Social Media Week Lagos was a blitz of activities that aggregated the best of tech creatives from across Africa all under one roof.
From tech enthusiasts to financial moguls, there was a constellation of the best minds deploying knowledge daily in Workshops, Meetups, Masterclasses and Panel Sessions.
If you weren’t at the event as a tech enthusiast, you probably are in tech hibernation.
Good luck with that.
The Lagos Review put together a daily highlight of the most impressive events as we saw it,
carefully covering all the most exciting discourse.
Find the daily Social Media Week Lagos highlights here.
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Here are some of the amazing events this weekend has to offer.
FEBRUARY 29, 2020
WALK FOR HOPE 2020
Support the voice and position of the underprivileged widows in the society through partnerships, empowerment and capacity building.
Location: Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos
FLOOR ONE 9
Come discover new pieces at Floor One 9 and enjoy cupcakes by Cravings Lagos. Join Us on Saturday 29th February 11am – 5pm
Time: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Fee: Open to All
Location: ART 21, 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
ART + GAMES WORKSHOP BY ISABELLE ARVERS
The Art + Games World Tour is finally in Lagos! Join artist and curator, Isabelle Arvers for a game art & machinima workshop on Saturday, February 29th at Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre from 5pm to 8pm. The workshop is open to all interested in art, visual art, game development, and digital media, artists, game developers, and professionals. Games and open source software will be provided on Flash Drives for Mac and Windows PCs but please bring your own laptop. To register and confirm your participation, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Isabelle Arvers is a French artist and curator who has, for over 20 years, explored the fields of digital art and video games. Her work explores the hacking possibilities of video games and mostly materializes in films called machinimas to be screened in on-site performative installation spaces. As a curator, she focuses on video game as a new language and as a medium for artists.
Time: 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Fee: Open to All
Location: Mike Adenuga Centre/Alliance Francais, 9 Osborne Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos
NIGGAS THAT CAN’T PAINT
Art Installation: Olatunde Alara, Laja, Ifedoyin Shotunde. An interview by writer Kojo Abudu accompanies the exhibition. The Treehouse a place for artists and audiences to engage with innovative projects and performances. Located in a top flat of a seven-story building in Lagos, Nigeria, The Treehouse supports creative experimentation, artistic investigation and the asking of radical and open questions. With views of creek and lagoon, prison and polo fields, it provides a perfect platform for thinking about how spaces, architecture, and community influence and inform how we move, feel, and imagine the world.
(Enter back of building & bring food or drink to share)
Time: 6:00PM & 10:00PM
Fee: Open to All
Location: The Treehouse, Awolowo Road (above Spar), Unit 1, 7th Floor, Ikoyi, Lagos
PARTY IN ART
Come be dazzled by projections, lights and great music, featuring Nigeria’s most captivating Photographers this Saturday 29th February.
Time: 6:00PM & 11:00PM
Location: Untitled. (59 Raymond Njoku Street, Ikoyi)
SEUN KUTI & THE EGYPT 80
‘6 years imprisonment’ gang gang gang, hope to see you this weekend 29-2-2020 at the African Shrine! For those of us that are quiet because we can afford our own personal comforts within oppression, I wish u healing – Seun Kuti
Time: 10:00PM – LATE
Location: New Afrika Shrine, NERDC Rd, Agidingbi, Ikeja
MARCH 1, 2020
REVEALING THE COLLABORATORS
Next up on our Young Contemporaries program activities for the year is Revealing the Collaborators with Jonathan. For the creation of his Cinemagraphs (moving images) for the Young Contemporaries 2020 Exhibition, Jonathan collaborated with over 15 individuals from sound artists, to graphic designers to writers to create his most recent body of work. Learn all about Jonathan’s creative process when he ‘Reveals the Collaborators’ this Sunday from 3-6pm at the gallery.
Fee: Open to All
Location: Rele Gallery, 5 Military Street, Onikan, Lagos
WELCOME TO QAMP
Explore the technique of Contemporary Nigerian Artists, Create with Budding Nigerian Photographers, Enjoy the Fire Side Chats, Taste the Grills and Cocktails by Lagos Based Mixologist, And Party with Tripp! Qamp is an Exciting Place to Meet, Network and Party with Pioneers in Arts, Music, and Lifestyle.
Time: 3:00PM- 8:00PM
Fee: Open to All
Location: Were House, 7 Mike Adegbite Ave, Lekki Phase I, Lagos
THE GINGO EXPERIENCE
The Gingo experience, an evening promised to be filled with good people live music and Gingo vibes. We plan to take you through an immersive experience, from the sounds of the live band, DJ to the ambiance, arts, curated foods and drinks with the energy on a high level. Where else would you rather spend the first Sunday of March than listening to the best of sounds, connecting with friends and spreading positive vibes?
Time: 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Fee: Open to All
Location: CCX Lagos, 273 Kofo Abayomi Street Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria
Let’s Get Outside for the last MovieNic of our series! We’ll have sweet tunes before and after the movie! Bring your blankets, food, drinks, games, and good vibes!
Time: 5:30PM PICNIC 7:00PM MOVIE
Location: Nakenohs Boulevard, 40 Alexander Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos
2Baba has just dropped his much-anticipated album titled Warriors.
The album is a follow-up to the artist’s last project Ascension which was released in 2014. Warriors features music heavyweights including Burna Boy, Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, AJ, Peruzzi, Syemca and HI Idibia.
In his latest offering, 2Baba gives fans a little bit of everything—Afrobeats, Afropop and even reggae.
His track with Olamide “I Dey Hear Everything” is an uptempo Afrobeats number with an infectious rhythm that’s accentuated by the string instrumental in the background.
In “We Must Groove” featuring Burna Boy, 2Baba switches to a reggae melody with a heavy Jamaican-style lyricism. While a fairly mid-tempo, the overall feel of the song is laidback and will have you wanting to wind that waist. Additionally, the brass instrumentals of the track definitely add the right amount of bounce.
His collaboration with Tiwa Savage titled “Ginger” is an adorable love jam with subtle psychedelic explorations and synthesized sounds. It’s definitely a much softer-sounding track compared to the others and makes for some really easy listening.
Slowing the pace down even more, “Warriors” focuses more on the lyrical content of the song and makes ensures the beat, instrumentals and melody all fall back so the song’s central message of survival and working past failures is at the fore.
It’s an album filled with undeniable gems and you’ll probably need you to have it on it repeat to discover your faves. 2baba is back baby, and we’re certainly for it.
Pearl Thusi Unpacks Her Journey in SCHICK Magazine’s New Issue
South-African actress, model, TV host, radio personality and fashion icon, Pearl Thusi is the cover girl for SCHICK Magazine‘s 8th issue themed – “The New Decade Issue”.
The quarterly publication gets into an exclusive in-depth chat with Pearl on being the upcoming lead character in Africa’s first Netflix Original Series, Queen Sono, the growth within her 16-year long career, life as a mother to two young daughters and self-worth.
See excerpts of the interview below:
On Being a Mother
I think to allow your girl child to leave the house without a sense of self-worth is setting them up for failure.”
On Queen Sono
I felt the story reflects many of us women in society today. Although Queen has exaggerated physical strength, she also has internal issues she’s trying to deal with, and regardless of these, she goes out to fight for the world and what’s right. Women must know that we are strong and that whatever the circumstances are, we can surpass them, because we already are heroes which is reflected [in the series]
On Being an African Woman
I don’t know if there’s anyone that works harder than an African woman but they still come through for their homes, families, communities, and countries. Women must know that we are strong and that whatever the circumstances are, we can surpass th-em, because we already are heroes.
Trophy Hosts Eto, launches Castle Africa 5s’
It was a night of fun as Trophy Lager, from the stables of International Breweries, organized a welcome dinner on Thursday, February 27th in honour of African football legend, Samuel Eto’o Fils, who came to Nigeria for the Castle Africa 5s launch which took place yesterday
Castle Africa 5s is the continental leg of the Trophy 5-A-Side developmental football tournament, the continent’s biggest amateur 5-A-Side football competition involving grassroot teams from several African countries in which ABInBev operates. Last year, the Nigerian Trophy Five-A-Side team won the Castle Africa 5s competition, hence the decision to launch this year’s tournament in Nigeria.
Trophy’s Marketing Manager, Bamise Oyegbami, at the dinner highlighted some of Eto’s career moments and celebrated his achievements, noting that they are worth dreaming about by any upcoming player.
Eto was in the company of Ex Super Eagles’ captain and Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Joseph Yobo who is also a Trophy 5-A-Side Brand Ambassador. Other Trophy 5-A-Side ambassadors present were Folarin (Falz) Falana and Femi Adebayo.
President General of the Nigeria Supporters Club, Rafiu Ladipo commended Trophy on supporting developmental football with the Trophy 5-A-Side tournament, as he said more talented footballers will be discovered through the tournament.
President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Tony Ubani, commended Eto’s goal poaching prowess and his heart of gold. He urged him to continue with his philanthropic acts, asserting that touching people’s lives will always elevate him.
Members of the Supporters club, with some super fans and sports editors were also in attendance at the dinner.
The Castle Africa 5s Football tournament is aimed at promoting grassroot football development in Africa.