After moving to Mauritania to meet with leaders of the strength of the G5 Sahel, the French president Emmanuel Macron is expected Tuesday in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, where he intends to build closer ties with the Anglophone Africa .

Mr Macron will meet his counterpart Muhammadu Buhari, immediately before flying to Lagos, economic and cultural capital of West Africa.

Fifteen years after his internship of the National School of Administration (ENA) to the Embassy of France in Abuja, which he repeated to have kept good memories, Mr. Macron decided to visit the country most populated African, English and oil giant, and geopolitical and economic leader of the continent with South Africa.

Lagos can finally be shown for what it is: the cultural capital of Africa, with musicians, artists and fashion designers who are now recognized worldwide.

After his stint in Ghana, there are a few months, the French president and shows a clear intention to have closer relations with the Anglophone Africa.

Economically, Nigeria is an indispensable partner for France. Its market of 180 million people is a must and the country, with an overall production of about 2 million barrels / day, representing more than 10% of the production of French group Total.

In Abuja, during his meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Macron will address general issues of security in the region.

Nigeria, which is the heart of the jihadist insurgency Boko Haram and nearly 200,000 men in uniform, is a powerful military actor in West Africa.

The country faces many security challenges and increasing violence, including the conflict between sedentary farmers and nomadic herders, who made a thousand deaths since the beginning of the year.

However, for the third and final leg of his tour, in Lagos, the French president decided to come out of traditional diplomatic shackles focusing his visit to the artistic and cultural influence of the city. He is the first French president to visit in this megalopolis of 20 million inhabitants.

At a Tuesday evening, rhythmic concerts, fashion shows and theater scenes, the head of state will officially launch the season of African cultures to be held in France in 2020.

"This is a very nice surprise, Mr Macron has chosen to celebrate the culture during his stay in Lagos", told AFP the local Minister of Tourism and Culture, Steve Ayorinde. "But it was not a shock, given that France is a country renowned for attention to culture and knowledge that Mr. Macron is a young president, who already knew the country."

The choice of the place, the Shrine, iconic concert hall of the King of Afrobeat Fela Kuti, however puzzled many Nigerians, unaccustomed to see diplomatic delegations under the usual smoky sheds marijuana and keep some bad reputation.

Tokini Peterside, Director of Art X, one of the largest contemporary art fairs in Africa and will present the work of three Nigerian artists to President Macron is "incredibly enthusiastic" on the eve of the evening.

"It's daring on her part," she says. "But Lagos can finally be shown for what it is. The cultural capital of Africa, with musicians, artists and fashion designers who are now recognized throughout the world"

On Wednesday, after a meeting with young Nigerian entrepreneurs, the President will inaugurate the new French Alliance of town.

In a city where infrastructure starved despite the artistic energy, culture is very expensive, and the Alliance beyond broadcast Francophonie - Another important point of the presidential visit - wants to give access to cinema and exhibitions the greatest number.

It is a Nigerian who finance this huge place located in the upscale neighborhood of Ikoyi Mike Adenuga second richest man in Nigeria with a fortune estimated at several billion dollars from oil and telecommunications, has paid the full building.

Source :  afriquemedia

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