bye- bye, God bless you", the Governor added.
The various contingents of the participants had earlier gone in a procession through different routes like Bourdillon Road-Giwa Barracks- Falomo Roundabout- Awolowo Road,-King George V Road-Bamgbose –Campos Square- Catholic Mission Street to the Tafawa Balewa Square.
The participating adult Carnival groups include, Lafiaji, Epetedo, Oko Faji, Locomotion, Obalende, Isale-Eko, Ogba, Woro Group, Ikeja, Emerald, Surulere, Ilasamaja, with many of the members made up of predominantly the youth.
Prominent among those who witnessed the colourful displays were the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, All Progressives Congress Woman leader in the South West, Chief (Mrs) Kemi Nelson and several tourists from within and outside the country.