I hope many Europeans will get Discover African Energy—President Macron
France’s President, Emmanuel Macron Tuesday night visited the Shrine built in honour of the late Afro-beat star—Fela Anikulapo Kuti— in Lagos Nigeria where he again saw the ‘African Energy’. Macron arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday for official visit and met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja before going to the country’s south-west where a grand party had been set at the afro-beat Shrine.
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. pic.twitter.com/HqFxmJn0c1
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 4, 2018
Tweeted his experience: “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”.
Macron was seen having fun with Lagos state governor. Akinwunmi Ambode, popular Nigerian artistes and Nollywood stars.
Fela, who died in 1997, pioneered the Afrobeat sound and was known for his sexual exploits, marijuana smoking and being a fearless critic of military rule. He referred to himself as “the Black President”,
“Fela was not just a musician. He was a politician who wanted to change society. So, if I have one message for young people, it’s this: ‘Yes, politics is important; yes, be involved.’” Macron told the AFP.
The French leader, who spent six months as an intern at the French embassy in the country in 2002, told reporters earlier how fond he was of the West African country.
“It’s an appealing country. I’ve got a lot of memories… that haven’t left me.”
During an evening classic Fela songs were played alongside performances from contemporary artists, and a fashion show was also held.
Macron landed at the Presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 3:10 p.m. He was also presented with a plaque by the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello before leaving for the Presidential villa at about 3:40 p.m. That was his first formal meeting with Buhari.