There is little doubt that the August bank holiday weekend is usually the highlight of the Nigerian social circle in London, UK a it was filled with shows, comedy events, musical highlights and last but not the least, the Nigerian Corner at the annual Notting Hill Carnival event.
It was a different ball game this year as Lagos State – the social, cultural and bubbling hub of the nation came out to play. The governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has been keen to show Lagos as a city that works, so it made perfect sense to spread the message of the new dawn to other Nigerians in diaspora.
Top Lagos state officials that visited the English capital include the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, Special Adviser to the governor on Arts and Culture, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola and Special Adviser to the governor for the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investments, Professor Ademola Abass.
The One Lagos weekend kicked off with a Town Hall meeting in the classical Woburn House Conference Centre in central London. Here, the ambassadors of Lagos State informed the diasporic community of the changes in the state since the new administration took over the reins.
After a civilised morning, the evening gave way to comedy as the Discovery Centre in Barking, Essex played host to iLaff with MC Abbey while seasoned comedians such as Gordons, Seyi Brown, Buchi, EmmaOhMaGod, Kenny Blaq and more thrilled guests. Music was performed by praise veterans Nikki Laoye and Mike Aremu.
The laughter and hilarity continued into the next day as all of London joined Julius Agwu for the 11 edition of the Crack Ya Ribs show. With Osinachi crooner, Humblesmith, as the headline musical act, the fun and dancing continued late into the night.
The peak of the weekend’s event was the Notting Hill Carnival. Known for the last 30 years as the Nigerian Corner, its little part of the carnival got a makeover as the Lagos Corner where there was dancing, merrymaking and Nigerian beats to give the glorious weekend a befitting send off.
Highly rated Celebs and Media personalities spotted in the VIP section of the Notting Hill Carnival (Lagos Corner) include Majek Fashek, Gbenga Adeyinka, Yeni Kuti, Maleek Berry, Ayo Shonaiya, Seyi Brown, Koker, Actress Tayo Sobola, MC Abbey, Yaw, Buchi, DJ Abass, Sammy Okposo, Niki Laoye, Sautisol, Sope Olajide.
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