Rapidly stamping itself as a leading Street Fashion and Art festival in the Niger Delta, the Afro Street Festival – a product of the Creative Hub Port Harcourt – has announced September 25th, 2021 as the date for the African Soiree.
A showcase for sponsors, guests, brand partners and an official media opening, the African Soirée is a night of Glitz, performances, food and drinks as it hopes to educate the public and keep them anticipating all the activities that the Festival organizers have in store.
Over the years, the African Soirée has been the forerunner event for the Afro Street Festival, hosting sponsor representatives, brand partners and major media houses in Nigeria with musical performances by some of the finest emerging musical talents.
Anticipation and excitement build up, as the garden city of Port Harcourt, prepares for the biggest event in Southern Nigeria – The Afro Street Festival!
The festival which seeks to bridge an ever-widening gap between cultural and contemporary style is one that usually comes up at the tail end of the year since its first edition in 2018, which is also why it is the most anticipated.
Afro Street Festival takes a whole different face to events in the city, with the festival usually held in the open streets of Port Harcourt.
Usually rated as top-notch by participants within and outside the city of Port Harcourt for its high rate of security; the festival features a whole load of activity, touching every sphere of art: music, dance, comedy, poetry, visual arts, even performing arts.
There is never a dull moment, as the shouts and cheers of the audience are usually felt miles away, with the cascade of events lined up to heat up the atmosphere.
From fire eaters to bikers, to awesome models adorned in cultural attires that features a combination of western and African fashion designed by Fashion designers from the nation, most of who had also practised their art outside the country.
Afro Street Festival which had seen a gradual rise in reception by the Port Harcourt youth had to take a break last year, with the ban on public gatherings as a result of the deadly pandemic.
But this year, the program has returned with many flavors and spark to light up the lives of the Port Harcourt people. Unlike previous editions that held for just a day, that had many people wishing the festival held for more than a day. This year’s edition is a ‘dream come true’.
The organizers of the festival have decided to fulfill the wishes of the ever demanding audience. The festival starts with a soiree
· African Soiree · Art Exhibition · Workshop · Short Film Expo · Open Mic · Afro Street Festival . After Party . Charity Event
AFRICAN SOIREE: A therapeutic evening of serene art, sandwiched with graceful Afro music, to usher in the much anticipated Afro Street Festival. The soiree will hold at the Creative Hub in GRA Port Harcourt on Saturday, the 25th day of September, 2021 to commence in the evening hours.
ART EXHIBITION: Following the Soiree, Afro Street Festival will be emptying the museums to entertain her audience, for a week. The organizers have been combing for every valuable artwork to be displayed to her audience for a week at Alliance Franchise from Saturday, October 23rd – Saturday 30th October, 2021; 10am prompt daily.
SHORT FILM EXPO: As earlier said, this year’s edition, the festival is living up to her theme ‘TENACITY’. With a short film expo, that will be featured at the end of the Art exhibition on Saturday, 30th October, 2021 at WildHeat.
WORKSHOPS: A workshop at the EVENT HUB on November 13th, 2021
RADIO/CAMPUS TOURS: Afro Street festival will also be storming Radio stations and tertiary campuses within the city of Port Harcourt from Monday 22nd November to Friday, 3rd December, 2021.
MAIN EVENT: The main event will then hold on Saturday 4th December, 2021. Just immediately after the tour at Omeyal Street, Opp. Polo Club.
AFTER PARTY: After the event, there will be an after party @ Ediz Wine Bar, that same Saturday to celebrate the successful enf of the event, which will then be followed by the most important part of the festival.
Stephanie Chukwuemeka who is currently an undergraduate at the University of Port Harcourt was rumoured to be in a relationship with Nollywood actor, Somadina Adinma, after the role she played in the movie – SAVAGE, with him.
The 22-year-old beautiful actress has, however, clarified that the relationship she had with Somadina Adinma was just a professional one, as they were both being professional on the set of Savage.
The intriguing Stephanie Chukwuemeka has starred in quite a numbeer of movies since her debut – SAVAGE.
List of movies she has starred in include: FALLING FOR GRACE SIXTY SNOOP UNFORTUNATELY LUCKY SAVAGE and many more.
The entertainment industry is one of the industry in Africa that still thrives to this day despite the various obstacles and challenges of the continent. Nigeria has the largest entertainment industry in Africa, but most of the spotlight is centred on Lagos, the commercial capital of the country.
Southern Nigeria, famed for their intelligence and oil wealth, has always not been at par with Lagos and the world at large, whenever it came to entertainment. As a matter of fact, whoever needed to really make it in the entertainment industry has to move to Lagos. But recently, there has been a shift.
South-South part of Nigeria often referred to as Niger Delta, is a sub region with nine states with a population of about thirty one million people of more than forty ethnic groups.
The region has the highest deposit of mineral resources in Nigeria although over time the media has entangled her image in conflicts, political violence, and undulating leaders which isn’t the true reflection of the people, places and opportunities found in the area.
SOUTH-SOUTH MEDIA WEEK 2021
In a press conference addressed by the team leader of the SOUTH SOUTH MEDIA WEEK, Tamunosa Halliday, he informed that the mission of the event is directed towards boosting individual and collective capacities by inspiring actions, leading conversations, and providing the platform to help people and organizations achieve more towards building the Niger Delta region.”
SOUTH SOUTH MEDIA WEEK 2021 is the third edition of the annual event, with the last one held in 2019. The deadly pandemic could not let it happen last year.
This year’s edition tagged “EMERGE” is designed to throw a spotlight on emerging systems, ideas, people, platforms and initiatives.
WHAT YOU STAND TO BENEFIT
The program usually has a large audience as it touches every single sphere of entertainment, right from writing, to music, to film production, to marketing.
It usually entails conferences, fireside chats, panel sessions, exhibitions and master classes. As a matter of fact, I decided and published my first book – THE VISIT after attending this event back in 2019.
If you are interested in the Media, then you should not miss this as it houses over 5,000 personnel in the course of five days. So aside from the knowledge, it also provides a huge avenue for networking.
I can talk about this because……… I was at the last edition back in 2019. Though, there are now tickets to it, but it is relatively cheap. You either pay N2,000 ($4.89) for each day or you can pay N5,000 ($12.24) for all five days of the event.
It might interest you to know that the winner of the 2021 Grammy Awards for Global Music Album, BurnaBoy, is from this region of Nigeria. He also started out in this part of Nigeria before moving to the commercial hub where he strutted his art until he won the award with his album – TWICE AS TALL
The goal for #SSMW2021 is to act as a converging point between people, innovation, technology, the media, and as to how it relates to the general impact on the Niger Delta.
So, every ambitious and goal-driven young people, Entrepreneurs, C-suite Executives, Thought-Leaders, industry and ecosystem stakeholders including the public and private sectors are being encouraged to join in on the 5-day goal-driven experience.
The top 10 rated war and history movies of all time for me, are the ones that pique my emotions and adrenaline at the same time.
War movies are movies that involve a group of soldiers fighting against another, while action movie involves fighting and is most times heroic. But war and history movies are war movies with aim of replicating a true story.
1. We were Soldiers
As at the time when I watched this movie for the first time, I didn’t know who Mel Gibson was, but with time as I rewatched and rewatched, Mel Gibson stuck to my head. We were Soldiers was the movie I watched and decided that I would be a Soldier. This 2002 movie is still a watch.
Oh Fury! Maybe I did like it initially cos Brad Pitt was in it, but it didn’t fail to live up to the hype. The movie produced in 2014 touched some parts of war that we miss on some other movies. The emotions in this movie. (Sighs)
3. Hacksaw Ridge
Though I won’t lie that one of the reasons I initially persisted was because of Mel Gibson, but I wanted to see how the two little brothers fighting would end up. This is one emotional war movie that really got my adrenaline up.
4. Saving Private Ryan
This is one of the oldest because for a huge while I have not rewatched this.
5. Brave Heart
This 1995 Mel Gibson inspired act was a master piece for me. Though, I hate to admit, but I was sad when my hero ‘William Wallace’ later died. Brave Heart truly requires a brave heart to watch.
6. The siege of Jadotville
The siege of Jadotville, a true story 2016 movie. An Irish commander and his battalion of 150 men withstand a siege by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining corporations.
7. 12 Strong
12 Strong just typifies the courage one needs to survive in a war. Modern shooting combined with horsebacks, giving it that Epic feel.
I had recently watched it, Though Daniel Craig had played James Bond in the 007 series, I didn’t like him, until today. After I had watched Defiance, I just had to love him.
9. Beasts of no Nation.
A movie I love – hate, if there’s any word like that. But this makes my movie list. Idris Elba who was one of the main characters in this saddening reality.
10.) Grey Hound
The last but definitely not the least is Tom Hanks GREY HOUND. This is loved because it how’s out of the ordinary.
P.S. These are my personal opinions and were not arranged in any order. If you do feel I missed out any movie, feel free to use the comment box to remind me.
1st of October is annual celebration of Independence day for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, having gained Independence from Great Britain on 1st October, 1960. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation (also the most populous black nation), is a nation threaded around the halls of not just tribalism, but also religion. With Christianity predominant in the Southern and Western zones, and Islam predominant in the Northern zones.
In a bid to co-exist as one, the nation’s ruling powers have often made for provision for public holidays on special days of the both religions. Also, the both religions have not failed to include the nation in their prayers. The nation’s annual celebration of Independence is also being celebrated by the religious organizations in the country.
The nation also boast a wide membership of indigenous churches, of which one of them is the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubhim and Seraphim founded by Saint Moses Orimolade Tunolase Ajagunmokadi of blessed memory. The church scattered across the world with much concentration in the country is divided into provinces, one of which is Diobu Province in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. This province have always deemed it fit to celebrate the annual independence via a program that starts from about 9pm every 30th september through the early hours of 1st October.
The event dubbed ‘GREAT FEAST OF TRUMPETS’ is an all night crusade that features a plethora of the word, presentations and music from a team of over 100 trumpeters. But due to the constraints on social gathering enforced by the pandemic, the church had moved this year’s Great Feast of Trumpets from the usual venue at the Rumueme Civic center at the heart of the city of Port Harcourt to a virtual feast of trumpet where it has been ongoing since the hours of 06:00 hours (WAT) till 06:00 hours (WAT) tomorrow.
Poetry, a genre of literature as old as time itself. Its beauty known by many but only a few are permitted to drink from its decorated cup. The meek genre of art which has moved from just page poetry to spoken word poetry is one that can never get phased out. I have played this over ten times, and at some point I even stopped to listen. Poetry truly is a religion.
Honour D’poet, a young poetess from the city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria; serenades your soul with a soul searching spoken word poem titled Blackout. She touches every single sphere of the society, from humanity, to feminism, to masculinity, about the world we find ourselves in. It is a piece that you need not listen in a hurry; but as poetry is meant to be consumed, you would need a serene and quiet environment.
The single track which was released on 17th May, amidst the pandemic, bears the cries of not just a Nigerian, but cries of people all over the world irrespective of where you may find yourselves. Listening to this, one would think Honour D’poet is a goddess.
You too can listen to Blackout by Honour D’poet on Soundcloud.
Just in case, you got too intrigued as I did, and thought to save, you can too.
It’s no news that our own Burna has leveled up his ground as the African Giant as he is. On this review, I’ll give a review of the album so far.
LEVEL UP: Burna boy reflects back to the Grammys where his album African giant was nominated as Best world album but he didn’t win. He infused a little bit of reggae and the UK grime in it. With the intro, he tells us what he will be doing and why he is back. The more reason why he is here, back and pushing. He reflects back to his Dark days and how he managed to overcome that phase of his career. Practically one could say, BURNA has leveled up. You could hear Diddy dropping some motivational quotes in the background.
ALARM CLOCK: With an intro that sounds like Anybody, Burna pushes more his eccentric Afro fusion sound. Alarm clock reflects on the daily struggle of the African man to find his daily bread, like when you wake up in the morning to hustle. Burna always pushes the need for Africans to wake up and fight for their rights. Voiceover from Diddy.
WAY TOO BIG: We all know how proud Burna is, the way too big is a song that serves as a constant reminder that whatever he says, is what he actually is. When most people say he is on drugs, he actually knows what he says. The LeriQ and JaE5 produced jam has a lil bit of UK vibe, EDM mixed with Fusion and credits from Mike Dean.
BEBE: Burna brings the street vibe again on the rexxie produced track. Almost similar beats with his Zlatan collaborated jam, GBEKU. The Bebe is jam that brings about the politicians and how they share their palliatives in the elections to deceive people. It still adds the enjoyment in it and the shake body. Good bop if one must commend.
WONDERFUL: No matter where you go, remember the road that leads you home. Burna shares some amazing stories in the wonderful song. The beautiful culture of AFRICA. I literally feel the video of the song should have brought out to the beautiful world part of Africa to be honest.
ONYEKA: With the thoughts of our beautiful legend, ONYEKA — the beautiful actress and singer. Burna sings about an imaginary lady which he is in love in with and still trying to get, by wooing with his sweet lines. Perfect nature of a typical African man which would convince a lady with all the sweet lines he can think of. 😋🥰
NAUGHTY BY NATURE: Burna teams up with nature on Naughty by nature to talk about himself and how consistent he is. He talks about his hatred for politics and how he prefers to work. Nature comes in with his style and tries to influence his own sound. For me I’ll say this is one of the okay songs. I’m sure Burna surely knows who he is.
COMMA: Another Rexxie produced, brings in the street side of burna and a little bit of Afro here too. He talks about how things are becoming expensive in the country and more but then again in the midst of these, Nigerians will still have a way to turn up. 😂 For every growth, there are still comma, everyone has a flaw somehow.
NO FIT VEX: The LeriQ produced jam has Burna singing smoothly on the need to constantly remind ourselves that everyone is just pushing and working to get their own money. He reminds us that we’re all on our own. This is a song for people who feel their friends are keeping distances and all. (Smiles) A song that once can pay during a day’s work.
23: This is somehow my favorite part on the album (smiles). Burna tells us how much the music he does makes him feel. It’s one of those Burna songs that you can just play and chill when you’re having a bad day. With a smooth playing beat, he talks about hypocrisy, jealousy and hatred. From his voice, you can tell how much he is eager for growth and success while putting the WOROSIRO at the same time. WOROSIWORO is a word coined from WORO which means little place.
TIME FLIES: Featuring the East African brand, SAUTI SOL. He mixes Afrobeats and Swahili together in this song. They talk about living everyday like it’s your last. The sweet melody vibes from Sauti Sol makes the song worth it. There’s like a think voice at the ending that talks about the transportation sector and the struggle in a normal Nigerian bus life. At the end, you can hear the NAMIX talking at the end.
MONSTERS YOU MADE: This is one of the deepest song you’ll hear from Burna. He talks about how whites have been deceiving AFRICA for some years. The slave history and the racism over there, the lies and the deceits. The politicians, the Niger delta and the youths. The politicians who come take to oil from the Southern Nigeria without providing them with basic amenities at least. Chris martins from Coldplay and Burna Boy sings with anger in their heart. At the end, the statement by the lady which says Africans haven’t benefited anything from the whites should be a major call to all AFRICANS! River Niger was already before Mungo Park.
WETIN DEY SUP: Well, coming from a city like Port Harcourt you can tell how much of a influence the city actually inspired this song. The violence and siren. Burna talks about the daily happening and the things that are considered as the normal life. Burna hints on being HOMOPHOBIC even after collaborating with a member of the community, SAM SMITH. In the middle of the song, you can hear gunshots which signifies the criminals and siren from the police. The criminals and the Police hunting. You can also hear Diddy saying a couple of thing which he has been doing since the beginning of the album. He talks about being fearless once again. For me. it’s a good bop.
REAL LIFE: Burna brings in the Jamaican vibe and the UK grime alongside his brother, STORMZY. Well, if there’s something I’ve noticed again, is that Burna brings about his HOMOPHOBIA on this track again, ‘If they wan f*ck you for yAnsh, make you no lie down. Don’t know, don’t know. Let’s keep seeing the growth. He also talked about the fake lives people live on social media and for them to start actually living the real life. The need for people to always be themselves.
BANK ON IT: With a peaceful intro and a couple of self declaration and how he lacks trust. The JAE5 produced track, shows the Afro fusion part of Burna which we all know. He declares himself again as someone who stands on whatever thing he says, about him not giving a fuck. As an African Giant, Burna has really given us tracks to solidly legendary status. The BANK ON IT track to end the album solidifies the statement Burna has made for himself. He’s not only the African giant again, he’s now as TWICE AS TALL as the giant.
SUMMARY: One thing with Burna is that, with him you can’t tell which album that is good or not because he’s that good. Some people will say, the OUTSIDE album is better than the AFRICAN GIANT and now, some people will still say the AFRICAN GIANT is better than this. But that’s one thing with Burna, you can’t really tell which project that is better than the other. With Burna’s recent projects, he has now found his purpose, which is actually one of the hardest thing people find it difficult to do. Burna mixes the whole African message and the new modern Afro fusion together on this project. We should all enjoy this masterpiece and leave comparisons. If you have not had a taste of Burna’s wine, click TWICE AS TALL
A guest writer on the blog, GODFREY FORTUNE, alias Chief daddy of Port Harcourt is a digital marketer and music strategist. Port Harcourt’s foremost entrepreneur, whose passion for his career him to be one of the most valuable youths Port Harcourt has brought up so far. Contact him on