Come May 27 this year, the city of Lagos, popularly called “Lasgidi”, will be agog for the grand finale of the Lagos at 50 celebration. Since the event began in April, a series of activities have been outlined to portray the rich culture of the city. And as the anniversary reaches its climax later this month, the Lagos at 50 committee, chaired by Mr. Habeeb Fasinro, has assured fun loving Lagos residents to be ready for unlimited excitement throughout the celebrations. Below are our top picks for the Lagos at 50 events.
#1. Lagos Laughs Ibile Comedy Challenge
Lagos is not only a city for party riders, it is home to some of the best comedians the country has seen yet. This event will see 50 stand-up comedians thrill participants in an evening of humor, followed by an open mic night where new comedy talents will be discovered.
#2. Lagos Carnival
For more than a century, the tradition of Lagos has continued to stand tall on account of this exciting carnival. Here is your chance to be part of a celebration that showcases the immense color and eclectic diversity of Africa’s largest city. It is a day of dance and flamboyant displays marked by incredible energy and excitement. The event is scheduled for May 13.
#3. The Eyo Festival
It doesn’t matter what part of the country you belong, but the Eyo Festival is a rallying point to connect with the ancestral forces that make Lagos tick. In the past, this event was held to guide souls of the departed or usher in a new king in the land. But the festival has since assumed a major tourist event in the city of excellence.
#4. The Rumble Charity Match
Most people know Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor, as an astute politician who wields enormous influence across the length and breadth of Nigeria. But, is Jagaban also a champ in the boxing ring? Well, come discover all that for yourself on May 25 as the APC chieftain takes on Evander Holyfield, a five-time boxing legend, in a grueling encounter at the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Or you can head to Terra Arena in Victoria Island to witness Heartbeat: The Musical which tells a fascinating story of hope in a society in desperate search for refuge and healing. And at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagosians will be held spellbound by the Eko The Musical play which delves into the birth of Lagos as a city of wonders and beautiful contradictions.
#5. The Grand Finale
May 27 marks the final lap of the 50-day celebration. Major activities slated for the day include a gala night with an exciting mix of great music, food and a photo exhibition that showcases the scenic charm of the city.
If you have not attended any of the thrilling events in the Lagos state 50th anniversary, this weekend offers another chance to immerse yourself in the alternative Lagos experience.