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to 9 Dec

Abantu Book Festival (Soweto)

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"From humble beginnings in 2016, Abantu Book Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for black writers and readers held in SOWETO — to celebrate the rich and diverse African literary heritage.

While the book remains the central medium of the festival, we present an extensive programme that is a feast for the whole family, which includes poetry and musical performances, writing and publishing workshops, panel discussions and in-conversations, dance, as well as film-screening woven into the mix.

Over four days, the best poets, novelists, playwrights, biographers, children’s writers, literary scholars, musicians, actors, activists, thinkers, and readers from as far as can be imagined, transform the historic location of SOWETO into a literary village.

The day events are held at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo, where entry is free, and the night sessions at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani and tickets cost R20.00 only.

The 3rd edition is planned for 6-9 December 2018."

This page will be updated shortly.

Watch a video of the inaugural Opening Night of Abantu Book Festival, December 2016:

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7:30 pm19:30

Book and EP Launch: Marrow By Sutra


Three years after the release of her mixtape, The Art of Being, talented 25 year old musician and writer, SUTRA, presents her first EP and a book of poetry.

Both named Marrow, this beautiful body of work is centred on female empowerment, the journey of healing and being made alive again. A rising celebration of restoration and the power of voice, Marrow is a triumphant, bold step forward.

On Friday, August 17, 2018, SUTRA launches this body of work at Benk + Bo in East London. With a combined book and music launch, the night will also feature an art exhibition.

Where: Benk + Bo, 4-6 Gravel Lane, London E1 7AW

When: August 17, 2018

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to 1 Jul

Octavia Poetry Collective (Africa Writes) (London)


"Following 2017’s sold out R.A.P Party, Africa Writes returns with the official festival party hosted by Octavia Poetry Collective. Join us for a Wakanda-themed evening of poetry, music and dancing into the night /future where we’ll showcase and celebrate the words, the art, the song of womxn from Africa and the diaspora. Featuring Theresa Lola, Momtaza Mehri, Sarah Lasoye, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Hibaq Osman, Rachel Long, Belinda Zhawi, and Amina Jama, and a speech on ‘Warrior Womxn Writers’ by special guest Bernardine Evaristo.

This year the party takes place at Rich Mix – a vibrant venue in East London that brings together artists and people of diverse backgrounds through art and culture.

Octavia is a poetry collective for womxn of colour founded in response to the lack of representation and inclusivity in literature and academia. Since 2015, Octavia have come together to read beyond the canon and write themselves. They meet monthly at Southbank Centre, London, and regard it as their poetic home. Octavia have featured on BBC World Service, in The Guardian, ASOS, Hotdog Magazine, and have run poetry and creative-educational workshops for University of Oxford and the Serpentine Galleries.

Octavia are:

Amaal Said

Amina Jama

Anita Barton-Williams

Anjali Barot

Ankita Saxena

Belinda Zhawi

Hibaq Osman

Josette Joseph

Momtaza Mehri

Raheela Suleman

Rhondda Rhiannon

Rachel Long

Sarah Lasoye

Sunayana Bhargava

Tania Nwachukwu

Theresa Lola

Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Virginia Joseph

Zahrah Sheikh.

Original artwork by Olivia Twist.

Where: Africa Writes 2018, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

When: June 30, 2018 at 8 pm.

Get tickets: £10/£8.

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to 1 Jul

Yomi Sode's COAT (Africa Writes) (London)

Image: Africa Writes.

Image: Africa Writes.


Join Yomi Sode as he opens Africa Writes 2018 with a special performance of his previously sold-out show - COAT.

Picture this: Nigeria. A grandmother passes. London, a son cooks a pot of stew for his mother hoping to uncover hidden stories and unanswered questions.

“I don’t know my grandparents names, how embarrassing is that. But I can name all of Kanye’s albums”

COAT is an honest and emotional story of Junior. Born in Nigeria, he leaves at the age of 9 and heads to London, leaving behind a life that he loved and was settled in. >

“Home is no stranger, you are an African man and you have responsibilities as the eldest grandchild”

Where: Africa Writes 2018, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.

When: June 29, 2018 at 8pm (Doors open at 7.30pm).

Get tickets for £12 / £9.60 (for RAS Members) here.

When: June 30, 2018 at 8 pm.

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Reni Eddo Lodge In Conversation With Rebecca Surender

Join award-winning author of Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race and the winner of the Jhalak Prize 2018, Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation with Dr Rebecca Surender on June 14, 2018. An added bonus: the introduction will be given by Elleke Boehmer!

Where: The Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ.

When: June 14, 2018 at 5.15pm.

This is a free event. Registration is, however, mandantory. Visit here.

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to 22 Jul

The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives On Stage (London)

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Image: Arcola Theatre.

If there is one book to bring to life, or in this case, stage, it would have to be the hillarious, witty and riveting story of Baba Segi's Wives. Written by Lola Shoneyin, The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives was originally published by Cassava Republic and is coming toArcola Theatre!

Where: Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.

When: June 10 - July 21, 2018;

Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm;

All Saturdays and Wednesday 18 July, 3pm and 7.30pm.


Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to life’s misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segi’s advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Lola Shoneyin’s bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Caine Award-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde.

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Femi Elufowoju (Jr) directs a multi-talented West African ensemble in the UK premiere production, featuring live Yoruba music, songs and dance. Patrice Naiambana (Barbershop Chronicles, National Theatre; The Caretaker, Bristol Old Vic), Jumoké Fashola (Inspirit, BBC Radio London’s Sunday Breakfast Show; Dirty Little Secrets, London Festival of Cabaret), Christina Oshunniyi (Ife, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Africa Center; One Session, First Star Studios), Layo-Christina Akinlude (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe; The Cane, Bush Theatre), and Marcy Dolapo Oni (Iya-Ile, Soho Theatre; The Marcy Project, OHTV) will appear as Baba Segi and his wives.

The cast will also include Ayo-Dele Edwards (The Estate, Soho Theatre; The Lion and the Jewel, Royal Court Theatre), Tania Nwachukwu (The Dissidents, Tricycle Theatre; The Happy Theory, The Yard Theatre), Diana Yekinni (The Crucible, UK tour; Fringe First Winner Expensive Shit, Edinburgh Fringe), Ayan De First (Makinde, Ovalhouse; Ticket & Ties, Theatre Royal Stratford East), and Usifu Jalloh (Sweetpeter, UK tour; Ticket & Ties, Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Behind The Scenes

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to 27 May

Barely Lit Festival (London)

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Bare Lit Festival will kick off the summer festival flurry returning for a third year to showcase the work of writers of colour. The weekend, May 25-27, 2018, will see the beloved festival make a move to The Albany in Lewisham as the team seek to increase inclusivity at and already groundbreaking event.

The festival will be open to over 600 attendees who will be able to enjoy exciting readings, panels and performances, purchase books and zines from favourite and undiscovered authors and meet like-minded individuals from across the country.

At present, panels looking at free to speak/free to censor, Britain after the fall of multiculturalism and crime and mystery are just a few that can be confirmed, taking place during this weekend. Such themes are reflective of “the interrogative and celebratory discussions Bare Lit is known for.”

The team in charge of the festival is still led by Henna Zamurd-Butt and Mend Mariwany - the festival founders. This year, in addition to putting on a stellar festival, rivalling past festivals, the team is focused on increasing increasing representation of marginalised BAME identities. Tickets will be priced to accommodate all financial brackets:

The success of the festival is thanks to the support of our event partners: The Literary Consultancy, Arvon, Apples and Snake, The Royal Society of Literature, among others.


Bare Lit Festival was created to combat this by celebrating the work of remarkable writers of colour. In 2015, the UK's three largest literary festivals featured over 2000 authors. Of those 2000+ authors, only 4 percent were from Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian or East Asian backgrounds, based on a report published by SPREAD THE WORD.

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to 17 Jun

Goal Diggers (Lagos)

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Join Rele as they host Andrew Esiebo's solo exbihition titled Goal Diggers. “Goal Diggers draws from the passion Africans possess for the game of football as a metaphor to address deeper emotional issues of love and resilience, as well as subtler environmental issues of urban planning.

Originally conceived as an exploratory project while he undertook other assignments around Africa, the body of work introduces a series of images Esiebo took over the course of 12 years in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa. He witnessed the intense nature of the game being played under bridges, along narrow corridors in low-income neighborhoods, inside water bodies, and even on dangerous construction sites. Large-scale photographs printed on Hahnemulle Museum Etching paper emphasize Eseibo’s observation of football as a democratic game, cutting across class and gender.

As the world anticipates the start of the World Cup in June of 2018, Esiebo’s exhibition is art as life, offering sober and stark reflection for the beautiful game.

Showing: May 13 to June 17, 2018 at Rele Art Gallery.


About Esiebo

Born in Lagos, Esiebo is a visual storyteller who started out by chronicling the rapid development of urban Nigeria as well as the country's rich culture and heritage. As his work developed, he began to explore new creative territories, integrating multimedia practices with the investigation of themes such as sexuality, gender politics, football, popular culture, migration,religion and spirituality.

Eseibo’s work has been exhibited at the Sao Paulo biennial in Brazil, Biennale Cuvee in Linz-Austria, Photo Quai biennials in Paris-France, Dakart Biennale-Senegal, Guangzhou Triennial in Beijing-China among many others. He has also collaborated with respectable institutions such as UNICEF, and WHO, and has been featured in several publications.

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Writing In Migration - Book Festival (Berlin)


For three days African life realities and experiences will be broached by means of prose and poetry in the course of talks, readings and roundtable discussions. What does it mean to live and write after a forced or voluntary move to Europe / the USA? How do African writers process constant movement through spaces and identities? Is there a responsibility towards tradition or even an African identity?

Writing in Migration takes writers, whose books are literary visions and setting trends internationally, across continents to Berlin. Alongside curator, Olumide Popoola, they urge their audience to read outside the box. Berlin’s first festival for African literature is sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as well as Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


In attendance will be:

Teilnehmende Künstler

Chris Abani

JJ Bola

Linda Gabriel

Helon Habila

Elnathan John

Yvonne Owuor

Chika Unigwe

Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Niq Mhlongo

Leye Adenle

Zukiswa Wanner

Ayobami Adebayo

Brian Chikwava

Jude Dibia

Clementine Ewokolo Burnley

Nick Makoha

Musa Okwonga

Henrietta Rose-Innes

Bibi Bakare

Pumla Gqola

Maroula Blades

Abdilatif Abdallah

Romeo Oriogun

Chinelo Okparanta

Jessica Horn

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to 18 Jun

No Matter Who You Are (Lagos)

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Angels & Muse present Abraham Oghobase’s exhibition, "No Matter Who You Are."

A Nigerian photographer whose works have been exhibited widely including in Brussels, London, Helsinki and Bamako, Abraham Oghobase was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Prix Pictet global award in photography and sustainability.

He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and studied at the Yaba College of Technology’s School of Art, Design and Printing in Lagos, majoring in photography.

A quest for the purpose of existence has led Oghobase to a unique form of art as he explores issues relating to human emotions and identity against specific socio-economic backdrops, often using himself as material for his performance-based work. Recently, Oghobase has adapted the four-color separation printing technique to build hybrid compositions consisting of monochrome layers of images.

Showing: April 22, 2018 to June 18, 2018.

Where: Angels & Muse, 5 Sumbo Jibowu, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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Memory, Culture & Community (London)

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This one-day international conference will provide a platform to discuss Igbo heritage studies and modes of documenting the past. The ‘Memory, Culture and Community’ conference seeks to promote the creation, management and use of records and archives, highlighting the need to preserve the archival heritage of people of Igbo descent around the world, through the sharing of experiences, research and ideas. During the course of the day, the conference will put on a series of workshops which will provide members of the public the skills to compile and collate content on Igbo culture and heritage through the medium of film, photography, oral history and writing.

The central output of the conference will be the development of an online Igbo digital archive through harnessing the knowledge and cultural resources of the community.

The last conference was held in 2017 with the guiding theme ‘Legacies Of Biafra: Reflections On The Nigeria-Biafra War 50 Years On’, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war. The ‘Legacies of Biafra’ conference launched the “Know Your History” initiative which seeks to create physical and digital spaces for learning and knowledge exchange centring on Igbo history, whilst also serving the development and population of the digital Igbo studies archive.

The speakers for the ‘Memory, Culture and Community’ conference include:

Ms. Chimamanda Adichie Professor Osita Okagbue Professor Paul Basu Ms Ego Ahaiwe Mr Nathan Richards Ms. Kelly Foster Mr Brian Ezeike Ms. Vivian Ogbonna Mr Emeka Ed Keazor

Award winning filmmaker Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor will return to the Igbo Conference to screen her latest film: Harvest of Pride: Iri Ji. This feature length documentary centres on the significance of the New Yam Festival in Igboland. The film screening will be followed by a Q and A with Ujuaku and a discussion on the way they have approached the documenting of the most famous annual event in Igboland.


Trailer Of Harvest Of Pride: Iri Ji


About The Igbo Conference

"The Igbo Conference, in partnership with The Centre for African studies, SOAS, University of London is a forum for discovering the Igbo culture, language and heritage.

The annual Igbo conference aims to promote the study of Igbo language and culture within the UK, and seeks to bring academics and members of the Igbo community together for the purpose of knowledge sharing and exchange.

The ultimate goal of the Igbo conference organisers is to eventually establish an Igbo Centre in London which will act as a hub for anyone interested in research in the field of Igbo Studies (through a library, archives and study space), as well as providing a resource for members of the public to learn more about Igbo culture (through artifacts and interactive resources).

The two day conference comprises of plenary panels, Igbo cultural performances and workshops.

The annual conference’s aim is to encourage and promote Igbo Studies in the UK. Whilst there are limited Igbo Language and Cultural studies available in British Universities, the annual Igbo Language Conference seeks to provide a forum for intellectual and cultural exchange between scholars, students and members of the community."

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7:30 pm19:30

Things Fall Apart At 60 (Washington, DC)

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Join the Smithsonian National Museum Of African Art and Penguin Random House to celebrate the life, work, and ongoing legacy of Chinua Achebe with a conversation between renowned Nigerian-American contemporary artist Victor Ekpuk and Chinua Achebe’s daughter, esteemed historian, Nwando Achebe. Ekpuk will discuss how he draws upon and advances Nsibidi philosophy and writing systems in his colorful re-creations of the cover art for the 60th anniversary edition of Achebe’s ground-breaking trilogy, Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and Arrow of God. Achebe will share discuss her father’s legacy in connection to African history and current moment in global affairs.

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20560, United States.

When: March 15, 2018 at 6.30pm (EST)

This event is free. Register here.

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1:30 am01:30

Healing Arts (Washington, DC)

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Image:  Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian  via  Smithsonian National Museum of African Art .

Image: Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian via Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.


"Greeting visitors in the museum’s entry pavilion, select pieces from the museum’s permanent collection reveal the skill and range of African artists who create art empowered to counter physical, social, and spiritual problems. Works of diverse materials and expressive styles might contain medicines, draw upon the power of the divine, or address such global issues as the HIV/AIDS crisis."

Showing: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 50 Independence Avenue Southwest Washington, DC 20560, United States.

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11:00 am11:00

Face Of Defiance — WoW Festival (London)

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Image: South Bank Centre.

"Visit this portrait project featuring survivors of, and campaigners against, female genital mutilation (FGM) across the world.

Face of Defiance hopes to create a global consciousness to support the end of FGM.

The series of portraits is a collaboration between photographer Jason Ashwood, psychotherapist and global end-FGM activist Leyla Hussein, and The Girl Generation, the largest-ever collective of organisations (720+) working together to accelerate efforts to end FGM within a generation."

Where: Southbank Centre, South Bank, London, UK.

When: March 11, 2018 at 10am.

This is a free event.

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to 15 Apr

Her Story (Lagos)

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In celebration of International Women's Day, Rele Art Gallery presents Her Story - an exhibition featuring 5 female artists: Claire Idera, Kingi Kingibe, Yeti Ogun, Blessing Oloye and Sade Adebowale.

"Each artist shares a thought provoking perspective on what progress means to them, aspiring to provoke the audience into conscious gender inclusion."

Where: Rele Gallery, 5 Military Street, Onikan, Lagos Island, Lagos.

Opening hours:

March 10, 2018 - 3pm to 7pm.

Monday - Appointments only;

Tuesday - Friday 10am to 6pm;

Saturday - 12pm to 6pm;

Sunday - 2pm to 6pm

Showing till April 15, 2018.

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to 4 May

Unmasked (Lagos)


"The world is at a pivotal moment. There is a line being drawn in the sand with the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements sweeping first the entertainment industry and then spilling out into the rest of the world. The Wheatbaker is proud to host the third edition of the all-female Standing Out exhibition titled, Unmasked, which is curated by SMO Contemporary Art and honors women across the globe.

Unmasked presents the powerful and energized artwork of seven female artists who have strong links to Lagos but come from different parts of Nigeria, Cameroon, the Gambia, India, and the United States:

Nengi Omuku

Djakou Kassi Nathalie

Somi Nwandu

Nyancho NwaNri

Koromone Koroye

Reha Shishodia

Queen Nwaneri

The exhibition explores women’s mental health through 35 paintings, photographs, digital art, ceramic sculptures, poetry & spoken word performance and a large multi-media string installation.

The exhibition explores complex questions of identity, breaking down stereotypes, and dealing with societal pressures in the congested, over-populated mega-city of Lagos. The artists explore diverse emotional mindscapes and question what lies behind the mask: how do we break down societal constructs on what it is and what it takes to be a woman in a male dominated society? How do women explore and present their true multi-layered selves, and inspire others to demand for justice, break through glass ceilings, avoid society’s obsession with perfection, tear down walls of shame and guilt, and rip off these stifling emotional masks.


Showing: March 11, 2018 to May 4, 2018.

Where: The Wheatbaker Hotel, 4 Lawrence Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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to 4 Mar

I Learned To Walk Twice (Lagos)

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A debut by Chika Jones,‘I Learned To Walk Twice’ is an autobiographical one-man play. It is about coming of age, identity, faith, family and the saving power of poetry.

Proving storytelling as truthtelling, Chika Jones will bare his soul, and invites you to take on this journey.

Purchase your ticket to the play here.

Showing: Esther's Revenge, Freedom park When: Saturday March 3, 2018 and Sunday March 4, 2018 - both from 5pm to 6pm.

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to 4 Mar

Quarter Life Crisis (Lagos)

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Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life. Swiping left, swiping right to find the perfect match. Even though she’s a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends. Everyone around her seems to know where they’re going in life, but she’s just trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard. Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive baselines, spoken word and audience participation.

Where: Kongi's Harvest Gallery, Freedom park

Thursday 01 March | 6.40 p.m.

Friday 02 March | 6.40 p.m.

Saturday 03 March | 3.40 p.m. | 6.40 p.m.

Sunday 04 March | 3.40 p.m.|6.40 p.m.

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Book Art Coffee (Lagos)

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Join the Book Hangout and other booklovers for a Paint and Sip Night, in celebration of their 1 year anniversary! You get 40 percent off a paint session with ArtSplash, get good coffee and a chance to meet new people.

When: Friday January 26, 2018 at 6pm

Where: Cafe Neo, Lekki outlet - 12E, Emperor Chopsticks Plaza, Lekki Phase 1.

Interested? Send your name, email and telephone number to or text 07010727360. A link to your discounted ticket will follow.

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to 22 Jan

The Lion And The Jewel (Lagos)

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Produced and Directed by Segun Adefila, "The Lion and the Jewel tell the story of three main characters - Baroka, Lakunle and Sidi. Baroka, the lion, fights with the Lakunle (the Western-educated village guy) over the right to marry Sidi (the village slay Queen). The play is filled with a lot of comic relief moments and lessons about preserving culture.

The Lion and the Jewel is a thought-provoking, values re-evaluating but laughter inducing piece of work from the pen of the quintessential wordsmith Wole Soyinka - as interpreted for the stage by your eclectic Crown Troupe of Africa."

Showing: January 21, 2018 at 3pm and 6pm.

Where: Terra Kulture, Victoria Island.

Tickets are available here or at the venue.

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The Legend Tony 'Akatakpo' Odili is 90! (Lagos)


Polly Alakija and Ed Keazor present: 'Tony 'Akatakpo' Odili - the 90th Birthday Concert'.

Celebrating the oldest living active Nigerian musician. A man whose musical footprints span over 70 years of history, with bands like Bobby Benson's Jam Session, Roy Chicago and Rex Lawson to name a few.

There will also be a film screening of a bio-documentary following by celebratory concert. Come and witness a rare slice of Nigerian Musical History!

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 6.30pm.

Where: Polly Alakija Studio, Parkview, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Tickets are 5,000 Naira if purchased in advance, and 6,000 Naira at the door! Reserve your ticket via email:

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to 14 Jan

Fela And The Kalakuta Queens (Lagos)

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Back by popular demand is Fela and The Kalatu Queens!

"Fela and the Kalakuta Queens is a story about the young women who left their families and friends to live with Fela and help popularize his music and negotiate power using performance. As members of his extended band and dancers, they collaborate in his revolutions, struggles, strife and his everyday life. Together they form Kalakuta Republic and declare independence from the Nigeria state. Their involvement with Fela and their young age plays a significant role in transforming his deeply political songs into a matter for the public interest.

They face torture, intimidation, and series of arrests from the hands of the Police but together prove to be a coherent force against their common enemies. This and their radical fight against political injustice and social ills further prove that they are more than the low lives, prostitutes and artistic zombies the society thinks of them. Fela’s political radicalism sets off a vicious attack on Kalakuta Republic during which Fela and his women are fatally beaten, some raped and his mother thrown out of a window. To mark the anniversary of the attack and also to protect his women from the stigma placed on them by the society; Fela decides to marry twenty-seven of them in a ceremony officiated by an Ifa Priest.

Fela and the Kalakuta Queens is a story that gives the women the recognition they deserve.

Showing: January 13 and 14, 2018 at 3pm and 6pm.

Where: Terra Kulture, Victoria Island.

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to 24 Mar

Legacies Of Biafra – Art Exhibition (London)

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"This multi-media show will feature artwork, which explores the on-going impact of war locally and globally, considering how the first civil war in post-independence Africa has influenced the perception of the continent internationally, as well as reshaping the social and political structures within Nigeria.

The exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Nigeria – Biafra civil war and explore the legacies of the British colonial divide and rule policy; global media coverage of the conflict; ethnic tensions, distrust and enmity which culminated in the civil war.

The exhibition features works predominantly from the artistic collective Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK), which will be exhibited alongside archival materials on the war, oral narratives of those who lived through the war and a selection of short films.

In an exploration of Britain and Biafra, the exhibition will showcase material from the personal archive of the late British-Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta, which sheds light on the experience of watching war in one’s homeland unfold through the lens of the international media.

The Biafra civil war was a watershed moment in contemporary African history with its after effects still visible in the country’s identity and fragile polity over the past 50 years. Nigeria is a country that following this event has endured much change socially, culturally and economically. The outbreak of war signalled a sharp demise in the hopes and aspirations of independence, but the war also demonstrated the resilience, the spirit of survival and the capacity to overcome adversity of those who endured it.

The exhibition provides a timely reflection on the ongoing impact of the war. Whilst it highlights the conditions that led to the outbreak of war, the exhibition also creates a space to consider how this period in recent history resonates with and offers insight into contemporary conflicts in both Africa and the wider world.

Artists included are:

Ade Ogundimu;

Amifel Cliff-Eribo;

Chike Azuonye;

Chinwe Chukuogo Roy, MBE;

Hassan Aliyu;

Imoesi Imhonigie;

Obi Okigbo;

Raymond Soko;

Titus Agbara;

Toni Ndikanwu,

Chinwe Uwatse;

Edosa Oguigo;

Ndidi Dike;

Ngozi Schommers;

Onyema Offoedu-Okeke;

Uzo Egonu.

The exhibition is supported by: the Igbo Conference / The Igbo Studies Initiative; City, University of London, Centre of African Studies (CAS), School of African & Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London; Nigeria Nostalgia Project; The Buchi Emecheta Foundation/Omenala Press and The Africa Centre."

Where: Brunei, Gallery, SOAS, University Of London, Thronhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.

When: Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.00 (Thursday late night opening until 20.00) except Bank Holidays.

This exhibition is free, and ends March 24, 2018.

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Ajinde (Lagos)

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A relaunch of and as a reinstatement of its journey to become of the foremost publishers, Arts and Africa and 16 by 16 are proud to present Ajinde (resurrection).

Here, Arts and Africa will be publishing two books: Monochrome Lagos’s Photobook Vol II in coolaboration wth Monochrome Lagos which features amazing photography from Logor alongside well curated and edited literature from talented individuals. The second book will be Numb Tantrums - a chapbook by Yakeeb, illustrated by Aàdesokan.

Join Arts and Africa from 5pm to 10pm on December 29, 2017 at 16 by 16 for an evening of music by Stiques, spoken word by Chika Jones, Yakeeb and Afopefoluwa, and live art by Aadeshokan and Yadi. This event is open to people of all ages so everyone is welcome! Purchase your ticket online now for 1,500 Naira here.

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to 25 Dec

Adesewa: The Musical (Lagos)

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THESPIAN Family Theatre and Productions, one of Nigeria’s foremost performing arts companies, is back with another thrilling stage play, ‘Adesewa the Musical’, as it celebrates its 15-year anniversary of being on stage. The organisation will showcase some of their audience’s favourites in a year-long programme starting from December 2017. The anniversary will kick off with the epic production, ‘Adesewa the Musical’, one of the organisation’s biggest projects so far.

The Musical, ‘Adesewa’ written by Ayo Jaiyesimi, is an exciting 90- minute stageplay laced with drama, music and dance.

Who is Adesewa?

This is a question that should be on everyone’s lips. The musical theatrical performance tells the story of how Adesewa, the girl with the golden voice manages to keep her passion alive despite the ups and downs of her life. Well, when life gets tough, the tough get going… that’s what they say!

Starring veteran actor Tunji Sotimirin, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, a stage and screen favourite, William Benson, Henry Arnold, Efe Mayford-Orhorha, and many more talented actors, singers and dancers. THESPIAN Family Theatre in collaboration with the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) will be hosting you to the best show in Lagos this December.

Where: Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

When: Saturday, 23rd – Monday, December 25, 2017.

Time: 3:30pm and 7:00pm, daily.

7pm show on 24th is sold out.*

Tickets: N5,000 Regular, N10,000 VIP and N20,000 Premium.

Tickets are available at MUSON Centre, Quintessence, The THESPIAN KoNa, The THESPIAN Shop (Freedom Park) and TerraKulture. Also available online at Ariiyatickets, NaijaTickets and Afritickets.

For ticket bookings, reservations and enquiries, send an email to or call 07046380179.

You can join the conversation online using the hashtags: #WhoisAdesewa #adesewathemusical. Follow Thespian Family Theatre and Productions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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5:00 pm17:00

Cogitations (Lagos)

Cogitations is a Spoken Word and Music concert seeking to effect change and foster critical thinking through the sacred art of poetry. The concert, which has run for three years, returns in 2017 on December 17, 2017 at The Center For Contemporary Art, Lagos.

Themed Flawless, Cogitations 2017 seeks to encourage the idea that our imperfections make us perfect and remind us that nothing connects the collective human experience as much as service. It is an evening of spoken word, music, dance, short story readings, live paintings and a cocktail in hand.

Being a charitable event with all the proceeds going into the Shelves and Shelter Initiative that gifts underprivileged communities with books and relief materials, Cogitations 2017 is a total evening. Looking to implant in the hearts of its guests that indeed giving can be convenient, indeed it can feel somewhat like art, like poetry, or as thrilling as a cold cocktail in hand.

The 2017 lineup features a variety of guests from veterans in the industry to newbies who know their art likewise. There will be spoken word performances from Wome Uyeye, War of words convener, Olumide Olulu Holloway, LKG and Poethick Samurai. There will also be poetry readings from Brunel Prize Winner, Romeo Oriogun, author of Brave, Kamnelechukwu and Amaka Felly. You can expect story readings from Mimi Mwiya and Chimee Adioha, and musical performances from Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniel, Jeba, Kimberly Oyiboka and Toborated** amongst others. View the full line-up here.

The days preceding the concert have also been an avenue for people around the world to share their stories of overcoming flaws in the #MyFlawlessStory Campaign. This is considered to be a major arm of the event seeing it allows the celebration of uniqueness. You can read up all the past Flawless stories here.

Get tickets to Cogitations here. Also join the conversation on social media by using the #Cogitations2017 #Flawless #MyFlawlessStory or following the event on Twitter and Instagram.

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8:00 pm20:00

Falomo Festival (Lagos)


Polly Alakija and Ed Keazor bring to you a special festive edition of the Falomo Festival - a celebration of the musical heritage of Lagos. As with previous editions, it will hold in the liberated and democratic open-air settings of the Falomo Bridge, Ikoyi Lagos. In performance will be K-Peace, Aduke, The Igbadun Squad, Iroko Percussion Storm, Scatta Vibrations and Lafiagi Agidigbo Ensemble.

The evening shall also feature spoken word from Donna Donna and dance from Busayo.

When: Saturday, December 26, 2017 at 7pm. Where: Falomo Bridge, Ikoyi.

This event is free! You can however reserve a seat via email:

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to 23 Dec

Lati Oju Kokoro (Lagos)

Lati Oju Kokoro (Through the Eyes of the Bug) is an exhibition centred around Mayowa Alabi Damilola’s experiences living in Lagos and his perspective of Lagos.

Viewers will have front row seats to see Lagos through his eyes. There will be a total of 25 pieces exhibited, of which 19 will be unseen work made for the exhibition.

There will also be a live performance by the exceptional Bez Idakula.

Showing at RoadChef Drive-Thru, Lekki Phase 1, the exhibition opens on Saturday, December 16, 2017 and runs through the week until Saturday, December 23, 2017.

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