London-based multi-award winning Nigerian musician, actor, folk singer and composer, Uncle Tunji Oyelana, is billed to lead an array of popular artistes who will entertain guests at an event organized in honour of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka by total telecoms solutions provider, Globacom.
The literary event entitled “An Evening with Wole Soyinka and Nigeria’s Young Literary Stars” is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, August 28, at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. It will also feature Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (D’banj), Emmanuel Bezhiwa Idakula ( Bez) and Bolanle Austen-Peters (BAP) Productions revered for their Broadway musical drama. Footprints of David Art Academy will also be on hand to thrill guests at the literary event.
Among contemporary musicians, D’banj is reputed to be an outstanding performer, singer-songwriter and harmonica player whose works have earned him several music awards, the latest being the Evolution Award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards. D’banj has also won laurels for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards, Best International Act: Africa and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards.
Multi-talented instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer, Bez, who plays “alternative soul,” a hybrid of soul, rock, jazz and R&B released his first album titled Super Sun in 2011. The album has the monster hit single, That Stupid Song and other soul-inspiring songs. The Boston Globe described him as “superb alternative-soul singer” placing the song third in its top ten world music albums of 2011.
BAP Productions was conceptualised as a company committed to promoting Nigerian theatre industry through the production of world class Broadway style theatre. It is reputed to have raised the bar in the theatre industry with SARO the Musical in 2013.
Footprints of David Art Academy is widely known as the best children’s dance troupe in Africa. It is a group with an uncanny energy for excellence in Performing Arts and has, since inception in 2005, used art as an instrument for fostering positive change in the society.
Others to be honoured along with Prof Soyinka are Caine Prize winners Tope Folarin and E.C. Osondu and Sefi Atta, winner of 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.