Jumoke Adeyanju: 

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October 23, 2018

16/16

16 Kofo Abayomi Street  

Victoria Island

As part of her Arthouse Foundation and Goethe-Institut residency in Lagos, Jumoke Adeyanju presented an evening that explored the “third space” of hybrid diaspora identity.

 

This one-night exhibition combined live-painting, live-writing, music and dance to illustrate the many stages and dimensions of diasporic nostalgia, postcolonial transformative healing and reviving lost memories when growing out of/growing up in Nigeria. The exhibition included recorded interviews and a soundscape, exploring the in-between of reciprocal memories (namely the diasporic and the native) colliding in Lagos. This event included a panel discussion with participating artists, followed by a DJ set with Jumoke. 

 

With Chika Jones (Live-Writer), Aàdesokan (Live-Painter), Wana Udobang (Live-Writer), Jack Mensah (Beatmaker), Yadichinma (Voice-Over Artist), Chikamara (Panelist) Deborah Aiyegbeni (Dancer)

Jumoke Adeyanju (Curator, Voice Over Artist, Dancer)

Jumoke Adeyanju is an allround-artist, mostly navigating in spaces of sounds and movements. Jumoke has worked as a research assistant and undergrad-lecturer (teaching on Necropolitics, Fanon, charity politics and Performing Arts in East Africa) at the Humboldt University and Alice Salomon University respectively. Prior to her academic journey, Jumoke dived into Hip Hop culture as a young dancer. In 2012, she organized the first Break Dance Battle of Zanzibar. Just recently she joined the newly founded “blackism collective”, a multidisciplinary movement artists collective. They premiered their first piece “(self-)vations” at SAVVY contemporary Berlin in March 2018. Next to dance and academia, Jumoke has successfully evolved as a host of multiple cultural events and as a multilingual poet. She has been on stage at various occasions in Germany, Tanzania and New York performing her poems in English, German, Kiswahili and Yorùbá.  Jumoke Adeyanju is the founder of “The Poetry Meets Series” and co-director of “Ujamaa Culture Center e.V”, a community center for African-diasporic people in Berlin, momentarily facilitating exhibitions/installations, african language courses (Twi) and film screenings. Jumoke is also a radio host/DJ on Berlin Community Radio for YAASAA - an african media platform. In her work as an allround-artist, she is interested in how various elements of expressive artforms interrelate and incorporate the potential to (re-)create moments of reviving other or rather lost selves.

 

Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu (Voice-Over Artist)

Yadichinma is a self taught experimental artist, living and working in Lagos. She uses research and documentation of everyday life to instruct and inspire her work, resulting in true exploratory experiences that take place in imaginary spaces.

 

Wana Udobang (Live-Writer)

Wana Udobang is a Nigeria-based freelance journalist, poet and documentary filmmaker who works at the intersection of women's rights, social justice, culture and the arts.  Her work as a poet has been featured at the British Library's Word, Symbol and Song exhibition and published in a John Berger anthology. Her poetry albums Dirty Laundry and In memory of forgetting explore trauma, womanhood, love and self-renewal. She continues to perform widely both at home and abroad.

Jack Mensah (Soundscape Producer)

Jack Mensah is a scholar of social & political studies and post-colonial theory at the University of Cape Town and Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany. He is known for his arts collective and communication agency: "arts.in.communication" in his hometown, Düsseldorf and his work as a DJ, producer, dancer, radio host ( Welle 20) and drummer under the his alias Zen G. Love (Zen Gangster Love). 

Aàdesokan (Live-Painter)

Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. An esoteric abstract artist, his expressions are eclectic but are centered around discourse of philosophy, analytical psychology and theology with the strong intent of showing the fusion of emotions transcended between forms of art and then brought forth towards abstract expressionism from a vast subconscious.

Chika Jones (Live-Writer)

Chika Jones is a Nigerian performance poet and budding theatre critic. In 2013, he won a National poetry slam and has been on some of the biggest stages ever since.

In 2014, he was a guest performer for the Wole Soyinka at 80 cultural exchange and in that same year he was selected to attend the Caine Prize Short Story workshop for the Port Harcourt Book festival. Between 2015 and 2016 he has performed poetry at the Lagos Book and Arts Festival, Lagos International Poetry Festival, Ake Arts and Book Festival and he was selected to attend the 2016 class of the Farafina creative writing workshop. In 2018, he performed his debut one-man play at the Lagos Theatre Festival. 

Deborah Aiyegbeni (Dancer)

My name is Aiyegbeni Deborah Faith, a dance artist from Nigeria, an international artist in the diaspora, a choreographer, and Art lover. I have been dancing for the past 8 years and have worked with renowned choreographers like Qudus Onikeku (Nigeria), Onye Ozuzu (U.S.A), Saky Tchebe Bertrand (Senegal), just to mention a few. I have been featured in works like Iwalewa, We Almost Forgot, Innvocation, as well as Room 313 by Wana Udobang. Just recently I was featured in YUROPA choreographed by Qudus Onikeku of the QDANCE Company. I am a proud tribes man of the QDANCE Company. Momentarily I am working on my Solo Piece titled: "Its’ In my Head…" inspired by the story of the chibok girls and dapchi girls who were abducted.

 

This exhibition is supported by Goethe Institut and Arthouse Foundation.