January 8, 2019

Ten Thousand Words To Farafina, Bewaji Again, and Attah turns 55

Lagos city’s arts and culture calendar brims with activity in the first fortnight of the new year


Submit your manuscript

January 1-March 31, 2019

Kachifo, the Nigerian publisher of prose fiction and other writing genres, with the lead imprint Farafina, is calling for manuscripts from writers. The current call runs from now till MARCH 31, 2019. “Please send an email to submissions@kachifo.com, including a strong excerpt of about three chapters or 10,000 words saved in Microsoft Word, a one-page synopsis of the work, and a short author bio”. The company made its name from being the West African publisher of Chimamanda  Adichie’s award winning novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun as well as Sefi Atta’s widely acclaimed Everything Good Will Come. It also helped birth Adichie’s yearly writers’ workshop through Farafina Trust.  To submit your manuscript, visit www.kachifo.com for submission guidelines. Send all enquiries to submissions@kachifo.com


Open Mic Night

Featuring Guest Artists, Comedy, and Spoken Word Poetry. VENUE: Freedom Park, Old Prison Grounds, Broad Street or Campbell Street, Lagos Island. Date: Wednesday; January 9, 2019. Time: 7pm.



Ol’ Skool Groove

Featuring Freedom Park House Dee Jay, Ray Bee Browne. VENUE: Freedom Park, Old Prison Grounds, Broad Street/Campbell Street, Lagos Island. Thursday; January 10, 2019. Time: 7pm.


Big Band Friday

Featuring Lu’Femi & The Afrikannas Band. VENUE: Freedom Park, Old Prison Grounds, Broad Street/Campbell Street, Lagos Island. Friday; January 11, 2019. Time: 7pm.


Sade Adu@60

Elite Resources and Polkadot presents The Soul Conversations; A Sade @ 60 Tribute edition designed to celebrate singer, Sade Adu 60 years of age and bringing all Sade Adu lovers to come experience Live music from local musicians that would sing, dance and dress and serenade the audience like Sade Adu. Event is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2019 Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm. VENUE: Backyard Bar & Grill, 4b Musa Yar’ Adua Street Victoria Island This Event is proudly supported by: Budweiser, Smooth FM 98.1, Tush Magazine, Your Hit List Magazine, Olodo Nation.


Sefi Attah Celebrates 55th birthday, at Quintessence

Seasoned author Sefi  Attah (Everything Good Will Come, The Swallow, A Bit of Difference) turns 55 this January 2019 and will be “celebrating” at Quintessence Gallery in Parkview Ikoyi. Bookaholics, literary enthusiasts, culture vultures and the art-house crowd are invited to VENUE: Quintessence Gallery, 1, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi on (Date); January 19, 2019, at (Time) 3pm as this quintessential narrator of Lagos lore “reflects on her journey and works”. Please come to interact, socialise and celebrate with her.


Have You Heard? By Joy Isi Bewaji

An experimental stage play created and directed by  the effervescent writer, critic, show host, agent provocateur, Joy Isi Bewaji. VENUE: 10A, Kafayat Abdulrazaq Street, off Fola Osibo, Lekki Phase 1  on (Date); January 24, 2019, at (Time) 6pm



Light in the Dark

Ekene Som Mekwunye’s Light in Dark, featuring, majorly, Kalu Ikeagu, Rita Dominic and Joke Silva. It tells the story of how far two people are willing to go to keep their inter-tribal marriage together after they suffer a big attack that tests the love between them.

Release Date: January 25, 2019, Venue: All the Cinemas in Lagos



Featuring Fashion, Art, Entertainment, Food & Culture. VENUE: Muri Okunola  Park, Victoria Island. Date: Saturday and Sunday; January 26-27, 2019. Time: 2pm.



Tenstrings: Ones 2 Watch

Live music by several musicians scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2019 Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm. VENUE: Freedom Park, Lagos Island.

The City Arts Calendar, published twice every week, is compiled by Lucia Shimmers, who could be reached at shimmersservices@gmail.com. It is edited by Seun Alabiowo and TA.



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