As part of the plans to stage the sixth edition of the annual Coconut Heritage Festival (AgunkeFest) in Badagry axis of Lagos, the organizers of the event have announced that 2000 coconut trees will be planted to mark the occasion. The event will also commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebration of Lagos State.
The development was announced by Prince Dohetho Messi, President of Gunuvi Heritage Entertainment; the organizers of the event. According to his, the 3-Day event will commence on April 14 and end on April 16, 2017.
In his words, “as our contribution to create awareness for the increase in production, we will be planting coconut seedlings around the communities. Commemorative planting has been arranged to commemorate 40th coronation anniversary of the Akran of Badagry Kingdom at the heritage sites – the first story building, Agia tree monument and Lagos State at 50 coconut tree planting at VIP chalet.”
Furthermore, the popular Agunkefest walkathon is scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The walkathon is a tried health walk to Topo/Idale for fitness and to celebrate the first coconut plantation in Nigeria by Roman Catholic Mission in 1876. The starting point for the walk is the Badagry Local Government Secretariat, Ajara and it will terminate at Topo Idale Community.
The final day event is schedule for Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, with the coconut show exhibition and family fiesta at Old slave Port, Marina Badagry. The event will feature award winning Nollywood actor, Yemi Solade as the Nollywood face of Agunkefest 2017.
In his remarks, the coordinator of this year’s event Femi Fasinu stressed the benefits of Coconut as a cash crop and Agunkefest as a festival.
“Coconut is a cash crop with so many potentials from the tree, raffia and most importantly the fruits. It will interest you to know that no component of a coconut tree is a waste product.
“The coconut is so enriched that it can be used for food products, creams, repellant, for binding purse, wallet, candle stand and oil which are natural and beneficial to human in general.
This year’s theme is; Coconut as a cash crop that has the potentials for galvanizing development in Lagos State Coastal Communities. With coconut, Lagos State Government can turn around its revenue generation based on its potential. This is the reason for organizing this year programme, especially at this period of economic recession when wastages should be discouraged,” he said.
In his goodwill message, His Royal Majesty, De-Wheno Aholu Menu Toyi, the Akran of Badagry Kingdom represented by Chief (Mrs.) Agnes Adeniji Adele, the Ahwligan of Badagry said the festival should be devoid of violence as Badagry is known for peace and pledges his support for the festival.
Credits: Felix Godonu (Badagry Prime)