Naija To the World to debut at New York’s Apollo Theatre
A star-studded iconic concert exhibition entitled, Naija To The World – The Niger Delta Experience, will hold at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York. The concert will celebrate the music and culture of the people of Nigeria’s oil-rich cities, including the culture of Ken Saro-Wiwa; Burna Boy, Don Jazzy, Timaya, Rema, and more.
Hence, Buckwyld Media Network and BHM have announced a landmark partnership to develop and execute the project.
In a statement signed by Chief Executive Officer of Buckwyld Media Network, Efe Omorogbe, and founder of BHM, Ayeni Adekunle, the project is aimed at providing an alternative narrative to “the stories out there about Nigeria and Nigerians,” and to providing a platform for other aspects of the Nigerian folklore, culture, and experiences to travel and thrive, as Nigerian music and film continue to go mainstream.
The exhibition will feature in New York on September 16, 2023, after traversing several Nigerian cities including Lagos, Port Harcourt, Benin, Abuja, and Jos.
An initial event will focus on telling cultural stories and providing music and related experiences from the Niger Delta region 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 per cent of Nigeria’s GDP.
Ayeni said: “The plan is to tell original African stories through live concerts, exhibitions, films, documentaries, and so on. And the first instalment will focus on the Niger Delta region of Nigeria where most of Nigeria’s crude oil comes from, but which continues to be troubled, abandoned, and impoverished.”
Omorogbe added: “Against a backdrop of multi-billion dollar operations and squalid communities, confounding extremes that seem to leave the polity constantly tethering on the brink of crisis, the Niger Delta region remains the premiere incubator for talent in Nigeria.”
Apart from live-curated concerts, the series will also produce themed biographies, biopics, and documentaries in partnership with select platforms.
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