Black History Month (BHM) is held every October in Britain. Coincidentally, this year’s edition marks the 55th independent anniversary of Nigeria. It is celebrated yearly to promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage, disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society as well as heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in relation to their cultural heritage.
9ice has been confirmed to lead 2Face, AY, and Nollywood star, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) to London Metropolitan University (LMU), venue of the event. Also, the Nigeria Society and London Metropolitan University, London, and Lagos-based World Changers International (Worchint) would be rallying the Nigerian Students Community in United Kingdom in commemoration of the event.
The Black History Month celebration in London is described as an annual observance in the UK for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the Africa people in the Diaspora, the event in London will also x-ray the “The Role of Youth in Diaspora in National Development” and will be chaired by the Executive Vice Chairman of Ibru organisation, Olorogun Oscar Ibru.
The Concert Producer, Tony Anifite, stated the musical concert cum awards was aimed at celebrating Nigeria at 55 in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and equally give awards of recognition to well meaning individuals who, in their own capacity, have contributed to nation building through youth empowerment, community development and in the projection of the country’s positive image at home and abroad.
Anifite, who believes that arts drive the process, said that many artistes based abroad were afraid to come home but the few who braved it were able to get soft landing from local producers. “They came in when the industry was just brewing up and got to their zenith. He said, adding, “Today, D’banj is an international star and Don Jazzy is arguably the best producer around. There are also some few other Nigerians who followed the line and embraced the Nigerian theme and music flavour.
He disclosed that the live performance was designed to sensitize Nigerians in London, adding that though the structure may not be in Nigeria compared to London but the artistes can contribute to the setting up of the needed structure.
He also said that the idea behind the concert was to have at least two successful locally made artistes who started and made it with the structure in the country perform at the London Metropolitan University gig, adding that the person that met that criteria was 9ce and 2Face. “They would help us drive the process and equally show Nigerians in Diaspora that they were produced by the system that lacked structure to be become world-renowned super stars,” he added.