"I discovered Nigeria and a lot of my friends are here".
The influence of the French language is low in Nigeria despite being surrounded by Francophone countries, said the director of the Alliance Francais in Lagos, adding that "the potential is enormous". This place is an iconic place and it is a place where the best of music are given.
In the fight against the jihadist insurrection of Boko Haram, Macron reiterated France's commitments to support the "defence and stabilisation of the Sahel region", in particular through the strength of the G5 Sahel, which was at the heart of discussions at the African Union summit in Nouakchott. Let me remind you that this place - shrine is a music place as well as politics which is needed to change the society.
"First, I think that is such an iconic place for a lot of African people and African culture".
As a result, Macron said "the mobilisation of African states is fundamental". It will not be sponsored by France or European businesses, but by African businesses, it is brand new.
He said the event would help create a unique face for African culture in Europe. We have to address this challenge together, both in France and Nigeria.
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"Your State - Lagos, is one of the main challenges of not just Nigeria but the whole of Africa".
He visited Ghana previous year and Nigeria - Africa's economic powerhouse and the continent's leading oil producer - was the next logical step.
Macron who recalled his days in Nigeria about 15 years ago, noted that it was an emotional come-back, especially as he never imagined he would return to Abuja one day as President of France.
"Obviously I will not share all those memories because what happens in the Shrine remains in the Shrine", Macron said to huge cheers and laughs.
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In another video of the night posted by Afrika Shrine on Instagram, President Macron was caught, along with host, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, applauding the afro-ballistic performance by Femi Kuti and his Positive Force band.