A Harvest with Soyinka ends with a flourish.

Something peculiar always seems to affect me whenever I watch a rendition of one of Soyinka’s classics. Suddenly I’m thrown back to days in the theatre at U.I. and so much of the hidden context of his work seems to ooze out.

Watching the “Trials of brother Jero” and “Jero’s metamorphosis” at the final showing of Thetare @ Terra’s annual Soyinka Harvest, I was once again pleasantly spirited away to the mind of an amazing story teller.

It would be wrong to forget those who so graciously brought the stage play to life, first I must lift my hat to Mr. Kenneth Uphopho (Director) who has helped ensure that this umpteenth retelling of a pillar of African theatre is not another bore fest. To the contrary, I felt as though I was watching it for the very first time. The cast was very well put together, and the apex of the night was the rendition of the evergreen Brother Jeroboam played “too well” by Patrick Diabuah, Paul Alumonah’s  – “Chume” also resonated with the audience.


All in all these 2 dimensional proofs of the evening do not do it enough justice, alas these will have to suffice.

Full credit list: Kenneth Uphopho (Director), Brenda Uphopho (Producer),Ik Okpala/ Chibuzor Okafor (Technical), One House Lighting (Lights), Michael Okorie (Stage Manager). CAST – Patrick Diabuah (Bro Jeroboam), Paul Alumona (Bro Chume), Bola Haastrup (Amope), Jennifer Osamor (CEO), Awele Dekpe (Sis Rebecca), Michael Okorie (Old Prphet/Ananias), Odia Thomas (Bro Shadrach), Deola Shinaba (Sis Martha), Seun Kentebe (Caleb/Minister), Debbie Ohiri (Fish seller), Odenike Odetola (Girl), Austin Onuoha (Isaac/Prophet)

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Taruwa Arts Festival 2013.


This June, in addition to its already accomplished monthly gatherings, Taruwa introduces a festival, Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria [TAF]. The festival which is designed to be a 3day cocktail of rich events, is an annual event kicking off this year on Thursday June 6 and ending on Saturday, June 8, 2013, to paint Lagos all shades of art through music, poetry, theatre, dance, fashion and screening of short films, all holding at the artsy venue of TerraKulture, Victoria Island, Lagos


Speaking about the inspiration behind the festival, Lydia Idakula Sobogun, CEO of Gbagyichild Entertainment, conveners of the monthly Taruwa event and Organisers of The Festival,  explains “Taruwa has always been about finding true art, true passion and giving it a stage to express, no matter who it is. That is what I want to show you… ”


On what attendees should expect, member of the planning committee and Head of Communications to the festival, Bee Azubike, says “The festival is a carefully planned collection of events, and the team wants nothing more than to give everyone an unforgettable experience – which is something Taruwa, over the years has strived to achieve”


The festival makes a grand opening on Thursday, June 6 with the adaptation of Bobo Omotayo’s bestselling book LONDON LIFE LAGOS LIVING live on stage with a stellar cast; this 2-hour show also opens with a musical performance and the one-woman play CHRONICLES OF A HEROINE by Ijeoma Grace Agu.


The second day of the festival, Friday, June 7 gets even more interesting, as it kicks off with a Children’s show in the morning, after which a screening of short films and Open Mic Theatre will hold, seeing the day round off with a Mega Concert featuring carefully selected acts to thrill the audience with the finest performances in music, spoken word, dance and a dash of fashion.


On Saturday, June 8, 2013, the festival will come to a grand close with The ANKARA BALL, a glamorous Ankara-themed night of music, dinner and dance.


Though its first outing, the passionate team at TAF plans for the festival to be the largest and most consistent performing arts festival in Nigeria, attracting visitors from all over the world, and making it a festival of National importance, highly valued as a catalyst for cultural and community development.



Event: Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria [TAF]

Date:  Thursday, 6th June – Saturday, 8th June, 2013
Venue: TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, Lagos

Ticket Locations

– Early Bird tickets are on sale for one week, starting today Tuesday, May 21, 2013 and can be purchased on www.dealdey.com 

– Normal Priced tickets will go on sale nextweek, from May 27, 2013 on www.konga.com, www.jumia.com.ng and at TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria island, Lagos
Further information: 

Call: 234 808 159 7669
Email: taruwafestival@gmail.com
Website: www.taruwafestival.org


For Press and Publicity:

Bee Azubike,
Head, Communications
Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria

234 803 365 0358



About Taruwa

“Taruwa isn’t just any other social phenomenon. It is the representation of the power of a dream and what can become of it when it is followed through. I can’t forget when Lydia mentioned it to me in my tiny apartment in Kano back in 2006… I have gone from being a supporter to becoming a fan and then a fanatic in the times when I worked in Lagos. Tuesdays haven’t remained the same for years now. I am happy to have witnessed it in the various locations it has toured in Nigeria and so sure it’s the kind of  renaissance we should advocate for in our generation for socio cultural afrocenttic self preservation and pride”

– Jonathan James Lyamgohn – Head of Station, Wazobiafm, Coolfm and Nigeria info, Abuja.


TARUWA (a Hausa word meaning ‘gathering’), is an event created by Gbagyichild Entertainment. It is a gathering of artistic and intellectual minds, which creates a platform for artistes to express themselves in a comfortable and intellectual setting. On a typical TARUWA evening, we have poets, vocalists, instrumentalists, and spoken word artistes, performing. It is always a rich artistic cocktail.


About Taruwa festival of Performing Arts

TARUWA FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS IN NIGERIA (TAF) is designed to be an annual performing arts event which will hold in Lagos, Nigeria. It will hold for a weekend in June and will present ground breaking work in Performing Arts (Theater, Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, Dance and Fashion) focusing on Nigeria and Africa but including the global artist. The festival will expand the horizons of Nigerian artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original.

The Festival will showcase international, African and local (Nigerian) artists and mix them together with an alchemy that will inspire audiences, invigorate artists, stimulate the industry and forge productive relationships around the globe.




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“City of Lagos Monopoly” open house competition between King’s College and Queen’s College students.

On Friday the 24th of May 2013, Terra Kulture hosted an epic competition between age old rival schools King’s College and Queen’s College. The event organised by the Bestman Games company (Distributors of “City of Lagos Monopoly Game packs) and the main partner First Bank PLC, in conjunction with Stanbic IBTC and GTB, brought together a host of old boys and girls of the rival colleges as well as attendees to see the all day gaming event. Here are some images from the day. Needless to say  King’s college took home the Grand Prize of N 1,000,000 (One Million Naira). Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive Terra Kulture Archive


Auditions at Terra Kulture.

Terra Kulture is casting the lead roles in an upcoming contemporary dance production. Interested applicants must be an all-round artiste/performer with specialization in dance and music. All applicants must prepare a brief dance/music performance of not more than 30 seconds each. Date: Monday 3rd n Tuesday 4th June 2013 @ Terra Kulture, 1376 Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, Lagos. 12noon. Pls call 08136547323 for further enquiries.


After almost twenty years away, Spoken word heavyweight, Bassey Ikpi, who has cultivated a successful career in the U.S, has returned home to Nigeria, making her longtime dream of performing poetry in her homeland a reality.

With the release of a youtube video some months ago in May, announcing her intended trip while asking for entries from poets ready to battle in a poetry competition, Ikpi’s goal is to facilitate the growth of spoken word in Nigeria.

Her visit which kicked off in August with the new yam celebration in Calabar, and headlining shows in Lagos and Abuja, will come to an end with the Bassey World Live; Nigeria show on Friday, the 14th of September, 2012.

After getting her shine an impressive five times on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, Bassey Ikpi orchestrated her own solo show: BasseyWorldLive. The show, an avenue to give a taste of Bassey’s innovative approach to the art of spoken word in an evening of poetry and thought-provoking discussion, has held in some cities in the U.S – New York, DC, and Philadelphia – and now, she is bringing it home.

BasseyWorldLive: Nigeria, like her previous shows will see the Nigerian-born, Oklahoma-bred Poet/Writer take center stage, with support from celebrity judges, including the energetic Kemi Adetiba, poetic SAGE, and talented Bez. The event which holds at TerraKulture, Lagos will also serve as the first national poetry slam, where finalists selected from a handful of YouTube video submissions will compete for the coveted first place position.

According to Bassey Ikpi “Spoken word in Nigeria has tremendous promise and heart, but needs a platform that encourages growth and I would love to see it really blossom”

A new side to selected celebrities like Denrele Edun of Channel O and Dolapo Marcy Oni of Studio 53 Extra will also be unveiled at the red-carpet event as they perform their never been seen or heard poetry. Tickets are available at TerraKulture for N3000.




DATE: Friday, September 14, 2012VENUE: Terra kulture, tiamiyu Savage, VI, LagosTIME: 5:00pmTickets cost N3000 and are available at Terra Kulture




Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian born Poet/Writer and mental health advocate, who has appeared on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry a record 5 times. Introduced to the poetry of Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni at the tender age of 8, Basssey began penning her own work. Her poetry has opened shows for such acclaimed artistes as the international recording group, Les Nubians, and Grammy award winning artistes such as India Arie, Alicia Keyes and Luther Vandross. Bassey appeared on the NAACP Image Awards as part of a tribute to Venus and Serena Williams. She has also been a featured cast member of the National Touring Company of the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam. Bassey was a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and has also been seen gracing the pages of magazines such as Nylon, Marie Claire, Glamour and Bust. She also recorded an original poem for the Kaiser Foundations, HIV/AIDS campaign, Knowing Is Beautiful. Bassey’s personal and heartfelt work has made her a much sought after performer. She is currently working on various screenplays as well as freelance writing for social media outlets.

Her first completed collection of Poetry and Prose entitled, Blame My Teflon Heart: Poetry, Prose and Post-Its For Boys Who Didn’t Write Back, will be published for release in the very near future

Blog: www.basseyworldlive.com

Twitter: @BasseyWorldLive


Terra Kulture is a proud sponsor of this event in addition to Bella Naija, Naija Poetry Slam, Cool FM, 360 Nobs, Y! Naija, The Siwe Project, AXARI, BeDazzled Events, Heritage Alliance, BattaBox, Nigeria FM, Transcorp Metro Hotel and Olamide Entertainment.

Highlight’s from Terra Kulture’s open mic night at Freedom Hall


Every Thursday nights from 7pm – 10pm or later, depending on how sweet the music, dance and poetry is, hundreds of Lagosians and non-Lagosians make their way to Terra Kulture’s Open Mic Night at the Freedom Hall.

It’s an evening filled with laughs, song and dance as people perform spoken word, poetry, some Afro-rap and Afro-beat music livens up the evening.


Open Mic night at Terra Kulture is a sure good way to wound up an evening after the hustle and bustle of Lagos.

And of course our kitchen is always open to serve Nigerian delicacies such as Asaro (yam boiled in palm oil, spiced onions, pepper and tomatoes), Pepper Soup (Goat meat, Croaker Fish, Chicken or Catfish), Chicken Sandwiches and an assortment of drinks from Champan (orange juice/fanta, bitter lemon, tonic, andgostura bitters and blackcurrant), Pina Colada’s and much more!


Do drop in on Thursdays for an exciting evening full of surprises!