Honorary Consul of Belgium, Lagos, Chief Mrs. Paulete Vantrier (left); Founder, Nike Arts Gallery, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Davies Okundaye; Chairman, GAC Motors, Chief Diana Chan; Convener, Our Lagos, Your Lagos and Executive Director, Connecting Lagos, Aregbe Idris, and President, Female Artist Association of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Ngozi Akande, at the event

Mary Ekah

“This is about unity and prosperity; we believe Lagos belongs to everybody in as much as you want to add to the progress of Lagos, if you have true passion for Lagos, you’ve got the zeal to make Lagos work. This is a state that accommodates everyone and with this in mind, we came up with the concept, OLYL, which is targeted at connecting Lagos to the world. We are looking at connecting Lagos through arts, culture, tourism, and investments among other sectors. This is about connecting people, generations and possibilities to move us all forward.”

That was the remarks from Idris Aregbe, Convener, ‘Our Lagos, Your Lagos’ (OLYL) and Executive Director, Connecting Lagos, at a recent event in Lagos to celebrate the impact of arts, culture and music on the growth of Lagos.

Aregbe, who has been a culture enthusiast, has over the years devised various methods to ensure that the Lagos culture and by extension African culture is valued. So recently he came up with what he tagged, ‘Connecting Lagos Ambassadors Award’ (CLA), which aims to award distinguished personalities who have contributed to the development of culture in Lagos State and Nigeria in general.

Therefore, the recent edition of CLA held at the Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos, had 15 illustrious art collectors honoured for their appreciation of arts and contribution to the growth of Lagos State.

Beyond the awards, Aregbe said the event would raise ambassadors and people, who believe in connecting Lagos, adding that it was an avenue for connecting people to their culture as well as afford the opportunity for people to generate possibilities in terms of business investment, tourism, arts and culture among others for the growth of Lagos State.

He stressed that the event was organised to bring Lagosians together irrespective of their tribe, adding, “Our Lagos, Your Lagos, is about connecting Lagos with our culture, in terms of unity and prosperity. We believe Lagos is for all as long as you are ready to add to the progress of Lagos.”

Speaking further Aregbe said, “Our amiable governor, Akinwunmi Ambode is playing his part and for us as citizens all we need do is to come up with different ideas and initiatives to support Ambode’s laudable ideas.”

Speaking on the need to promote Lagos culture, Founder, Nike Arts Gallery, Chief (Mrs.) Nike Davies Okundaye, said there was need to connect people to their culture so as not to lose it. “We are connecting Lagos with culture. The cultures in Nigeria are huge and so we have decided to celebrate and promote Lagos culture. We want young people to connect to their culture so they don’t lose it. We want our children to always relate to tradition by spoken words and activities around them,” she said.