Today in #TheLagosReview

#RoundAboutTown With Henri Yire

Last Weekend of The Year Guys!

Hey, that’s no license to go ballistic with the groove quotient.

We made it through the best and the worst in the Lagos event scene, from badly-planned events to the most sought after gigs that rocked the event landscape.

But we are not done yet.

Here are some of the last ( but definitely not the least) events to close out your year.

We suggest a sojourn to some faith-based settlement to be close to God when the new year pops. So find some time amidst the partying to do that, okay?

Here’s our event offering for this weekend

DECEMBER 27-29th, 2019


A platform for artists designed to provide exposure for artists of African descent in the bid to help connect and bridge the gap is curating a 3 day exhibition. The exhibition will shed light on African artists across various platforms and the mediums of Art, Fashion, Music and Literature. The objective of the exhibition is to explore the displacement of African identity through cultural exploitation thereby building awareness, sparking a mindset shift and creating a platform for conversations to explore the effects of these issues. Exhibiting Artists include Lubee Abubakar, Yasser Claud-Ennin, Anenu Edozie and more with a live performance from Lady Donli. December 27th – 29th, 2019

Time: 4:00PM – 11:00PM

Fee: Open to All

DECEMBER 28, 2019


Palmwine Music Festival, a live music experience created as a platform to celebrate and experience Nigeria’s burgeoning alternative music scene. The festival incorporates live music with art, food, DJ sets, merchandise and of course Palmwine.

Time: 5:00PM – LATE

Fee: ₦7,500

Location: Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos

BACK BY POPULAR Demand!! ART NIGHT LAGOS !!! And Yanna Studios Collabo! BEGINS! Come with your mind OPEN and you get to experience artistic expressions, culinary delights, good times, great music, vibrant murals and an intimate ambiance like no other. GUARANTEED! Enquiries and Table bookings please contact: 081669911155 / 08034734169

5:00pm – 8:00pm: Artists talk
9:00pm – 5:00am : Painting session by guest artists, live streaming and auction.
5:00am – The show ends


Location: Yanna Studio, 1b Adeyemi Lawson,Off Macpherson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos

Charades, Chess, Snooker, FIFA 20 and more, these are a few of our favourite things. Let’s relax as we say adios to 2019. In collaboration with @legacygrill . We are pleased to bring you a different kind of Game Night that focuses more on people. Invite your friends, family and coworkers.

Time: 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Fee: Open to All

Location: Legacy Grill, 7a bose enemenoh, Ikoyi, Lagos


The Backyard lagos wishes all our dearest customers a Merry Christmas & Compliments of the season. This Saturday Promises to be mind blowing as we are gonna be having sensational performances from
@richassani @femi.leye @thesharonnie
Call for table reservations,
let’s wrap up 2019 in Grand style.

Time: 8:30PM

Fee: Open to All

Location: The Backyard Bar & Grill, 4b Musa Yar’ Adua St, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

DECEMBER 29, 2019


EatDrinkFestival 19 is BIGGER and BOLDER and we cannot wait for you all to experience everything we have planned. For the first time ever, EatDrinkFestival will introduce music performances. That’s not all. Beyond the vendors, there will also be workshops, demonstrations, masterclasses, games, and more. EatDrinkFestival 19 is an EXPERIENCE and we can’t wait.

Time: 12:00PM

Fee: N1,000

Location: Marina Road (Opposite Federal Ministry of Justice), Lagos Island. The event venue is directly opposite the Federal Ministry of Justice on Marina road, Lagos Island. Parking is available in two parking lots a short distance from the venue.

Its another edition of the Live Music Show “WHO is in the GARDEN” Featuring live music, picnic and fun in the beautiful Lufasi Park. Come Enjoy a relaxing time at Lufasi Nature Park. All lovers of Cool, Smooth Music in the heart of the Garden. This is for you. Get ready for the final show of the year on 29th December by 3pm. Its gonna be AMAZING!

Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Fee: N1000 per adult and N500 per kid

Location: Lufasi Nature Park, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

DECEMBER 31, 2019


Get lit at the 2020 cross-over phenomenon as Lightspeed takes you on an immersive journey into the new year with the first ever NEON JUNGLE party! It’s going to be an explosion of lights, colours, fireworks, drinks and wild things!!! Performances by Black Magic, DJ Del Noi, Oluwabruce, Sensei Lo and more.

TIme: 8:00PM – LATE

Register for the Guestlist or Book Tables at

Location: Moist Beach club, Iru local government, Ligali Ayorinde St, Victoria Island 100011, Lagos, Nigeria


The Maddest houseparty to end the year. Stepping into the new year, Stepping on NECKS! LETS GET FREE, NOTHING OFF BOUNDS. Just remember to RESPECT each other. PERIOD. DJ FEMO and more! Playing the best of: HIP-HOP, R&B, SOUL, ALTERNATIVE, AFROBEATS AND DANCEHALL, Dress Code: YOU (Come as you feel comfortable) NO SEXISM, NO AGEISM, NO HOMOPHOBIA, NO FATPHOBIA, NO TRANSFOBIA, NO RACISM, NO ABLEISM

TIme: 10:00PM – 5:00AM

Fee: N1,000


Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeira

Have A Hype-filled Weekend!

See you around.

-Henri Yire

The Lagos Review Closes 2019 With A Final Literary Offering

The Lagos Review, a cultural platform that features reviews, literary essays, interviews, chats and other forms of cultural expressions, kicked off sometime this year, deciding to position itself alongside a slowly dying breed of literary gatekeepers who employ literary criticism to analyze creative works.

As the year wraps up, The Lagos Review presents its final newsletter for 2019, scheduled for Sunday the 29th of December with a note of thanks.

Every Sunday, we treat you to a literary buffet.

A collection of reviews, literary essays, interviews and everything in-between to enrich your weekend and kickstart your week on a cerebral note.

This weekend, we curate the last instalment for 2019, a unique, cultural milestone that we hope to raise a notch higher in the coming year.

Thanks for riding gunshot with us, on this amazing journey.

We make only one promise.

Every Sunday of every week, like clockwork.

More reviews are coming!

Thanks to the usual suspects, Knights of the pen who continually brave the drought of the white space to create amazing narratives for our newsletter.

Toni Kan
Dami Ajayi
Peju Akande and
Henri Yire

And to all the contributors who over the weeks made a literary impression in form of a contribution to our platform, we thank you and say; may your pen never run out of ink and your hearts warmth.

The Editor,
The Lagos Review

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Kenyan filmmakers suffer as Sate hypocrisy reigns

Hollywood shooting films in Kenya has an obvious economic advantage.

We have been losing out on this economic advantage to Nigeria and South Africa.

It’s a well-known fact that KFCB refused to air Wanuri Kahiu’s movie Rafiki in Kenyan cinemas and screens.

According to, Uhuru Kenyatta signed a film incentives package during a Cabinet meeting that is going to help foreign filmmakers make more movies in Kenya.

Apparently, Kenya is a great place to shoot films, because we have great actors (obviously), and Hollywood shooting films in Kenya has an obvious economic advantage.

We have been losing out on this economic advantage to Nigeria and South Africa, where the majority of African-shot films are filmed.

The head of KFCB (Kenya Film Classification Board) also added that lack of incentives and tax rebates has been the weakest point in selling Kenya as a top filming destination.


This whole signing and dramatic comment-giving left me questioning the point of these incentives.

First of all, anything that the head of the KFCB supports is generally a white elephant, in my opinion; he’s either getting something out of it, or he’s getting something out of it.

Two, if these two are so concerned about films being made in Kenya, then why haven’t they supported the films that have already been made in Kenya, by Kenyans, and the filmmakers making them?


It’s a well-known fact that KFCB refused to air Wanuri Kahiu’s movie Rafiki in Kenyan cinemas and screens, before a very public court battle, and even then, only for a week.

This has nothing to do with the subject matter, for this particular article, but everything to do with the hypocrisy being touted by such stories.

Read more here


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