Cover of the artspace Alliance Française of Lagos


The Alliance française de Lagos is a French language and cultural center founded 65 years ago, and a member of the world's largest cultural network with over 840 centers worldwide. The Nigerian network comprises ten associations spread across the country, in Enugu, Ibadan, Ilorin, Jos, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Maiduguri, Owerri and Port Harcourt. Each Alliance française is a Nigerian non-profit association with a Nigerian board of directors. The Alliance Française enjoys a strong international image as a Nigerian institution supported by the French government. It is the only official French language certification center in Lagos. The Alliance française de Lagos was first housed in the "Maison de France" on Victoria Island until 1990, then in its better-known premises on Kingsway Road until 2006, which had for many years become the meeting point for Lagos' vibrant artistic life. The year 2006 marked the end of the "Maison de France": while the Centre Culturel Français relocated its activities to Abuja, the Alliance Française de Lagos entered a more complicated period in its history: faced with rising rent prices, the institution soon had to relocate its headquarters to Yaba, thanks to the generous support of the late Chief Thomas, then Chairman of the Board. During this period, the Alliance Française de Lagos succeeded in expanding its presence in Lagos, adding to its branch in Yaba two new branches in VI, thanks to a partnership with the Lycée Français Louis-Pasteur, and in Ikeja, thanks to a partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Education, where it is still present today. The desire to return to the islands never faded, however, and the dream soon became reality! source :

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