The Alliance Francaise Fondation is the premier cultural organisation in the world, founded on 21 July 1883, it now has 800 local associations in about 133 countries.
The renovated building, which is a villa now has new additions which have transformed it almost completely. There are spectacular alterations done to the amphi-theatre and the internal auditorium to give it a touch of timeless elegance.
Afterwards, President Macron will proceed to address the Tony Elumelu young entrepreneurs event at Eko Hotels & Suites at 11am. The event would be followed by a networking reception at the invitation of the Chairman of Chagoury Group, Mr Ronald Chagoury.
He is an adept and able diplomat whose views are well respected and cherished. He has done a lot for Franco-Nigerian relations since arriving Nigeria as the French Ambassador which has led to increased business and cultural relationships between French and Nigerian citizens. Indeed, it is this sort of interaction that has facilitated the spectacular facelift that Alliance Francaise Lagos now enjoys.
President Macron’s visit is therefore coming at a more opportune time. Nigeria is preparing for its own democratic litmus test , and it is a homecoming of sorts because of his short stint in Nigeria where he lived and made friends.
His political career is the stuff of dreams for aspiring young politicians. He joined the Socialist Party of France when he was 24, but was an effective member only after 2006. In 2007, he attempted to run for office in the National Assembly on the platform of the Socialist Party, but his application was declined. He joined the staff of President Francois Hollande in 2010, but declined to be Chief of Staff to Prime Minister, Francois Fillon, that year. In 2012, he was made a Deputy Secretary-General on President Hollande’s Staff.