the best bits from london to lagos
Zainab Balogun shot by Àsìkò for 'Conversations + The Woman Code'
Spotlight On Àsìkò Photographer | Interview
Ade "Àsìkò" Okelarin is a visual artist who expresses his ideas through photography and mixed media. We’ve seen his work at RELE Art Gallery in Lagos and we also attended his first solo exhibition 'Conversations + The Woman Code' at The Gallery of African Art in London – suffice to say, we were completely blown away.
Àsìkò's mostly female-focused body of work, straddles the line between fantasy and reality, a style he’s adopted in response to his experiences of identity, culture and heritage. In addition, he also creates stunning portraiture work for clients in the Fashion, Entertainment and Music industries, you may be familiar with his exhibition series at London BFI, where he recreated Black Panther-inspired posters with children.

In a recent interview on The Creators Podcast, the artist charts his journey from the very start, to present day - he speaks about his childhood experiences whilst growing up between the UK and Nigeria, as well as his challenges and thought processes, all of which have impacted his artistic approach.

See more of Àsìkò's work here
Lagos The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives | 28th Oct - 9th Nov
The stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s novel ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives took London by STORM! Now the stage production is headed straight for Nigeria! This engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria, focuses on the difficult choices African women are oftentimes confronted with. Incorporating great humour, live music, and dance, delivered by an absolutely STELLAR cast, The Secret Lives’ should definitely be a solid date in your diaries.
The production hits the Terra Kulture Arena and Muson Centre next month. More Info
London COAT | 26th Oct
COAT [Trailer]  by Yomi Sode
London, this is your last chance to catch COAT, the one-man show by UK Poet, Yomi Sode. In a tale of two cultures (British & Nigerian) the show is based around a conversation between Sode and his Mother, touching deeply on issues including immigration, identity and displacement.
One of his shows sold out in 24 hours so yeah…you snooze ya lose. Grab your seat here.

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London Film Africa | Nataal Competition
As media partners for Film Africa 2018, Nataal is offering you the chance to win passes to London’s foremost film festival for African cinema. ‘Film Africa’ returns from 2nd-11th November at venues across London for its 8th year of cinematic celebration. Presented by the Royal African Society, this film festival puts African contemporary film in the spotlight, showcasing 39 titles (including 18 premieres).
Enter the competition here. Good luck!
Entitled Adeyemi Michael | All Immigrants Are Conquerors
British-Nigerian filmmaker Adeyemi Michael’s fantasy documentary, Entitled, aired on Channel 4 a few weeks back as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts Series. The doc attracted much attention for its traffic-stopping sequence featuring Adeyemi's real-life mother, dressed in full Yoruba attire, riding a stallion through the streets of Little Lagos, AKA Peckham, and let's face it, what beats an Aunty on a Horse? Legendary stuff.

The film maker recently spoke to the BBC about the inspiration behind his short film which is a reimagining of the first-generation immigrant experience, a celebration of motherhood and the preservation of his Nigerian cultural heritage.
Hannah Azieb Pool Artistic Director For Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Bernie Grant Arts Centre recently announced Curator, Author and Journalist Hannah Azieb Pool as its new Artistic Director, effective February 2019. Hannah most recently served as Senior Programmer for Contemporary Culture at the Southbank Centre, where she curated Africa Utopia, an annual festival celebrating arts and ideas from across Africa and the diaspora, and she was a key programmer of the WOW Women of the World festival.

“This is a great opportunity to lead Bernie Grant Arts Centre at such an exciting time,’ says Hannah. ‘It is an honour to build on the vision of Bernie Grant MP and the first ten years of this vital creative space. I believe the Bernie Grant Arts Centre can become one of London’s artistic powerhouses at the very heart of its community and to develop an international reputation as a centre of excellence and first rate cultural diversity.”

We at The Ivy League are former Tottenham’ites and we can't wait to see her plans look like. Congratulations HANNAH!
Falz Chief Daddy
Falz is a force to be reckoned with, this year we've watched as the wordsmith, actor and self-proclaimed President of the ‘Sweet Boy Association’ (lolz) took a stab at the Nigerian Government with his Childish Gambino remake entitled ‘This is Nigeria’ (currently banned in Nigeria).
He stars in Nigerian sitcom Jenifa, and now he’s starring in new Naija flick, Chief Daddy, playing a wannabe London Road Man (we're not quite sold on his accent though lol). The film is brought to you by Ebony Life TV (makers of The Wedding Party 1 & 2) and it’ll be in cinemas across Lagos from December 14, 2018. The cast line-up includes Kate Henshaw, RMD, Ini Edo, Funke Akindele Bello, & Joke Silva just to name a few.

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Why Didn't You Teach Me Yoruba?
Born and raised in Birmingham, England, Lola is both British & Nigerian however, she cannot speak Yoruba, her mother tongue. This black history month Lola and her mum Habiba have a candid conversation about why she was not taught the language as a child and what it means to be both black and British, when you automatically inherit a dual heritage. The film is produced and edited by Lola Mosanya (a different Lola).
For The Culture | New Talk Show
Check out the pilot episode of 'For The Culture', a brand new show hosted by Richard Blackwood. The show promises to cover news, reviews, entertainment and politics.

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London Africa On The Square | 27th Oct 
Africa on the Square returns to Trafalgar Square this Saturday. The popular African arts & culture event has continued to grow, with over 25,000 people attending last year’s event. It's been a brilliant addition to UK BLACK History Month and we’re glad it’s going strong!
Expect live on-stage entertainment in addition to the African market, food stalls and roaming entertainment. It all goes down from 12pm-6pm on the Square.
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A parting message
"Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts"
~ Zechariah 4:6

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