September 21, 2015

Berry Afropolitan Weekend

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii,

I had a smashing Friday and that's all I'm going to tell you about :D

Well, yesterday I went to the She Leads Africa SheHive Opener, but I'll post those photos tomorrow. Friday was just FUNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!! So much so that I slept upside down on my bed, and Cakes said I kicked his face the whole night. Since I was so tired I refused to leave my apartment on Saturday. And my shoulders were aching from the 35 push-ups I did on Friday (video on Instagram). This weight must go!


I can't remember the first time I heard about Afropolitan Vibes, but I've known about it for a while. It's a monthly live music concert series, held on the third Friday of every month at Freedom Park. It's organized by BANTU, a 15-piece band that plays alternative, African music.

You guys have seen me at Freedom Park from earlier this year when I went to the Lagos Jazz Festival. Anyways, the show typically starts at about 8pm, so before that, you have a bunch of people just hanging around and eating from any of the many food joints there, and getting drinks. I got Star Radler cos I've seen ads around and I thought it would be more juice than beer. I was SO WRONG! This drink is definitely beer, and I don't like beer so I drank less than half and gave the rest to Cakes.



When Cakes brought the drink to me, he got a straw with it. I said "Who drinks beer with straws? That's just silly." And then a couple of hours later, this is what I see...


I ran into a friend... 

And she shared nkwobi (yuck) with Cakes.

And then I ran into a couple of actors and had to get photos, but was very shy (hides face). First Bimbo Manuel, who performed during the Soyinka event I went to last month...

And also Segun Arinze.

A little bit after 8pm, the show started and it was sooooooooooo much fun! BANTU is such a great band with lots of energy! And they have a loyal following. I felt like an outsider when everyone else was singing along to their songs :(



At the Afropolitan Vibe concerts, they usually have guest performers and first up was powerhouse singer, Immaculate. I took videos - thinking about compiling all of them and posting on Youtube later.


Next up, was Igbo rapper Illbliss. I think I liked his performance the most, apart from Bantu. I realized that I still enjoy hiphop a lot.


Awadi is a Senegalese rapper who was at the concert too. Have y'all heard rapping in French?!?!?! J'adore!!! <3<3<3

Finally, the headliner guest was Timi Dakolo. Unfortunately we left during his third song because Cakes was too tired (he's actually under the weather, so send warm thoughts to him).

The crowd was LIVE!!!


Oh yeah, halfway through the concert, I decided that I really liked Ade Bantu's shoes :-|



The next one is on October 16th. I'm not sure who the guest performers are yet. BTW, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw the video of me dancing. Cakes was off to the side while I was right up to the stage, and he videotaped me boogeying down.

Thank God for holidays on Thursday and Fridaaaaaaay. If you have time this week, check out the She Leads Africa SheHive schedule, for any panels and discussions that you might want to be a part of.

 Have a great week everyone.

24 comments:

  1. Must have been a great event, nice dance moves hehe!

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  2. Berry the hot stepper.. Fun times!!! Berry you yucked nkwobi?! Chei! Delicious something hehehe. Get well soon Mr Cakes.

    Epiphany29

    Touch Of P!nk

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    1. Lol, thanks! Yes I 100000% yucked nkwobi. I don't like goat meat. But I saw chicken nkwobi on instagram... where to find it in real life is the new issue.

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    2. You can get Chicken nkwobi at Natives restaurant in V.I

      I love Nkwobi mehn, will see if I can make the next one. It pulls quite the crowd apparently.

      Do they have parking there?

      Hope Cakes gets well soon.

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    3. Oooh, for real?! I think I'll go looking for it!

      People park on Broad Street and it's N500 to park.

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    4. Hello Berry, you can get chicken nkwobi from Lolo's kitchen- 08033220920. They will deliver to you. It also comes with a sample of their spicy chicken wings.

      Be well Cakes!!! :)

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    5. Everyone must do Afropolitan Vibes at least once. I haven't gone in a while and I've missed it so much.
      Nowadays, I am a little weirded by the numbers. Feeling like it used to be so much more intimate on the other stage and Lagos' best kept secret. And then there's the part of me that just wants to scream about it to the whole world and get the organizers the recognition they soooooo sooooo deserve.
      Go early, take a walk around the park, get some food, get a seat (if you don't intend to dance) or find a space close to the stage.
      Ah...taste that palmwine. It sells out fast.

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  3. Who yucks at nkwobi?? Oh Berry does! Lol
    Nkwobi is nice naaaa...

    You sure so step.

    Warm regards to Cakes...hope he gets well soon.

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    1. *hides face* MEEEEEE. I don't like the texture, smell or taste of goat meat. I'm not sure I even know anyone else who doesn't like goat meat. People always look at me like I'm weird when I say it :p But then I feel the same way about people who don't like plantain :-|

      Thanks, he's feeling better.

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  4. Really feeling your dance moves oh!!! My sister always goes for Afropolitan but it's just not me. Get well soon cakes!!!

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    1. Aww, I'd say to try it out but we're all different. I don't think Cakes had fun - maybe because he was falling ill or it just wasn't his idea of fun.

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  5. I feel quite offended that you would use 'yuck' to describe nkwobi that I seem to be quite passionate about. It reminds me of a post you did on styling your asoebi in different ways and some1 called your wig 'horrible' and you told her to try to use a better word to express her feelings. I also feel you shouldn't use 'yuck' on food, rather use statements like ' I dont fancy nkwobi' or 'nkwobi isn't to my taste'. Do as you say.

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    1. See, I almost get what you're saying but I think the scenarios are 2 different things. Telling me my hair is horrible is speaking to ME as a person. Saying nkwobi is yucky is a general statement about ALL nkwobi and doesn't speak to whoever cooked it. I would never say to a cook, "yuck, I don't like YOUR nkwobi." I just simply detest goat meat. Is that offending anybody in the world or hurting the goat's feelings?

      A generic statement (yuck, I don't like wigs) is different from a specific one (yuck, I don't like YOUR wig).

      Thanks for commenting anyways. Point noted :)

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  6. Hey Berry,

    Hmmm, you had a smashing time, You are a chief rocker! lol

    I would love to watch Ill Bliss perform live, I really like the way he delivers his music.

    Btw, you mentioned wanting to learn how to make iro and buba, when we saw. I've put up a post with a simple tutorial on how to sew the traditional buba style, I think you'd find it useful :-)

    Have a great week!

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    1. Nedoux I have to use this opportunity to say that I think you are beautiful in and out. You are such a sweet spirit and soul and I know your family and friends are blessed to have you in their lives. :)

      Thanks for the tutorial. Imma check it out

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    2. You are so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words.

      You have a lovely personality, and I sincerely admire the way you always keep it real.

      God bless you :-)

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  7. Actually, it's offensive to those who like to eat it. You wouldn't like it if someone came to your house and said the house smelled funny. Your house's feelings aren't hurt but you probably would be offended.

    By the way, Afropolitan looks like so much fun! Your pics and video make me want to attend one day. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Wow, so people are really attached to foods they like? I mean I love cake and melted ice cream but WHEN (not if) people knock it and say I'm crazy and it's disgusting I don't get annoyed or irritated cos to me it's just food.

      Anyway, that's why we're all different.

      To Mide, Ola and any other goat meat lover, I apologize. Ma binu, ndo, pele, mi dispiace.

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    2. Wow, so people are really attached to foods they like? I mean I love cake and melted ice cream but WHEN (not if) people knock it and say I'm crazy and it's disgusting I don't get annoyed or irritated cos to me it's just food.

      Anyway, that's why we're all different.

      To Mide, Ola and any other goat meat lover, I apologize. Ma binu, ndo, pele, mi dispiace.

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  8. loooool, great dance moves Berry!

    and cakes..do get well soon sir :-)

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    1. It's a fun experience. I think Lagosians should go at least once

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