French President, Emmanuel Macron, will be visiting the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos later today and the state government has embarked on massive reconstruction work on the road leading to the shrine.
Macron will be the guest of honour in an evening of arts, concerts, fashion shows by leading African designers and a meeting with stars from Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry.
The New Afrika Shrine located at Ikeja Lagos was built after the original Shrine by the musical maverick, Fela Kuti, was burnt down in 1977.
While he becomes the first president to enter the shrine in ‘Africa’s cultural capital’, as Lagos is described by the event organisers, TRACE Media, reactions have trailed the timing of the road repairs by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.
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Just in – This is Naija where citizens are killed daily by road accidents resulting from bad roads while the Government turns a blind eye. Yet the same Government is quick to act when visitors come visiting….this kind of reminds us of those times when our parents made us wear new clothes when visitors were supposedly visiting whilst instructing us to never waste the clothes on a non visiting day…only that this time it is the Government and this time we are not talking new clothes but human lives. Eye witness reports that the roads leading to the Fela African Shrine at Alausa Ikeja are being graded as French President Emmanuel Macron is said to visit the shrine tomorrow. Unbelievable!!! Which way Naija!!! #olisa.tv #otv #emmanuelmacron #france #nigeria #roads #felaafricanshrine #sad
Some social media users are curious as to why the governor will grade roads for a foreigner and not for its citizens, while others call for frequent visits from Macron so that more roads will be upgraded.
But for Instagram user Kingy_rossy, the Lagos State Government deserves praise for its construction works.
Macron, will first visit Abuja for talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on security and terrorism, before hitting the shrine.
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