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Lights Camera Africa 2017!!! is here with RESET

One of Africa’s landmark cultural events, the Lights Camera Africa!!! Film Festival is returning in 2017 with the theme “RESET.” The groundbreaking film, “An Opera of The World” by Manthia Diawara will be making its African premiere at LCA 2017.

This year’s festival will present a series of films and conversations that examine contemporary issues that affect our lives and world in various ways –politics, science and the arts. This year’s programme, will provide a forum for open discourse as well as entertainment for all the family over its three-day run from Friday, 29 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The imagined world order that assumed a safe and stable world, that would bind people and cultures in progress and prosperity appears to be experiencing fraught times. The countries and their agents expected to lead the vanguard of this safe and prosperous future are themselves fragile thus exposing age long fault lines in communities across the globe.


Recognising the fractious times that we live in – the Lights Camera Africa!!! 2017 brings to its audiences a selection of films that it hopes will support us in identifying the error of our trajectories and retracing our steps through a common contemplation of opportunities that would facilitate a RESET of the weakening world order. This is imperative at a time when Nigeria is tackling perennial sectarianism.

We hope you are as excited as we are about bringing the people of Lagos a wonderful festival dedicated to the best of independent and African film with well curated  sessions of insightful discussions, talks and family-friendly programming.

Our very popular Festival Marketplace returns this year as will our inter-disciplinary showcases of literature, visual art and live music during this 3-day cultural fiesta.

Speaking on this year’s programme, Ugoma Adegoke, Festival Director of LCA, said: “This year’s programme demonstrates the festival’s commitment to its mission of exposing African and global audiences to good quality independent African cinema with a view to stimulating discourse on issues and experiences rooted in the African experience. We are proud to continue what has become an enduring partnership with the African Film Festival, New York. This partnership has at its core a mission to expose African and global audiences to good quality independent African cinema with a view to stimulating discourse on issues and experiences rooted in the African experience.”

The Lights Camera Africa!!! Film Festival appreciates the support of LEKOIL, Zircon Marine, The Wheatbaker, and numerous partners for its 2017 edition and look forward to new and equally committed support from culture loving institutions and individuals.

We also celebrate our alliances with scholars, directors, artists and personalities like Tunde Kelani, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, John Akomfrah OBE, Manthia Diawara, Awam Akpa, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Pascal Ott, Ego Boyo, Kunle Afolayan, Biola AlaTam Fiofori, Odia Ofeimun, Victor Ehikhamenor, Emeka Ed Keazor, Femi Odugbemi, Chika Anadu, Remi Vaughan-Richards, Kene Mkparu, Shaibu Husseini, Mildred Okwo, Adebola Williams, Lala Akindoju, Aduke Gomez and Jahman Anikulapo.

We remain excited at the opportunities for cultural exchanges with our friends at the French and German diplomatic missions, long-time enablers of cinema and culture in Africa. 


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If you missed the 2016 festival themed ‘MUSIC MAKES THE PEOPLE’, enjoy this short filmic summation and please do JOIN US in 2017

Watch the highlights from our 2016 edition!


Reaction of Osun Govt to NMA’s 7-Day Strike

“The government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola does not like strike. We consider the welfare of our people important and we take it seriously. We will do everything to improve on the welfare of the people. We appeal to our doctors to bear with us, reason with us and be considerate.

“We have laid our cards on the table; there are so many things the doctors are demanding for, two of those things bothered on payment of salaries in 2015 when they were on strike and Revised CONMES. We have held meeting with the NMA and other stakeholders. We have engaged them unofficially too. The government had been engaging the doctors since they gave 21 days ultimatum. We have told them what the government is doing and the two parties need to reach agreement. Anyway, we will continue to discuss with them. I plead with the doctors to try to understand the position of the government; they should consider the patients in the hospital. We will do everything humanly possible to resolve the issue on time. We will do our best to ensure that the strike is not prolonged. This government is serious about the welfare of the people of the state. We will do everything to reach a compromise with the NMA.

“It is on record that doctors in the State of Osun are perhaps the highest paid in the South-West states after LagoS. The government did everything to ensure the standard was maintained for as long as the finances of government were in good shape. This illustrates that the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is very”

Dr Rafiu Isamotu

Commissioner for Health

State of Osun

Registration for 2017 QMA beauty pageant closes Sept 30 Say Florence Hungbo ------Hundreds of beautiful ladies eye brand new car, N5m cash, other prizes

Nigeria’s first upscale cultural beauty competition, Queen Móremí Àjàsorò (QMA) beauty pageant is generating huge excitement among beautiful Nigerian ladies as over 500 damsels have registered to participate in the 2017 edition of the competition.


Registration for the 2017 sophomore edition of the competition closes on September 30 and its organisers said they have been stunned by the number of remarkably beautiful ladies who already expressed interest by submitting their registration forms through


Winner of this year’s edition will receive a cash prize of five million Naira to set up her own business. Additionally, the winner will have access to business advice from experts to ensure that the business remains successful and profitable. Other prizes include a brand new saloon car and a wardrobe of designers’ outfits from leading fashion brands. The winner will also automatically become a cultural ambassador to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi on all his trips around the world.




QMA beauty pageant was introduced in 2016 as an initiative of the Royal Palace of the Ooni of Ife, to further immortalise one of the greatest heroines of Yorùbáland whose exemplary life, intervention and sacrifice saved her people and king from slavery and extinction.


According to a statement signed by Ms. Florence Bodunrin Hungbo, the youth Ambassador for the QMA project, “Registration for this year’s edition is free and will close by Saturday, September 30. Participation is exclusive to young girls of Yoruba descent”. She added that any lady whose mum or dad is Yoruba is qualified to contest.


Speaking on the drive behind the initiative, Ms. Bodunrin emphasised that QMA beauty pageant was aimed at sustaining the historical thematic virtues of Queen Móremí Àjàsorò whose heroic legacies will continue to endure in the chronicles of both Yoruba and world histories.


She further hinted that so much is expected of the lucky lady that would be crowned as the most celebrated and visible cultural queen in Nigeria come November 2017. The Queen Móremí Àjàsorò beauty pageant would showcase intelligent, culturally aware, strong and beautiful young ladies that exemplify the heroic attributes of Ife's greatest queen.


“Apart from upholding the legacy of Queen Móremí, the pageant would use beauty to promote business ideas for economic growth and youth development”, she stated.


Also speaking on the virtues of Queen Móremí Àjàsorò, His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II said, "Móremí Àjàsorò exhibited an unrivalled heroism of world’s liberty and dedicated her life to the liberation of mankind by sacrificing her only child to free the people of Oodua land from the invasion of some faceless terrorists thousands of years ago".


The Ooni said, "Queen Móremí represents an indelible new dawn of great awakening for the development of the Yorùbá culture.  This mission is very close to my heart and touches my global re-enactment of the Yorùbá culture.”

GTBank Fashion Weekend Set to Showcase “Africa’s Finest” This November

Fashion lovers all over the world can once again look forward to an unparalleled fashion experience as the 2nd edition of the GTBank Fashion weekend is set to hold on the 11th and 12thof November, 2017. The 2-day event will treat attendees to an enthralling journey across a wide variety of Africa’s finest styles and trends whilst offering small businesses in the Nigerian Fashion Industry a free and vibrant platform to connect with a wider segment of their consumers as well as experts in their industry.


The GTBank Fashion weekend is a free business platform that was created by foremost African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, as part of its efforts to showcase the best of Africa’s Fashion to a global audience whilst promoting the effervescent enterprise of the continent’s growing fashion industry. The 2016 debut of the consumer-focused event received very positive reviews nationally and internationally. Attracting over 30,000 guests over the 2-day period, the event featured a series of master classes, runway shows and a curated retail exhibition – creating the biggest, most thrilling exposé of African fashion to take place on the continent till date. The retail exhibition gave the over 90 Small Businesses that participated the opportunity to exhibit, sell and connect with consumers, as well as discover new markets.


This year’s Fashion Master Classes will feature global fashion experts such as reality TV personality and runway coach J Alexander, best known for his work on America’s Next Top Model, to renowned fashion entrepreneur and celebrity stylist, June Ambrose to award winning fashion designer, Giles Deacon.


Other fashion and global media experts scheduled to host master classes at this year’s GTBank Fashion weekend include; Editor in-Chief of Essence Magazine, Vanessa De Luca; Kenyan-born Vanessa Kingori, publisher of British GQ Magazine – the famed gentleman’s fashion and style magazine; multi talented Nigerian photographer TY Bello; professional Makeup Artist and Educator, Danessa Myricks; and Fashion Editor & Style Consultant, Shiona Turini.


Fashion enthusiasts will also be treated to the ultimate shopping experience as dozens of Small Businesses will showcase a diverse range of carefully curated affordable and luxury apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty items, and much more. As part of the retail experience there will be a crafts market featuring indigenous fabric and accessories. Each day of the event will close with a series of epic Runway shows featuring Africa’s finest designers and renowned international designers.


Commenting on the 2017 GTBank Fashion Weekend, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank explains the vision behind the event as an “initiative that is unlocking growth opportunities for small businesses and putting African fashion on a global pedestal. The 2017 GTBank Fashion Weekend will not only give visibility to the amazing talents and entrepreneurial drive of our people at home, it will also connect them with fashion leaders abroad, in order to build local capacity and expertise across the entire Fashion Value Chain."


GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The GTBank brand is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. The Bank is also going beyond the traditional understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility as corporate philanthropy by intervening in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer focused fairs and capacity building initiatives for small businesses operating in these sectors.

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