Oba Akiolu Drops Royal Regalia for Jazz Night


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On April 30, music washed over Oba Rilwan Akiolu like the Pacific. It coursed through him formless and melodious, like a whisper – like a promise of sweet delight. On that day, the paramount monarch and King of Lagos, tapped his royal grace upon musical nuances that glide under breeze and foot.

He felt the melody of what is felt delicately underfoot and opened himself to its pulse. His innate worries and wrinkles were soothed by invisible jazz notes and waves of musical therapy that resonated from the Lagos International Jazz Festival.

The event, which held on Saturday, April 30, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Lagos, was hosted by Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos in commemoration of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jazz Day which holds on same date of every year. At the event tagged: “Evening of Jazz,” Governor Ambode explained that the objectives of the event was to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. The event drew the crème of Lagos high society.

Oba Akiolu, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Senator Gbenga Ashafa and Chief Olusegun Osoba were among dignitaries at the event. The Lagos International Jazz Day was carefully tailored to showcase the tourism potentials of the State to the world.