The 2017 Diaspora Badagry Festival themed; â€˜the Voyage to Heritageâ€™, is set to come to a spectacular highlight this year, as it will feature a very symbolic ceremony tagged â€˜Door of Return ceremonyâ€™. According to a statement issued by the organisers, the ceremony would be significant because for the first time, a door of return is opened for the Diasporans whose ancestors were historically taken away as slaves, through the point of no return in Badagry.
The statement further stated that the festival would be a fun filled and educative 3- day event organised jointly by the African Renaissance Foundation, Agile Communications Limited in partnership with the Lagos State Government and the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.
This event is slated to hold from the 23rd to 25th of August, while the upcoming weeks will witness a roll out of promotional activities introducing the lineup of events which include: Carnival Procession, Boat Regatta, Fishing competition, Dark Era Procession, Diaspora Dinner, Beauty Pageant, Fashion Show, Cultural displays, Heritage Visits, Heritage Night, The Festival Market, International Music Concert, and other fun and exciting activities.
The Campaign kicked off with a logo launch last month, at the Baguda Kaltho Press Centre Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa alongside the Special Adviser to Lagos State Gorvernor on Oversees and Investments, Prof. Ademola Abass, in attendance.
Speaking on the event, Hon. Abike admitted that after attending past editions of the event, she was confident that with consistency and the support of the government and respective organisations, this would eventually be the biggest cultural event to come out of Africa.
She further expressed her delight at the concept of the door of return, celebrating the return of Diasporans and their connection to homeland, as well as the platform to showcase the beauty of Lagos State and Nigeria to the world, which will definitely enhance tourism.
On his part, Abass stated that he was very impressed by the standard of the festival and explained that this festival presented a unique opportunity for Diasporans and locals to revel history in a remarkable setting. He especially emphasised on the fact that the event tallies with the objectives of Lagos State, which include tourism, hospitality, entertainment and the agenda to bring Badagry to fore as a tourism hub in Africa to be reckoned with.