On Tuesday the 3rd of July, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Lagos; the most popular city in Africa for a night of contemporary celebration of the unique African culture. He also officially pre-launched the Season of African Cultures 2020 an event which will be held in France in celebration of the uniqueness and diversity of the different cultures in Africa.
He was hosted at the infamous New African Shrine, created by the legendary Afro beat King himself Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The president was welcomed by the state’s Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, as well as Afro-beat crooner Seun Kuti, who is also the son of the late Fela Kuti. The President and Governor were also joined by reputable dignitaries and the best of Nollywood’s celebrities.
Amidst all the history and celebration that went down, the highlight of the event for me was seeing Nigerian TV Host and Journalist Keturah King on the stage gracefully and eloquently handling her interview with the President. There is nothing as inspirational as seeing a fellow woman rise and succeed in a field she is entirely passionate about. The CNN African Voices host was the true definition of beauty and brains and elegance as she gracefully and calmly awed the audience by her speaking. #GreatAfricanWoman in the making!
Keturah King has a multicultural background (Cuban/Nigerian Heritage) and aspires to be the first female president of Nigeria (you have my vote and support). When she is not Interviewing world leaders, Keturah has the exciting job of travelling throughout Africa and reporting on stories for CNN’s African Voices program, which is a half hour weekly show which airs on CNN International.
“It is amazing to be able to travel around Africa and meet people whose stories need to be told”. She tells Guardian Woman, “I do not believe we need to focus on celebrities alone. That is why you see a lot of people I speak to (on African Voices) are from every single walks of life.”
In spite of her confession that her job is fun, Keturah feels honored to be in her in position, projecting African culture, personalities, trends and lifestyle to the outside world.
“I feel honoured because it could have been anyone. It could even have been a man. There has to been a reason I’m doing this. But I do not know the reason. Maybe it is because of my engaging personality, maybe because I have a strong work ethos or a combination of those things.”
Miss King and the President were also joined on stage by Musician Banky W, who played co-host for the night. Other Nollywood celebrities in attendance were Ramsey Nouah, Angelique Kidjo, Asa, Genevieve and many more.
Another highlight of the event was President Macron meeting Kareem Olamilekan, the 11-year-old artist who drew him on the spot in just 2 hours. Talent as it comes in Nigeria! President Macron was more than impressed by the young lad he had to share the experience on his Instagram. Amazing!
It is great to see Nigeria and the unique African culture being celebrated globally!