Soyinka To Direct LBHF 2012


Prof. Wole Soyinka

All is now set for the third edition of the annual Lagos Black Heritage Festival (LBHF) which will run from 2-9April in Lagos.

Prof. Wole Soyinka

The festival, a seven-day cultural and traditional exposition, is expected to attract hundreds of performers who will animate the ancient city of Badagry and the main cosmopolitan city of Lagos.

In a statement by the organisers, this year’s edition is also to broaden and deepen people’s knowledge of Africa both historically and contemporarily. The festival is under the directorship and consultancy of Professor Wole Soyinka.

This year, the heritage week will include among others the Lagos Carnival and a Boat Regatta. It will also witness a plethora of activities including drama, poetry, dance, music and symposium among others.

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Also, for the first time, the LBHF will include a colloquium which would be directed by Dr. Wale Adeniran, a Lecturer from the Institute of Performing Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University. The Dance segment would be directed by Dr. Peter Badejo (OBE) while poetry will be directed by Jahman Anikulapo, Editor, The Guardian on Sunday. The poetry segment will be a cross between Nigerian and Italian poetry.

Meanwhile, every evening of the festival, Broad street, Lagos based Freedom Park, one of the venues for the festival, will witness performances by ace singer and dramaist, Tunji Oyelana and his Emukay band. It will also feature a musical workshop which will be hosted by United States based Wole Alade.


—Funsho Arogundade

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