Lagos set to celebrate world coconut day

Ekene Okafor, Lagos

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All is set in Lagos State for this year’s coconut Heritage festival scheduled to hold on Sunday 2nd September.

The event tagged ‘Agunkefest’ is being organised by the Lagos State government in collaboration with the African Coconut Heritage Initiatives to be held at the Suntan Beach Front, Badagry on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

In a press release the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Arts & Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson, said the objective of the celebration was to provide an avenue for the Lagos State Government to create awareness on the array of invaluable economic, health and environmental benefits that coconut offers.

It says the festival intends to draw global attention and beam searchlight on Badagry division of the state thereby showcasing its rich cultural and traditional values to attract both domestic and international tourists to the division.

Economic potentials
According to the Special Adviser, the celebration is in line with the state government’s commitment to develop every division of the state and to showcase its cultural and economic potentials.

Activities lined-up to celebrate the one-day programme will start with a symposium in the morning on the theme of the celebration, ‘Harnessing Coconut Production for Economic Empowerment and Tourism Development in Lagos State’ which would be delivered by the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Institute of Oil Palm Research Benin, Edo State, Dr. Charles Aisagbonhi.

Cultural displays
This will be followed up with a grand finale ceremony, where all stakeholders in the industry and coconut value chain will exhibit their products, and the day’s event will be rounded up with cultural displays and entertainment amongst different communities in the 57 local governments and Local Council development areas.

It is noteworthy to state that the festival, which made its debut in 2009, is meant to annually celebrate coconut in reminiscence of the first coconut plantation in Nigeria established by the Roman Catholic Mission on the Topo Island in Badagry in 1876.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim