Afrika shrine: France President, Macron dances 'Shaku-Shaku' as Yemi Alade sings

France's president visits Nigerian music legend's nightclub | Top News

France's president visits Nigerian music legend's nightclub | Top News

"On behalf of the government and good people of Lagos State, I welcome His Excellency, President Emmanuel Macron, President of France, to the commercial and cultural capital of Nigeria and indeed West Africa".

The influence of the French language is low in Nigeria despite being surrounded by Francophone countries, said the director of the Alliance Francais in Lagos, adding that "the potential is enormous". "I have a very different view of Africa than a lot of other people in Europe", he said.

In the fight against the jihadist insurrection of Boko Haram, Macron reiterated France's commitments to support the "defence and stabilisation of the Sahel region", in particular through the strength of the G5 Sahel, which was at the heart of discussions at the African Union summit in Nouakchott.

Macron has been a hit among Nigeria's youngsters, he's checked into the Afrika Shrine in mainland Lagos, he's rolled up his sleeves, he's danced on stage, he's saluted the boundless energy of Nigeria's youth and now he's spoken pidgin English!

Macron, while describing politics as important, said only Nigerians could change their image before the comity of nations.

Microphone in hand, Macron has become adept in this town hall setting on trips overseas, first tested in Ouagadougou and honed in New Delhi, Washington and Aachen. This also creates a platform for our local talents to feel a sense of belonging and encouragement.

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"You have a friend in France", he assured the Nigerian head of state, who still faces Boko Haram in the north-east of the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron has revealed how "touched" he was to see a brilliant painting of him by an 11-year-old Nigerian painter, Olamilekan Kareem, who did the job in two hours.

Highpoints of the night include sterling performances by dance group, Footprints of David, music artistes, Yemi Alade, Charlotte Dipanda from Kenya and a scintillating performance by Femi Kuti to bring the event to a close.

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