With the aim of boosting nightlife in Lagos and improving the gaming culture of Nigerians, Jacaranda Casino, last Friday, opened a new outlet in Lagos. Joining its three other outlets in Abuja, Imo and Port Harcourt, the management of the casino stated that with the opening, Lagos State just became a much more fun place to be.
The opening, which witnessed the presence of crème de la crème of the Lagos social circles including big names in the entertainment and business world, took place a Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, where the casino is situated.
Addressing the media, prior to the opening party, Group Managing Director of Jacaranda Casinos, John Storey, said that the decision to open another outlet stems from his love for Nigeria.
“We have been here for about nine years now and this is out fourth casino. This is our new flagship. We decided to be a new part of the Nigerian night life. When we first came in, we found that the hotels were pretty boring in Nigeria. That was many years ago. Casino business in Nigeria is just at its infancy. Nigerians are just getting used to night life so with this opening, Lagos has become a much more fun place to be,” he said.
For Yahaya Maikori, a director at Jacaranda Casino, there is no better time to launch in Lagos than now.
“We have a huge gaming culture in this country, it’s just that we are being private about it. We are bringing an international standardised facility that is comparable to any other facility outside the country. We are bringing a facility that Nigerians will be proud of, that they will be able to spend time in and enjoy themselves. It is our hope that we will open a big business, employ more Nigerians and list Jacaranda in the Nigerian Stock Exchange sooner than later,” he added.
Compered by Freeze of cool FM, among those present were Banky W, Shina Peller, MI. others who attended the unveil were Felix Ibru, Chiarman Sheraton Hotel, Lanre Gbajabiamila, Chairman Lagos State Lottery Commission and a host of others. The event was sponsored by Red Bull, D’usse Cognac and among others.