Nollywood power couple, Joke Silva, Olu Jacobs set to get honours at Lagos Festival

by Joseph Omoniyi
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Nollywood veterans and power couple, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva are set to be honoured at the fifth edition of the Lagos Fringe Festival.

The organisers who made this known in a statement said the entertainment power couple, joined by Ifeoma Fafunwa, will be honoured alongside others in celebration of their contributions to the arts over the years at the fifth edition of the festival.

“It’s been five years of curating experiences, creating opportunities, expanding artists’ communities, developing skills, and building connections for the creative industry in Nigeria,” says the organisers.

According to the Programmes Director, Tope Sanni, “We are super excited and looking forward to celebrating all the impact that we have made all these years. This six-day event will bring together key actors from across Nigeria to Lagos local professionals, curators, venue owners, filmmakers, and theatre enthusiasts.

“Another activity to look out for will be the highly successful musical play, entitled Ada the Country musical theatre features stars, such as Joke Silva, Bambam of Big Brother Naija fame, Chigurl and Kate Henshaw. There will also be other highly interactive events that will provide artistic and cultural engagements like workshops, joint performances, film, and media events as well as exhibitions, including opportunities of building connections with global creatives through peer-to-peer training to develop emerging artists and improve the professional ones. Also, the CEO of Brighton Fringe Festival, UK, Julian Caddy will be on hand for the masterclasses.”

The Festival director Kenneth Uphopho noted that sessions at the festival will have facilitators such as MI Abaga, Cobhams Asuquo, Efe Paul, and Titilope Sonuga, and other participants to engage in thematic working forums and workshop discussions to highlight key issues.

The main festival began on Tuesday, November 22, and will run till Sunday, November 27 at Freedom Park, Lagos.

The Lagos Fringe was launched in 2018 as an open-access multidisciplinary arts festival and a not-for-profit ongoing development initiative committed to improving the livelihoods of artists as well as finding new voices in the Lagos creative scene.

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