|Prof Wole Soyinka, festival Chairman, and Mr Disu Holloway, Commissioner for Tourism, Lagos State|
|Mr Tunde Fasina, Chairman of the festival Beauty Pageant|
cultural festival between March 23 and April 1, 2013, mainly at the Freedom
Park, Broad Street. In marking this year’s edition of the Lagos Black Heritage
Festival themed ‘The black in the Mediterranean Blue,’ a tracking of the
history of cultural interaction of the African continent with the nation of Brazil
takes centre stage.
Pack, Lagos on Thursday March 7, chairman, festival organising committee,
Professor Wole Soyinka used the medium to call for corporate sponsorship for
the cultural festival. He said that: “This festival needs sponsorship from corporate bodies for it to be sustained, so much like what soccer enjoys.” He re-iterated
that the place of art and culture cannot be undermined in the development and
sustenance of society; bearing in mind the engagement of a large number of
people and the constant reminder of the shared history that stands as a chord of unity.
Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Festival Ambassador
in Brazil as visibly embedded in their forms of traditional worship, performance
modes, cuisine, language, attire and music, Prof Soyinka said that there will
be a second part of the festival billed for October 1-10, 2013, to enable the
Afro-Brazilian Diaspora participate in the festival which they consider as a
fulfilment of their desire of a proper home-coming.
of the event activities, Prof Soyinka stated that a session would be dedicated
to Abdias do Nascimento, an Afro-Brazilian playwright and painter whose works showcasing his interaction with orisa , will take
prominent positions in the exhibition galleries. Abdias’ rooted links with
African culture comes from his years of exile in Ile-Ife, the Yoruba cradle of
festival, Mr Tunde Fasina, chairman of the beauty pageant, said that as an essential
part of the carnival, the beauty pageant will be fun as usual, but with
participants coming only from the Fanty associations this year. He disclosed
also that the groups of participants have been undergoing dedicated training
sessions that will culminate in a final competition on March 30th,
while the beauty queen officially becomes the carnival queen on April 1.
angle as disclosed by Eng. Segun Jawnando, chairman of the water regatta event. With the traditional two venues of the
Civic Centre and Oyinkan Abayomi for viewers,
Jawando said: “For the water
events, viewers will be entertained with
the swimming session, an engine-powered boat contest,
a traditional boat regatta to be
undertaken by over 30 communities, a search and rescue demonstration by the Apapa Sea School, which is actually meant to emphasize
the importance of safety.”
Eng. Segun Jawando, Chairman, Water Regatta
children to view the water events, the ‘Vision of the Child’ Art Competition
will showcase works from fresh talents gathered from about 400 schools. And the
other youth event ‘Do Your Own Thing’ gives platform for upcoming individuals and
groups with talents in singing, choreography, poems and other forms of arts and
entertainment to showcase their performances.
it impacted on the African continent, with processions from the point of embarkation
to the point of no return during the slave trade era.
in the parade of masquerades from across Yoruba land; theatrical plays like
Duro Ladipo’s Oba Koso’ and Wole Oguntokun’s ‘Oshodi Tapa’, both classics with
historic importance to the Yoruba of Nigeria.
A group performing during the last festival
Holloway, Commissioner for Tourism , said as its tradition, the
Lagos Street Carnival will round-off the festival with colourful parades of
different groups along designated routes beginning from Awolowo Road, ikoyi and
ends in Tafawa Balewa Square. Holloway advised that people should avoid
using Awolowo Road, Ikoyi on April 1, as the roads will be closed to vehicular movements
from as early as 8am.