After almost a year of feasting on the sights and sounds of Lagos from the back end of the city on a pleasurable boat cruise, it was a delight to again last month savour the bliss of Lagos waters and once again explore the beauties of the city’s innards from the comfort of a leisure boat cruise.
It was not your usual boat cruise but a special tour organised in honour of three Germany tourists and influencers (Matthias Kopemuller, a movie and documentary producer, Lutz Mekke, a journalist and Till Harter, a world class dee jay).
The trio were guests of the head of mission, Nigeria embassy in German, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, who facilitated their trip to Nigeria. But on this particular day they were the guests of the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Folarin-Coker.
Also on the cruise was Jidda Abuabkar, the officer in charge of the trade and commercial section of the embassy in Germany, the head of NTDC Lagos zonal office and some of the aides of Folarin – Coker alongside two other colleagues from the media. Folarin-Coker took charge of the one-day cruise as he also became the tour guide for the day. A duty he discharged creditably to the amazement and pleasure of all. He displayed apt mastery of the subject and a commending knowledge of Lagos waters and the city itself.
He regaled his guests with the historicity of the city as the cruise progressed from one to the end, describing the various structures that came into sight and the back stories behind them. He painted in details for the benefits of the guests the progression of the city from its ancient to its present day outlook, pointing out a number of the structures and buildings that aptly represented the various stages of the development of the city. Also, Folarin-Coker took time to impress the people with the political antecedents, historical and the economy planes of the city, pointing out the various economic elements and activities that take place within the city’s scape and the various elements that have shaped the development of the city, including the dramatis personae.
The cruise starting point was Lagos Boat Club on Ikoyi axis of the city from where it circled the waters of Lagos cruising through such notable ends as the Third Mainland Bridge, Ikoyi, Ikorodu, Victoria Island, Lekki to Apapa and then to Tarkwa Bay area where a beautiful blend of the Lagos lagoon water interfaced with the Atlantic Ocean.
Then the cruise headed to Ilashe town (a riverine or beach community) on the outskirts of the city where the team disembarked and headed for La Casa Beach, a private beach house with well – apportioned; enchanting and enduring appurtenances.
Here the team was treated to a relaxing and pleasant moment, with lavish and savoury buffet; with rich selections of Nigerian delicacies, including jollof rice, which amazingly turned out to be the favourite meal of the three gusts who relished it and garnished their plates with hot sauce.
It was quite an enlivened and cherished moment spent at the beach house, which gave the foreign guests a feel of the rich hospitality of Nigerians and the opportunity to interact with the local people as well as have an intercourse with the water as they strayed out of the beach house enclosure to the beach front to experience nature at its best.
It was a fulfilling moment for all and a memorable experience for the foreign guests who were quite enchanted by the cruise and treats. For them, it was a rare privilege to feel and experience the sights and sounds of Lagos from it back end without the ubiquitous human and elemental intrusions that most often impede city tour by road.
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