By Azuka Ogujiuba

The 2017 One Lagos Fiesta has come and gone. The yuletide musical festival was held in various centres in Lagos like Ikeja (Agege Stadium), Badagry (Badagry Grammar School), Epe (Marina Beachfront), Ikorodu (Ikorodu Town Hall) and Lagos Island (Bar Beach/Eko Atlantic City) were fired up as over 700 artists perform one after the other in over 40 concerts to thrill the large crowd at each of the centres and giving them a wow factor.

The theme of this edition was tagged “Feel and Explore Lagos” the 2017 edition of the fiesta brought about significant improvement on the 2016 edition which was also a bigger, bolder and better version compared to that of 2015 when Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode decided to escalate the hitherto countdown show which he inherited from the immediate-past administration of former Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, now Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

The idea to scale up the show and christen it One Lagos Fiesta, according to Governor Ambode, was part of the programmes of his administration known as Project THESE meaning Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports for Excellence, and same was designed to support the creative industry thereby creating jobs and growing the economy of the State and the country.

At each of the centres, several music legends, reigning stars as well as up and coming artists, performed in successive fashion erasing any dull moment and subjecting the people to a swell time throughout the duration of the shows. The stars included Tuface, Paul Play Dairo, Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Adewale Ayuba, Salawa Abeni, Falze, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Small Doctor, Pasuma, Humble Smith, Ras Kimono, Saheed Osupa, Valentine, Iceprince, Lanre Teriba (Atorise), among others too numerous to mention.

According the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Aramide Giwanson “The OLF, was specially designed to turn the five divisions of Lagos into a tourist destination for 8 days non-stop showcasing not less than 40 concerts all together across the city of Lagos while developing the local economy of these areas thereby making it self-sustaining during the festive period and after”

The then Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said not only is this remarkable development in tandem with the vision of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to make Lagos the creative nerve-centre in Africa, but also to assure corporate sponsors and tourists that the State security and social infrastructure can support the ever-growing creative economy landscape.

Lagosians has so much and each night of the concerts was a night to remember and these are some of the guests at the events and the artists who performed.

Royal Hibiscus Hotel to Inspire Love, Laughter Next Month

Renowned for their record-breaking Nollywood box-office reign, as one of the producers of The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai, EbonyLife Films has announced the cinema debut of its new movie, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH).

The heartwarming romantic comedy from EbonyLife Films will open in cinemas starting from February 9, in time for Valentine’s Day.

Set in Lagos and London, the movie tells the story of a passionate Nigerian chef, ‘Ope’, following her dream of opening an African restaurant in London. Frustrated by her lack of progress, she returns to Nigeria and discovers that going home can bring pleasant surprises.

Successfully screened at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), RHH was identified as a ‘Hidden Gem’ by the panel, and was the only Nigerian movie and one of just three African titles featured at the festival.

The cast includes Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and O.C. Ukeje, with veteran actors Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva. It was directed by Ishaya Bako.

Mo Abudu, the Executive Producer, is thrilled about RHH being shown to audiences in Nigeria. “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel has been a special project – it is a beautiful story of love, sprinkled with delightful comedic moments. We hope it resonates with the young and young-at-heart, and reminds them of what it’s like to fall in love. We are proud of this film and anticipate it being enjoyed in cinemas across the country,” she said.

An additional source of enjoyment for moviegoers will be the RHH soundtrack. It features a score songs by award-winning musician Cobhams Asuquo, and songs by leading Nigerian artistes, including Romeo and Juliet by Johnny Drille, Chemistry by Falz and Simi, Skintight by Mr. Eazi and Tonight, Ocean and Radio by Nonso Amadi.

This Valentine’s season is gearing up to be a memorable one, thanks to the imminent release of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel in movie theatres. Its feel-good plot and touching scenes are set to melt hearts and inspire audiences to chase their dreams and never give up on love.

Slay Festival Back with Second Edition

Slay Festival, an outdoor celebration of innovation, culture and technology, is back for its second edition, bringing together women across Africa for an educational, yet entertaining experience on February 17, at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island. Last year, the festival hosted over 1,500 women to an impactful day. This year, the festival will host 3,000 women across Africa.

Slay Festival has a lineup of prominent speakers, including Funke Opeke, CEO Main One Cable, Betty Irabor, Founder of Genevieve Magazine, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ink Eze, Founder of Asoebibella, and many more. They will share their experiences and lend their expertise through panel discussions and master-classes.

Various panel discussions have been put together to address key topics, including ‘personal branding for career women’, ‘introduction to coding’, ‘taking mobile photography to the next level’, ‘what you need to know about blockchain’ and ‘millennial guide to managing personal finances’. Oyiza Salu, Group Head of Human Resources at Guaranty Trust Bank will be joining a panel session on ‘how to get a job at Nigeria’s best places to work’ and Tonye Cole the Executive Director and Founder of Sahara Group, will share his years of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator, during the panel discussion of ‘developing your leadership style’.

New activities are planned for the festival this year, such as the leadership circle which will enable attendees to sit down for an intimate 45 minute coaching session with a senior leader around topics of strategy, marketing, career growth and building relationships. The networking experience will focus on speed networking and developing connections; and the health and wellness section will be a platform to provide free health check–ups and healthy living tips. A crèche has also been provided for women with young children.

Slay Festival promises to be impactful and engaging with opportunities for networking, direct access to career experts and business speakers with global expertise, expert’s corner for 1-on-1 coaching, beauty, hair and skincare demonstrations, live music and a chance to shop from over 75 young entrepreneurs with innovative and exciting products.

WAPTV Channel Upgrades Output to HD

Over the past few days, viewers across Nigeria have been commending the greatly improved audio-visual quality of wapTV, as the popular 24-hour family entertainment satellite television channel is now noticeably one of the sharpest TV channels in Nigeria. This is in terms of picture and sound clarity, due to an upgrade of its production and broadcast equipment to transmit crystal-clear High Definition (HD) output which commenced on Monday, 15th January .this year.

This technical upgrade includes an improvement of wapTV’s Video Frame Size from 720 x 576 to 1920 x 1080, Video Bitrate from 15,000 to 80,000 Kbps CBR, Aspect Ratio from 4 x 3 to 16 x 9, and other enhancements; and it is already having positive impact in viewers’ enjoyment of wapTV’s wide range of content suitable for the whole family; including Latest and Classic Nigerian Movies (various languages), Short Comedy Skits, TV Dramas, Music Videos, Comedy Series, Children’s Shows, Sports, Cooking, Telenovelas, Documentaries, Cartoons, Talk Shows, Religion, Health, Tourism, Fashion, Reality Shows, Live Celebrity Interviews, Events, Entertainment News etc.

According to the Managing Director of wapTV, Wole Adenuga, “The upgrade of wapTV’s equipment was an exercise which lasted several weeks because we had to import several sophisticated equipment from different parts of the world but it has been well worth the effort, as well as the huge financial investment, as the improvement is being greatly appreciated by our millions of viewers, Independent Content Producers, Advertisers, Satellite TV Providers and other partners. The upgrade is equally being enjoyed online by subscribers on our YouTube Channel: waptvchannel and our Instagram account: waptvchannel as our entertaining videos are now even sharper than before.”

The multiple-award-winning wapTV is available across Africa and several parts of Europe and Asia through an extensive network of popular Satellite TV Platforms: DStv Channel 262, StarTimes Channel 116, GOtv Channel 102, StarSat Channel 189 and MyTV; with a 24-hour online stream on TV NOW app available worldwide.