The concept was conceived by the Lagos State Governor His Excellency Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN. The intent behind the concept was to put Lagos on the map as one of the fastest growing and emerging mega cities not only in Nigeria, more so in Africa. so why not celebrate like other staple cities by putting on one of the biggest and most excitable December celebrations Africa has ever witnessed.
The Lagos Countdown is not just about celebrating the end of one year and the coming of another, more importantly it celebrates culture, language and promotes commerce especially for more small scale businesses as well as providing job for locals and business opportunities for most.
The month of december is a fun filled packed month with activities for everyone, children and adults, a hub for all to come, be entertained and have a good time. All activities take place at Modupe Oshikoya Road also known as Bar Beach in Victoria island and is free to attend.
Festival of Lights is the official flag off of the Lagos Countdown, an event whereby the Governor turns on the lights of the beautifully and intricately decorated Bar beach stretch. He also takes a tour of the area and is able to interact with the people. He also makes a speech and he is able to meet the sponsors and get a glimpse of what is yet to come.
The Lagos Countdown itself, is a concept that starts in the evening of the 31st December and end the morning of the 1st January.