PICTURES: Macron praises African culture in Lagos music venue

2018-07-04 14:14
French President Emmanuel Macron (2L) and Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (2R) dance at the Afrika Shrine in Lagos.

French President Emmanuel Macron (2L) and Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (2R) dance at the Afrika Shrine in Lagos. (Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP)

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French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Lagos on Tuesday evening to the Shrine, Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti's music venue, to celebrate Nigerian and African culture.

"I'm very happy to be here with you tonight," said Macron, addressing the cheering and whistling crowd in English.

Macron went directly to the Shrine from Nigeria's capital of Abuja, where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari on the second day of his visit to West Africa after Mauritania on Monday.

The French president said he was happy to return to Nigeria, where he had done an internship at the French embassy in 2002 and had visited the Shrine.

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Describing the concert hall as "iconic", Macron said that "we have to build a new common narrative" in Africa.

"You have to recognise the bad and negative pages of this history, but you have to move forward," he said to applause.

Macron, who had taken off his jacket and tie, was at the Shrine to announce the launch of the African Cultural Season which takes place in France in 2020, showcasing music, fashion, cinema and theatre.

The choice of venue surprised some Nigerians, who associate the Shrine with the anti-establishment musician.

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French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to take part of a live show in the Afrika Shrine in Lagos (File,AFP)

French president Emmanuel Macron takes a selfie with Nollywood artists during a live show in the AfriKa Shrine in Lagos (File, AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) laughs with Angelique Kidjo (2R) and Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (2ndL) at the Afrika Shrine in Lagos (File, AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron (2L) laughs with Angelique Kidjo (R) and Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Afrika Shrine in Lagos (File, AFP)

 

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and artist Femi Kuti wave to the crowd during a visit to the Afrika Shrine during a live show in Lagos (File, AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron (2L) poses with Nigerian musician Femi Kuti (L) and Senegalese singer Youssou N'dour (2R) at the Afrika Shrine in Lagos (File, AFP) 

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets with young Kareem Waris who drew a portrait of him during a visit to the Afrika Shrine in Lagos (File, AFP) 

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