By Azuka Ogujiuba
The 2017 edition of ART X Lagos opened last night as a sea of the cityâ€™s finest thronged the VIP preview of this yearâ€™s array of featured works and installations. The three-day art fair is featuring 14 leading international art galleries and over 60 artists from 15 countries across Africa and the Diaspora.
ART X Lagos was declared open by His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II (CON), Emir of Kano. The Emir was joined by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and a wide array of dignitaries from corporate and social Nigeria, as he completed the opening formalities.
In only its second year, ART X Lagos has already emerged as the premier international art fair in West Africa. The 2017 edition drew a record audience of over 9,000.
ART X Lagos 2017 was a weekend of fascinating content â€“ highlights include the exhibitions, specially curated installations, a programme of talks including â€˜In Conversations with Njideka Akinyili Crosbyâ€™, the ART X Prize, and this yearâ€™s audience favourite â€“ ART X Live!
Knorr Partners Taste off Food Festival
Unileverâ€™s largest food brand, Knorr, has partnered Taste Off Food Festival to bring a fusion of exciting delicacies from all over Nigeria to food lovers in Lagos.
Knorr is one of the worldâ€™s top food seasoning brands that enrichs peopleâ€™s lives through rich ingredient and flavour. Knorr believes that nutritious and delicious food should be within everyoneâ€™s reach. By end of 2017 our Force For Good programme would have reached 20 million direct and indirect contacts and the aim is to reach 100 million by 2020, to improve their health and well-being by teaching them how to prepare nutritious food.
Speaking at the Taste Off Food Festival Press Conference, Marketing Manager Savoury, Unilever Ghana-Nigeria, Nnenna Osi-Anugwa, said, â€œAt Knorr we love food the way you love food.
We go the extra mile in ensuring you have great flavour in your meals using knorr. We are your partner and our role is to inspire you to make great meals that bring people together. We donâ€™t just make food, we live it.â€
Knorr is fortified with iron-rich ingredients that help to improve the nutritional value of everyday recipes.
Verditer Concepts: Exquisite and Luxury Events Hardware Launched
The Nigerian events industry is one that continues to boom greatly. With more event planners, decorators, rental services and many more services entering into the scene, the sector has seen a tremendous growth in recent years. It is no wonder that event management in Nigeria has sparked the interest of international media as they uncover the workings of the Nigerian party scene.
Ever so often, events of different magnitudes are organized; from big flamboyant weddings, corporate events, press conferences, concerts to small private gatherings, there is a growing need for event rental services to provide necessary accessories to suit the needs of every event.
Upping the game in event rentals, Verditer Concepts launched to bring a new and fresh face to the events industry. Verditer is an event Logistics Company based in Lekki, Lagos, specializing in the rental and production of luxury, bespoke event hardware and stylish props and accessories, ideal for weddings, corporate functions, social events, concerts, festivals and many more.
Verditer hosted a private viewing of the showroom with key players in the event industry showing their assorted wares which were sure to impress. From the extraordinary collection of the finest product lines, to classic and contemporary pieces, stakeholders left the venue convinced that Verditer is a top choice for all their event needs.
From cozy cocktail parties to private sit-down dinner soirees to extravagant weddings, Verditer is equipped to outfit both large and small gatherings boasting of exquisite and exceptional wares such as; titanium half-moon tables, LED artificial maple trees, crystal rose gold cocktail tables, luxury lounge chairs, gold Square LED Banquet Tables and many more.
For those looking for luxury and stylish event hardware and accessories, verditer is the one-stop shop for all event rental needs across Nigeria; they cater to clients outside Lagos as they have strong logistics infrastructure to deliver merchandises to Ibadan, Abeokuta, Abuja, Port Harcourt and even more cities to come. Verditer opens its doors to event decorators, planners, all in all event professionals who want to experience what the company has to offer firsthand.
Verditer is client centric, as they build affiliations across the Nigerian events industry to create maximum value to all clients. Thus, verditer pushes the boundaries of what is common and aims to create an unparalleled and unforgettable experience for every event.
Verditer remains committed to delivering world class service by applying a high level of skill, enthusiasm and finesse to ensuring that every event captures the spotlight.
With innovation as the companyâ€™s focus, the rental collections are curated to add a sophisticated twist and contemporary styles to events.
The Wellbaby Wellness Train
The WellBaby Wellness Train – #TWWT, an annual project is bringing together stakeholders in the health and wellness industry for one day solely to encourage Nigerians to live healthier and happier lives by exposing them to right choices for themselves and their families. Beyond raising more awareness and helping with practical solutions, it is set to bridge the gap of connectivity; where businesses and individuals are linked directly to the products and services required to enable them make those positive lifestyle choices.
In this maiden edition, the train is focusing on â€œChildhood Obesity,â€ an issue that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a global problem. Obesity is fast rising among children in Nigeria with about 1.5 million cases per year reported according to the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.
Childhood obesity leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and bone diseases and in some cases even death. Obesity is a result of choices made mostly in the area of nutrition and physical activity making it a preventable and treatable condition.
With the live Fitness and Cooking Demos, Landmark Tours, the Wellness Mart, the Experience Centre, the Green Lounge and Childcare Services; participants will not only get to engage in the conversations regarding the roles of the special needs community, media, schools, parents and the government on curbing obesity; they will also receive trainings on basic wellness techniques, know their wellness status as well as get pampered while they enjoy a free aromatherapy class at the wellness spa. With Arit Okpo as Host and facilitators such as AVM Femi Gbadebo, Lola Alonge, Mary Ikoku, Ifueko Thomas, Izefua Erhaboh, Samson Ologbe, Ruby Agu, Kemi Bawa-Allah, Okeyinfu Ajayi and Miyonse Amosu; the event promises networking and marketing opportunities for the discerning individuals and organizations that will participate.
â€œWe are beyond excited to work with our partners and sponsors on this project as we all do our bit in making the world a better and safer placeâ€ said Kris Oziofu Ero, Convener and Owner of WellBabyNG; â€œWe are driven by our passion for child and family wellness, because they are the bedrock of any society. We all are mostly products of our nurturing as children.
Wrongly nurtured children donâ€™t suddenly morph into model and healthy adults. It takes hardwork; but thankfully, TWWT is here to make the work easier. Our hope is that one day, living in optimal wellness will become a default setting for us allâ€ she concluded.
WellBabyNG is a Nigeria-based multi faceted health and wellness brand that exists to create and aid in the creation of solutions that promote optimal wellness in children and their families by encouraging community action. Created in 2015 as a radio show and with a robust social media presence; it was so impactful that the host Kris Ero was named one of 50 women changing Journalism in Nigeria by the WiJ.