The best bits from Lagos to London
+ a little in between

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Lina Iris Viktor, London Exhibition 

Lina is a British-Liberian artist whose work merges of photography, performance, abstract painting and the ancient practice of gilding with 24-karat gold. ‘Some Are Born To Endless Night — Dark Matter’ will be her first major solo exhibition in the UK, with more than 60 works on display (many for the first time). Her magnificent pieces are infused with cultural histories of the global African diaspora and preoccupied with multifaceted notions of blackness.

This will be the MUST-ATTEND LAUNCH EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR, so be there on 12th September 2019, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, at Autograph, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA.

The Music That Made Us, London

From Afrobeats to hip-hop to grime, guest speakers Davido, Eve and Dallas Austin will examine how the music made by Black Artists explores the breadth of black culture.
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Burna Boy Sparks A Big Conversation

Last week Burna was trending on Twitter because of a track entitled 'Another Story' from his newly released album ‘African Giant’. He posed a question to his followers in connection to the track (which is all about the origins of Nigeria - a topic rarely ever discussed or even taught). 
The answer in short, is that Nigeria was a business deal for the British, via a company better known today as Unilever. You can read more about it HERE and HERE
His simple tweet ignited a discussion and a major moment of awakening amongst thousands of Nigerians both in the country and the diaspora. This, in my humble opinion is how influencers of culture should use their platforms.

No Direct Flight, BFI

This summer, the BFI in partnership with the British Council will explore through film, art, VR and music, exactly how the digital world has helped create a new generation of African global influencers. The summer season entitled 'No Direct Flight: Digital Blackness in the age of the Internet' will showcase works from contemporary talent in the UK, US and Africa, in a real-life and virtual meet-up between filmmakers across 3 continents.

(See two of our standout picks below)

Preview, The Last Tree
+ Q&A with Director, Shola Amoo

This semi-autobiographical is the story of Femi (played by young newcomer Tai Golding), a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after being fostered in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner-city London to live with his birth mother. In his teens, Femi (Sam Adewunmi) struggles with the culture and values of his new environment. He must decide which path to adulthood he wants to take, and find out what it means to be a young black man in London during the early 00s.
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Homegoing: Shorts Programme
+ Q&A with Directors Koby Adom and Tomisin Adepeju

For many diasporans, the ties that bind us to our homeland also have the power to create conflict and separation: where it sometime feels like we're neither here nor there, and always motivated by a deep sense of belonging.
This curated collection presents the work of filmmakers who reflect the bittersweet diasporic condition:

Entitled Dir: Adeyemi Michael
House Girl Dir: Koby Adom
Process Dir: Khalil Joseph
Polyglot Dir: Amelia Umuhire
Appreciation Dir: Tomisin Adepeju
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