Ambode to build art theaters in Lagos

In a bid to engage and create more openings for youths, Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode has revealed plans to build 5 new theaters in the state.

The governor had revealed this when he attended a stage play at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The play was titled Heartbeat The Musical…A New Beginning, and was directed by Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva.

He said, “I never believed I could sit down for two hours, I thought I would just pop in briefly and then leave, but this is awesome and fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mere fact that I believe strongly in arts, entertainment and sports, everything that is arts, like I said, before the end of next year, we are going to have five new theatres in Lagos.

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“We are already engaging the Terra Kulture and we are speaking to another consultant and the truth is that we want to have the theatres in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Alimosho and on the Mainland. We already have one in Victoria Island. But the truth is that this is where the energy of Lagos is and that is where we should go.

“It’s not so much about physical infrastructure, but 67 per cent of the Lagos population is below the age of 35, so we need to start finding things to keep the younger ones more creative and then open the space for them to be able to just show their talents.”

With Lagos turning 50 on the 27th of May, 2017, Ambode also revealed that arts and entertainment will be a big part of the celebrations.