Despite of the smell of marijuana that welcomes you to the Afrikan Shrine in Lagos, French President, Emmanuel Macron visited for an evening of fun.

Many Nigerians wondered why he made that choice on his visit to the country, and he said he recognised the Shrine as an important place for lovers of African culture.

For a young man who once worked in Nigeria, it was not his first time at the Shrine.

“First, because I wanted to find a good occasion to come back there. I know the place and I have some memories,

“I have to confess at a time that there was no president around, I hope I will not spoil the party.

“I think that is such an iconic place for a lot of African people and African culture.

“And I think very often when you speak of the African culture in Europe, those who succeeded in Europe and in France, which is different most of the times, are not dramatically very famous in Nigeria or in Africa.

“And there is a bias because you know people are absolutely not the same. I mean Fela, Femi, Seun Kuti are obviously very famous in France and Europe.

“I mean they are big successes, but the Shrine is a cultural hub, an iconic hub and is very important for me first on a personal level, and that is why I want to say with a lot of humility that I recognise the importance of this place, I recognise the place of culture in this current environment.”

This marks the beginning of sport and cultural relations between Nigeria and France.

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