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African Futures_Digital Storytelling Workshop

posted Oct 12, 2015, 12:03 AM by Ayodele Arigbabu   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 12:31 AM ]

As part of Goethe Institut's African Futures exhibition, you are invited to an unusual workshop aimed at uniting story tellers, artists, and dreamers of different backgrounds and experience levels in exploring different techniques of image based storytelling with practical tips on using digital tools for storytelling. 

You like to draw? You like to make images with computers? You wish you could? You want to show people how to do it? The come on over! This workshop is targeted at young writers, artists and other creative people who are curious about using digital tools for story-telling and more established artists who want to mentor younger ones in creating futuristic worlds populated with futuristic characters; and it's co-ordinated by Dream Arts & Design Agency in collaboration with ReelKids.

Only a handful of computers will be available so it would be super cool if you bring your laptop. We're introducing participants to free / affordable software for creating comics, digital art, graphics and games. If you are a digital artist, game developer and would like to play around with stuff, you're most welcome, drop us a line, and if you're not, if you're just curious, no problem, just sign up!

Date:             29th October  – 1st November, 2015

Time:             10 am – 6pm

Location:      Federal Government Printing Press, 9 Broad Street (by Joseph Street), Lagos Island

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African Futures is a project of the Goethe-Institut South Africa, funded by the Goethe-Institut and the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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African Futures Exhibition / Festival by Goethe Institut

posted Oct 11, 2015, 7:59 PM by Ayodele Arigbabu   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 6:35 AM ]

African Futures_Lagos

Three concurrent interdisciplinary festivals taking place in Johannesburg/South Africa, Lagos/Nigeria and Nairobi/Kenya from 28th October to 1st November 2015 will be exploring the future, following potential narratives and artistic expression in literature, fine arts, performance, music, film, and various digital formats.

The Lagos edition will see a programme incorporating an interactive exhibition, lectures, music, film screenings, dance performances and a digital story-telling workshop. Artists include writer Temitayo Amogunla, digital artist Segun Samson, a special edition of the speculative fiction magazine Omenana published by the duo Mazi Nwonwu and Chinelo Onwualu, performance artists- Jelili Atiku and Segun Adefila, cinematographer and digital artist- Mathaias Aragbada, electronic music artist Ggboyega ‘Afrologic’ Oyedele, iMagineering Lagos, the creative technology and futurism collective, graphic designer and animator- Ibrahim Ganiyu, poet and copywriter- Jumoke Verissimo, graphic artist and animator- John Adesanya, and science fiction writer- Geoff Ryman.

Curator Ayodele Arigbabu explains the overall concept: “African Futures _ Lagos embarks on this journey by referencing the reality that explorations into the future are firmly situated in time - which is appreciated in terms defined by memory - in a constant state of flux. The past, the present and the future are invariably linked in memory. While any creative enquiry into Africa’s future runs the risk of being distracted into grafting on modified forms of Europe / North America’s future, it also runs the risk of creating linkages that crisscross time, to ‘remember’ a genuinely unique future for the continent. Exhibitions and festivals tend to be transient in nature, lasting only for so many hours or days, but their overall effect could be more permanent in nature, in terms of leaving an enduring impact on the way people think, spawning new ideas that end up affecting society or simply leaving behind an enduring memory that becomes a reference point for future engagement. The present is always a transient state of progressing from the past to the future. Africa being at a critical stage in this progression, perhaps the global interest in Africa’s future is valid; perhaps it is about time we remembered where exactly it is that we are headed to.” 

Date:             28th October  – 1st November, 2015

Time:             10 am – 10pm

Location:      Federal Government Printing Press, 9 Broad Street (by Joseph Street), Lagos Island

Register here:

 African Futures is a project of the Goethe-Institut South Africa, funded by the Goethe-Institut and the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Visit: or for updates. #africanfutureslagos

Onions Make Us Cry!

posted Mar 6, 2013, 12:23 AM by Ayodele Arigbabu   [ updated Oct 11, 2015, 11:14 PM ]

Pop Theatre in March!

Your favourite dance-theatre company, The Crown Troupe of Africa presents a month long series of performances featuring Onions Make Us Cry- Zainabu Jallo’s mind bending treatise on domestic violence. Directed by Segun AdefilaOnions Make Us Cry will be staged every Sunday in the Month of March, starting from Sunday 3rd March 2013 from 6 - 8.30pm at Freedom Park, 1 Hospital Road, Broad Street, Lagos Island. 

Tickets are available for sale at Freedom Park and at DADA stores, 1st Floor, 95 Bode Thomas Street, Surulere at N1,500 only.

Onions Make Us Cry,  a weird journey through the dark mental walls erected around domestic violence is brought to you by the Crown Troupe of Africa and The Dream Arts & Design Agency in association with Freedom Park in a performance series tagged Pop Theatre.

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In 2007 Zainabu was nominated by the Royal Court Theatre London, British Council and Ford Foundation Nigeria to join nine other young Nigerians to begin a ‘New Writing from Nigeria project’.

In 2008 she was nominated by the same bodies to attend a summer writing residency at the Royal Court Theatre in London. 

In 2009, Zainabu was given a fellowship for a three –month residency at The Global Arts village New Delhi, India where she also had readings of some of her work. Onions Make Us Cry, her second play got published.

2010 Onions Make Us Cry had a reading at the Contacting The World International Forum. In the same period it was nominated for the NLNG Literature prize 2010. 
Onions Make Us Cry was read at the festival of new international plays in March 2011 at the LARK in New York. The play had full performances by the Crown Troupe of Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.

In November 2011, Onions make us Cry was announced as one of the six winning plays of the National Studio London, Africa Project. Zainabu is one of the playwrights whose work got featured at the 9th Women Playwrights international conference in Sweden, August 2012. She has was offered a place at the Sundance Theatre Lab as writer in residency 2012 as well as a place in the 2012 Château de Lavigny,Maison d’écrivains Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt residency Laussane, Switzerland.
Her new play HOLY NIGHT has received a few readings and made it to the final round of the internationalist Playwright Contest with readings in New York late in 2012.

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