January 17, 2019

Sade Adu To Be Absent, Green Is In Town,
Jogbo Women on Stage.

TOP EVENTS: There’s a Tribute event for Sade Adu at 60 on Thursday January 17 at 6pm. It is two days before Sefi Attah, the novelist, celebrates her birthday with a reading and Q&A at Quintessence.  Clashing with Sefi’s reading are: (1) an art talk on the sculptor Bamgboye, led by James Green, Assistant Curator of African Art at the Yale University at the African Artists Foundation and (2)   Jogbo Women, a stage play written by Joshua Alabi, at the Freedom Park..

Lagos city’s arts and culture calendar is filled up through the third week of the new year…

A Selected list:


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


Ol’ Skool Groove

Featuring Freedom Park House Dee Jay, Ray Bee Browne. VENUE: Freedom Park, Old Prison Grounds, Broad Street/Campbell Street, Lagos Island. January 17, 2019. Time: 7pm.


Stories &Stills

An intimate documentary storytelling workshop with Damilola Onafuwa. 10 Slots Only. Register by texting 07035129592. Or email: damilolaonafuwa@gmail.com. VENUE: Not Yet Published.


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.


Big Band Friday

Emmax Band will be performing live.

Date: Friday, 18 January, 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos


In Conversation: Sculpture, Legacy & Curation.

A discussion to be led by James Green, Assistant Curator of African Art at the Yale University Art Gallery on the legacy of Bamgboye of Odo-Owa one of the great master Yoruba sculptors of the last century.

Date: January 19th, 2019 Time: 3:30pm Venue: African Artists’ Foundation

3b Isiola Oyekan Close, off Adeleke Adedoyin, Victoria Island, Lagos


A practical class of stage plays with emphasis on The Playwright, The Actors and The story.

Date: Jan 19, 2019 Time: 3PM Venue: Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos



A stage play written by Joshua Alabi, directed by Joshua Alabi and Ope Dada

Date: Saturday, 19 January, 2019 (5pm & 7pm), Sunday 20 January, 2019 (7pm) Venue: Freedom Park, 1 Hospital Road, Broad Street, Lagos Ticket: Free entry


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 attend the readings and Q&A at 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.


Beyond Imagination

An art exhibition by Uzoma Samuel Anyanwu

Date: 20th Jan. – 8th Feb. 2019 Time: Cocktail Opening Ceremony 7pm-10pm

Venue: Bouygues Club House, Bouygues Estate, life Camp, Alex Ekwueme Way, Plot 5093 Jabi, Abuja, Nigeria.


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


Book Swap Get Together

Wunmmie Benjamin’s Book Club invites you to their first event for the year.

Date: 26th January, 2018 Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00pm Venue: Federal Government Press, 9 Broad Street Lagos Island, Lagos Tickets: Free


Book Club Hangout IV

By IREAD Book Club. Date: January 26th 2019 Time: 9am-12pm Venue: Seaside Cottage Theatre 130, Community Road Akoka, Bariga, Lagos.


Sunshine Book Club reads at Quintessence

Sunshine Book Club, a band of passionate Book enthusiasts, meets in Ikoyi to start its third year.  It’s a monthly meeting. The club will be discussing Oyinkan Braithwaite’s novel, My Sister, The Serial Killer.  VENUE: Quintessence Bookshop, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi.  Date: Saturday; January 26, 2019. Time: 11am.



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.


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 31, 2019, at (Time) 6pm


Love is a Beautiful Thing

A Valentine’s Day concert with side attractions.

Date: Thursday, 14th February 2019 Venue: Not Yet Published

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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