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Clinton, Richie, Delano share Festival of Ideas

Posted: February 24, 2009 11:04 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2009 10:32 p.m.

 
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (right) hangs out with American pop artist Lionel Richie (center) and sax star Andre Delano (left) and inspects Delano's saxophone backstage at the 14th THISDAY Festival of Ideas conference.

Held Jan. 14 in Lagos, Nigeria, the event celebrated 10 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria, and included an awards ceremony honoring Nigeria's brightest new leaders.

The Festival of Ideas aims to further good governance in Nigeria and throughout Africa by addressing issues concerning democracy and democratic institutions, strengthening leadership and addressing poverty. The conference also focused on how to promote investments in Nigeria and other African nations.

Clinton and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan were among the international dignitaries who attended the conference.

Delano, whose new CD "My So Fine" was just released by Nu Groove Records, is touring with Richie throughout South Africa and Europe. The two artists performed at the awards gala.

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