The Nigerian head of state, Lieutenant General Olusegun Obasanjo, officially opened the country's new multi-million pound (dollar) National Theatre on Thursday (30 September).
GV INTERIOR: National Arts Theatre in Lagos, Nigeria.
GV INTERIOR: guests arrive.
SV: Nigerian Head of State General Olesegun Obasanjo addressing audience.
SV: Obasanjo unveils plaque.
SV INTERIOR ZOOM OUT National Theatre.
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Background: The Nigerian head of state, Lieutenant General Olusegun Obasanjo, officially opened the country's new multi-million pound (dollar) National Theatre on Thursday (30 September). The ceremony in Lagos was held on the eve of Nigeria's sixteenth anniversary of independence.
SYNOPSIS: The theatre, built specifically for the forthcoming Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, has been hailed as the beat and largest theatre in Africa, and one of the biggest in the world.
General Obasanjo; who announced on the anniversary the following day, that he was about to present to the nation a draft constitution, unveiled a plaque to open the theatre. The entire complex covers an area of 23,000 square metres. It has been specially designed to carry a wide range of events, including conventions, seminars and workshops as well as music, drama, dance and films. The main hall has an audience capacity of 5,000 and there are two cinema halls which can seat 650 people each. There's also a 1,200 seat conference hall equipped with a simultaneous interpreting system for eight languages.