Lagos celebrates last 50 days of jubilee

Lagos at 50 events take place from 8 April until 27 May.

The final celebration of Lagos State’s Golden Jubilee will last for 50 days, beginning on 8 April and ending on 27 May, according to the Lagos At 50 planning committee.

The 50-day programme of cultural activities is the culmination in a year-long celebration which began last May to mark the half-century milestone since the state was founded in 1967.

The programme begins on 8 April with Wakaa, a musical at the Muson Centre, and ends on 27 May with a gala night of music, food, art and the release of an anniversary book containing images of Lagos by 50 photographers.

Highlights in between include FELA, a three-day musical based on the career of Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti; a regatta on 15 April in Epe, Badagry and Lagos Island; the Jazz Meets Fashion event on 30 April; and a workers' day celebration on 1 May at Agege Stadium.

On 5 May there is a screening of Nollywood films in various locations; the Lagos Carnival takes place on 13 May in the Island and Mainland zones; and on 20 May the Eyo Festival returns after five years at Tafawa Balewa Square.

Full details on the history of Lagos and the anniversary celebrations can be found on the Lagos@50 website.