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Photos: M.I,DJ Jimmy JATT and other Nigerian stars storm Naija Corner at Nottinghill Carnival



NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill CarnivalNigerians and Non-Nigerians came out, all clad in glittering green and proudly  waving a Nigerian flag , to represent Africa’s most populous nation at the official Naija corner  at the popular Nottinghill carnival recently. Gathered at the official Nigerian stand ‘Naija Corner’ on Golbourne road W10, from noon until day-end, were iconic rapper M.I, comedians Gbenga Adeyinka and Princess, Encomium publisher Kunle Bakare (who came with his son), Nollywood’s Sam Dede, Jaiye Opayemi, Grafton’s Tonye Ibiama, Alariwo of Africa, NET publisher Ayeni Adekunle, KJV, MTN’s Kelvin Orifa, celebrated filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, as well as executive producer Abisoye Fagade and his Naija Corner partner ‘Layinka Oyedeji. With Africa’s best DJ Jimmy JATT behind the music, and Mayhem Crew and Papa Jones in charge of sound and PA, the Naija Corner was a seven hour concert, with music and performances from almost everywhere in the world. And the audience, made up of a mix of Nigerians, Jamaicans, Britons (one British gentleman, pictured above, proudly wore a Nigerian emblem, T-shirt, and had our flag with him all day), South Africans and Ghanians, happily danced to the cocktail of hits from all four DJs drawn from Lagos and the UK. ‘It’s definitely gotten better and bigger this year’ says Fagade. ‘You can see everyone mixing, dancing to Wizkid, Davido and D’Banj; eating Nigerian food and wearing green-white-green. This is the kind of cultural integration we hoped to achieve with the Naija Corner when we started, and i’m beyond pleased to see it happening today…’ Other prominent guests at the Naija Corner included Dele Okelowo of Digiprints, Akin Oyebode, Rickie Davies, Azuh Arinze (publisher of YES! International), CORE media CEO Jide Adediran, THISDAY’s Azuka Ogujiuba, Ayo Animashaun of Smooth Promotions, set designer Bolaji Durojaiye, Funsho Arogundade of TheNews, and Mr SOLEK (who gave a brief performance that left guests asking for more). The Naija Corner, the official Nigerian Corner at the Nottinghill Carnival, was organised by Sodium Brand Solutions and Reve Entertainment, in conjuction with Mayhem Crew, BlackHouse Media Group, Digiprints, Emblue Media, NET, CORE Media, Encomium Weekly, Hip TV and First Class Incorporated. Other partners include Global News, News of The People, E 24-7, KISS, Nigezie, PlayCentre, Aquila oil and Gas,JATT Inc, LaffMattazz, Alexia and other proudly Nigerian organizations. ‘This is such a great thing that’s happening. The music is great, the fans are so real and spontaneous. I feel very happy to be here, and for me as a artiste, this are the kind of platforms we’re looking for, to further push our art, and take Nigerian stuff to the world’ surprise act M.I told NET backstage. ‘Once I got there for sound check and I heard the sound, I knew were were in for a helluva time’ iconic DJ Jimmy JATT told us. ‘Naija Corner had the second biggest sound at this year’s Nottinghill Carnival, and I feel proud that we were able to entertain this huge multi-cultiural crowd, without a single dull moment’. Last year, Naija Corner held at Adela Street, off Kensal road (Harrow End), W10, London and featured thousands of participants from Nigeria and the UK including Hit maker, Eldee, Iconic DJ Jimmy Jatt, super compere, Tee A, 9ice and Banky W. This year, the carnival attracted over one million revellers, the highest number ever. Now in its 48th year, the Nottinghill Carnival is an annual event which takes place on the streets of Notting Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington    & Chelsea,   London.   Regarded   as the second most popular carnival in the world, at least, 1 million people from all over the world attend the ‘street party’ each year. NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival NAIJA CORNER At Nottinghill Carnival]]>

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