The Lagos Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat AkinbiIe-Yusuf, and the Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu, have described the Lagos Ileya Virtual Concert held during the weekend as successful and very encouraging, saying that the event actually met the yearnings of Lagosians and several other participants across the globe. The duo stated that the reach of the event was overwhelming and an attestation to the fact that Lagosians and indeed fun lovers across the globe had earnestly and eagerly anticipated such event. The Special Adviser, while speaking at the end of the two-day event held at Lagos Theatre, Oregun amidst strict observance of COVID-19 protocols, revealed that the State Government leveraged on both the conventional and social media platforms to air the event live to participants in different parts of the country and beyond.
He said, "We don't want our viewers to be limited to social media platforms alone or be denied participating in the fun due to network connection or data limitation that is why we decided to air the concert live on both Lagos Television (LTV) and TV Continental (TVC) channels". Bonu appreciated the participation of Lagosians and the various artists during the two-day event, noting that with the huge enthusiasm displayed by the virtual audience, the State government is encouraged to initiate more of similar programmes in the future to meet the entertainment needs of the populace. Speaking earlier on the first day of the event, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat AkinbiIe-Yusuf disclosed that the event was designed to identify with Muslim faithful during this year's Eid-Eil-Kabir celebration.
She said that since the State Government had advocated for a very low key celebration, it was important to provide an alternative platform of fun that will engage and encourage people to really stay at home to celebrate and enjoy the Sallah festivities. The Commissioner remarked that one major lesson which the pandemic had brought to fore is the need to create and initiate good ideas that ordinarily would not have sufficed without the pandemic, adding that the drive to keep government activities going despite COVID-19 has brought about several laudable initiatives like the virtual concert.
"We know that the virus is real that is why we have been discouraging large gatherings but despite that, we believe that our people can stay at home and enjoy themselves in an atmosphere that will not breach any of the health safety protocols", the Commissioner stated She also used the occasion to assure stakeholders in the Tourism and Entertainment sectors that the present administration, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has so much in stock for the industry and its practitioners.
While making reference to the N1 billion commitment fund granted to the Tourism and Entertainment industry by Governor Sanwo-Olu, the Commissioner stated that there are other incentives being planned for stakeholders by the government. She, therefore, expressed the hope that with the cooperation of residents of the State and the ceaseless efforts of the government in respect of the pandemic, the curve of the virus would be flattened very soon.
Popular Islamic singer, Alawiye; renowned Fuji entertainer, Malaika; Stand Up Comedian, Kenny Blaq and hip-hop stars including Small Doctor, thrilled Lagosians and fun lovers across the globe with musical vibes during the first day of the event, while the likes of Teni, Chameleon, Neptune, Desktalker, Omo Baba, Omo Ibadan, APC Queen and Iya N Ghanah among others featured on the last day of the event.