Lai Mohammed Hails Brazilian Descendants In Lagos
By Justina Okpanku
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has praised the iconic festival by the Brazilian descendants on Lagos Island, saying that it identifies with Nigeria’s century old heritage relationship with Brazil. He said the time has come to give the initiative an economic boost through cultural tourism.
Speaking at the unveiling of the Afro Brazilian Cultural Centre in Brazilian Quarters, Popo Aguda, Lagos Island on Easter Monday, Mohammed noted that the centre would not only preserve the historical narratives of Nigerian descendants in Brazil but would also encourage and foster relationship with the government and people of Brazil.
“I would want to thank Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the support and encouragement to the Brazilian Descendants Association and for preserving the architecture of Brazilian Descendants community in Lagos dating centuries old,” he said.
The minister who was represented by the Director General, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, pointed out that the first generation of Nigerians who were taken by the Portuguese slave merchants left an enduring legacies of Yoruba culture which today has become a veritable platform of cultural and historical relationship between Nigeria and Brazil.
He said the window of relationship would ensure the Federal Government give the necessary assistance through factoring the festival into Nigeria’s Cultural festival calendar.