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Made in Nigeria for London Olympics

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The Olympic Games have always had the tradition of uniting humanity and the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begin today in London, United Kingdom, is no different. Preparation has been upbeat all over the world and not only athletes are involved; entertainers, business people and writers, among others, have joined the jamboree. Nigerians also have certain events planned and taking place before the closing ceremony on August 12. One of which is a series of events to hold at the Nigeria Sports and Entertainment Village (NISEV) from August 5 to 11. Organised by Heartlink Events, it is supported by Air Nigeria, the Lagos State Government and First Bank, among others. The NISEV event is not the only one made in Nigeria and exported to the London Olympics. There is also the Nigeria House Literature Showcase which has been on since July 23 and will end on August 15. A statement signed by Kemi Otegbade, head consultant for the NISEV project, explained that the events include: Concerts, Ankara Carnival, Lagos @ 45 Celebrations, Exhibition and a Leadership Awards/Gala Nite Grand Finale that will have the governors of Imo, Akwa Ibom, Lagos and Niger states in attendance, among other dignitaries from Nigeria. Also to attend are Chioma Ajunwa (first Nigerian female Olympics medalist); Mrs. Obioma Imoke (wife of Cross River State Governor), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Dr. Buba Marwa to mention only a few. “Outstanding Nigerians, celebrities and stars are expected at NISEV London 2012 scheduled to hold at the Enabling Centre, Barking, London”, Otegbade stated.

He explained that some Nigerian artistes have already confirmed attendance at the event for whose official DJ is Jimmy Jatt.

The artistes include: Tee Mac, Seun Kuti, Shan George, Tonto Dike, KC, Odunlade Adekola, Gbenga Adeyinka, Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Lepacious Bose, Funsho Adeolu, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, Moji Olaiya, Bimbo Akintola, Wale Gates, Yomi Fash-Lanso and many more.

Otegbade told Friday Flavour, when reached by telephone, that NISEV will be a great opportunity to showcase Nigeria’s greatest exports in sports and entertainment. “NISEV has been endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Culture Minister, Chief Edem Duke will be attending the event, where he will deliver a paper on how Nigeria can make money from entertainment”, Otegbade said, adding that the village will be declared open by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom along with some Nigerian governors showcasing their various states.

On the other hand, the Nigeria House Literature Showcase, which is ongoing at the Theatre Royale, Stratford East, is a display of Nigerian Literature presented through book readings, conversations on literature and an exhibition of a wide range of books by Nigerian authors.

This event features writers like: Diran Adebayo, Sefi Atta, Helon Habila, Ade Solanke, Zainabu Jallo, Nnorom Azuonye, Chibundu Onuzo, and Rotimi Babatunde, who recently emerged winner of the Caine Prize for African Literature. Those who are in London can meet with the writers on July 30 and 31 at the venue where their books will be on display and available for sale till August 3.

This event is presented by CORA Art & Cultural Foundation in association with British Council, with the support of the Bank of Industry.

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