Lagos stood up for Terra Kulture when Bolanle Austen-Peters, Terra Kulture’s CEO hosted the crème of the Lagos literary, art and cultural cognoscenti as well as the city’s discerning elite at the Zinnia hall of the Eko hotel and suites on Friday November 7, 2014.
Bolanle and her team put up a superlative and spectacular event to mark their 10th year anniversary.
The evening which began with cocktails and Hors d’oeuvre was formally set off with the national anthem. Lawyer, poet and culture enthusiast, Femi Lijadu set the ball rolling with his witty, humorous and engaging opening remarks which opened with a Shakespeare quote before he segued into a comprehensive yet concise history of Terra Kulture with copious quotes from an unpublished piece by Tayo Fagbule.
“I asked my son what culture is and he said it is something grown in a lab,” he joked.
Next came the rousing performance of a Disney classic by Yinka Davis and Ranti.
K-Peace, a young energetic performer wowed the audience with his authentic and very surprising rendition of the very popular John Legend song, ‘You and I’ which he had managed to re-imagine as both reggae and fuji. The appreciative audience gave him a resounding ovation before settling down to watch the Kunle Afolayan directed and Terra Kulture produced documentary of Terra @ 10 which opened with Wole Soyinka and ended with a crowd of Terra staff and well-wishers wishing Terra happy birthday at 10.
The documentary featured interviews and still pictures of writers, artistes, actors, designers and all shades of art and culture enthusiasts who spoke about the story and effect of Terra from different perspectives.
Bolanle Austen-Peters who looked resplendent in a gold and red number spoke off the cuff, tracing the history of Terra and its cultural trajectory, while hailing those who make the art and culture industry tick. She had kind words for Tayo Aderinokun, former Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank whom she said believed and supported her dream. Others singled out for mention were her husband, Deji Ali of ARM as well as the two Gbolly’s; Balogun and Osibodu. Others included journalists Jahman Anikulapo and Akeem Lasisi as well as members of the Terra Kulture staff.
Four long serving members of staff were honoured with plaques by Joseph, the General Manager of Terra Kulture as was Tayo Aderinokun whose posthumous award was received by his widow.
But the high points of the evening were the very electrifying drummers and the amazing dramatic musical Full Circle which traced the history of Nigerian theatre and music from folk songs to Doro Bucci. It had veteran actor Bimbo Manuel in the lead role with cameo singing performances by Ranti.
Guests included Sefi Atta, Hubert Wigwe, Mutiu Sumonu, Segun Aganga, Ali Baba, Jahman Anikulapo, Kunle Afolayan, Patricia Obozuwa, Olu Amoda, Jide Bello and many more.