When US Consulate Took Topside to The Lekki Coliseum

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By Mary Nnah

It was a time for good music, laughter, banter and fun when the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General, Lagos, held a master class on wood and percussion instruments, featuring the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, Topside, at The Lekki Coliseum (TLC), the avant-garde events and conference center in the heart of Lekki Phase 1, last Thursday.

Based in Italy, Topside is involved in efforts to strengthen ties with partner nations throughout Europe and Africa. The band is currently in Nigeria to support the ongoing 2019 Oban game Express, an annual multinational maritime exercise on the Gulf of Guinea.

The participants, including established and upcoming musicians as well as students of the University of Lagos and Lagos State University, were not only wowed by the sophistication of the music and the expertise of the percussionists but also the elegance of the TLC environment.

According to one of the participants, “the marriage of the quality music and the ambience provided by The Lekki Coliseum made the event a master class indeed. The US Consulate made the right choice of venue.”