the best bits from london to lagos
For our twelfth and final Culture Guide of 2018, we’ve compiled a list of must-have stocking-fillers, plus two dope events which we're really excited about.
We’ll be back in the New Year (by God's grace) armed with more ‘things for you to READ, WATCH, DO & PLAY’ but for now, we just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for subscribing to The Ivy League. Your feedback has been fantastic, our subscriber community is ever-growing and we can’t wait to see what next year has in store! Until then.

Team TIL x
12 | Lagos Afropolitan Vibes | 21st Dec
Afropolitan Vibes is the best outdoor concert in Lagos (in our humble opinion). It takes place each quarter at Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, and this final edition of 2018 will be headlined by Artists Falana, Moelogo and Reminisce.

It all kicks-off at 8pm. Just rock up to the Park. Entry fee is NGN1,000.
11 London BBA End of Year Mixer | 18th Dec 2018
Black British Art was founded by Lisa Anderson to celebrate the past and present visual representation & art of the African diaspora in the UK.
So come celebrate, connect and share with artists and art lovers in the comfort of a private lounge with music, art projections and good vibes. More info here
10 | History of Hip-Hop Blueprints
Dorothy is a UK based studio producing conceptual prints and artworks which are sold and exhibited internationally.
The Hip Hop Love Blueprint is our favourite - it shows the history of hip-hop mapped out to the circuit diagram of a classic turntable, celebrating over 700 MCs, DJs, producers, turntablists, musicians, graffiti artists, b-boys and girls - from pioneers such as DJ Kool Herc and Gil Scott-Heron to Kendrick Lamar, paying homage to the pioneers of the culture.

This print will make a fab conversation piece on any Hip-Hop lover’s wall.
View the full collection of Blueprints here
The Melanin Mug
The molecular structure of melanin on a mug, how can it not be a WINNER!
Shop here
Studio Nelle
Chanelle is the creator behind Studio Nelle, she discovered her love of leather after setting up a community workshop where she was donated a pile of discarded cow hides, through further research she soon discovered that the leather industry typically throws away a minimum of 35% of the leather purchased for large production lines. So she taught herself simple leather craft skills and set up shop in 2016, selling small leather bags, purses and wallets.

The Studio Nelle brand is committed to using ethically sourced leather and exploring identity through the lens of the black diaspora. Purchasing a Studio Nelle product is a celebration of black heritage and culture and appeals to those seeking more style substance.
Shop here
Dvees | Chapman
Four siblings of British-Naija heritage have bottled up Nigeria’s favourite Mocktail, Chapman.
Show up to the Crimbo bash with a crate of these (and a cooler of Jollof if you're feeling cheeky) and you'll be in everyone's good books for at least another year. You’re welcome.
Buy here

Shekudo, the brainchild of childhood friends Amy "Akudo" Iheakanwa and Shetu Bimpong was birthed out of Akudo’s living room in Sydney, Australia. Now under the sole creative direction of Akudo, the brand moved its base to Nigeria to commence production in Lagos in the hope of shedding more light on local craftsmanship while integrating some of the age old techniques and overlooked local resources into its own contemporary aesthetic.
SheKudo prides itself on being a socially responsible label as well as an advocate for slow fashion and women’s empowerment. 

If you live in Lagos, be sure to take advantage of the discounted rates for Lagos locals.
All prices are displayed as Australian Dollars.
Shop here

Alabaster Co.
Alabaster Co. began late one night when friends Bryan Chung and Brian Chung were deep in discussion on creativity and God. Reflecting on the direction culture was taking toward visual imagery, innovation and design, an idea was born! Alabaster aims to give the reader a fresh visual experience and heightened level of contemplation while reading these ancient texts which ultimately points to the beauty of the Lord God.
This format works especially well for a generation raised on social media, and would make a lovely gift for an unbeliever or those who may have turned away from God.

Shop here
KitsCH Noir
KitsCH Noir founder, Cherelle Brown could see there was an ethnic diversity issue within the greeting cards industry and took matters into her own hands. Her brand KitsCH Noir, has an entire range of Christmas cards and other dope goodies. We can't get over this Black Santa wrapping paper! Let's normalise THIS! 
Shop here
Kei Maye Prints
You may remember an earlier edition where we featured Artists, Kei Maye's 'Artist Price Calculator''. Well, we love her vibrant artwork too and now you can shop her prints right here
AMWA Designs
Founded by Chrissa Amuah in 2014, AMWA Designs creates handmade textiles, furniture and print designs for the home. Her designs are underpinned by the beauty and integrity found in great craftsmanship, with the Adinkra symbols and proverbs of Ghana forming the inspiration. The symbols serve a decorative function, but also convey traditional wisdoms and adages.

AMWA Designs speaks to a contemporary generation whose lifestyle is forward thinking. Shop here
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A parting message
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
~ John 3:16

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