Guess who is coming to town next week?! Its DoraDora the Explorer! Judge me if you must, I don't care!  

Dora, yes Dora, the cartoon character will be celebrating her birthday and holding her first ever public performance in Nigeria.The show will feature well-known nursery rhymes, at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September 2011. 
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Wondering why she's coming to town? Well here's the story:

Access Bank Plc is set to redefine the retail banking space for children in Nigeria with the launch of the Access Bank “Early Savers Account”, a custom-made banking product for parents and children.

The launch of the new account will be supported by a ground breaking strategic partnership with Nickelodeon, the global family entertainment super-brand,leveraging Nickelodeon’s world-famous animated pre-school heroine and cartoon character, Dora the Explorer, to encourage financial responsibility from an early age.

To further engage and involve young savers,and to drive the adoption of the Early Savers Account by Nigerian children , Access Bank and Nickelodeon will bring Dora the Explorer and her bestfriend Boots to Nigeria for the very first time in September 2011 for “Dora’s Birthday Fiesta”. 

Check out pictures from the Press Conference:

Dora the explorer

The stage at the Press Conference

The kids area at the press conference

Dora and I (yes, we are buddies) 

If I could, I would open an early savers account just because. . . in the words of Dora, "Swiper, no swiping, Swiper, no swiping, Swiper, no swiping"!