During the London 2012 Games, Theatre Royal Stratford East will be hosting Nigeria House, which is the hub of all activities promoting Nigeria’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and a celebration of the best of Nigerian life and art. Audiences will be able enjoy a special programme and will learn more about the culture of this West African country against a backdrop of the world’s top athletes competing for their countries.
Its arts-travaganza as King Sunny Ade, the juju music maestro leads the bill of top artists who will feature in this year’s celebration of Nigeria’s arts and entertainment in major side attractions as the 2012 Olympics kicks off in London.
Several other Nigerian entertainers will line up to demonstrate their top stuffs on the field of arts, leisure and entertainment, just as Team Nigeria, the Nigerian contingent to 2012 Olympics slugs it out to win gols, silver and bronze medals on their respective field of play.
It is all a celebration of Nigeria at this year’s Olympics with several efforts put together to make every moment of the Olympics a worthwhile celebration with landmark side attractions married to the Olympics to melt away several hearts as London hosts the world.
It is all unfolding as L0ndon Olympics is ushered in and World most popular city welcomes top sports stars to the city.
Pulsating African rhythms at Nigeria House, Theatre Square, Stratford between 19 July to 12 August. His performances form a key part of the New World Nigeria programme this summer.
Legend KSA, renowned as one of the most influential musicians in the world music genre will perform at the extravaganza on 23 July, with his compatriots, Wizboy, TuFace, MI and Tiwa Savage.
On 24 July King Sunny Ade will take to the stage with two other Nigerian stars, Keziah Jones and Bez, showcasing their individual talents.
On 25 July the Nigerian Diasporama All Star band featuring Asa, Dele Sosimi and Tony Allen will perform, followed by Seun Kuti and his Egypt 80 band.
Waheed Olagunju, General Manager, Strategic Planning, of Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI), which is sponsoring the Nigerian stars as part of the country’s promotion of her culture, said: “Music lovers in London are in for a treat! They will enjoy top Nigerian talent, as we showcase different genres of music for everyone.”
Sunny Ade alone should be more than worth the admission fee. Apart from being an acclaimed international entertainer, King Sunny Ade has collaborated with major artists such as Stevie Wonder, Manu Dibango, Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita.
In 2008 Sunny was given an award for his outstanding contribution to world music at the Reggae and world music awards held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
Nigeria House will also showcase other creative arts such as Nollywood films, arts and crafts, and fashion exhibitions between 19 July and 12 August. Wole Soyinka’s play: The lion and the jewel will be staged late in July, The king must dance naked, by Fred Agbeyegbe, will be shown at the same venue on the 4th of August.
Ticket information and bookings are via www.nigeriahouse2012.com