THE NIGERIAN FESTIVAL WILL OPEN IN THE GRAND COURT YARD OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA ON NIGERIAN NATIONAL DAY, OCTOBER 1st 2017
The Festival will be reminiscent of the First Nigerian Festival in Nairobi organized by Alan Donovan of African Heritage after visiting all the states of Nigeria. Presented during the First All African Trade Fair in Nairobi in January 1972, the Festival included exhibitions of Nigerian traditional and contemporary art, a Nigerian photo exhibition, and the first fashion show in Nairobi with African models, fashions created of African (Nigerian) textiles adorned with African Heritage Jewellery, and authentic Nigerian costumes. Nigerian pioneer artists Bruce Onobrakpeya and Jimoh Buraimoh were in attendance. Works by these artists will be included in the Nigerian Festival at the National Museums of Kenya during the month of October.
The 2017 Nigerian Festival will transform the court yard into of the National Museums of Kenya into a vibrant living display of Nigerian culture, featuring Nigerian drummers, dancers, musicians, weavers, artists, craftspeople, cuisine, textiles, fashion and adornment. There will also be a concert by the phenomenal Kenyan musician Papillon with his mentor, the legendary Ayub Ogada, and book signings by Alan Donovan of his new editions (hand bound and paper back) of My Journey through African Heritage. 2017 marks Donovan’s 50th year in Africa, having arrived at the US Embassy in Ghana on July 4,2017.
Google celebrated this milestone earlier this year with four exhibits on Donovan’s life when they brought out 150 guests on the train to African Heritage House. The exhibits may be seen on Google Arts & Culture here.