Thursday, 30 April 2015

Thousands Protest Government Corruption and Impunity in Guatemala

Thousands participated in a peaceful demonstration in Guatemala on Saturday April 25 at 3pm in the capital city to demand the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti, and the return of millions stolen from the national treasury.
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Members of NUPENG protest in Lagos over removal of fuel subsidy

Some members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG)and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) took to the streets this morning to protest the rots in the oil sector as well as the proposed removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government.
The protesters who marched through Ikorodu road down to Maryland where they were addressed by their leaders, called on the present-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to look into oil sector and nullify all contracts with the Niger Delta Militants to protect pipelines across the country.

Chude Jideonwo's shares his thoughts on #365 days‬ commemorative anniversary of the abduction of Chibok Girls

"Earlier today, I joined this inspiring panel for the ‪#‎365Days‬ commemorative anniversary of the abduction of our sisters from Chibok. Today, I decided to share the story I have only told a few of my dearest friends. The last time I was in Abuja, it was for an event for the ‪#‎ChibokGirls‬ at this same hall. As I arrived Abuja, a highly placed official of this government called me and warned me; 'If you go to that hall and sit with Oby (Ezekwesili), you will be finished with this government'. I was so scared it was incredible. I asked the taxi driver to park, I cried out of fear, out of misery, I cried because I didn't know what to do. The psychological terror was unimaginable. What would happen to our business? What would happen to my team? What would happen to my relationships? I spoke to my mother and she told to have no fear - and to go to the venue with faith that God's got me.
"So today when they asked me for my two direct requests on this terrible one year anniversary, there were two:
1, I believe in Buhari and I worked hard for him to win. His priority has to be the girls. It's not his fault that they are missing but on May 29, it will become his responsibility. That's the job he signed up for. So that we can begin to heal and believe in our country.
2. President Goodluck Jonathan owes Nigerians a full and unreserved apology for a) leading a government that allowed Boko Haram grow, explode and thrive b) letting days go by while terrorists drove my sisters from Chibok far into the 'bush' before finally acting, and feebly too c) attacking protesters and citizens who only cried with empathy for our missing girls - his men attacked them, insulted them, belittled them, dehumanized them. If he thinks conceding the elections is enough for statesmanship, it isn't. He violated the public trust. He attacked the core of our shared humanity. He needs to own up and he needs to apologise. I know he probably never will, but thankfully history will not forget.
I pray that the innocent girls of Chibok, and the hundred boys and girls still missing due to government recklessness are found soon, and alive. Amen."

It Doesn’t Matter if the Cat is White or Black By Ben Murray Bruce

Now that Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has been chosen by the Nigerian people, it is my duty as a patriotic Nigerian to help him succeed even though my candidate was President Goodluck Jonathan, a man to whom I will always be loyal and appreciative.
General Buhari is about to mount the saddle and I for one am in a very good position to tell him some home truths because as a senator-elect, I have a very fulfilling job awaiting me and I do not need a job or favours from Buhari so I do not have to play nice.
Looking at the personalities he has appointed to his transition council, I am wont to believe that General Buhari needs to expand his circle of friends and advisers.
As a military strategist, the president-elect must be familiar with the principle that the people you use in subduing an opponent are not necessarily the same persons you will need in rebuilding the territories you took. I may be using military terms, but I am sure General Buhari is aware that politics is war by other means and therefore many of the rules of war and peace apply to politics.
The General will be best served if he thinks of what is best for Nigeria rather than what is best for his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), and its chieftains.
He must remember that in Nigeria’s subjective politics, it was his person that the people voted for not his party and he should therefore serve the people the dish they are angling for.
And what are the expectations of Nigerians from General Buhari? Definitely not business as usual.
The president-elect ran on a promise of change and while that change was not really defined by its chanters, Nigerians defined it as a change in their situation.
To borrow from the famously potent prayers of Mountain of Fire and Miracle members, the Nigerian masses defined change as a situation where wealth and power must change hands from the elite to the masses by fire by force and they see General Buhari as the enforcer angel that will bring about this change.

With this type of expectation, Buhari’s honeymoon period with Nigerians will not last very long if he does not take drastic steps to adjust Nigeria’s economy to the realities of falling oil prices and a dearth of buyers for the Bonny Light Sweet Crude.
To put things into perspective, when the United States started buying less and less of Nigeria’s oil, we looked to China as an alternative buyer of oil but it has since come to light that whereas America spent $101 billion on clean energy between 2012-13, China spent $125 billion within the same time frame.
The above data should alert Nigeria and other nations that look to China for oil markets to the fact that China is even ahead of the West in the search for alternative to fossil fuels as a source of energy.
Buhari may wish he did not win the 2015 elections when the reality of our economic situation sets in.
In his December 2014 Channels Television interview, Buhari said he was going to “stabilise the oil market”. The General will learn soon enough that today’s oil market is a buyers’ market.
And the General’s choices are limited because he cannot (unless he is extraordinarily brave and politically callous) do the obvious and sack civil servants. Yes, he will eventually have to reduce the over bloated federal civil service, but before he can do that, he has to build up political capital by reducing the overhead of the Executive and persuade the Legislature to follow suit.
Austerity measures must start from Aso Rock. This means that luxurious multi car convoys must be reduced. The presidential air fleet has to go, by way of being auctioned off or sold to local airlines. Estacode allowances must be slashed and the president’s entourages should be lean while non-essential foreign travels should be banned.
The president-elect should not underestimate the big difference these small changes can make and their capacity to buy him enough credibility with the labour unions, the kind of credibility that will see them accepting cuts in the federal workforce and reduction in pay and entitlements.
A small change like flying commercial instead of by private jet saved Britain a whopping £200,000 when the thrifty British Prime Minister, David Cameron, flew to America to meet President Barack Obama on a regular BA flight.
Nigeria is in for very desperate times if we do not tighten our belts while our major foreign exchange earner is facing global challenges.
Russia, a nation that many will say is more prepared than Nigeria for the shocks occasioned by the drop in the price of oil devalued its currency by 11 per cent in just one day.
While Russia is taking these steps, the world is watching to see if Nigeria will continue to spend hundreds of billions annually sponsoring its elite on pilgrimages to Mecca and Jerusalem.
I mean, no economist will get why a nation with over 60 per cent of its people living in poverty at the best of times, will spend almost 1 per cent of its annual budget sponsoring pilgrimages for its elite who can afford to go to the Holy Land on their own dime.
I for one do not get it. A pilgrimage is meant to be a sacrifice of a believer. How is a pilgrimage still a sacrifice when someone pays for you to go? The Nigerian government is sending people on holidays not pilgrimages!
I daresay that the money being spent by the Nigerian government to airlift pilgrims to both Holy Lands is enough to educate all the almajiri in Northern Nigeria. Wouldn’t God and humanity be better served if we looked after the less privileged in our midst?
General Buhari has his work cut out for him and he does not have time to be bitter about who said what, when and where. He must let go of any desire to pay any of his traducers back whether they be from the last 16 years or as far back as 1985.
Four years is only enough time to fix Nigeria. Any time spent on other ventures is time taken from this most important of assignments.
And let me say that General Buhari should not allow himself to be pigeon holed by people who dangle ideologies instead of realities. Yes, the APC may have styled itself as a progressive party, which in itself is a contradiction because Buhari is a conservative, but Buhari should not bother about that.
Whether the philosophy is progressive or conservative or liberal or free market, he should go with what works because as Deng Xiaoping once noted: “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is black or white, if it catches mice it is a good cat.”
And it is fitting for me to end with a mention of Xiaoping. No other contemporary world leader, in my opinion, closely mirrors Buhari as does Xiaoping.
In 1966, Xiaoping was dethroned from his powerful party positions by loyalists of Chairman Mao as was Buhari in 1985 by loyalists of his Chief of Army staff.
Xiaoping suffered house arrest, loss of earned privileges and was consigned to political limbo for almost a decade as was Buhari.
But then Xiaoping bounced back into favour and became China’s leader in 1976 and thereafter jettisoned his life long belief in Mao’s Cultural Revolution and introduced the “one country, two systems” policy that allowed communism and capitalism to coexist in China. This is similar to Buhari’s conversion from an anti-democrat who believed power flowed from the barrel of a gun to a democrat who accepted democracy as the best form of governance and capitalism as the natural economic policy of a democracy.
But this is where Buhari has to learn from Xiaoping. Xiaoping refused to demonise Chairman Mao, his predecessor who had purged him from power and placed him under house arrest after stripping him off his privileges. Instead of bitterness, Xiaoping believed that Mao’s “accomplishments must be considered before his mistakes”.
This is how Buhari must treat his predecessors. He must not demonise everything that was done by previous administrations and mark those who served in those government as persona non grata. He must take the bitter with the sweet and make use of the best brains Nigeria has to offer, for as he said on December 31st, 1983, “This generation of Nigerians and indeed future generations have no other country than Nigeria”.


 "I have just read message sent to SSS by you to the effect that you heard that Governor Ayodele Fayose and his people are celebrating and that you and your people would be arrested even before getting to me tomorrow for the peace meeting. Consequently, you advised your people to cancel the meeting.
Incidentally, the text message came when I was holding a meeting with the Commissioner of Police who had come all the way from Abuja to ensure that the peace meeting runs successfully.
The Commissioner of Police and the SSS assured you in clear and unambigous term that such allegation is not only untrue but totally unfounded.
"They even assured that they have put in place over 200 police men to accompany you and your men to and fro Ado Ekiti.
They also assured you that the power of arrest rests solely with the police and that they undertake not to arrest you.
"I have also undertaken to accompany the police to see you off the state after the meeting.
I still hope that you would have a rethink and come for the peace meeting to which I have invited eminent Ekiti citizens from far and wide."

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The president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has debunked the rumour that he barred Africa Independence Television (AIT) from covering his activities.
 He said that he has instructed all his staff, including the personnel attached directly to him, to steer clear of all dealings with the media, and leave all media affairs to his official media team.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Counci in Abuja on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
 Gen Buhari aligned himself with the pronouncement of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC which had earlier expressed disagreement with the temporary barring of the African Independent Television (AIT) from covering his activities.“I would like everyone to henceforth stay within his/her defined area of responsibility,” Gen. Buhari said.
The president-elect added that his media team should be left to continue to deal with their media colleagues in the best possible way.
Gen Buhari said he was neither consulted nor informed about the AIT barring, and only became aware of the matter after the public uproar it generated.“The time of CHANGE has come,” he said, “and we must avoid making the same mistakes that the outgoing government made.”

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

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Buhari cannot bar us, says AIT

The management of DAAR Communications PLC owners of African Independent Television has stated the nobody can ban the broadcast outfit from carrying out its activities.
AIT reacted to publications in newspapers and on social media that it was barred from the coverage of the activities of the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement by AIT, the management “expressed its displeasure by quoting section 22 of the constitution, which says the press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people.
“DAAR management therefore considers it a worrisome development if security and family concern are used as a justification for censoring AIT or any other media organization from covering and reporting the activities of the President-elect, his incoming administration or any other public officer,” the statement read.
“It therefore states categorically that the allegation of security issues against DAAR Communications is not an issue that the appropriate security agencies should view lightly. The management wants this incident appropriately investigated adding that it has never been involved in any security activities that will compromise State institutions whatsoever.”
“The management looks forward to a progressive and healthy relationship with the incoming administration and hope that the rights and freedom of the media shall not be impeded in the discharge of our collective duties and responsibilities.”
It would be recalled that Garba Shehu, spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, said: “AIT has been asked to step aside based on security and family concerns.
“In addition, Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics.”

Nigerian troops rescue 300 females from Sambisa forest, say they are not Chibok Girls

In what may be the likeliest clue to the whereabouts of the Chibok girls, the Nigerian military have reportedly rescued about 300 men and women from the Sambisa forest, which is the known last enclave of Boko Haram terrorists.
The PRNigeria broke the news on Monday night, saying that the Nigerian troops had in a daring and precise operation stormed the Sambisa Forest and rescued about 300 females.
The news outlet gathered that at least three major terrorists' camps have been destroyed in the well-coordinated attacks that include the destruction of the notorious Tokumbere camp in the Sambisa Forest.
The Director, Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who confirmed the operation, however noted he could not confirm the identities of the freed victims and their origins and he could not state if any of them was from Chibok until after a thorough screening and proper investigations.
He said: "I can only confirm the rescue this afternoon of 200 girls and 93 women in different camps in the forest.
"We are yet to determine their origin as all the freed persons are now being screened and profiled. Please don't misquote me on their origin. We will provide more details later."
- Thisday


Defying intense pressure from the international community, the government executed eight death row prisoners early on Wednesday on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java.
"We've carried out the executions," said an Attorney General’s Office (AGO) official, talking to the press on condition of anonymity.
The eight were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze, Ghanaian Martin Anderson.
Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines was spared after a woman who allegedly recruited her to act as a drug courier gave himself up to police in the Philippines on Tuesday.
AGO spokesman Tony Spontana said the government had agreed to the final requests fielded by two Australian death-row convicts for their bodies to be flown to Australia for burial.
A Cilacap Police officer said that after the executions, prayers were said for each person according to their respective religion. "The executions went well, without any disruptions," he said.
The AGO stated that the executions had been carried out after it had heard all eight convicts’ final requests.
The execution was the second round after the first was carried out on Jan. 18, during which six inmates from Indonesia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Nigeria, Vietnam and Malawi were killed by firing squad. (ren)
SOURCE: The Jakarta Post


Security agent punishes man for not using pedestrain bridge at Ikeja, Lagos

This morning at Ikeja Along the fellow in yellow top crossed the road under the pedestrian bridge and got instant reward of 'frog jump' prescribed by the security agents who nabbed him.

Child found alive after four days under the rubbles of Nepal earthquake

This child was found alive after four days of being eaten up under the rubbles of Nepal earthquake.This is a miracle!

Monday, 27 April 2015

If Buhari wants to be a Pharaoh….then he will find a Moses in me -Asari Dokubo

Leader of the now rested Niger Delta Volunteer force, Asari Dokubo has warned President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari against sending any ‘corrupt’ government official to prison.
According to the ex-freedom fighter, if the incoming president ventures into sending anyone to prison, the ‘Moses’ in him will rise and the whole nation will boil.
Dokubo who had earlier warned that if President Goodluck Jonathan loses second term bid, blood would flow in the nation warned the ex-general that he has no power to jail anyone even as the Commander-In-Chief Of the Armed Forces of the federal Republic.
He passed his warning via a Facebook post in what appears like a reply to one Mohammed Kabir. He said: “Mohammed Kabir Ibrahim, your Buhari does not have the power to send anybody to prison….get that into your piggy skull and nobody is afraid of him….We are waiting for him….following the example of GEJ does not make us cowards….If he Buhari wants to be a Pharaoh….then he will find a Moses in me.”
- Daily Post

Ikpeazu wins Abia State election


in a stiff and tough contest in just concluded Abia State gubernatorial election, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Okezie Ikpeazu, was declared the winner.
This revealed by the Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returning officer in the State, Prof. Ozumba, who announced the result around 4:54am on Sunday,.
We gathered that Mr. Ikpeazu got a total of 264,713 votes to defeat the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Alex Otti, who got 180, 882 votes.

Alhaji Asari Dokubo with his wives and children

Media guru, Azuh Amatus loses sister

He wrote this on Facebook:
"Like rain drops, the tears won’t just stop flowing.
"In fact, since the sad news hit our entire family like a thunderbolt, it’s been weeping and wailing for me. And I have not stopped asking God why us.
Even though I have summoned the courage to make this painful and heart-rending news public, truth is, I still can’t believe my darling sister and our very affable and bubbly last born, Azuh Augusta Chinonso Jennifer is dead.
"How can death be so cruel to snatch you away from us via a ghastly car accident in your prime?
Just few days to your 26th birthday and a couple of months to your graduation as a banking and finance final year student.
"I’m devastated. God, please console and comfort my family in this trying moment.
For the first time in his innocent life, my first son, whom I named after you (Chinonso), also your birthday mate celebrated his birthday without your usual early morning calls and birthday songs.
I cried and was inconsolable when my son breezed into my room and asked: ‘’Daddy, won’t Aunty Augusta call me today to wish me happy birthday?’’
Quite painful, my son and the rest of the mourning Azuh family won’t hear that your lovely and sweet voice again.
"You won’t even call me ‘’Bro Ama’’ again.
It has taken me days to write this because whenever I tried tears like rain drops keep blurring my vision. Never, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine you’d be stolen from us this soon without goodbye and hugs from all of us your siblings, especially our heart-broken and shattered mum.
Rest in peace dearest kid sister and may you find solace in the bosom of our Lord till we meet again."
May her soul rest in peace. Amen.


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Baseline Entertainment lead act, Skales keeps proving to us why he is the Man Of the Year with the release of a new song titled 'Jogodo'.

'Jogodo', which features the self acclaimed ‘musical Taliban’ Oritsefemi, serves as a prelude to his much anticipated debut album titled ‘Man of The Year’.

The album will be officially released on May 18 2015. It features collaborations with artists and producers such as Davido, Olamide, IcePrince, Victoria Kimani, Spellz and Jay Pizzle to mention a few.

'Man Of The Year' will be the first album released under the Baseline Entertainment Imprint.


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Baseline Entertainment's atiste and Nigeria's foremost Afro-Soul diva ARAMIDE will be live at Ember Creek, Ikoyi on Sunday to perform at the bi-monthly musical concert ONE MIC NAIJA themed #MusicDecides.

The recently married songstress will perform alongside South African superstar AKA, Brymo, and other NIgerian top talents

Chukwumerije: shall we continue venerating the dead without their deed?

The Afenifere Renewal Group would like to commiserate with the family and associates of the late Senator Uche Chukwumerije.
The late Senator did well for himself, family, friends, and the Taekwondo sport community. It appears he also did well for his Abia State and for the Igbo ethnic nation as a senator and we would like to commiserate with them for their loss.
However, a cursory look at the encomiums being poured on the late senator as a nationalist cum statesman calls for sober reflection because there would be no motivation to serve one’s fatherland patriotically if people like the late senator continue to get the tribute deserving only of statesmanship.
The truth must be told that late Senator Chukwumerije played a significant role in frustrating the June 12 mandate, for no plausible logic, thereby lending himself as part of the forces that sought to deny Nigeria a democratic experience.
Perhaps, had June 12 stood as the Nigerian people wished it, Nigeria would have started its nascent democratic experience on the strength of two strong national political parties and what was achieved in 2015 could have been accomplished since 1993.
The anti-June 12 forces denied Nigeria a 20-year worth of democratic progress and late Senator Chukwumerije was partly responsible for this retrogression. Ironically, the late senator ate the fruit of the tree of democracy, the seed of which he fought to uproot; he reaped where he did not sow and profited from the sweat of other pro-democracy activists.
Against this backdrop, it is absurd that the Nigerian senate that could not properly honour the late Black Scorpion, Benjamin Adekunle, with a minute silence is the one that suspended its session for one day to mourn late Senator Chukwumerije.
This statement would be misinterpreted, no doubt, in some quarters but the ARG believes that the society’s collective memory gains nothing from venerating every dead person, especially those who served in public office, in a way that discounted their true deeds while alive.
The ARG means this to be a lesson for leaders who are still alive today to contribute their quota to human development and leave a legacy that will be remembered long after they are gone.
Kunle Famoriyo
Publicity Secretary, ARG
Segun Balogun
Programme Officer
Afenifere Renewal Group

Olanusi’s Impeachment Can’t Stand, Says S’West APC

The All Progressives Congress, on Monday, rejected the impeachment of Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, noting that the process of his removal violated provisions of the impeachment clause in the 1999 Constitution.

The party added that the decision of the State House of Assembly was a contempt of court that ordered all parties to maintain status quo in a suit the deputy governor filed before he travelled out to challenge the plan to impeach him.  

The party’s National Vice Chairman in charge of South-west, Chief Pius Akinyelure faulted Olanusi’s impeachment in a statement he issued in Lagos, noting that the decision of the state assembly, which acted as Mimiko’s rubber stamp, would not stand.

Akinyelure described the impeachment process as a mockery of constitutional order, which he said, the governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and all members of the State House of Assembly were sworn in to uphold.

He lamented that despite the decision of a High Court sitting in Akure that all parties should maintain status quo until substantive suit is determined, the legislative arm of the state went ahead to impeach the deputy governor.  

He said the House of Assembly committed three different infractions to the 1999 Constitution in the process of the deputy governor, who had travelled out of the country for medical check-up before impeachment procedures started.

He cited violation of section 188(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution, stipulating that the Speaker of the House of Assembly “shall, within seven days of the receipt of the notice of impeachment, cause a copy of the notice to be the holder of the office and on each member of the House of Assembly and shall also cause any statement made in reply to the allegation by the holder of the office…”.

Akinyelure said the above provision was not complied with or observed by the House of Assembly before the deputy governor was illegally or unconstitutionally removed from Olanusi, which he said, was an outright subversion of the constitution.

At the time the impeachment process commenced about fortnight ago, the vice chairman said the deputy governor had travelled out of the country for medical check-up, noting that the House of Assembly did not serve the notice of impeachment on him or place it any national daily as required by the 1999 Constitution.

The vice chairman cited infraction to section 188(6), which states that the holder of the office whose conduct “is being investigated under this section shall have the right to defend himself in person or be represented before the panel on inquiry by a legal practitioner of his own choice.”

As required under section 188 (6) of the 1999 Constitution, Akinyelure said the deputy governor was not offered the opportunity to defend himself, noting that he was not in the county when the impeachment proceedings started.

He said the deputy governor “has not returned to Nigeria since he travelled out. He was not given opportunity to defend himself. And the panel has three months to conclude its assignment as indicated in section 188(7)(b), out of which it has not exhausted two weeks. Why is the panel acted in a hurry? Why can it follow due process?”  

He pointed out the third infraction to section 188 (2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution, which states that the holder of such office is guilty of gross misconduct in performance of the functions of his office detailed particulars of which shall be provided.”

Akinyelure, therefore, said the impeachment of the deputy governor did not comply with this provision, noting that the impeachment did not show substantive particulars of impeachable offences brought against him

On these grounds, the vice chairman argued that the impeachment of Olanusi apparently left so much to be desired and that the decision of the panel would not stand, noting that the party would challenge illegal impeachment of the deputy governor.   

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Colourful masquerades, dance and drama galore at LBFH 2015


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L-R Prof. Wole Soyinka, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Disun Holloway and Mrs Francesca Emmanuel during the official openning of the exhibition “The Road to Sambisa”

Members of Footprint of David thrilling guests

Zangbetan from Badagry

The 2015 edition of Lagos Black Heritage Festival (LBHF) which licked off on Saturday, April 18, 2015 has paraded various rich cultural programmes that thrilled the guests.
Officially opening the event, the Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-governmental Affairs, Mr. Disun Holloway, who represented the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), said the aim of the festival was to exhibit Africa’s rich cultural heritage to the world.
He added that the 2015 festival was shifted to April from March due to the 2015 general elections.
More than expected, many people turned out on the first day of the festival and watched cultural troupes played different kinds of traditional music and dance steps, including an array of masquerades from various groups such as the ‘Aziza’,Egungnun Ajido’,Zangbeto’ from Badagry, Lagos.  These groups had a colourful procession around some streets near the venue of the festival.
Guests were led to the Kongi's Harvest Art Gallery for “The Vision of the Child” tagged: “The Road to Sambisa”, where students from different schools in Lagos displayed their artworks and interpreted the abduction of the Chibok Girls in Borno State, Nigeria.
About six protégés mentored by film actors, producers and directors shared what they learnt from the programme on the same day.
Other activities for the festival include; drama and indigenous film shows are still on.
Reviewing the stage and screen career on the ‘Meet The Artiste’ event, with a full house of fans and mentees in the Kongi's Harvest Art Gallery at the same venue on April 21, 2015, veteran actor, Mr. Olu Jacobs, shares inspirational experience of his career.  There was also 'The Hubert Adedeji Ogunde Memorabilia Exhibition' at the festival, followed by the Street-theatre, Gbekude, which took place at the Food Court.
Also, a repeat staging of The Beatification of Area Boy, written and directed by Wole Soyinka held around 7 pm on Tuesday.
In the same vein, the Lagos State Government, Monday announced Saturday May 2nd, 2015, as the new date for the 2015 Lagos Carnival, saying the change from the traditional Easter Monday was consequent upon the shift in the date of the nation’s General Elections which was concluded Saturday April 11, 2015 nationwide.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-governmental Affairs, Mr. Disun Holloway, quoted the State Government as saying the change of date was approved by the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, following “the alteration in the electoral calendar”.
Last Sunday, the Lagos Boat Regatta, which traditionally precedes the Carnival, was held with pump and pageantry at the usual Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, venue of the festival. Both the Boat Regatta and the Carnival are part of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival.

Zangbetan from Badagry