The Lagos metropolis under the leadership of governor Akinwunmi Ambode will be put on the world map courtesy The Lagos City Suya Carnival.
The first edition of the edible-oriented Carnival is scheduled to break the world record of the longest suya/steak with the production of a single 50ft suya.
This feat is to be achieved in conjunction with the Guinness Book of World Record in Lagos, Nigeria.
A brain child of Kehinde Talabi, an amiable businessman and CEO of Suya Stops, The Lagos City Suya Carnival, is organised in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture.
The carnival, which is billed to wrap up the long month celebration of Lagos, Nigeria’s foremost state at 50, is billed to hold on October 1, 2017.
Speaking to media men at the press unveiling of the highly-anticipated event, Talabi said The Lagos City Suya Carnival is poised to be an annual event.
"Which better way could we have launched such a carnival with such magnitude? Where could we have launched this and when could we have launched the Lagos City Suya Carnival are the questions that ravaged our mind when this idea came to me."
"No where better than Lagos and which better way to launch it than the commemoration of the Lagos at 50 celebrations with the event rounding it off? Making a 50ft long Suya steak and breaking a record hence putting Lagos state as a whole on the world map isn't a bad way to launch the event of this magnitude."
"We have been working tirelessly behind the curtains in the past few months since we berthed this idea and with the full support of the Lagos State Government and amiable governor, Akinwunmi Ambode through the Ministry of Arts and Culture, we are sure Lagosians and people in Lagos are in for a good ride."
"Again, we thought about our culinary expertise as Nigerians and found out that one delicacy that could be served as a full meal or side effects for the main meal or even as a snack is Suya. Though Suya doesn't have its origin in Lagos it would be agreed that Lagosians, in particular, have an undying penchant for Suya."
“Interestingly, I run a Suya spot in Lagos and I can tell for a fact that that is one viable business with so many intrigues and much more to showcase and imbibe in our tourism export," Talabi said.
On her part, Abimbola Otubu, the Coordinator of the event said there are plans to have the carnival replicate in the other climes with Lagos as a major partner and first hosting state.
Otubu also used the opportunity to call on top organisations to support the carnival as it aims to promote the Nigerian culture as well as one of its delicacy that remains outstanding and internationally accepted.
"Lagos City Suya Carnival is one brand that will definitely outlive all of us that started this. I'm happy that the governor of Lagos state has endorsed this and if we are starting this when Lagos is 50 by placing it on the world map of breaking Guinness book of world record, I can only imagine how big the event would have grown when Lagos will be 100years old."
"I can tell you for a fact that this is one carnival top corporate organisations need to throw their weight behind. This is one carnival that will be talked about in a long time to come and with the arrangements being made as well as immense support thrown at us by the Lagos State Ministry of Arts and Culture, you can be sure the moon will be our starting point," Otubu also said.
In attendance at the media cum press unveil are representatives of the governor as well as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Arts and Culture amongst other stakeholders in the planning of the Lagos at 50 celebrations.
The Lagos City Suya Carnival, LCSC, was created by Kehinde Talabi, the amiable businessman behind fast rising online Suya centre, SuyaStops in 2016. The idea was borne out of his experience as the owner of a chops store and interactions with colleagues in another part of the world. The idea was welcomed by the Lagos State government through the Lagos state ministry of Arts and Culture. It is scheduled to make a grand entry into the world of carnivals with a difference and zeal to reciprocate the carnival experience in other parts of Nigeria, Africa and Europe. It is billed to hold on October 1, 2017 in Lagos after which it will be held annually.
SuyaStops is a virtual online Suya/steak shop with offices in highbrow Lekki and Ilupeju. The store which provides with a wide array of appetite-wetting chops from Chicken Suya to Beef Suya, Suya Gizzard, Suya Sausage, Grilled steaks and other forms of Suya. SuyaStops, which also have physical offices, pride itself as a one-stop shop for all your fantasy in Suya!