Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has promised that his government would embark on a total revamping of the National Arts Theatre in Iganmu, by April, in time for the 2017 Africa Movies Academic Awards (AMAA) ceremony holding in the state later in the year.
The 13th edition of the prestigious event, popularly referred to as AMAA awards, is expected to hold in the “Centre of Excellence” on June 3, 2017, as part of efforts to celebrate “Lagos at 50.”
Mr. Ambode, who spoke when he played host to officials of AMAA led by its President, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe at the Lagos House, Ikeja, expressed optimism that the plan to upgrade the theatre to world class standard would serve as a viable venue for the AMAA event when completed.
“I want to also say that I am very particular about the venue of the AMAA, so we would use everything possible to make sure that the National Arts Theatre is ready. We are in a process and before the month ends, we should have something to start doing within the first week of April to getting the whole place ready,” he said.
Alluding to the fact that Lagos would turn 50 by May 27, the governor said that the hosting of the AMAA event in Lagos would add more glamour to the celebration of the state’s Golden Jubilee and showcase its hospitality to the continent and the world at large.
“This is a very historic moment for us in Lagos. In 2017 we are celebrating the existence of Lagos for 50 years. If you look at the calendar, you would wonder in what ways and manner can we celebrate Lagos?
“Without your sector, there is no Lagos. So, when we say 50 years, we are talking about 50 years of history, so somebody documents it, somebody dramatizes it, and then somebody keeps it, so that those who are yet unborn would see it, so even when we are not there, it would be displayed through your creative talents,” he said.