On Saturday, March 26, 2022, members of the artistic community and some civil society actors in Nigeria reconvened at the Freedom Park in Lagos for the fourth edition of Freedom Vibes Series, tagged Freedom Vibes 4.0. Stakeholders were united in amplifying #NoBeNolly, the hashtag arising from the event’s resolution against the plan by Nigerian authorities to enforce a new censorship policy that threatens filmmakers’ artistic freedom in telling stories inspired by happenings and realities in Nigeria.
We thank you for participating and supporting the event. The turnout was very impressive and we hope you enjoyed the experience as we did planning it.
If you were unable to attend physically or via the live streaming on social media, we have put together the highlights of the event for your update.
Open Mic performances by Enzzyboi, Rhema Joseph Ahonsi, Ayomide Madojutimi, Bordmax, and Leoreid
King Sobrinno and Natinee interview stakeholders including Segun Adefila the founder of Crown Troupe of Africa.
The event anchor, Nollywood actor Sam Uche Anyamele, welcomes stakeholders and all guests to Freedom Vibes 4.0.
Area, a drama piece that chronicles Nigeria’s socio-political challenges, the paradox of Nigeria’s oil and natural resources from 1960 to date, performed by Crown Troupe of Africa, got a standing ovation from the audience and stakeholders.
B-Meri Aboki, an award-winning Hausa pop artist, performs his song of unity with the Nigerian flag .
Ayodele Ganiu, Unchained Vibes Executive Producer and the Green Queen (Sola Alamutu) the Advocacy Manager with the audiovisual presentations on the event’s theme
A drama piece “Not Nolly” was performed by Crown Troupe of Africa to usher in the panel discussions.
The Panel discussions featured:
1. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, OON
2. Segun Adefila
3. Nobert Young
4. Kola Alapini (Virtual)
5. Francis Onwochei
6. Victor Okhai (Virtual)
The session was moderated by veteran journalist and culture advocate Jahman Anikulapo
Stakeholders from the movie industry gave their input to the panel discussions and contributed to the theme “Not Nolly: Asserting Filmmakers’ Artistic Freedom”
The Question and Answer (Q&A) session was engaging and provided opportunity for members of the civil society, including students, to make contributions
Muyen, a Nigerian singer- songwriter currently on international collaboration with Chicago based Urbanized Music, charged attendees with conscious songs inspiring hope and resilience in the midst of oppression.
The Artist of the Month Spotlight celebrated Segun Adefila in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advocacy for good governance in Nigeria. Goodwill messages were sent by the Co-founder Chicago Hip Hop Initiative Amina Norman-Hawkins and German percussionist Anselm Ramacher, Unchained Vibes partners from USA and Germany respectively. The citation was read by DJ Bola Browne while the award was presented by Taiwo Ajai-Lycett,OON, on behalf of Unchained Vibes Africa.
|There was a special appearance and vote of thanks by Mooh who wrapped up the event with her performance in celebration of the Artist of the Month.|
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