President Macron: Why I visited Afrika Shrine

French President Emmanuel Macron signs the ‘gold book’ at The Presidential State House in Abuja

French President Emmanuel Macron signs the ‘gold book’ at The Presidential State House in Abuja

"Africa needs a new generation of Africans to share the new narrative about Africa all over the world", he said. I have to say my main memories about this place are friends, proud people, proud of their culture, proud of their art and music.

"We defeated Argentina and at least, we did what we had to do after they had defeated the Super Eagles", Macron said while addressing basketball players in Lagos.

Late Tuesday, Macron touched down in Lagos and went directly to the Shrine, where he praised Nollywood - Nigeria's massive film industry - and the country's music.

"For me the sustainable answer is not just security", said Macron, adding that people were leaving peaceful countries including Senegal, Ivory Coast and Nigeria because of "a lack of hope, a lack of opportunities". Being here, I do recognize their culture and respect their views.

Geny-Stephann said that the relationship between France and Nigeria are nowhere near what it should be, given the importance of Nigeria as an emerging power. "This season is a unique one and it will be the new face of Africa in Europe organize by Africans, providing what you like and what you have here", he said.

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Macron began his two-day visit to Nigeria on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

French president Emmanuel Macron offered to support Nigeria's efforts to realise security within its borders and eliminate terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, through securing the Sahel region.

He also said he found his five-year tour of duty in Nigeria very rewarding and extended his country's invitation to President Buhari for an official visit.

He noted that the future of Africa and the task of making it great rested with Africans, saying that the youths have a crucial role to play. This also creates a platform for our local talents to feel a sense of belonging and encouragement.

On Wednesday, the French president was inaugurating an Alliance Francaise cultural center in Lagos and meeting young Nigerian entrepreneurs.

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