On the 21st of July, 2021, a meeting was scheduled with the C.E.O of Platinum Entertainment, Olayinka Edu at the Aremo T.J Abass’ abode in Epe.
The general meeting convened by the Aremo commenced at 11 a.m with an introductory speech and a brief introduction of each committee member’s role in the 2021 Kayo Kayo Festival.
Aremo T.J Abbas’, the coordinator for the Kayo Kayo festival, officially assigned and informed Olayinka Edu of her roles as a member of both the publicity and entertainment committee.
Other committees include the ceremonial committee, religious and cultural committee.
The proposed date for the festival was initially slated from the 21st to 28th of August 2021 but is now postponed to take place from the 8th to 11th, September 2021.
The schedule for the four-day event is as follows; Day 1 will kick off with a press conference and a play production, Day 2 is the Oba’s visitation to selected ancestral homes and Tajud, Day 3 is the Jumat service and the final day wraps up with a special prayer and Etufu.
The Aremo requested for Olayinka Edu to produce a documentary of the Kayo Kayo Festival. However, she also suggested making the documentary a stage production for this year that will chronicle the past and future of the Kayo-Kayo festival.
The Aremo also reiterated the goal of the committee to envision the festival as a global recognition and a yearly event.
The meeting had in attendance the former coordinator, Chief Alade Saliu-Okulu; General Secretary, Edu Bayo; Assistant Secretary, Lai Ezewuro; Consultant, Olayinka Edu; Chairman Ceremonial, Barrister Bayo Saliu; Chairman Entertainment, Ayanbajo Abioye; Publicity Secretary, Giwa Moshood Olasupo; Legal Adviser, Barrister Bola Balogun Olabode and Chairman General Purpose Committee, Honorable Yusuf Adio.
Other members includes; Adebayo Wasiu, Alade-Raji Olusola, Mohammed Babatunde, Tukuru Ibrahim, Agbadanla Ibrahim, Harun Wasiu, Tobi Odunsi, Alhaji Kekere Ekun and Shakiru Ayedun.
Bariga Artistes Forum is proud to announce the annual festival tagged Bariga Open Arts Festival (BOAT)
Bariga Artistes Forum is an assembly of all theatre practicing companies in bariga,oworo with aim of arts & culture promotion .
These forum share a common commitment to achieving a highly diversified workforce and are collaborating this year with other theatre house resident in bariga like :Theatre Centrik, Crown Troupe of Africa, Just theatre House, oworo dance Community, kings and queen arts academy and Pathfinders
as a way to further community partnerships and expand engagement opportunities.
BAF is an organization dedicated to creating new opportunities for historically marginalized communities in Bariga . In the past years, BAF hosted the annual BOAT Festival, an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. It is a one-week gathering that offers performances, activities, health screenings, career awareness, dance, drumming, comedy, street arts, and family entertainment.
The annual festival is a platform for Bariga Owned theatre businesses to sell their goods and services outside their retail spaces and also promote their indigenous culture.
In 2019, the festival’s venue saw foot traffic of more than 5,000 people and more than 3,000 individuals made purchases from the festivals with over 15 participating theatre companies.
The 2020 annual BOAT Festival anticipates attendance of more than 7,000 people at this year’s event. This year’s festival will feature diverse ethnic cultural dances representing African/Nigeria,live performers, community leaders, and many more will be taking part in this wonderful celebration of all things, troupes representatives from Surulere Artistes Forum , Ajegunle Theatre Artistes Forum with special appearance from Adunni Nefretiti,Ariyike Ajijobata , White Stones Culture Ambassadors and many more.
The essence of the festival is captured through the theme : Spirit of Communion as declared by the BAF president Mr Tifalase Koffiivii Fabunmi
to the presiding Chairman of the Festival Mr. Oluwabiyi Anthony Boyede Greenlyte as members of the committee in the person’s of Queen Itiku Onah, Osagie Okedigun, Okorie Micheal, Awobajo Seun and others stands as witness.
The festival will open on the 11th of December as mentioned by the Publicity rep Lekan Adeyemi along with Tobi Odunsi with a visit to the Oba of Shomolu/Bariga in Personof Oba Gbolahan Timson , seminar at the Bariga local govt Bawala with Dr. Seyi Kenny of the University of Lagos in Music & theatre and a visit to the Baale of Isale akoka with a roundup of boat regatta at the sea side as the GOTHAD of bariga entertain us with the support of footprints of David arts academy led by seun Awobajo.
Day 2,12th of December will feature drum class with the master as the great papa himself Mr Isioma Wlliams will take the lead to instruct about The Man & the Drum hosted by Theater centrik while we will also have a trip to Oworo as Pathfinders and Oworo dance Community will host us with performances.
Day 3 which is the grand finale will be held at the Crown Art Resource Center hosted by crown Troupe of Africa , theatercentrik, Kings and Queen with all the master craft performances in display in the company of all friends, guest and stakeholders.
The event will have the performances of Crown Troupe of Afrika,Theatre Centrik,Kings and Queen,The dream dance,Footprint of David Arts Academy,Ola black Art ,Art castle,Dynamic Art and
Art o Ten,Starlight ,Just Theater House,Footprints ambassador, Gothad Bariga Unit,Feetprint Afrika ,PIN BCC and many more .
The event generally stand to promote African culture to the the world as we project the rich cultural values of our dance,drum,music,clothing to the globe .
We shall make our drum play in honour of the late father of the vice president of Bariga Artistes forum, Mr Olumide Fowode whom we shall hold a special presentation of respect for on the 13th of December.
In Colonial Lagos, Lady Oyinkan Ajasa [Lady Oyinkan Abayomi]
was born daughter of Sir Kitoye Ajasa, a Yoruba aristocrat who was the first
Nigerian to be knighted by the British, and Lucretia Olayinka Moore, a princess
of Egba royal family, in Lagos, was born on March 6, 1897.
She attended the Royal Academy of Music in London (1917).
She became a music teacher at the Anglican Girls’ Seminary
She met a lawyer named Mr Moronfolu Abayomi [the love of her
life] whom she married in 1923.
He was aasasinated 2 months later in court, she was
devastated and didn’t want to marry anyone ever again.
Dr Kofo John wanted to marry her and her response was,
“you have to change your name to my late husband’s name – Abayomi”
Guess what? He agreed, married her and changed his name to
Dr Kofo Abayomi . The very famous Dr. Kofo Abayomi and in whose HONOUR that
eponymous street in Victoria lsland derived its naming.