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Social Media Week seeks Human Connection

It’s that time of the year again.
The build up to the yearly instalment of Social Media Lagos Week is underway.

The 2020 theme is titled like a little sci-fi script, foreboding and mysterious; they call it HUMAN.X.

Surprising the explanation carries a softer appeal. It is geared towards leading an important conversation focused on what it means to take a human-first and experience-driven approach to innovation, across industries and in our communities throughout the continent.

The explanation is that the current digital paradigm has connected us as Africans and enabled us to do more in business, in government and in our own lives.

However, in a hyper-connected mobile first world, human interaction and in-real-life (IRL) experiences often take a backseat. This happens at the detriment of consumers and the communities we are looking to engage and empower.

During SMW Lagos 2020, the discourse will revolve around the importance of putting people and community at the forefront as marketers, creatives, policymakers and citizens.

The week will explore how reframing our approach to marketing and community engagement leads to more human focused and immersive experiences that drive culture, shift perceptions and have a meaningful impact on us as individuals and collectively as Africans.

HUMAN.X is the 2020 global theme for all SMW cities.

Source: SMW Lagos2020
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Kunle Afolayan receives recognition for Mokalik

Kunle Afolayan, CEO of Golden Effects pictures was presented with a special recognition award last night by the CANON team at IBC 2019 in Amsterdam based on the success of the collaboration with the film MOKALIK.

“I will like to say thank you to the entire team of Canon for inviting me to IBC, and for seeing reasons to partner with Golden Effects Pictures and for the award”, Kunle stated.

The movie ‘Mokalik’, which recently became a Netflix feature, was released on the 31st of May 2019 and follows the career of an 11-year-old boy, Ponmile, from the middle-class suburbs who spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop in order to view life from the other side of the tracks. When his father arrives to take him home; Ponmile has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school or take on his apprenticeship full time.

‘Mokalik’ was directed by Kunle Afolayan.


The annual Lagos photo festival 2019 kicks off next month with the inspiring theme ‘Passports.’

‘Passports’ delves into the constraints and prospects of the most defining official documents one can possess. The possession of it confers certain values, ideas, liberties and restriction. The absence of it strips one of the same and more, often with far reaching implications.

This year’s edition, which will be the 10th instalment, promises to bring alive an alternative global environment in which artists of different nationalities are invited to explore options of creating a fluid and permeable world, where nationality, gender and historical imbalances are secondary to identity or community.

The 10th Anniversary of the Lagos photo Festival 2019 will kick off from October 27th – November 15th 2019.


Launched in 2010, LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. In a month long festival, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions and large scale outdoor prints displayed throughout the city with the aim of reclaiming public spaces and engaging the general public with multifaceted stories of Africa.


Unbelievable but true; Taruwa, Lagos’ official gathering for an eclectic mix creatives is 12.

And it’s just a few days away.

Taruwa after 12 years of entertaining art-lovers, poets and music lovers is still going strong.

The 12th anniversary celebration will be on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 and they are set to curate an amazing show with beautiful performances, scintillating conversations, a fun Miss Taruwa 2019 beauty+brains pageant and the promise of an unexpected headliner.

As all true Taruwa fans know, the Taruwa event is free 11 months of the year and ticketed only on their anniversaries.
The anniversary edition tickets are on sale for 5k each.

Taruwa is a gathering for art-lovers seeking beautiful Music, Poetry, Dance, Theatre & Comedy; it holds on the last Tuesday of every month.

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