Today in #TheLagosReview

Felabration @ FreedomPark – Maka makes music that stuns in a variety of ways.

Be submerged in her magic as she climbs the stage alongside others like Bella Groove Band, 10 Strings Academy, Pheabean Sax and Femi Slide on Wednesday October 16, 2019.

In the last seven years, Freedom Park Lagos has become a leading partner venue for Felabration, catering to the needs of an elite audience not at home with the populist ambience of the New Afrika Shrine which is home to Felabration.

Activities at Freedom Park will include premium entertainment and reception over one week with live music performances, exhibitions and fanfare from both Nigerian and Foreign artistes at the Festival.

LABAF2019: ART SEMINAR @ Esther’s Revenge.

If you actively play in the art space or you are simply taken in by discourse on art and it’s related expressions, then you should make it a date at the LABAF2019 Art Seminar.

The Art Seminar will hold at 3 pm, on November 5th, 2019 at Esther’s Revenge, Freedom park and is dedicated to Jerry Buhari@60 & Kunle Adeyemi@60 with the theme: ‘Thirty Years of The Boom.’

Come join Artists and art historians as they reconstruct the history of Nigeria and contemporary art practice, by retracing the scenes of the mid-late 80s, and reviewing the careers of artists who began or flourished in that era, some of whom would participate in the conversation.

Don’t miss #Labaf2019


Twitter Nigeria is sizzling with expectation as Rucksack Productions, a Nigerian movie outfit is set to drop the second part of the teaser for the highly anticipated flick, ‘The Herbert Macauley Affair.’

‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’, is a new feature movie based on the life and struggles of 1900s Nigerian Nationalist and independence agitator, Herbert Macaulay.

Nollywood Indie director Imoh Umoren, shared a first teaser weeks ago that completely sold everyone on the upcoming film.
The one minute-long teaser highlights the film’s apt retro aesthetic, and also points to a compelling, multilayered storyline focused on the film’s title character, as well as key events like the Bubonic plague in the 1920s.

The movie is set to hit cinemas nationwide this October 25th 2019, but while we wait for the second instalment of the teaser later today, here’s what the first one looked like.

Youtube/Imoh Umoren

Afro Young Adult anthology for launch at Ake Festival

Collection of literature for Young Adults contains short stories from 13 African countries

The Goethe-Institut is proud to present the long-awaited Afro Young Adult anthology, titled “Water Birds on the Lake Shore: An Anthology of African Young-Adult Fiction”. The official launch will take place at the Ake Book and Arts Festival, which will run from October 24 – 27, 2019 in Lagos Nigeria.

The call for submissions for the Afro Young Adult went out in September 2018, with the aim of producing more African literature for Young Adults. 435 submissions were received from 28 countries. The final stories were subsequently selected through workshops in different African cities by panels made up of writers, literary activists and, most importantly, Young Adult readers from across the continent. The 17 selected stories, written in English, French and Swahili, have now been published in an anthology which appears in three editions – one in English, one in French and one in Swahili.

Zukiswa Wanner, the project coordinator, explains: “The Goethe-Institut Sub-Saharan Africa has been at the forefront of the Afro Young Adult initiative. This anthology is the first of its kind in recent memory on a continent where the majority of the population are young adults and yet are too often ignored. Despite the unforeseen costs that came up in the process, they did not give up on it, and in this way, exemplified how developmental partners can work together with the African continent in literature.”

The stories in the anthology range from the fantastical to observations of youth in war situations and the mysteries of death; to personal questions about family, friendships and sexuality. Despite the wide ranging topics, what all these stories have in common is that they are written in young adults’ voices – familiar to anyone who has ever been (or is) at the start of adult life. Voices that are at times assertive, sometimes uncertain but always aware of a world around them.

Asma Diakité, Regional Head of Cultural Programmes at the Goethe-Institut concludes: “The stories in the anthology shine a light on the issues that young Africans are concerned with – the importance of these voices from the continent with the world’s youngest population cannot be underestimated. We are hopeful that the anthology will be widely distributed in book shops, libraries and class rooms all over the world, but particularly on the African continent so that young adults in Africa can see that they are not alone with their hopes, fears and dreams.”

The anthology will be available in select book stores and libraries all over Africa. There will be additional release events in selected countries on the continent. For further information, visit our website or contact Zukiswa Wanner, Project Coordinator at or Jonas Radunz, Public Relations Officer of the Goethe-Institut South Africa at

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