December has a way of making Lagos look a little sane. Christmas decorations are suddenly unleashed on the streets and ’round-abouts’ begin to look like fairytale habitations.
But more than all that, December is
the month where without warning everything and everyone changes.
The insane heat slowly fizzles away and in its place, the cool dust-driven harmattan makes an appearance.
People are more nicer. I swear they are. Voices take on a nice civilized timbre and shockingly there are more smiles.
Even the notorious Lagos drivers by some unspoken command begin to drive relatively better.
So the truth is that you will love Lagos, especially in December because it is unexpectedly lit.
But the most vivid change that Lagos undergoes in the month of December is the frightening horde of events that plague the entertainment ecosystem.
It is a scary combination of badly-organized events and premium unforgettable gigs that will leave you breathless.
So let’s sieve the wheat from the chaff.
Here are the must-attend events that you should definitely consider this weekend.
SATURDAY – DECEMBER 14, 2019
BROOKLYN BISTRO CHRISTMAS COOKOUT
What’s your flavor? Grilled succulent ribs, Authentic Mac and cheese, meaty burgers, sweet fries or tasty chicken wings? These and more are what you’ll get @brooklynbistrolagos Christmas Cook Out @freedomparklagos
Time: 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Fee: Open to All (N500 Freedom Park Gate Fee)
Location: Freedom Park, 1 Broad Street, Lagos Island
CCC OPENING CEREMONY
Here is your personal invite to the Opening Ceremony of the Cricket Club Committee Lagos Division 1. There are a lot of attractions on the day but none bigger than the titanic clash between Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club and Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association Cricket Club
Fee: Open to All
Location: TBS Cricket Oval, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island, Lagos
Tip of the Day: Bring a blanket, and sit on the hill under the tree. Best view in the house!
FALL OF THE KING
Nbari Nbajo Art Centre is proud to present, Fall of the King, with the support of Alliance Française Lagos / Mike Adenuga Centre, on Saturday, December 14th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Synopsis: Fall of the King tells the story of the struggle for power and Fall of the King in the Animal Kingdom. Writen by Prof Ahmed Yerima Directed by Ayodeji Adewale Choreograph by kalu ifeanyi Performed by KINGS & QUEENS Art Foundation
Time: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Fee: Open to All
Location: Alliance Française of Lagos / Mike Adenuga Centre, 9, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Join us for House of Oni #SilentYard — December Special “The ultimate outdoor experience”. Featuring games, A silent disco party, and 9 amazing Dj’s playing over 12 hours of back to back music hits from different genres. Dress code is Comfortable!
Time: 4:00PM – 4:00AM
Fee: N3500 Presales and N5K at the door.
Location: The backyard @ Artisan lounge, 14 Anifowoshe Street Off Adeola Odeku.
WhatsApp for Early Bird Tickets: 08173636363
You are invited to “Dodorowski’s Knock-Offs”, Abba T. Makama’s second series of vibrant acrylics tackling the subjects of love, death, fashion and power utilizing parody.
Fee: Open to All
Location: Untitled, 59 Raymond Njoku Street, Ikoyi
SUNDAY – DECEMBER 15, 2019
Lagos, welcome to a new way to explore; welcome to Second Sundays! Hitch a Ride on the Second Sunday Coster Bus and get FREE access to Lil Zanzibar Beach House! First 30 people save 50% ! @exp_lagos Danfo Bus is back.
Meet Up: 11:30AM
Take Off: 1:00PM
Early Bird Ticket NGN 2,500.00
Regular Ticket NGN 5,000.00
Meet Up Location: The Shack, 10 Ojora Colony, Victoria Island, Lagos
It’s the end of another year, and we’re excited to be screening shorts by young talented #Nigerian filmmakers!
AUDITION – Ayomide Adeleke
This short film explores fate following a day in the life of an aspiring actress. Starring Ade Laoye.
WOLE’S REVENGE – Gilbert Bassey
Wole, having killed over a hundred people to get to this moment, finally has his gun aimed at Mach, the man that took everything from him. Somehow, Mach is calm.
IRETI – Ayomikun Paseda
A short film about intimate partner abuse
Fee: Open to All
Location: Studio of Modé, 4 Olumo Road, Park View Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos
When their single mother suffers a debilitating heart failure, three sisters – Kesiena, Rume and Ogor – reunite one more time at Rume’s Private Night Club. Past resentments bubble to the surface as the sisters are forced to deal with their individual demons. The pressures of society’s arbitrary formulations of youth, womanhood and the performance of social media fakery, are laid bare with drama, dance, music and sass. Hertitude brims with attitudes of hard truth, controversial morality, elegance and sassy entertainment in dramatic twists and turns. It is representative of contemporary Nigerian life where new visions, new ways of thinking and a re-imagining of the country is engendered. Our play Hertitude takes the lid off the familiar ba-dum-bum of social life in the city, and, consequently reveals the challenges of being a growing youth and a woman in Nigeria and reveals a society that is at war with itself. In performance, Hertitude fills the space with color, elegance and gut-wrenching honesty; where societal and individual foibles are exposed, even as we celebrate the power of hope and redemptive beauty. Hertitude parades a youthful cast and crew of trained, professional and talented Nigerian youths.
Location: Cinema Hall 1, National Theatre, Iganmu
SEUN KUTI LIVE @ ETUK’S TRUTH
The BIG BIRD SEUN KUTI and ETUK UBONG + The Etuk’s Philosophy! Join us for our special Sunday Commune at the TRUTH.