President Emmanuel Macron of France, who arrived Nigeria on Tuesday, July 3, has revealed that he was a regular visitor at the Afrika Shrine while he worked as a 23-year-old intern at the French embassy in Abuja.
We gathered that President Macron disclosed this in a video he Tweeted on Wednesday, July 4, in which he said he visited the Afrika Shrine again because he had some memories about the place. He said the shrine is an iconic place for a lot of African people and their culture.
In his tweet, he acknowledged the African energy and admitted that he was glad to see the energy still thriving several years later after leaving the country.
He tweeted: “This is African energy. The one I discovered here in Lagos when I was 23. The one I am glad to see is still thriving several years later. The one I hope many Europeans will get to know. The one that is far from the African prejudice of misery.
“The Shrine is an iconic cultural hub. And I say with a lot of humility that I recognize the importance of African culture.”
See tweets below:
It was previously reported President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, visited the New Afrika Shrine, home of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Macron visited the shrine after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja also on July 3, 2018. He was accompanied to the shrine by Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Macron, who arrived Nigeria’s Abuja in a Presidential aircraft Airbus 330 at 3:10 pm on Tuesday, July 3, was received by Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello; French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer and other top Nigerian government officials.