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Francesca Odimgbe

The United Nations designated International Day for

Happiness March 20, will for the first time be commemorated in Nigeria

by The Happiness Center in Lagos Nigeria – a fully equipped and modern

center that caters to health, wellness, wholesomeness and alternative

medicine. The Happiness Center is a part of the international

Non-governmental Organisation the Art of Living Foundation.

Themed Build Back Happier, the event is expected to be headlined by the

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State Dr Ibijoke Sanwoolu, Minister of

Culture and Tourism Alhaji Lai Mohammed, His Royal Majesty the Oniru of

Iru Land Oba Omogbolahan Lawal and Professor Pat Utomi, notable

political economist and Trustee of the Art of Living Foundation is

expected to showcase the center’s deliberate and well-thought-out

efforts to cater to health and wellness of Lagosians through alternative

and natural measures with a view to easing stress and its associated


Speaking on plans to commemorate the day, the Managing Director of the

Center, Akshay Jain said ‘we are well aware of the challenges associated

with living and doing business in a metropolitan city like Lagos. It

comes with health challenges that creep into our lives and reduces our

productivity. People often get burnt out as a result of not being happy

with many issues about their lives, some within and some beyond their


We have set up this center to offer a wide range of services to enable

people achieve the single most important thing that humans strive for –


He added ‘we are all in pursuit of happiness. We sleep and wake up

hoping that each new day is better than the one before it, when this

happens, we are happy and when the reverse is the case there is


Corroborating his point, the General Manager of The Happiness Center,

Francisca Ukabiala said ‘The Happiness Center is timely in a city like

Lagos. We probably all saw the viral video of the recent comments by the

Governor of Kaduna State that people who have lived in Lagos deserve a

special ticket to get to heaven having already lived in what in his

opinion is a hellish city. At The Happiness Centre, we are saying that

happiness is all around, it is in the energy that keeps the city moving

and most importantly it is in the haven that we have created to ensure

that people have greater bouts of positive energy once they walk in and

out of our doors and experience bespoke wellness, relaxation. meditation

and nutritional services’.

The Happiness Center has as part of its mission to make the achievement

of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal three (Good Health

and Wellbeing) possible in Nigeria.

The center promotes herbal therapies and hosts a wide range of personal

and group programmes including Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda, Nutrition

packages and more; all of which are handled by trained and certified

experts who ensure world class standards

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