The daylong event had Africa’s finest creatives showcase their talents to the world. The event kick-started at 9am with the Fashion, Art and Film Park where artists like Tolu Aliki, Uche Edochie, Olumide Onadipe, Isaac Emokpae, Obi Chigozie, Ibe Ananaba and fashion designers David Tlale, Bling Shiki, Vanskere, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Torlowei and Tiffany Amber showcasing their creative designs. Film makers Charles Bonja Archibong, Bola Akanbi, Tolu Ajayi, Stanlee Ohikhuare and many others were not left out as their intriguing short movies were also on display for audiences.
A competition was earlier announced calling on interested participants to creatively share posts on their social media handles connecting art, music, fashion and film using the hashtag #BafestKIAHunt. Through this contest, a lucky lady named Cynthia Dobiz emerged the winner of a 2018 Kia Rio salon car presented by Kia Motors and Access Bank.
After the art, film and fashion tent dominated the day, the breathtaking musical aspect of the festival went on through the night to the early hours of the morning, with a concert featuring notable Indigenous music stars such as the Congo’s Awilo Longomba, South Africa’s Sho Madjozi, and homegrown talents Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Falz, Olamide, Yemi Alade, Kizz Daniel, D’banj, Flavour and Timaya.
The night was also a blend of fashion and music as top fashion designers such as South Africa’s David Tlale, Nigerian designer Tiffany Amber, presented their latest collections alongside the music performances. Global supermodels Oluchi Orlandi and Millen Magese were among the models who strutted on stage.
The stage performances did not stop at music and modeling, one of the most intriguing aspects of the night was the performance by aerial drummers who played their instruments in the air 150 feet above the ground, stunning the entire audience.
Though BAFEST is brand new, Access Bank’s charge to showcase the best of what’s Born in Africa has been on going for years now. The bank has consistently partnered with a number of events that work to inspire and celebrate Africa and her people. Events such as the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Art X Lagos, The African International Film Festival, and a series of fashion and film happenings, all work in synergy to confirm the bank’s belief in Africa’s talent. Further driving a change in the narrative, in order to project Africa as a hub for entertainment and creativity that is ready and open for business.
The Born in Africa Festival fused all of Access Bank’s activities in music, fashion, arts and film with an aim to draw the attention of the global community to Africa’s true culture and lifestyle.
Born in Africa Festival is powered by Access Bank and produced by Livespot.