The West Africa Edition of ‘Africa Celebrates’ was a world class success

Says: Lexy Mojo-Eyes 

Pan-Africanist and promoter of African clothes, food, films, music, art and culture, Mr Lexy Mojo Eyes has proudly declared that, the West Africa Edition of ‘Africa Celebrates’ which took place between the 10th and 12th of May 2024, at La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Lagos, was a grand world class success!

And Lexy Mojo-Eyes should know! That’s because, in the last three decades and more, Lexy as he fondly called, has made it his business, to sit at forums where everything good about Africa, is well promoted. He is also the only African on World Fashion Board. He is currently an advisor to UNESCO and the African Union and a promoter of ‘Africa Celebrates.’

* Otunba Olawanle Akinboboye with Lexy Mojo-Eyes

 

In the last few months, Lexy has shuttled Nigeria and the western coast of Africa, to ensure that ‘Africa Celebrates’ hosts the West African regional edition, in Lagos, Nigeria.

And the choice of venue for the ceremony, was decided, to be, the spacious, nature-inspiring La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort at Ibeju-lekki, Lagos, the perfect ecosystem for man and nature.

Beaming with delight after the grand finale of the event on Sunday the 12th of May, we cornered Lexy Mojo-Eyes for a quick take of his opinion about the event.

Congratulations on the successful hosting of Africa Celebrates 2024 the West African regional event. What would you say, were the challenges of putting up this gargantuan event?

Getting the various west African countries to participate was a challenge considering the short notice. But having a formidable partner and host like The Builder, Dr Wanle Akinboboye made everything seemless. Between both of us, we have a combined experience and global network built over 80 years. So, the successful outcome despite the limited time available for us to plan and execute was expected.

Why the choice of La campagne tropicana beach resort as venue for the West African regional event ?

La Campagne Tropicana is the natural choice because it is an African theme resort just as Africa Celebrates is a Pan African event aimed at promoting Africa and Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora.

How expensive was it, hosting troupes around West Africa?

It was quite expensive. Having over 800 artists, artisans, models, designers, chefs, dance troupes and VIPs from the west African sub-region and beyond is not a joke. Lots of gratitude to Dr Akinboboye for most of the resources employed to make the event a grand success.

What can you say about cost of flights within africa?

⁠Connectivity within Africa in terms of movement is very difficult and most times impossible. Whenever it is possible, it is too expensive. Going to some North African countries sometimes requires you to go to Europe first for transit. African governments must come together to try and close this gap.

* Modela couture

Where is the next regional event taking place?

The regional events will be taking place as follows, Algeria for North Africa, Burundi for East Africa, South Africa for Southern Africa and Congo Brazaville for Central Africa.

What should we expect at the grand finale of Africa Celebrates at Addis Ababa?

⁠The grand finale in Addis Ababa is going to be huge. Over 45 countries will be participating in the various activities of Africa Celebrates 2024 which is art, culture, heritage, tech and business.

What eventually is Africa going to achieve with Africa Celebrates?

Africa will achieve the celebration of Africa’s unity in diversity by encouraging economic, social and political integration of Africa, through promoting intra-Africa’s rich art, culture, heritage, trade, investment, science and technology transfers, which can be explored as a catalyst for realizing a prosperous Africa.

Africa Celebrates will encourage us and the rest of the world to patronize made in Africa by eating our food, wearing our clothes, watching our films, appreciating our arts, crafts, music, dance and other African products and services.

Africa Celebrates will promote intra and inter African trade, investment and tourism with the goal of supporting and empowering women and youths in  creating wealth. Thank you.

* Alabi couture
* Atunda Fashion

– Paul Ukpabio is Nigeria’s Tourism Writer Of The Year 2023

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