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Lagos Celebrates Nigeria’s Independence With World Record 60,000 Cupcakes Mosaic3 minutes read



Nigeria is set to enter the Guinness Book of World Record after Lagos State celebrated the West African country’s 60th Independence Anniversary with a 60,000 cupcake mosaic on Thursday.

This is the largest anniversary logo created by any state in the world.

The initiative is by the Lagos State Government in conjunction with Fly Africa.

Speaking at the event held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, pointed out that the state through the laying of the largest cupcake mosaic, is sending a message to the world that Lagos remains a land of creativity and innovations.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by the wife of the State Deputy Governor, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat, at the event monitored by officials of the Guinness World Records, said that the largest cupcakes in the world, before this one was 30,400 cupcakes made in Singapore in 2015.

“It is my belief that Lagos State and indeed Nigeria would continue to strive and record greater achievements.

“I call on everyone here today to join hands with our administration to build a Lagos that we will all be proud of,” he said.

The governor commended all the founding fathers of Nigeria, independence icons and those who had worked tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria remained a united nation.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said that the world’s largest anniversary logo made with cupcakes mosaic remains unique to Lagos as a trail-blazer in lofty initiatives.

Akinbile-Yussuf said that the government, through this event is putting itself before the international community, especially tourists, to see what the state could offer in terms of breaking new grounds and in creativity.

She said that the relevance of Lagos State in Nigeria can not be undermined as the state has been channeling its efforts into activities that have strengthened the nation economically, culturally and socially.

To her, Lagos State has been the melting pot of Nigeria’s traditions and culture.

“The coming together of Fly Africa and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for this event which is one of its kind in the history of this nation underscores Lagos’ rich attractions that have earned the nation a global voice and respect across the continent.

“It is also commendable that we are equally using this event to eye the World Guinness Record through the laying of the Largest Cupcake Mosaic in different colors, being the first ever in the world.

‘“I appreciate the almost 150 volunteers who came together to make this Largest Cupcake Mosaic possible, as well as the various partners for this event,” she said.

The Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture used the period of the lockdown in the tourism and entertainment industry to rethink a workable direction for the post-COVID era.

In the future, efforts would be channeled toward the development of the state local tourism sites and the promotion of local creativity.

“Rather than enrich the economy of other countries through international tours, we want to change the narrative by making our state a more beautiful city to behold, where international tourists can visit and invest their resources,” the commissioner said.

The Lead Aviator of Fly Africa, Mr Wole Olagundoye, said the record breaking event would inspire Nigerians and Africans to rise above the odds and strive for positive actions toward achieving great and transformational feats.


Nigeria’s President Buhari Condoles with Burkina Faso President over Father’s Death



Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has put a phone with his Burkina Faso’s counterpart, Marc Christian Kabore, to commiserate with him and the nation following the demise of the president’s 90-year old father, Bila Kabore.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

The Nigerian leader said: “I am deeply pained and saddened to hear of the death of your beloved and respected father.

“He was an outstanding leader who cared for all. His life was devoted towards the progress of the Burkinabe nation and its people.

“May God give you, the family and the entire country the fortitude to bear the loss.

“On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Nigeria, please accept our heartfelt condolences.

“May God repose his soul.”

The deceased was a distinguished Burkinabe, who served as Minister of Finance in the 60s, a board member of the country’s Central Bank and at one-time, the Vice Governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO).

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Inconsistencies In Guinea’s Presidential Election Results Worrisome – US



The US has expressed concern over “inconsistencies” in preliminary results of Guinea’s presidential election.

In a statement, the US embassy spoke of a “lack of transparency in vote tabulations and inconsistencies between the announced results and tally sheets results from polling stations”.

Guinea’s 82-year-old leader Alpha Condé won a controversial third term in office, according to preliminary results, amid violent protests across the country.

The US has urged all parties to peacefully resolve electoral disputes through established institutions. It said it supported diplomatic efforts by the West African regional bloc, Ecowas, the African Unions and the UN.

The main opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, had declared himself winner and was prevented from leaving his house until Wednesday when he said the security officers outside his home had been withdrawn.

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Senegal’s President Sall Dissolves Government



Macky Sall - Re-elected President of Senegal

Senegalese President Macky Sall has dissolved his 32-strong government team with immediate effect.

Sall signed a decree to terminate the functions of all ministers and state secretaries, the presidency said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Presidential spokesman, Abdou Latif Coulibaly said Sall had signed a decree to that effect but gave neither a reason for the move nor a date for the formation of a new cabinet.

In separate decrees, he also dismissed the president of the economic, social and environmental council, the minister of state and the secretary-general of the government.

Extending his clearing of the decks further, Sall also dismissed another former prime minister Aminata Toure from her post as chair of the country’s economic, social and environmental council (CESE).

Toure, a former justice minister, is believed to harbour presidential ambitions.

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