Many people who have not seen Peter Okoye, formerly of PSquare, do a solo performance are having the opportunity as the annual musical show, One Lagos Fiesta, has unveiled him as one of the big artistes for the year.
The event, otherwise called OLF, began in the five zones of the city on Sunday and it will run for another six days. According to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Peter is billed to perform at the Town Hall, Ikorodu; Marina Beachfront, Epe; the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island and at Agege Stadium, Agege. Peter’s performances at Eko Atlantic and Agege will hold on December 28 and 29, respectively. He is, however, just one of the about 100 artistes participating in the musical carnival.
Ayorinde adds that the event holding in Ikeja (Agege Stadium), Badagry (Badagry Grammar School), Ikorodu (Ikorodu Town Hall), Lagos Island (Bar Beach) and Epe (Epe-Marina Beachfront), is planned to be bigger and more impactful, based on the success of the earlier ones.
He says, “You will agree with me that the One Lagos Fiesta has become one of our star programmes. It is very much in line with the belief that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has in the culture and entertainment industry, as well as tourism. On the one hand, we believe that we should empower the sector in whatever way we can, because it is also capable of generating employment and, ultimately, boosting the economy of the state and country at large. On the other hand, the Ambode government is aware that Lagosians have accepted the One Lagos Fiesta as their own. They love it, they look forward to it and that is why it records massive attendance at every venue. Of course, it is a way of giving our people an exciting year-end enjoyment.”
While expressing delight that adequate security has continued to be guaranteed, the commissioner explains that the list of performers accommodates artistes of different genres and ages to cater for the tastes of the different categories of people.
Some of the artistes are King Sunny Ade, Olamide, Davido, Adewale Ayuba, Salawa Abeni, Humble Smith, Small Doctor, Ras Kimono, Pasuma and Saheed Osupa.
Also speaking on the show, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwason, notes that the climax of the fiesta, happening on the cross-over night of December 31st and running into the New Year, will hold at the Eko Atlantic City.
Giwason adds that the OLF, themed, See, Feel and Explore Lagos, is designed to turn the five divisions of Lagos into tourist destinations for eight days. According to her, it will throw up 40 concerts.
She adds that the talent hunt programme has been adjusted to discover, celebrate and reward youths in the state in the areas of dance, music, comedy, and other creative exploits. Auditioning had held in the past few days, with finalists billed to compete at the OLF. Winners will get between 150,000 and 50,000.