Those against my appointment are ignorant –Soyinka

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…As Ambode launches activities to mark Lagos @50 celebration

NOBEL Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has said those kicked against his appointment as co-chair of Lagos at 50 Committee were only exhibiting ignorance.

Soyinka said this last Friday during the official launch of the one-year-long activities to mark the 50th anniversary celebration of the state.

While stating that he would not join issues with such people, Soyinka said his family was a pioneer in the devel­opment of the state, and that it was unfortunate that the so-called Lagosians were denying themselves the opportunity of knowing Lagos which his committee would offer.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Am­bode while launching the activities to commemorate the an­niversary of the state said the programmes lined up would showcase to the world the unique achievements, culture, heritage and the tourism potentials of the state.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at a special children’s pro­gramme tagged, “Vision of the Child” to officially kick-start the one-year-long activities for the Golden Jubilee of the state, said the celebration was put together to provide historical opportunity to propel the state into unimaginable greatness as well as put it on highest pedestal in the league of world megacity states.

The governor, who assured that the events would be the biggest celebration in the 50 years history of the state, added that Lagosians should expect nothing short of world class events.

He said: “This golden jubilee celebration will show La­gos for what it is – a home for all and a land of opportunities where dreams are made and fulfilled.

“This celebration will be all inclusive and in furtherance to this, each of the five administrative divisions of the state will have one month to showcase their culture and land­mass. In this way, we will expose to the world the unique­ness and diversity of our culture and tradition as well as our great tourism potentials.”

Speaking on the vision of the child initiative, the gover­nor who said the state had consistently supported the ini­tiative explained that it was aimed at promoting creative thinking, literary arts and painting skills.

Besides, Ambode commended the Lagos At 50 Com­mittee headed by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, and expressed optimism in their ability to showcase the state to the world and organize memorable events.

The governor also solicited the support of individuals and corporate organizations towards the successful hosting of the celebration.

In his remarks, Soyinka clarified that the idea of the one year long celebration was just to create consciousness in the minds of the people, and not that events would be orga­nized every day.

He said for instance, a month of solidarity would be dedi­cated to victims of Boko Haram, while the people would equally be given the opportunity to know more about La­gos.

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