France President Macron live at Fela's Afrika Shrine in Lagos

France President Macron live at Fela's Afrika Shrine in Lagos

While in Lagos this week, H.E. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic will engage with over 2,000 Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) alumni, together with other significant members of the African entrepreneurial ecosystem, in an open forum, that will guarantee a free and frank exchange of ideas and opinions.

The influence of the French language is low in Nigeria despite being surrounded by Francophone countries, said the director of the Alliance Francais in Lagos, adding that "the potential is enormous".

He had earlier in the day held bilateral talks with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

President Macron also announced the launch of the 2020 African Cultures Season in France.

The president described Afrika Shrine as an iconic place for the propagation of African music and culture, saying that he was immensely enriched when he first visited the place in 2012. I have to say my main memories about this place are friends, proud people, proud of their culture, proud of their art and music.

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"We are delighted and honoured to be hosting a president of one of the world's Super Powers; a permanent member of the United Nation's Security Council with veto rights, a prominent member of the G8 and the World Trade Organisation and a champion of Global Climate Change".

President Macron Macron expressed the readiness of French government to promote sport and cultural relations with Nigeria to address the unemployment among youths in both countries. "We need more Africans to succeed in Africa".

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. This also creates a platform for our local talents to feel a sense of belonging and encouragement.

In another video of the night posted by Afrika Shrine on Instagram, President Macron was caught, along with host, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, applauding the afro-ballistic performance by Femi Kuti and his Positive Force band.

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