Buckwyld Media Network and BHM have joined forces in an extraordinary partnership that promises to put Nigeria’s cultural prowess on the world map. In an announcement signed by Efe Omorogbe, Chief Executive Officer of Buckwyld Media Network, and Ayeni Adekunle, founder of BHM, the dynamic collaboration aims to present an alternative narrative of Nigeria and its people while providing a platform for the country’s rich cultural heritage to flourish internationally.
The ambitious project, aptly named “Naija To The World,” will take centre stage at the renowned Apollo Theatre in New York City on September 16, 2023. But before its grand debut, the exhibit will embark on a captivating journey across various Nigerian cities, from the bustling streets of Lagos to the vibrant cultural hubs of Port Harcourt, Benin, Abuja, and Jos.
The first instalment of this cultural extravaganza will shine the spotlight on the Niger Delta region, a place of immense significance as it contributes over 80% of Nigeria’s GDP. However, beyond the economic impact, this land is a cradle of exceptional talent that has shaped the nation’s creative industry for decades. From music maestros like Burna Boy to cinematic gems and literary prodigies, the Niger Delta has been a wellspring of artistic brilliance.
An initial event will focus on telling cultural stories and providing music and related experiences from the Niger Delta region of Nigeria where at least 10 out of 20 talents in the creative industry have emerged over the past 25 years. The region was selected because of its rich cultural history as well as its struggles to achieve creative and economic success and stability despite providing over 80 % of Nigeria’s GDP.
“We’re beyond excited for the opportunity to co-host this new series of cultural showcases around the US and later other parts of the world. The plan is to tell original African stories through live concerts, exhibitions, films, documentaries, and so on,” said Ayeni.
Omorogbe added that the Niger Delta region boasts talents who have “continually shaped the course of creative enterprise in Nigeria; talent who are driving the redefinition of Nigeria’s national identity and burgeoning soft power; talent who are primed for world domination and seem unwilling to let anything deter them from reaching their goal.”
The event is set to captivate with its curated concerts, thematic biographies, and spellbinding documentaries. Pop-up events in Nigeria and select areas of New York City will add to the celebration, offering audiences an authentic glimpse into the vibrant African communities.