Lagos State’s children were well represented to dance, music and other forms of creative expression during a special Evening of the Arts held at Lagos House, Alausa.
During the event, which also marked the 51st Anniversary of Lagos State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode described children as the state’s “most cherished asset,” and stressed the government’s commitment to helping them reach their full potential.
“Our State as you know has the largest concentration of such beautiful, brilliant set of children and youths anywhere in the black world. Whether in education, in innovations, arts and literature or in sports, Lagos excels because of the exceptional talents of our young ones,” Governor Ambode said.
The evening, which commemorated Children’s Day, celebrated children in the state as well as parents who make commitments to ensuring the children engage in activities that make them all around citizens.
Notably celebrated were the children from Footprints of David, a group of children from the suburbs of Lagos, who otherwise would have been engaging in non-meaningful activities other than the arts.
The group of young performers took to the stage performing several Nigerian and African dances to the entertainment of thousands of onlookers.
The group began in 2005 as an after school programmed aimed at empowering disadvantaged children through the performing arts. Since then, it has travelled to Europe, the Americas and across Africa, performing.