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Fest of the First State

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Akinwunmi-Ambode1Governor Akinwunmi Ambode inaugurated a committee to showcase Nigeria’s iconic city and state at 50 last week. To chair it is our own Wole Soyinka, whose trajectory has been tied to this city.

Lagos deserves all the attention. It began, like New York, as a small trading post. It once was specially occupied by the British and later annexed, and then blossomed with the genius and fortitude of its people. It buoyed into a renaissance by the burgeoning presences of the Yoruba in the southwest.

It has become over the years not only iconic, but a beachhead of progress. Nothing is authentically Nigerian until it is Lagosian. Governor Ambode knows that, and it cannot be a Nigerian fest alone. That is why he chose W.S., who will bring to bear the prowess of his imagination and the breadth of his influence to make the celebration a world-class showcase.

Lagos has also had the example of the stellar governors beginning with Mobolaji Johnson up till the evolving saga of Ambode today.

We await the fest of Nigeria’s first state.

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