Official visit to Nigeria of the President of the Republic of France, July 3-4, 2018
Mr. Emmanuel Macron, carried out an official visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, devoted to political meetings and to strengthening cultural, economic and sports ties between both countries.
The president went to the New Afrika Shrine where he launched the Season of African cultures which will hold in France in 2020. This initiative aims to expose French people to African Art in the areas of fashion, film, design, theatre and even visual art.
The president also inaugurated the new headquarters of the Alliance Française of Lagos, realized thanks to Nigerian businessman Mike Adenuga.
The Alliance Française of Lagos, which will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2019, is returning to Ikoyi. The center will have 9 classrooms, a 117-seat cinema/auditorium, a 250-seat outdoor amphitheater, a library (classic and online), a restaurant and 4 artists’ residencies. The restoration effort of this project is particularly noteworthy as it was decided that the existing villa will be partly kept, as an example of Lagosian heritage. The new building will be constructed around it.
The first Franco-Nigerian Business Forum which held on the 4th of July in Lagos brought together 300 companies around themes of agriculture, renewable energy, sustainable cities and Technology and innovation.
The president, for his part, discussed at length with 1700 young entrepreneurs gathered by the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). The partnership agreement (established in 2017) between the TEF and the French Development Agency (AFD) was also formally signed on this occasion. It will see the establishment of a risk-sharing guarantee with commercial banks who will provide loans to startups that emerge from the TEF program.
On the 4th of July, the French Head of state launched a Franco-Nigerian business club - an initiative which already exists in countries like China, India and Mexico – which is its first on the African continent. It will bring together CEOs of large companies and corporations as well as of SMEs (15 French CEOs and 15 Nigerian CEOs)
The President ended his 2-day visit to Nigeria with the announcement of a partnership between the French Development Agency and the NBA Africa for the development of sport. Sport is a vector for unity, for education, for outreach and can become a driver for development if investments are well targeted.