By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has underscored the importance of using art and culture to promote democratic governance and advance people-oriented policies.
Ambode spoke at the Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels while attending the Centerâ€™s 2016 Summer Photography Exhibition as a Special Guest of Honour.
The exhibition, which largely focused on Lagos under the theme â€˜Dey Your Lane – Lagos Variationsâ€™, was an attempt to understand the state through those who feel it the most and can express these cognitive and emotional responses in an engaging and creative manner.
Addressing participants, the governor seized the opportunity to call on political leaders to partner with artists so that they can benefit from their creative and artistic imagination to tackle some of the challenges confronting megacities such as exponential urbanization.
He also used the medium to announce his administration’s determination to develop a new museum in the State.
He also emphasized that his governmentâ€™s engagement with the art, culture and entertainment sector, was in fulfillment of one of his key campaign promises, to vigorously pursue Project THESE, which stands for: Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment, Sport through Excellence.