On Friday 13 November, the Lagos Creative Industry Fair will be celebrating the iconic activist, Mr. Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Ken Saro-Wiwa was a writer, television producer, and environmental activist who was killed in November 1995 by the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha for speaking out against the environmental degradation of Ogoniland by oil companies.
20 years after his death, the issues that led to his non violent protest movement are still as significant.
In collaboration with the The Lagos Book and Arts Festival (LABAF), the Lagos Creative Industry Fair will be honouring Ken Saro Wiwa starting with an exhibition at the Kongi Harvest Gallery of Freedom Park with a focus on the theme, “They have asked us to Smile’ and featuring Jelili Atiku, Aderemi Adegbite, Efe Azino, Jumoke Verissimo, Diseye Tantua, Bob-Nosa Uwagboe and Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo.
There will also be Colloquiums, Symposiums, and Conversations around Literary Works of Ken Saro-Wiwa all over the park, as well as the screening of a Ken Saro-Wiwa documentary.
Between these events, there will also be a Media Capacity Building event themed: A Workshop on Filmmaking, Television and Nollywood with Ramsey Nouah, Lillian Amah, Iretiola Doyle, Lancelot Imasuen and Desmond Elliot as panelists.
Side attractions for the day include other programmes for the 2-day Lagos Book and Arts Festival, Green Festival (for children & students), a DJ Face off featuring DJs Consequence, Jackson, Snatch and Caise with musical performances from Immaculate and Young Grey C.