Saturday, 9 January 2010
BY BIMPE ADEBAMBO
It was an event imbued with a lot of freshness and innovation and everybody present was given a red Christmas sequinned or Santa Claus cowboy hat at the door. In attendance were artists, gallery owners, diplomats, mediamen, intellectuals and everyday people. This was the gala night of the Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos chapter, and it held recently at the Glover Memorial Hall.
Chairman and founder of Abosede International Centre for Africans in Diaspora (AICAD), Chief Tunji Abayomi, who was special guest of honour, encouraged artists to keep producing quality works. Art and craft, he stated, could actually become major income generating sector for the country.
The gala night was a medley of events. New SNA members were inducted and there were performances including by Caliberd, a comedian as well as the the GJ band with violinist and artist, Seye Aluko. Members of Society of Performing Arts (SPAN) did an electrifying Salsa number.
The DJ James kept heads bobbing and feet tapping with an interesting mix of music that cut across the different age groups at the event.
The icing on the cake? A fashion show, which had three members of SNA, Sade Thompson, Ore Apparels and Beampeh, on show. They displayed their creativity and points of view as designers.