President Macron Visits New Africa Shrine Nightclub On His Trip To Nigeria | Politics
French President Emmanuel Macron ends his official first visit in Nigeria in a very unusual, unexpected but really typical way. After two days spent in the country that was his internship destination in 2002 – he worked at the French Embassy in Lagos – he went dancing at one of the most legendary places in Nigerian culture.
Today’s New Africa Shrine rose literally from the ashes of the famous concert hall, where the Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti performed and protested through his music. The club was burned in 1977 but has been rebuilt and is now directed by two of Kuti’s sons, Femi and Seun, also both musicians.
Macron was for sure the first sitting president to go there, probably fuelled by his personal attachment to Nigeria. These are his own words, posted on Twitter after the special visit, where he played talking drums, got on the stage and celebrated African culture:
“This is African energy. The one I discovered here in Lagos when I was 23. The one I am glad to see is still thriving several years later. The one I hope many Europeans will get to know. The one that is far from the African prejudice of misery.”
Among the crucial points of this political trip, the migrant crisis and the future of the youths; but also a promise, that in 2020 in France he will promote the organization of a series of events about African culture for Africa.
Have a look below at the nice pictures of the night.
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