Lagos is undoubtedly hub for entertainment – Sanwo-Olu


During the Lagos premiere of the biographical film “Last Man Standing,” which depicts the remarkable eight-year tenure of President Bola Tinubu as the Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu praised Lagos as the “Bastion of Entertainment” and a hub of creative excellence that exports the best of talent and innovation to the world. The event took place at the prestigious Glover Memorial Hall in Lagos, showcasing the vibrancy and cultural significance of the city’s entertainment industry.

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s remarks underscore the crucial role that Lagos plays in the Nigerian entertainment landscape, where artists, filmmakers, musicians, and other creative individuals thrive. Lagos has become a melting pot of artistic expression, attracting both local and international talents who find inspiration and opportunities within its dynamic and diverse cultural ecosystem.

The film “Last Man Standing,” having already premiered in Abuja, offers a unique insight into the transformative leadership of President Bola Tinubu during his time as the Governor of Lagos State. It delves into the notable achievements, challenges, and significant events that shaped his tenure and contributed to the growth and development of Lagos State.

By showcasing such a film, Lagos further solidifies its position as a center for storytelling, cinematic excellence, and historical documentation. It celebrates the rich legacy and contributions of President Tinubu, whose visionary leadership left an indelible mark on the state and serves as an inspiration to current and future leaders.

The Lagos premiere of “Last Man Standing” not only honors the remarkable achievements of President Tinubu but also serves as a platform for the local entertainment industry to showcase its prowess and contribute to the cultural tapestry of Nigeria. It brings together industry professionals, stakeholders, and enthusiasts, fostering networking opportunities and reinforcing the creative ecosystem that thrives within the city.

With its vibrant entertainment scene, Lagos continues to attract global attention, serving as a springboard for talented individuals to launch their careers and make significant contributions to the global creative landscape. As the “Bastion of Entertainment,” Lagos remains at the forefront of promoting creativity, diversity, and cultural exchange, solidifying its status as a leading entertainment destination and a source of inspiration for the world.

Jaiye Opayemi, representing Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, emphasized the need for support from all levels of society to ensure the continuous growth and success of the creative industry. Opayemi, a Public Relations professional and Managing Director of Chain Reactions Nigeria, acknowledged the significant contributions of the creative industry, stating that it has the potential to employ more people than the oil and gas industry. He assured that Lagos State, known as Africa’s entertainment capital and the bastion of entertainment, is committed to providing the necessary support to foster the industry’s development and showcase the best of creativity to the world.

The biopic “Last Man Standing” features Lateef Adedimeji, who portrays the role of President Bola Tinubu. The governor expressed his gratitude to the producers, cast, and crew for their dedication in creating this biopic as a means of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Dr. Abisoye Fagade, the Executive Producer, highlighted the significance of documenting historical events and happenings in Nigeria. He emphasized that the lack of proper documentation has been a major challenge in the country. Fagade recognized the transformative impact of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s leadership during his tenure as the governor of Lagos State. He vividly recalled the progress and development of Lagos State from the 80s through the 90s, particularly the transformation of areas like Maroko. Fagade expressed his belief that contributing to the documentation of Tinubu’s history is a fitting tribute to celebrate his contributions and preserve the country’s heritage.

By producing the biopic “Last Man Standing,” the filmmakers aim to fill the gaps in Nigeria’s historical documentation and provide future generations with valuable insights into the leadership and accomplishments of prominent figures like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Through this film, they hope to contribute to the collective history of Nigeria and shed light on the remarkable progress and achievements that have shaped the nation.

The event was graced by the presence of esteemed individuals, including Hon. Mojisola Ojora Meranda, the Deputy Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, and AIG Hakeem Odumosu, a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State. Abdullahi Abdulrasaq, the Boss of Corporate Pictures, and Dr. Abisoye Fagade were also among the notable attendees.

The lead actors of the biopic, Lateef Adedimeji, who portrayed President Tinubu, and his wife Bimpe Oyebade Adedimeji, were present at the event. Shushu Abubakar, who played the role of Remi Tinubu, was also in attendance. The director of the movie, Tunde Olaoye, along with Kofoworola Abiola Atanda, popularly known as Madam Kofo, who starred as Iyaloja Abibatu Mogaji, were present as well. Additionally, prominent figures such as Foluke Daramola, Segun Arinze, who also served as a compere at the event, Dr. Shaibu Husseini, Zeb Ejiro, Gbenga Adeyinka, Jide Kosoko, Sam Olatunji, and many others graced the occasion with their presence.

Seun Oloketuyi, the Producer of “Last Man Standing,” shared some of the challenges encountered while assembling the cast and crew for the film. Oloketuyi recounted the trials and tribulations faced during the production process, highlighting the dedication and determination required to bring this significant biopic to fruition.

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