This year’s Children’s Day Celebration in Lagos lived up to its expectations as Lagosians braved the rain and trooped out in large numbers to mark the annual event at various destinations in the state. To celebrate the day and to also commemorate the third anniversary of the Ambode Administration, the Lagos Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture organized “A Special Evening of the Arts” at the State House in Ikeja. Hosted by the Governor himself, the event featured various performing children artistes such as Q Dance, Dream Catchers, Dance Na the Main Thing (DNMT) and Footprints of David. There were also special appearances by Benita Okojie as well as Opizzy (Winner, Lagos Grows Talent 2017).02
The climax of the event was Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s Remarks where he admitted to getting quite emotional during the documentary screening that heralded the performance of the Footprints of David. The short video showcased its humble beginnings in Bariga, the wooden tent where they use for their rehearsals as well as the poor homes and families where the children emanated from. Over the years, this children dance theatre group has travelled to perform in various parts of the world with its members who are children from poor homes. Using cultural dance, drama and choreography Seun Awobajo (the Founder of Footprints of David) deploys theatre and the arts to shape and develop character while harnessing hidden talents embedded in the children under his care. Worthy of note is the fact that every child in is educated, so literacy and academic excellence is not toyed with by the band.
The Governor also went further to invite the parents of all the dance groups that performed on stage, appreciating them for allowing their children to nurture their talent alongside their educational pursuit. In his words, “No nation achieves its full potential without the human capital that the children and youth represent. Our State as you know has the largest concentration of such beautiful, brilliant set of children and youths anywhere in the black world. Whether in education, in innovations, arts and literature or in sports, Lagos excels because of the exceptional talents of our young ones.
“This is why we have chosen to specially celebrate them this evening with one of the gifts that the world now acknowledges the frontline position of our State – performing arts. This of course is in line with our promise to make Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and the Arts together with Sports the centrepiece of our development agenda for the youths in our State,” Governor Ambode said.
Speaking further on his love for children and his administration’s commitment to the arts
“These children mean so much to me and I love them all from the bottom of my heart. I reiterate once again my commitment to the upliftment of the culture and the heritage of Lagos. I will do it with it with all my strength and I also promise that I will keep the performing arts growing by investing in the sector.
“Already, we are in the process of having a Lagos Museum and we will do everything to create the atmosphere that will allow these young ones to thrive and also become additional celebrities that we want them to be,” the Governor said.