the best bits from london to lagos #7| CURATED BY IVYMUNRO.COM
London| The Convert | 7th Dec 2018 - 26th Jan 2019
It’s 1896 in what is modern day Zimbabwe and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage finds herself working for devout Catholic priest, Chilford. He relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert but Jekesai’s salvation has a price. Written by: Black Panther star and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira Starring: (our cousin...in our heads)Letitia Wright! More info here
The Kingdom Choir | Debut Album
Remember the choir that performed at Meghan & Harry’s wedding? The ones who stole the show with their soulful voices, stylish pastel palettes, gorgeous natural hair and all that MELANIN!?
Well good news, their debut album Stand By Me,is out now! Let’s help make it a Christmas No. 1 shall we.
Lagos | Tiwan Tiwa | 16th-18th Nov
Tiwan Tiwa is an annual 3-day initiative working with the local community in Lagos Island to showcase their culture, heritage and assets through food, music, dance, film, theatre, visual art, street art and street performances.
This year's theme Ours To Play, will explore the Brazilian Quarters in Lagos Island, with Interactive Sessions, the Lagos Block Party(more info on that next week), and a tour of the Brazilian Quarters.
Yup, you read it right - the Brazilian Quarters is where the first Afro-Brazilians of Yoruba descendants settled, bringing with them a unique blend of Afro-Brazilian culture, religion and lifestyle practices that reflect their South American heritage. Tiwan Tiwa will give you the chance to learn more, get to know settlement families, enjoy local food joints, visit historic monuments, churches and more. More info here
Lola Jagun | BBC3 Shorts
Lola Jagun is a UK Instagram & Youtube talent to behold!
The comedian now does shorts for BBC3 and we’re really glad to see her work on telly. Lola is a brilliant skit writer and self-taught editor. Check out her skills on her Naija-Mum skits.
Melanin Stories | Documentary Series | Trailer
Following her 2017 documentary, Black in Tokyo,Amarachi Nwosu (the brain behind the digital agency, Melanin Unscripted) is back with a documentary series entitled, Melanin Stories. The doc follows creatives from around the globe, ranging from Designers, Musicians, Visual artists and more, and seeks to explore how our personal experiences have the power to connect us in a way our identities do not.
Click the image to watch the trailer
Spotlight on Mac Alonge | Changing the game | STEM
Mayokun ‘Mac’ Alonge, is using Tech, to disrupt bias in the workplace.
Over the past 10 years Mac has worked for large multinational companies, as well as small niche consultancies within the energy & utility markets where he's observed many a disparity in the recruitment, selection and treatment of people on the basis of their gender, disability and race.
Today, through his company the 'Equal Group', Mac is working on a tech-driven, table-shaking solution that could potentially change the recruitment process as we know it. He's developed a potentially pioneering piece of software that washes out conscious & unconscious bias thoughout the recruitment process. The Equal Group will also offer consultancy services with any consequential change embedded on a strategic level.
Everyone knows that when in Lagos, the good old faithful Keke Nepep (motorised Tuk Tuk) is our preferred mode of transport. Just a couple of years ago, riding in a Keke wasn’t quite as "cool" (we definitely clocked a few disapproving stares). Fast forward to 2018 and it's ALL THE RAGE. If you visit Lagos and fail to take a picture in, on, leaning against or sitting on top of a keke…did your trip really happen? *rolls eyes*
Anyway, Nigeria’s Guardian Life Magazine has published a piece on female Keke Drivers. So if you’re in Lagos do pick up a hard copy, for everyone else click here
London| Wande Coal | 11th Nov
Artwork: Wande's 'So Mi So' single cover. Illustrated by: Hanson Akatti
Wande’s coming to town! The Afrobeat singer-songwriter will be performing at the Indigo O2 for one night only. More info here
Africa Writes | Call for Ideas
Africa Writes is the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing. The event’s programme development is a collaborative effort involving partners, as well as individuals (like you), who build the range of exciting discussions, book launches and workshops that make up the festival each year.
Last year they received a very large number of submissions some of which became a reality at this year’s festival. This year Africa Writes is reaching out again for submissions for next year’s festival, due to take place at The British Library. Click here for more info
The Men's Club | New Web Series
The Men’s Club is a new web series from Red TV about 4 young, rich, Nigerian Male-THOTS, all of who are in pretty serious relationships. The story follows their escapades as they thot around Lagos with very little discretion. (We know, we know but not every day documentary, sometimes…guilty pleasure lol.). Plus, Mide & Shalewa from Skinny Girl in Transit star in the series, as well as our favourite nutter, Grace Ajilore lol.