Today in #TheLagosReview

“ET… ACTION !” CALL FOR PROJECT IS OUT! – Courtesy Alliance Français Lagos & Institut Français du Nigéria

Confinement… week 4! Is that us or is time actually slowing down?! We are not so sure, but eager to move forward with the launch of a very special call for project this week to support Lagos artistic community! On vous laisse découvrir ! 😊

CALL FOR PROJECT – STARTING THIS WEEK! “ET… ACTION!”, a creative response to Covid time by the French Cultural Network in Nigeria.

The call for project is open to any arts and culture domain, so your project can literally take any form: a short dance video, a live digital theatre/poetry performance, a music video clip, an art tutorial, a short novel or film including animation… and be performed in any language (French is a best ! But English and other Nigerian languages are welcomed) the possibilities have no boundaries but its length: 1 to 3 minutes tops!

Originality will be a key factor in the selection process, so give room to your craziest ideas… while respecting all measures of social distancing as decreed by the Nigerian authorities!

AF Lagos and Institut Français du Nigéria will post three videos every week until the end of the challenge. If your project is selected and posted, you will receive N20000! Every month (or at the end of the challenge), the video which get the biggest number of “likes” on Instagram (on both @af.lagos account and @if.nigeria account) will get a special N100K prize to its creator. You can ask your friends to join their social networks and like your video.

To enter the competition, submit your video to, making sure to include the following info:

Name(s) of the applicant(s)
Project title & short description
Following sentence: “I (your name) certify the project submitted has been done in the framework of the “Et… Action !” call for project, and fully authorise Alliance Française Lagos & Institut Français du Nigéria to post my project on their social networks (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) if selected.”
Your banking details in case your video is selected.

Watch “Trouble Sleep”, a documentary film by Alain Kassandra & Kids Corner.

“Trouble Sleep”, a documentary film by Alain Kassandra, pays tribute to Nigeria’s working class. The movie is part of the International Film Festival of Nyon (Switzerland), Vision du Réel 2020 programme.

Many more films are available online for free and for a limited time.

Synopsis: Fred, unemployed graduate like many young Nigerians, is starting a new job as a taxi driver. As for Akin, he taxes commercial vehicles for the national transport union. They both operate in the rich urban landscape of Ibadan, in which Alain Kassanda’s camera choreographs the multiplicity and perpetual power relations at play.

KIDS CORNER – NO TIME LIMIT: Discover “Les Ateliers Tok-tok”, a fun serie of creative workshops for kids provided by le Palais de Tokyo… in French!

Watch here:

Global Citizen CEO, Hugh Evans Reveals His Two Favourite Performances; Burna Boy & Rollingstone.

One World; Together at home convener & CEO of Global Citizen, Hugh Evans’ today revealed that his highlight performance of the night was that of African superstar, Burna Boy and veteran musicians, Rollingstones.

With over 40 million unique views on Facebook and YouTube alone and close to two billion viewers from across India and china, the ‘One World; Together at home’ event is arguably the most viewed event on the planet.

Hugh Evans in an interview with Variety, opened up about the experience of creating a show of that magnitude in just two and a half weeks and also revealed his most memorable performances of the night.

“I found two songs to be extremely moving for me. I loved the song by Burna Boy, because it reminded me of why Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 will be so important for the next wave. I thought his voice there was essential. And I also loved the Rolling Stones, because for me, what COVID-19 has taught me is that you can have all the best plans in the world, but unless we have strong health systems, all those plans crumble overnight. And so I think what they sang, “you can’t always get what you want” — that’s it, to me.”

We won’t lie, we loved Burna Boy’s performance too!

‘Tom & Jerry’ Illustrator, Gene Deitch Dies At 95

Gene Deitch, the American illustrator who produced some of the best-animated cartoons of the 19th century, such as ‘Munro‘, ‘Tom Terrific‘, and ‘Nudnik‘, as well as the well-acclaimed cartoons, ‘Popeye‘ and ‘Tom and Jerry‘ series, has passed.

Deitch died in Prague on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at the age of 95.

His Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, told The Associated Press, that Deitch died unexpectedly during the night from Thursday to Friday in his apartment in Prague’s Little Quarter neighbourhood. No further details were given.

According to Wikipedia, Deitch’s ‘Tom and Jerry’ series began in 1961 when American production company MGM commissioned Deitch to produce 13 episodes of the animation in Prague under Rembrandt Films animation studios. Deitch wrote and directed the cartoon up until 1962.

Deitch is survived by his wife and by three sons from his first marriage, all of whom are cartoonists and illustrators.

Photo Credit: @Francis_Joseph

Bisola Aiyeola Hosts New Show For Kids.

Asides being an amazing singer and actress, Bisola Aiyeola is also great with kids and her love for kids has led to the launch of a new show for children, hosted by Bisola herself.

The new show is called “Circle Time with Bisola“, and deducing from the snippet she shared on Instagram, the kids will be having a swell time with the actress.

Sharing a snippet of the forthcoming show, she caption her post:

A sneak peek into the real deal. A new kiddies show is in town 🥳🥳🥳🥳 We can’t wait. Get the word out there for all kids to know about this. Circle Time with Bisola , a show for kids and for those who love them! Tag a parent, aunty, uncle, cousin, nephew, niece and friend to tell them about this.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love children so I am really excited about this 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾

CTWB @tmplkds @thetemplecompany

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