by Seyi Lawal
The commercial capital of Nigeria, Lagos was in celebration as the Heritage Carnival came to town on 9 April. This was carnival with a difference as it fell on a public holiday. Free rides were given to and fro to the venue.
The event was filled with lots of colour and music as people came out in their thousands to grace the occasion. The streets of Lagos Island from the Tafawa Balewa Square down to Awolowo Way were filled with merry makers, costumed participants, tourist from various countries who happily took pictures and traders selling masks, costumes and various types of adornments; all trying to make a quick naira or two while the carnival was in full swing. The hawkers dealing in ice cream and bottled water were not left out as people patronised them and bought cold drinks to keep cool as the sun shone.
The Governor of Lagos State Babatnde Raji Fashola and the Lagos State Commissioner for Arts and Culture were not left out of the occasion as they also came to the square to give a welcome address and to participate in the celebrations. He noted that the carnival had become a part of the Lagosian calendar and this was a time to come together and be merry while taking time out of the usual Lagos hustle and bustle.
The parade included children groups, samba ladies, horse men with foot soldiers and lots more.
If you were not at the heritage carnival in Lagos, you missed out big time.