Two dedicated days in September have been set aside for a first of its kind festival in Nigeria featuring kites of various shapes, colors and sizes flying in the skies. The festival which is being put to together by Cranes and Ladders Limited, a Lagos-based marketing communications company, has already received the blessings of the Lagos State Government.
Speaking to newsmen at the formal unveiling of the festival, Ebun Roberts, CEO of Cranes and Ladders Limited disclosed that the festival activities will climax on the last day with “displays of mind blowing kites, stunts and fun competition on the beach at the grand event.” He added that the event will be a great opportunity for friends and families to share moments of sheer fun and excitement that only an event of its kind can provide.
Extolling the benefits and the contributions that the kite festival is likely to make to the tourism industry, Roberts pointed out that “the planned festival is an international kite festival that will bring in visitors from different parts of the world. According to him, over 20 professional kite flyers from Asia, India and Europe have confirmed their participation at the festival. He added that the festival will be the first ever family funfair attracting the upper and middle class families, young and old to a fun filled family friendly environment.
An excited Roberts pointed out that “man’s inherent wish to fly high and reach the sky would have surely made him invent the kite and fly it high, giving him the feeling and the satisfaction that he can fly and touch the sky as high as he wants. Kite flying is an age old fun activity which both the classy and mass enjoy. It is an inexpensive game that has always been one of those bonding opportunities for peers, families and friends.”
He also noted that “over two decade ago, kite flying used to be an integral part of pass time fun in Nigeria where handmade kites of different materials (paper, nylon) shapes and sizes adorned the skies of Nigeria, flying high in their glory and a picturesque spectacle that was practically impossible to resist. Little wonder why thoughts of kite flying brings back fun memories for young and old adults in Nigeria especially those in the age range of between 30 and 50years.”
The Cranes and Ladders CEO said, “kite flying is so much loved and appreciated that some countries hold annual kite flying festivals that have become nationally celebrated event and a major crowd puller locally and internationally.
“Kite flying in our part of the world appears to be a game that has gone to sleep but now the fun giant is about to awaken and set out on the path to become one of the leading individual, family and group fun game.”