The Queens 88th birthday was celebrated in style on Tuesday evening in Lagos, Nigeria at the residence of the Deputy High Commissioner.
Invest UK Limited – based in West Africa – attended the event which also celebrated high quality British engineering, displaying fantastic vehicles and machines such as the Rolls Royce Phantom, the F Type Jaguar and the classic JCB. Both the national anthems of the UK and Nigeria were enjoyed by everyone, and there was a real sense of respect and solidarity amongst all the guests.
GDP is expanding rapidly in Africa with the newly rebased country of Nigeria laying claim to the largest economy and most accelerated GDP growth. Lagos is an area displaying various evidence of this expansion, particularly in our beautiful Avenue Suite rooms which are found next to Bar Beach. Here you can experience a scenic outlook of Eko Atlantic, an incredible development which will eventually lay home to over 399,000 occupants (the primary residence is due to complete in 2016) and receive commuters that total well over 245,000.
The Winehouse – ran and owned by the Ojukwu family – is where we were honoured to host meetings with clients. Eva Inglander dazzled all with her exceptional dancing skills, dancing to the fantastic music provided by the talented performing jazz saxophonist. This great Friday night locale is a fantastic feature of Ikoyi and visitors regularly enjoy the delicious selection of affordable wine, which Mr and Mrs Ojukwu have a particular passion for. You should expect a warm welcome and a chance to hear Mr Ojukwu’s interesting stories which encompass true Nigeria.
We were lucky enough to travel past a vibrant billboard displaying details of the Lagos Carnival. It contained a few words explaining how the area needed new tourists because all previous visitors have forgotten to leave. Despite plans to return in June (we will shortly depart back to London) we still leave with a heavy heart and look forward to returning a truly beautiful and treasured country.