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Nationwide Theatre Lagos: 40 Billion Naira Revamp Heralds Return To Glory Days

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Nationwide Theatre Lagos: 40 Billion Naira Revamp Heralds Return To Glory Days

These of you too younger to know what the Nationwide Theatre was like in its glory days of the late Seventies and 80s, are about to be astonished by the renewed fantastic thing about Nigeria’s most elegant and highly effective cultural edifice.

My era used to attend the Nationwide Theatre to look at the highest US R&B bands of the day, like Kool & the Gang, Shalamar, The Brothers Johnson, Delegation, Dynasty and different acts, who toured Nigeria repeatedly, and performed on the 4,000 seater principal bowl of the then state-of-the-art, absolutely air-conditioned, world class Nationwide Theatre, Lagos.

Stevie Marvel performed there as soon as, I imagine.

You already know it needed to be a prime drawer venue for Stevie Marvel to play there.

Well-known African acts like Ipi Ntombi of South Africa, Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibango, and others, famously graced the theatre in its hey day.

The famend edifice fell into gradual disrepair throughout the navy regimes of Gen. Babangida and Abacha, and has been uncared for ever since by successive govts.

Till President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, got here to energy, and, along with the Lagos State govt, determined that Sufficient was Sufficient.

That it was time to revive the Nationwide Arts Theatre, the satisfaction of Nigeria, again to its glory days.

An unprecedented sum of 40 billion Naira was dedicated to the renovation, and what we’re about to see is the twenty first century Nationwide Theatre, absolutely upgraded, up to date, and able to host the world’s biggest superstars, in prime class situation, as soon as extra.

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Nationwide Theatre Renovation Mission Meets Yr-Finish Targets — Sanwo-Olu, Emefiele, Mohammed


GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele and the Minister of Info and Tradition, Mr Lai Mohammed, yesterday, expressed satisfaction with the extent of renovation work being carried out on the Lagos Inventive and Leisure Centre, LC&EC, popularly often known as the Nationwide Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

Exchanging views throughout an inspection of the power, the Mission’s Steering Committee, led by its Chairman and CBN Governor, Mr Emefiele, famous that main milestones had been achieved for the reason that venture’s graduation on website early in 2021.

The over N40 billion investments dedicated to the venture by the Bankers’ Committee is anticipated to ship far-reaching advantages to the Nigerian economic system and helps the initiatives of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to develop the inventive trade and supply jobs to Nigeria’s youth inhabitants.

Sanwo-Olu, Emefiele, Mohammed and different members of the Steering committee, together with the CBN Deputy Governor in command of Monetary System Stability, FSS, Mrs Aishah Ahmad; the Group Managing Director of Entry Financial institution and Chairman of the Physique of Financial institution CEOs, Herbert Wigwe; and the Managing Director of GT Holding Firm, Segun Agbaje, famous that all the heating, air flow, air con system, energy, water provide and sewage methods are at present being changed whereas hearth security requirements are being considerably upgraded.

The almost 3000sqm roof terrace, which had been a significant supply of leakages, can be at present present process restore, whereas the flooring, partitions, panels, and ceilings have been stripped again as a part of a plan to make sure that all underlying buildings can assist new finishes.

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Within the 4000-seater principal bowl, the brand new stage infrastructure will ship future-fit performing arts areas, for dance, theatre, music, and multimedia, with adjustable acoustics and superior technical methods, adaptable to the necessities of audiences, artists, and sponsors.

The group additionally noticed that the banquet halls and exhibition areas in addition to the two-500-seater cinemas had been stripped out, with new partitions, flooring and ceiling finishes being put in.

Whereas inspecting the grasp plan for the adjoining 44Ha website, which had been concluded, the inspection group was knowledgeable that an environmental remediation train, together with the Lagos State Authorities, was additionally on track with the just lately concluded Environmental and Social Impression Evaluation Evaluation led by the Federal Ministry of Setting of the 44Ha website.

Equally, the committee was briefed that mitigation plans had been put in place to assist the preservation of the pure ecosystem and handle all potential impacts, according to the venture sponsors’ dedication to making sure the legacy of sound environmental rules.

In keeping with the venture group, the sand filling will start shortly, having recognized the areas that can generate the least influence on the surroundings by means of website research (topographical, bathymetric, geotechnical, hydraulic and hydrology) carried out over 12 months.

Supply:- Vanguard

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