In its third edition, the Night of Ideas in Nigeria, a yearly event dedicated to the free circulation of ideas and knowledge will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2021 by 6.30 PM at the Alliance Française Office – Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The event, which is being co-ordinated by the Institut français du Nigéria will be reinforced by a digital dimension via live broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. The event titled ”NIGHT OF IDEAS: CIRCLES OF SOLIDARITY” will address the general theme “CLOSE(R)”, in the light of the new forms of solidarity that the crisis of our economic and social models calls for in the wake of a pandemic that will leave us with a world as uncertain as ever.


Divided into several sections, allowing the audience to wander through a variety of spaces, take part in workshops-conferences and enjoy cultural activities hopes to engage the audience in a beautiful ambience of Mike Adenuga Centre.

OTHER ACTIVITIES LINED UP AT THE EVENT ARE:

IMAGING OWORO – PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
Launched at the beginning of January 2021 by the group of artists ”ENNOVATE DANCE HOUSE” the project titled ”IMAGING OWORO” invited the inhabitants of Oworonshoki (Lagos, NIGERIA) to use photography as a tool to document their environment and build their own vision of their neighbourhood. As part of the Night of Ideas, an exhibition of the works produced will be presented in the gallery of the Alliance Française de Lagos – Mike Adenuga Centre. The exhibition will show strength, bravery and
talent on how art and culture can be effective means for the (re)construction of individual and collective identities, for social cohesion and for the valorization of neighbourhoods. Guided tours will be proposed to the public on January 28, 2021, from 5 to 7 pm while the exhibition runs till February 14, 2021.
WORKSHOPS-CONFERENCES
Taking place in a very particular health context, the 2021 edition of the ”Night of Ideas in Nigeri” will be the opportunity to hear mainly local voices exploring the theme of new forms of solidarity in Nigeria.
Three (3) workshops-conferences will be organized simultaneously, from 7 to 8 pm, in different spaces of the Alliance Française de Lagos – Mike Adenuga Centre.
1. Empowering the population through community initiatives
2. Developing easy tools to fight gender-based violence
3. Using tech & innovation to bring people and lands closer together

SPEAKERS EXPECTED AT THE EVENT ARE:
Louis VERIN (FR): Founder of Mitsio Motu, a French start-up based in Nigeria which offers training workshops for underprivileged communities in Lagos.
Marvella ODILI (NG): Director of Save Our Needy, a civil society organization based in Lagos, which aims at fighting extreme poverty.
Romain POIROT-LELLIG (FR): Founder of Kwik Delivery, an on-demand delivery platform focusing on the rich and diversified B2B and B2B2C market.
Ifeoluwa OGUNDIPE (NG): Founder of the Awa Bike initiative (mobile bike sharing application) which seeks to address mobility issues in Nigeria.
Tunji AZEEZ (NG): Senior lecturer in Drama, involved in the Informal Justice Court project, aims at improving the judicial process of inmates (Kirikiri prison, Lagos) through mock trials.
Anita Kemi DASILVA (NG): Obstetrician and gynecologist and founder of WARIF – Women at Risk- an International Foundation and non-profit organization that fights against gender-based violence, rape and
human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria.
Bukky WILLIAMS (NG): Director of the non-profit organization Education A VACCINE, which works with young people to improve their right to protection from all forms of violence.

INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT:
A MAN’S WORLD – INTERACTIVE DANCE PERFORMANCE
Created on the occasion of this program, an interactive choreographic piece will be presented to the public at the end of the workshop-conferences by 8 pm. Entitled ”A MAN’S WORLD” this 45-minute piece will revolve around a show blending dance and music. It will question the concepts of gender and male domination, expression through movements on the importance of a consensual and thoughtful closeness. The performance is created and will be performed by the artists’ collective ”ENNOVATE DANCE HOUSE” to be
directed by Hermes Chibueze ILEYE and Sunday OZEGBE, dancers, choreographers and activists.


ABOUT THE NIGHT OF IDEAS IN NIGERIA
Date: Thursday January 28, 2021 at 6:30 PM at Alliance Française de Lagos – Mike Adenuga Centre, 9 Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Admissionis free – upon registration via NIGHT-OF-IDEAS-LAGOS-2021.Eventbrite.com Online: Facebook // YouTube


ABOUT THE NIGHT OF IDEAS ALL AROUND THE WORLD
Initiated by INSTITUT FRANCAIS (Paris), the Night of Ideas is an annual event dedicated to the exchange of ideas between countries and cultures, disciplines and generations. In January 2021, more than 200 Nights of Ideas are expected internationally. From Finland to Peru, from Nigeria to Fiji, from Lebanon to Canada etc. This year, INSTITUT FRANCAIS (Paris) designed a unique global program (online and free access): 24 hours of live content from the 5 continents allowing local voices from
around the world to explore the theme “CLOSE(R)”. This program will also be broadcast on the Facebook page of the Institut français du Nigéria. People not resident in Lagos, or unable to attend the
onsite event are invited to log on to Institut Francaise’s page and navigate between the Night of Ideas in Nigeria live.

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