For my first episode of 2023, I spoke with Lola Shoneyin, the award-winning British-Nigerian author, poet, and festival organizer. We discussed covered writer’s workshops, setting up a bookstore in Nigeria, evolution of book publishing, the importance of book imprints and more.
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For my season finale of 2022, I spoke with Kunle Anikulapo-Kuti, manager of Kalakuta Museum – former home of the legendary musician and activist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
We spoke about his background, the infamous Kalakuta Republic raids, the intersection of education, politics, and history in Nigeria, and the importance (or not) of wills.
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Ella Chikezie is an emerging, multi-award-winning filmmaker, writer, and creative producer based in Lagos, Nigeria.
She spoke with me about her filmmaking journey, receiving validation from Michelle Dede, climate change, her latest movie “Choke”, and tips for people on the continent looking to become filmmakers.
Lawrence Meju is a visual artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. His works have been exhibited at the 2022 Adidas flagship London with Creative Debuts, “The Ties that bind us” a virtual group exhibition with The Cowrie Culture, and recently at the “Desire Lines” exhibition with Affinity Art Gallery.
I spoke with him about his journey to becoming a visual artist, telling stories through various mediums, mental health, and his recent work “An Ode to Self“.
Rosalyn Aninyei on Africlassicalmusic, Lagos Opera House, & Exporting African Culture
Rosalyn Aninyei is a violinist and social entrepreneur based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founder of Vesta Violins, Nigeria’s first violin repair workshop, and The Vesta Orchestra, an independent Nigerian-based orchestra dedicated to the promotion of music by classical composers of African descent.
She joined me to discuss The Vesta Orchestra, getting fired from the bank of Brazil, music education in Nigeria, Africlassical music, exporting African culture, and setting up an opera house in Lagos.
Chukwuka Osakwe on Navigating Nollywood, BTS Film Photography & Treatment of Film production crews in Nigeria
Pause and take a quick second to think about how you generally get to know about an upcoming film. Is it through the trailer or film still?
For a lot of people in Nigeria, their first exposure is most likely usually through the trailer. Film stills generally come second or even third. Why is that?
I spoke to Chukwuka Osakwe, an emerging Photographer, filmmaker and director based in Lagos, Nigeria, to explain the need for more unit photographers in Nollywood movies and why stills are critical to the success of a film.