The poets are coming. Many of them and their destination is the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF). Don’t say you were not told. Don’t be left out of the awakening that on these poets can inspire. Performing poets across ages, styles and orientation will storm the stage to give a befitting closing literary party to the week-long festival. Mostly they dwell on the theme of the festival and are allowed to roam around subjects and issues around our collective human conditions.
Date: Sunday, Nov 10, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Food Court, Freedom Park, Lagos
Don’t miss #Labaf2019
‘Walking with Shadows’, Funmi Iyanda’s debut movie to premiere November 14 in Nigeria.
Multi-media personality, Funmi Iyanda, will on November 14 premiere her debut movie, Walking with Shadows, at the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), at Filmhouse Cinema, Oniru, Lagos.
Red carpet reception is expected to begin at 6:30 pm while the screening will begin at 8:00 pm.
The movie produced by her production company, OYA Media, in collaboration with The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), was premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on October 9.
BFI London Film Festival was founded in 1953 and holds in the United Kingdom annually with cooperation from the British Film Institute.
Directed by British filmmaker, Aoife O’Kelly, Walking with Shadows, stars Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Ozzy Agu, Zainab Balogun and Funsho Adeolu among others.
The movie is a screen adaptation of a Jude Dibia novel published in 2005.
It follows Adrian Ebele Njoko, a married executive whose sexuality is exposed by a disgruntled colleague causing an impact on his family.
Speaking about the premiere at BFI London Film Festival, Funmi Iyanda said: “Through the unique way the plot unfolds, the film fully explores many pressing societal issues and promotes the importance of self-discovery and acceptance in a cultural society.
“It is an honour to premiere this movie at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. We are definitely thrilled by the opportunity to share this with the international community and hope they are inspired by it as much as we are.”
Tom Draper, Black Music Industry Pioneer, Dies at 79
Tom Draper, whose tenures at RCA and Warner Bros. Records helped lay the foundation for today’s black music industry, died Oct. 25 in Atlanta after a short illness. Draper was 79 years old. A memorial service is being held today (Nov. 1) at H.M. Patterson & Sons in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Pat Shields, a partner in the multimedia entertainment firm Black Dot and a former VP of marketing at Warner Bros., remembers Draper as “a gentleman, a diplomatic warrior, a shrewd marketing executive and a kind soul. The music industry owes him a debt of gratitude.”
Born and raised in Detroit, Draper attended the University of Detroit, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He was selling washers, dryers, televisions and refrigerators for RCA Appliances in neighboring Taylor, Michigan when he met Harvey Cooper in 1970. That meeting proved fortuitous. Cooper—a fellow Detroit native and VP of promotion for RCA’s record division in New York—moved Draper into sales at the label. Draper later segued into promotion for RCA’s newly established black music department and was subsequently promoted to VP of A&R.
Draper exited RCA in 1975 to join Warner Bros. Records as VP of marketing and promotion. During his 12-year stint, he helped the label become a leading force in black music with a roster that included Prince, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, the Staple Singers, Ashford & Simpson, Bootsy Collins and Larry Graham, among others. Moving to Time Warner as a VP in 1987, Draper later retired in Panama City, Florida before relocating to Atlanta. His industry career is documented in the Tom Draper Collection 1970-1998, which can be found within Indiana University’s Archives of African American Music & Culture in Bloomington, Indiana.
A proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Draper also supported various social causes including the Children’s Defense Fund and the Institute for Black Parenting. He is survived by his nephews Clifton O. Southard and Edward Draper, nieces Lynette Southard and Tiffany Gunter, grandniece Sidney J. Demings and grandnephews Miles Demings, Malcolm C. Demings and Ryan Gunter.
Source & image credit: Warner Bros.
#RoundAboutTown With Henri Yire
You know what?
By all indication, this weekend is prepped to be lit.
LIT: A pop reference.
When something is turned up or popping
It’s Halloween and Lagosians are always looking for an excuse to have a good time.
So from wierd costume parties to intellectual discourses and a spatter of art exhibitions, we have everything you need to make your weekend pop.
Here’s what to expect this Weekend in Lagos.
FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 1, 2019
The Drill Entertainment in Collaboration with OT Lounge bringing you an amazing Halloween and BBQ party experience! Did we mention free BBQ?
Time: 4:00PM – 11:00PM
Fee: Open to All
Location: Oliver Twist, 5 Samuel Adedoyin St, Victoria Island, Lagos
TGIF AT THE SEA
Sea Breeze, Good Food, and Great Vibes!
Fright Night is Back! Can you escape the @hauntedhouseng maze! If you do there’s the hottest #silentdisco party of the year waiting!! Come for the girls (and boys ) in their costumes! Come for the chance to pull bae closer in the Haunted House! Whatever your reason don’t miss the BIGGEST Halloween party in Nigeria!
Time: 8:00PM – 2:00AM
Location: Landmark Beach, Landmark Village, 4 Water Corporation Dr, Victoria Island, Lagos
Beats & Sounds
Join us this Friday to a magical Live Band experience(MAINLAND BEATS AND SOUNDS)……Free shots for the ladies all night!!!
ELEMENT HOUSE – Lagos’s Premier House music night is back with a special Halloween Edition!
On Friday, International DJ/Producer – PASCAL MORAIS (Amsterdam, Netherlands) will be taking us on a haunted house music journey
bringing us the best of spooky vibes.
DELNOI (Spektrum, Nigeria)
ICEY (Spektrum, Nigeria)
Music Policy :- Soulful House, Deep House, Tech House, Deep Tech, Afro House, Afro Tech
Fee:- NGN2,000 for Earlybird Tickets Online or NGN5,000 on the Door at the event
Early Bird Ticket purchase Link :- https://bit.ly/2Npcn7C
For Table Packages (100K for 8 ppl / 70K for 4 ppl / 50K for 2 ppl) call 08033208111
Location – Moist Beach Club, Oniru private Beach
Time:- 11:00PM to 4:00AM
Tip of the Day:- Password for main gate Entrance :- TRICK OR TREAT. Follow them on Instagram @spektrumng for more info on their house music gigs
SATURDAY – NOVEMBER 2, 2019
Open House Lagos 2019
Open House Lagos is a weekend event which showcases the outstanding architecture of Lagos for all to experience, completely for free. The event invites everyone to understand the value of a well-designed built environment by exploring Lagos, celebrating its architectural growth and the way people interact with their environment. The concept explores Lagos’s architectural history and encourages people to think about their environment by seeing the old, the new and what the City can be. Taking place annually, we offer residents, local and International visitors an enriched cultural experience by providing an opportunity to access buildings not normally open to the public and bridge the gap between the physical city and its environment with fringe activities.
Fee: Open to All
Location: Island & Mainland
Lagos International Poetry Festival 2019
The Lagos International Poetry Festival is back for the 5th year and it’s going to be A Wild Beautiful Thing. This year’s festival brings over 50 artists, writers, poets and thinkers from over 10 countries, and offers a multilayered experience with something for everyone, from performances to conversations, workshops to book launches, film to music, exhibitions and parties. #LIPFest19 draws an intergenerational assortment of dreamers, who by insisting the imagination be central to our lives, inspire a generation to rise up to the challenges of it’s time.
Time: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Fee: Open to All
Location: Freedom Park, 1 Broad Street, Lagos Island
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Mexican Day of the Dead) this Saturday hosted by @xobakery and @la_tavernalagos ! Igbadun Brewing will be serving up the best craft beer in Lagos plus their signature mead!
Time: 12:00PM – LATE
Fee: Open to All
Location: La Taverna, 48 Balarabe Musa Crescent, V/I, Lagos
The Way We Mask
Ngozi Schommers invites you all to the opening of her solo exhibition The Way We Mask. From 2nd- 14th November at the National Museum Lagos
Fee: Open to All
Location: National Museum Lagos ,Onikan Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos
Sounds of Neptune
This event is jam-packed with a crazy artist line-up and of course, @deejayneptune delivering good vibes and good music all through! Lagos, Expect the Unexpected
Time: 5:00PM – LATE
Location: Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos
Live music performances happening this Saturday. Swing by and Come enjoy live band performance with The Bandwagon & Oga Network
Fee: Open to All
Location: The Backyard, 4B Musa Yar’ Adua, Victoria Island
SUNDAY – NOVEMBER 3, 2019
Copa Lagos 2019
It’s really here! The 2019 edition of the biggest beach soccer event in Africa, #Copalagos is here!!. It is definitely going to be a battle of the champions as Brazil, Senegal, England and your hosts, Nigeria will battle and settle some scores. #copalagos2019 is on another level of excitement .
Location: Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos
Red Cups & BBQ
New Venue..Crazier Vibe.. Tastiest BBQ..Madder Cruise
Fee: Open to All
Location: The Artisan Lounge, 14 Anifowoshe St, Victoria Island, Lagos
Spooky Season has commenced and it’s about to be a good one! Join us at Fright Night for a scary outdoor horror movie screening filled with tons of food and treats, followed by a thrilling haunted house and afterparty filled with nonstop hits, so RSVP now!! Mark the 3rd of November, it truly will be a night to remember!
Time: 4:00PM – 12:00AM
Location: Lekki Special Events Centre, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I, Lekki