the best bits from london to lagos #8| CURATED BY IVYMUNRO.COM
Skinny Girl in Transit| Trailer
Skinny Girl in Transit, Season 5 is almost upon us! And it looks packed FULL of drama...just the way we like it! Watch the trailer HERE.
London | H.E.R | 14th Feb 2019
Gabi Wilson, better known as H.E.R, will be heading to London's Hammersmith Apollo in the new year. Tickets go on sale this Friday right here.
Tutu Comes Home | Art X Lagos
Tutu, the long lost portrait of Ife Princess Adetutu Ademiluyi, painted by the father of Nigerian Modernism, Ben Enwonwu, went missing for 40 years after its unveiling.
The painting was recently discovered in a North London Flat and went on to sell for over £1.2million (even though it was only estimated to sell for a maximum of £300k …imagine?)
The painting was a symbol of reconciliation after Nigeria's Biafran war and it remains unknown how it ended up in the North London Flat, the owner requested anonymity at the time. (Yes, the "owner").
Anyhooooo - the good news is Tokini Peterside, Founder of Art X Lagos(West Africa’s Premier Art Fair) managed to bring Tutu home for Africans and other art lovers to view on Nigerian soil. What a FEAT!
Why Lagos is West Africa's Capital of Culture | British Vogue
Kene Rapu is the Founder of one of our favourite Nigerian Footwear brands. In 2011 she launched a slipper line as a proactive initiative to promote the development of Nigeria's local footwear industry, she used only locally sourced materials and workmanship to produce her hand crafted slippers.
Fast forward to present day and Rapu has a full production workshop as well as a physical store situated in Lagos’ highly coveted Lekki Phase 1 area. Kene now exports her fledging brand around the globe and runs workshops for would-be cobblers & footwear designers. She TRULY is a champion of the Made in Nigeria movement and CNN’s African Voices recently spent some time with her.
This weekend GTBank'sannual Fashion Weekend takes place in Lagos. You can expect to see runway shows, browse the retail exhibitor's space, and attend masterclasses from facilitators including ANTM's Jay Manuel, Kahlana Barfield, Nikki Ogunnaike and many more! More info
(Interesting fact: GTBank owns Ndani TV, the producers of 'Skinny Girl in Transit')
Lagos | Faaji Sunday | 22nd Dec
The word ‘Faaji’ is Naija slang for fun/good times etc. The ladies behind Faaji Sundays (London’s most authentic Nigerian Drunch party), are taking their end of year bash to LAGOS this Christmas!
The live band and DJ's are going to be FIRE (as per). You can expect to see Chef Yinka Odukoya throwing down in the kitchen, plus you'll get 1 hour of FREE bottomless drinks ...sounds like the perfect night out to us. It all kicks-off at 4pm until the wee hours of the morning.
So if you’re heading to Lagos this Christmas (or if you're already on-ground), keep your eyes peeled right here for further updates.
London | Tobi Akinbolagun's Supper Club | 8th Dec
You may recognise Tobi Akinbolagun as the semi-finalist from BBC One’s‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’. Well, Tobi also runs a supper-club where he whips-up delectable Nigerian-British fusion dishes - paying homage to his dual heritage. He recently teamed-up with Campo Viejo for what they're calling “a dining experience like no other”
Black Cultural Archives | Heritage Centre in Trouble
As most of you already know, this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Windrush Generation's relocation from the British Caribbean Islands to the UK (upon request of the British Government and with the aim of them rebuilding the nation after WW2). Having arrived as British citizens they worked tirelessly in the face of violence, racism and general opposition.
Over recent years a growing number of so-called “errors” have been unearthed including, the dubious destruction of their landing cards, the quiet removal of their legal protection, and the hostile environment created by retrospective legislation & new regulation (there's much more, but we have a word count to adhere to).
Last month we saw both Hillingdon and Wandsworth Councils rebrand Black History month to “Diversity Month”, which will see a further dilution of the Black British contribution to UK history.
Now, to add insult to injury, the Black Cultural Archives, heritage centre in Brixton is facing shut-down due to a lack of government funding. British-Nigerian Labour MP, Chuka Umunna has drawn attention to the BCA’s predicament, pointing out that other national institutions including the British Museum and National Gallery receive 40% of government funding, yet the “The BCA currently receives nothing”.
What a sad state of affairs. Happy anniversary indeed.