“The Afro Street Festival is one of those amazing things I’ve come to see. I’m particularly excited about this initiative and how much potential it has to transform a creative sector in a region like ours.” Emeritus Prof (Mrs) Mildred Amakiri
More than a theme unveiling for the Afro Street Festival 2021, the African Soirée embodies an experience and a journey into what should be expected at the Afro Street Festival 2021 in December.
Preceded by a downpour that seemed more like showers of blessings, guests including top industry personalities, creators and media influencers at the African Soirée experienced first-hand the thrill and passion that this year’s festival promises – from the venue ambience, performances to mini-styled merch exhibitions.
The African Soirée is hosted annually by Ibinabo Amakiri, founder of the Creative Hub Port Harcourt, and Team Lead/Convener of the annual Afro Street Festival.
“The Afro Street Festival is our way of telling the world we’re ready for every edition of the Afro Street Festival,” she said.
“As you know, the creative industry is an intertwining ecosystem with many players. We pay attention to everything. The African Soirée is our style to recognize the ecosystem Influencers; cultural players, creators, media personalities, policy drivers, brands, and every top leader to an introductory experience.
To tell them about what we have in store, hope to achieve and call for support, as well as renew underlying relationships all for the progress and sustainability of the Afro Street Festival initiative.”
Afro Street Festival theme for 2021
According to the Convener, Ibinabo Amakiri, the theme for the Afro Street Festival 2021 is “Tenacity” – a choice that was carefully made to spotlight the grit, perseverance and survival of the Creative Industry in Nigeria in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The creative industry was badly hit by the pandemic, we saw the need to give creatives an opportunity to showcase their craft and show how they rose to the challenge,” she said.
To welcome guests, a special green carpet was hosted to highlight the creativity that the festival prides itself on. Hamsa Illamina did justice to his opening performance with a new song specially recorded for the African Soirée.
Introducing Sísé Afrika:
This year, the Afro Street Festival is introducing a few more initiatives in line with it’s vision to be a leading alternative platform for self experience. One of these is a publication produced by the Creative Hub Port Harcourt for the Afro Street Festival called Sísé Afrika.
According to Owen Shedrack, Publicity & Communications Head of the Afro Street Festival who introduced Sísé Afrika.
“Sísé Afrika is a creative journal,” he said.
“SÍSE is made specially for the creative industry; art lovers, veterans, cultural enthusiasts, fashion players and influencers, including creative young people.
“In line with the official Theme – Tenacity, this year. It will throw a spotlight on the creative industry in the Niger Delta and beyond, and would spotlight key actors, influencers and cultural players.
“It will provide a platform to showcase our finest people, talents, their works and set a tone for a conversation that’ll shape the creative industry in years to come.
A call for partners and sponsors
The Afro Street Festival in the last three years has been a project fully funded by the Creative Hub Port Harcourt as a social enterprise and impact initiative for the growing creative industry in Nigeria with emphasis on the Niger Delta.
It has created opportunities for emerging talents and creativity, and continues to amplify efforts and ideas in this direction. A model for sustainability is strategic partnership, support from sponsorships and endorsements from sector-relevant organizations and ecosystem Influencers.
Mr. Nengi Hanson, Project Manager of the Afro Street Festival highlighted some of the milestones and achievements of the Afro Street Festival while also introducing brand merchandises available for sale.
“Since 2018, we’ve gathered over 15000 participants and showcase several artists, fashion houses and creators including creating a business opportunity for brands and local businesses through providing vendor spaces for brands to connect with potential buyers,” he said.
We are looking to grow even bigger as we anticipate over 7000 attendees this year. With several activities and pre-event activations, we’re looking to partner and collaborate with more brands and organizations to scale our reach and impact. Hence, the need for more sponsors and collaborators.
The African Soirée was anchored by renowned media personality Vitamin C with performances from DJ Dewik, Legendary Suni, and a theme song performance from PreacherKingz – lead singer and songwriter of the 2021 theme song.
AgbeyeTalks presented 3 Spoken Word pieces that highlighted the innocence of our childhood and a wake-up call for youths in a society where values are easily lost. His performance was greeted to a loud applause and a standing ovation.
Other performances were from Dr Ovunda Ihunwo, Kingsley Darlington, a Playlet from Sonia Rukmani.
Some special guests were the Emeritus Prof (Mrs) Mildred Amakiri – a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the now Rivers State University; Maxwell Asuquo, Brand Representative from Budweiser Nigeria; including brand representatives for sponsors and partners including My Ndidia, Joshua Water, Nuel’s Media, Ensanada Cocktails, Rocky Guards Protocol, Elixir Events, and others.
The African Soirée was catered by MyNdidia with guests treated to various flavours of cocktails and mocktails by Ensanada Cocktails and hydrated by Joshua Water – a Jossykings Associates Nigeria limited product as partners.
Mr. Emeka Ifediora gave a closing remark, recognizing the special guests while also inviting the public to the Open Art Exhibition by the Afro Street Festival coming up some time in October 2021.
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.