By G9ija

Two seasoned professionals in the Nigerian film industry, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva, have been named honorees for the 2022 Lagos Fringe Festival.

The entertainment power couple, along with Ifeoma Fafunwa, will be honored with others at the festival’s fifth iteration in recognition of their long-term contributions to the arts, according to a statement from the organizers.

“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 Programes 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 events during the festival will feature facilitators like MI Abaga, Cobhams Asuquo, Efe Paul, and Titilope Sonuga, among others, to engage in topical working forums and workshop discussions to highlight important topics, according to festival director Kenneth Uphopho.

At Freedom Park in Lagos, the main celebration kicked up on Tuesday, November 22, and will last until Sunday, November 27.

The Lagos Fringe, a non-profit continuing development effort and open-access interdisciplinary arts festival, was established in 2018 with the goals of enhancing artists’ quality of life and discovering fresh voices in the Lagos creative scene.