Eko NAFEST 2022: Sanwo-Olu transforms National Stadium to festival city

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed that nothing should be left to chance in the hosting of the Eko National Festival (NAFEST) at the refurbished National Stadium, Lagos.

Nigeria’s iconic but decrepit football theatre, the National Stadium, now wears a new look, courtesy of, the Lagos State Government.

From the lodging facilities of Nigeria Institute of Sports (NIS) to about five mini stadia originally conceived for training and other sports games,  the splash of colourful paints, artistic works display and renovations of toilets and recreation areas,  signposts the signs of a great outing for Nigeria’s biggest cultural tourism extravaganza, which may break the over four years records of Governor Wike of Rivers state,  who deployed the greatest incentives and enabling environment when River hosted the iconic Nafest in 2019.

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The 36 states of the Federation are expected to converge on Lagos from November 7th to 13th 2022.


Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and President, Africa Region of World Craft Council (NCC)  Otunba Segun Runsewe who was in Lagos at the weekend to monitor activities for the event with Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism,  Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile Yusuff.

Segun Runsewe and Yusuff are also repositioning security for the festival,  and with thousands of cultural delegations and troupes from all over the country,  Lagos state for massive investment in security architecture, Sanwo-Olu may have found powerful willing destination marketers.

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Eko Nafest is expected to showcase the culture and economic investment opportunities in the city of Lagos.

A media tour is being planned to officially unveil the transformation of the sports city by Governor Babajide Sanwo-0lu,  and also it’s octopus capacity to provide revenue-yielding opportunities for outdoor events on sports,  culture, and tourism.

Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s Sports Minister, and a journalist may headline the Media tour to what may be known as Cultural festival city in the abandoned stadium in the heart of Lagos.

Wole Shadare