New Orleans: 3SOME Movie Premiere featuring Kenneth Okolie
Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

New Orleans: 3SOME Movie Premiere featuring Kenneth Okolie

 

Join us for a red carpet affair, actor's panel and the exclusive movie screening!

*LIMITED SEATING*

A drunken night with three co-workers starts off as harmless fun but ends up unlocking a whirlwind of events no one saw coming. With morals compromised and different versions of how the story unfolded, will we ever truly figure out what happened that night?

Nollywood celebrities Kenneth Okolie, Ik Ogbonna and Etomi Okoka star in the hottest new Nollywood movie, 3SOME.

This movie is rated "R", under 18 not admitted

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Hollywood: African Princes of Comedy
Nov
6
1:00 PM13:00

Hollywood: African Princes of Comedy

WHO: African Princes of Comedy

WHAT: African Princes of Comedy

WHEN: November 6, 2016

Laughter was in full effect at the African Princes of Comedy (APC) Show in Hollywood! African Princes of Comedy Show is an event presented by Nigerian comedian/ personality Foxy P, showcasing the top group of African comedians in the United States.

The Dashiki Diaries team arrived in the beautiful city of Los Angeles on November 4th to get a taste of what the city had to offer. We made our way around the Beverly Hills area, downtown at the House of Macau for some nightlife activities and we dare not forget Veronica’s Kitchen (Naija’s finest cuisine in LA) before we had to put on our real faces for work on Sunday.

We served as a media partner for the APC Show in Hollywood, LA on November 6th at The Regent Theatre capturing exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews of the show’s cast. Comedians and guests came from all over the US; New York, Dallas, Maryland etc. to close out the last APC Show in style. Some of the acts included Seyi Brown, Wowoboyz, Chief Obi, YoungPrince etc. The event was hosted by the highly entertaining host Namo from New York. Actress and producer Yvonne Orji was the special guest of the night and best believe we snagged an interview with her about her latest role in HBO’s “Insecure” and much more. Stay tuned for snippets of the content on our Instagram page: Dashiki Diaries and YouTube channel: Dashiki Diaries.

 

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Houston : One Africa Music Festival
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Houston : One Africa Music Festival

WHO: Upfront Bookings

WHAT: One Africa Music Festival

WHEN: October 22, 2016

WHERE: Houston, Texas

Where shall we start? Maybe with one word…unreal.

One Africa Music Festival is the largest Afro-Caribbean music festival in the United States of 2016. The first One Africa Music Festival was held in New York on July 22nd at the Barclays Center and we got to attend the second one in Houston on October 22nd at the Toyota Center. Part of the talent lineup included D’Banj (Nigeria), PSquare (Nigeria), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Efya (Ghana), Sisqo (America) and much more!

We got into Houston, TX pretty late on October 21st and were way too tired to partake in any after-hours activity going on so we decided to call it a night. We got up not too long after for a quick breakfast downstairs and brief meeting with songstress, Vanessa Mdee and her team. We collaborated with them on an exclusive media package for the Tanzanian beauty. Shortly after that, we made our way to the Toyota Center for sound check. Yal...the space was massive! We were able to get up close and personal with the production team/talent for this event while witnessing their rehearsals.

After sound check, we thought we would get a chance to freshen up at the hotel, but that was completely out of the question! We didn’t want to be late because that Toyota Center was hella confusing! We got changed not too long after and began preparing to get into the show. As we were going through our equipment checklist, it didn’t take long for us to realize that we forgot our battery packs! Chineke! Had to make a quick dash back to the hotel, recoup and rush back to the scene. We thank God for Uber and the amazing security guard Mr. Paul that helped us find our way back into the event. Why must we always be on African time though??? No matter how hard we try to defeat it, we always fall victim. #Shame.

Guests were thrilled to be at the Toyota Center and the artists gave award-winning performances. The show featured legendary artists we grew up listening to as kids. Walaahi…we almost went kolomental, but had to respect ourselves sharply! (that was after our short dance session with Nigerian actresses: Uche Jombo and Dakore Egbuson. Lol!

The following day, we were able to snag a few interviews with some of the performers; P-Square, Don Flexx, Vector, Cabo Snoop etc. before we went back home. Look out for snippets of these on our Instagram Page: Dashiki Diaries. Full interviews will be available on our YouTube page: Dashiki Diaries shortly.

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Houston : African Fashion Week
Oct
20
to Oct 23

Houston : African Fashion Week

WHO: FOSE

WHAT: African Fashion Week

WHEN: October 20- October 23, 2016

WHERE: Houston, Texas

Modern, opulence and style are three words we would use to describe African Fashion Week Houston (AFWH). 

We had come in contact with the CEO of African Fashion Week Houston (AFWH) Nkem Oji-Alala last year through mutual friends and he told us about his vision for the African community through AFWH. We admired his tenacity and determination, so we knew we couldn’t miss this year’s event. African Fashion Week was a 4-day event from October 20th to 23rd showcasing pieces from rising and established African designers, workshops and lounge events. It serves as a display of a combination of cultural African materials and attires with a trendy influence. A few of the designers spotlighted this year included Tribalot, Tribe of Dumo, Backseat Love, Kastoji Kouture, House of Takura and Detola Designs.

Due to our crazy schedule, we were only able to attend The Unspoken Narrative- A Fashion Showcase event that took place on October 23rd at the Ayva Center. The event was hosted by award-winning Nigerian artist, Emma Nyra and Nigerian personality, Tobi Nwigwe. They kept the event highly engaging and upbeat.

 We collaborated with Nigerian designer, Izu Madubueze of Uhuru Designz to display one of his kente blouses at the event. The blouses spoke for themselves, as people continuously inquired about them throughout the night. Uhuru Designz offers highly chic and classy African outfits and accessories. Izu is such a talented and hard-working young man with a passion for fashion. You can purchase one of his designs online from www.uhurudesignz.com

There wasn’t a single item that came down the AFWH runway that we didn’t like! The outfits were stylish and of such high quality/ intricate design. A job well done to the designers. Now…where do we place our orders?

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Dallas : Kegoskitchen - Ladies Who Brunch
Oct
16
3:00 PM15:00

Dallas : Kegoskitchen - Ladies Who Brunch

WHO: Kegoskitchen

WHAT: Ladies Who Brunch

WHEN: October 16, 2016

WHERE: Dallas, Texas

Your favorite African sister- duo served as a sponsor of Kegoskitchen “Ladies Who Brunch” – Dallas Edition 2016. The event was held on October 16th. Kegoskitchen is a Nigerian food catering company run by Crystal Obih. She hosts exclusive Ladies Only Brunches around the country showcasing classic Nigerian dishes with a modern twist! Homegirl’s events are always instantly sold out because her tantalizing dishes are never to be missed.

Crystal’s events serve as a roundtable for ladies to mix, mingle and share ideas for upcoming projects/ business opportunities. We love working with lady entrepreneurs who are making such a positive impact within their communities and beyond. A few of her dishes at the event included: plantain lasagna, suya chicken and red velvet waffles, suya deviled eggs and shrimp and plantain salad. Make sure you grab a seat at her next event! You can visit her website: www.kegoskitchen.com for more information about her upcoming brunch dates and locations.

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Dallas : 3rd Annual African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA)
Oct
15
to Oct 16

Dallas : 3rd Annual African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA)

  • The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WHO: African Muzik Magazine

WHAT: African Muzik Magazine Awards

WHEN: October 15, 2016

WHERE: Dallas, Texas

If you weren’t at AFRIMMA 2016, we don’t know where you were oh!

The African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) is a yearly event organized by Mr. Anderson Obiagwu (CEO of Big A Ent and African Muzik Magazine) to acknowledge African and International artists and personalities in the entertainment industry.

We made our way to Dallas on October 14th and were greeted by the fabulous AFRIMMA team with a plate of Aso Rock restaurant’s jollof rice and chicken. Deliciousness!

After resting our eyes for a few hours, we got an early start to the morning. We got a sneak peek of Nigerian award-winning choreographer Kaffy’s dance rehearsal with the latest Igbo rapper on the scene Zoro. All we remember is that the footwork and dance moves were so intricate that we clearly understood why we were behind the camera. Lol!

We made our way to The Black Academy of Arts and Letters where the awards ceremony was being held later in the evening. We set up our interview spot on the red carpet and were ready to roll! We got to interview artists such as 2 Baba (Nigeria), Bisa Kdei (Ghana), Stanley Enow (Cameroon) and much more! Oh…yal know we had to ask Kaffy about that rooster for her House of Maliq magazine cover shoot. Lol! As we were just able to get the full gist, one uncle who was coordinating the red carpet interviews started shouting “One question only!” Jesuit! He cut the interview and warned us severely about the 30 second interview time per artist. Why he no warn us earlier nah? Chai! Even though he caught us off guard, we quickly learnt our lesson and were able to execute the rest of the interviews flawlessly.

After the red carpet session, we made our way into the awards ceremony and caught the rest of the performances/ award presentations. Big ups to the boys of Sauti Sol who stole our hearts with their breathtaking performance! It was an outstanding show and we were elated to cover this spectacular event.

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New Orleans : 27th Annual Film Festival
Oct
12
to Oct 20

New Orleans : 27th Annual Film Festival

WHO: NOFF

WHAT: 27th New Orleans Film Festival

WHEN: October 12 - October 20

WHERE: New Orleans, Louisiana

We attended the opening ceremony of the 27th New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) that took place on October 12th at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, LA (our home base). The New Orleans Film Festival is organized by the non-profit organization; New Orleans Film Society in an effort to seek out bold and passionate storytellers. 

Rob Reiner (Actor/ Director) who snagged the NOFF Career Achievement Award 2016, Woody Harrelson (Actor/ Emmy Award winner) and Terry Dale Parks (Actor) were a few A-list guests that attended the opening ceremony. Guests were ushered into the event space for the screening of LBJ.

After the movie screening, the Kinfolk Brass Band escorted guests with a second line performance to the Palace Café for dinner which was led by Woody Harrelson. Second line is a traditional New Orleans mini parade that incorporates brass instruments and a native dance style. Even though we no fit dance because we dey snap photo, it was a surreal experience to be a part of! It was quite a thrilling and enjoyable experience.

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New York : 56th Nigerian Independence Celebration
Sep
29
to Oct 1

New York : 56th Nigerian Independence Celebration

  • Jamaica Performance Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WHO: Nigerians in New York

WHAT: 56th Nigerian Independence Celebration

WHEN: September 29th - October 1

WHERE: New York, New York

Hands down! This was our best Nigerian Independence Celebration yet! My oh my…where do we begin? The Organization of Advanced Nigeria (OAN) organize a massive yearly 3-day event to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence Day in New York. It kicks off with a mixer, followed by Cultural Night and finishes off with a Parade. We were blessed with the opportunity to attend the event this year.

We had plans of attending the Welcome Mixer on September 29th, but were honestly too tired to get up when we made it to our hotel. We arrived in the evening and the ride to the hotel was way too strenuous. We got a fresh start to the morning with an interview with the highly entertaining Danish/ Afro-inspired comedian Ellen (popularly recognized as ellenbaby89) and the Instagram fitness sensation Scott Bernard (body_by_burnhard). We chatted about what they’ve been up to and future plans in New York. Stay tuned for the videos on our YouTube channel: dashikidiaries

Since we missed the first night’s festivities, we knew we had to be at the Cultural Night which took place at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center later that evening on September 30th. Now…that was a show! Young ladies and gentlemen competed for the OAN Mr. and Mrs. Nigeria competition. They performed cultural dances, poetry and had an African fashion show segment. Congratulations to Mr. Edo and Miss. Lagos! How dare we forget that the best MC in town; Young Prince kept the night ever so entertaining with his engaging and quite humorous performance.

Now…we were most excited about the Nigerian Independence Parade which kicked off at 10:00AM between 54th Street and 2nd Avenue. Our friends over at Africalabash Entertainment (New York’s #1 Nightlife Producer) hosted us on their float and made it an experience never to be forgotten. Prince Ademola (popularly referred to as the King of African Parties) emceed during the ride down New York streets and DJ Manny O kept us on our feet all the way through with the baddest Afrobeats jams! We were so happy to get somewhat of a tour on the float, since we hadn’t toured around the city much with our busy schedule for the weekend. We got to see the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York for the first time which was filled with our fellow brothers, sisters, cousins, aunties and uncles waiting for us to pass by.

 After we got off the float, we made our way to 44th Street where the Nigerian festival was being held at. There were various vendors with food, drinks and Nigerian apparel. Walaahi, it was the closest thing we’ve experienced to Wuse Market and we loved it! Various Nigerian dignitaries were recognized during the festival for their works within the Nigerian and New York community. Nollywood legend, Clarion Chukwura was also acknowledged during the event. Nigerian heartthrob, Ayo Jay was the special guest performer and gave an outstanding show. You know it’s real when the young girls want to jump past the barricades! 

Some people may have thought that we would call it a night and head off back to New Orleans, na lie be that! Once again, our friends at Africalabash Entertainment couldn’t let that happen. They organized the annual Green Passport Afterparty with a few other African promoters in the city and made it clear that it was an event not to be missed. How could we disappoint our friends nah? We made our way back to the hotel and quickly switched up our outfits. When we tell you those brothers, sisters and cousins we met earlier at the Consulate of Nigeria were partying with us that night, you wouldn’t believe it. It was a fully packed event! After a few adult beverages in our system and partially losing our minds on the dancefloor, we knew closed out our New York weekend properly.

New York don’t owe us nothing!

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New Orleans : George Utomwen Igbinoghene Jr. Christening
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

New Orleans : George Utomwen Igbinoghene Jr. Christening

WHO: George Utomwen Igbinoghene Jr.

WHAT: George Utomwen Igbinoghene Jr. Christening

WHEN: September 24th

WHERE: New Orleans, LA 70122

George Utomwen Jr. was welcomed into the House of The Lord on September 25th. We had the pleasure of covering Aunty Joy’s newborn baby’s christening in New Orleans, LA. The ceremony took place in a beautiful, enclosed Church located in the East area of New Orleans celebrated with friends and family. After the ceremony, guests were directed to the next event location to kick off the reception. The reception was a fun-filled celebration. God parents and some family members switched up their outfits into beautiful Nigerian attires with a royal blue and bright yellow color scheme. There were so many mouthwatering Nigerian dishes, we could barely sample them all (even though we suppose to dey snap picture…lol). The music kept guests on the dancefloor, food kept their mouths busy and the positive energy in the room made the event such a joyous occasion. 

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Orlando : African Immigrant Heritage Festival
Sep
2
to Sep 4

Orlando : African Immigrant Heritage Festival

WHO: African Leaders Council (ALC) & Africans In Orlando (AIO)

WHAT: ALC Gala/ Awards & AIO Social Africana

WHEN: September 2nd – September 3rd

WHERE: Wyndham Resort Hotel, Orlando, Florida

WHY: We must start off by applauding Mr. Austin Okai of Africans In Orlando (AIO) and The African Leaders Council (ALC) for putting together this exclusive event. Rumor had it that Mr Okai puts his best foot forward once the clock strikes midnight and we came to realize that this was no joke! The Labor Day weekend kicked off for us at the ALC Gala/ Awards ceremony that took place on Saturday, September 2nd. This invite-only event took place at the City Hall in Orlando, Florida. It comprised of various African acts; poems, dances, drumming and Afrobeats music by DJ Baboo of Nigeria based in Tampa, Florida. ALC gave recognition to several African businesses/ enterprises for their outstanding performances within the United States. There was also a vast range of African cuisine from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia and much more, so you know say we chop well well.

Social Africana organized by AIO brought in several familiar faces from the ALC Gala/Awards night on September 3rd. It took place at Kokino Tapas and Cocktails located in the heart of Orlando, Florida. Kokino is known for their fusion of international flavors and upscale ultra-lounge scenery. The night was led by Afrobeats DJ Romaric of Togo based in Tampa, Florida.

Catch more of the official photos/videos & recap on the link below.

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Orlando: Ibadan Descendants Union National Convention
Sep
1
to Sep 5

Orlando: Ibadan Descendants Union National Convention

WHO: Ovacom Media

WHAT: Ibadan Descendants Union INC Convention 2016

WHEN: Thursday, Sept 1st to Mon Sept 5th

WHERE: Wyndham Resort Hotel, Orlando, Florida

WHY: The Dashiki Diaries team served as official media partners for The Ibadan Descendants Union INC Convention 2016 organized by Ovacom Media. This event is a bi-annual gathering that brings together Nigerians from the Ibadan state of the Yoruba tribe around the United States. The event featured a hospitality night, chapter meetings and gala night. There were various dignitaries from Ibadan State in the United States, Nigeria and beyond who were recognized at the event for their accomplishments and efforts to within the Nigerian community. 

Aunty (pronounced An-tee) Victoria of Ovacom Media did an outstanding job with this event. Conventions can honestly be quite dulling at times, but not this one! She had an answer to every question and a solution for every challenge. How dare we forget the energetic Ibadan crowd that made this a fun-filled gathering? We shared numerous outbursts of laughter and comedic stories with one another during those few days at the convention. This family affair was an experience like no other. Let's not forget, we did find some time to “actually” get our jobs done. Remember the saying “All work and no play, makes the Dashiki Diaries team a dull duo”? 

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2016 Summer Surprise Social
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

2016 Summer Surprise Social

WHO: N-K Entertainment

WHAT: Surprise party! Also known as the Summer Surprise Social!

WHEN: Wednesday, May 26, 2016

WHERE: The Summer Surprise Social was organized at held at the luxurious and historic New Orleans hotel, Le Pavillon. The award winning Crystal Room, is their signature restaurant filled with classical decor under sparkling crystal chandeliers. 

WHY:  The Summer Social is a kickoff event featuring a series of unique and exquisite locations catered towards celebrating special events such as proposals, showcases and even surprise birthday receptions. You know we Africans love any excuse for a get-together, so why not name a social gathering during the summer “The Summer Social”? A secret group message was created with attendees of the event. A location, time and date were given about 48-72 hours in advance. The celebrant would be escorted to an unknown upper-scale event location where he/ she would be greeted by family and friends accompanied with innovative icebreakers and activities incorporated by N-K Entertainment into the Summer Social events.

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2016 : Africanized Mardi Gras - Party Bus
Feb
8
6:30 PM18:30

2016 : Africanized Mardi Gras - Party Bus

WHO: N-K Entertainment

WHAT: First Ever Africanized Mardi Gras – Party Bus

WHEN: Monday, February 8th, 2016

WHERE: The Africanized Mardi Gras – Party Bus began its route at The Dish On Hayne, which is a prominent night club in the East area of New Orleans and took passengers around the uptown and downtown area. 

WHY:  “What happens on the party bus, stays on the party bus”. N-K Entertainment organized the “First Ever Africanized Mardi Gras – Party Bus” in New Orleans, LA. Where do we start? New Orleans is recognized for their yearly Mardi Gras festivities, so why not Africanize it? N-K got bored of the same old activities and wanted to make new memories. From the moment the guests walked into the party bus, they knew this would be a night like no other in New Orleans. The guests were greeted with colorful Mardi Gras beads, throws by the i-Sabi models from N-K Entertainment, a personal bartender and enjoyed an endless night of Afrobeats and Afro-Caribbean jams. The event featured the DJ Ray from New Orleans, DJ Olu from Baton Rouge, and guest DJ Dozzy Ross from Atlanta. The Africanized Mardi Gras – Party Bus” held a total of 45 guests who by the end of the night had 45 new reasons to embrace Mardi Gras “The African Way”.

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2015 All White Summer Affair
May
26
to May 27

2015 All White Summer Affair

WHO: N-K Entertainment. Instagram | @nk_entertainment

WHAT: N-K Entertainment organized the “First Ever African All White Party” in New Orleans, LA. The event featured the DJ Duo- EelSauce and KA2A who played Afrobeats, Soca and Afro-Caribbean music.

WHERE: The event took place at The Venusian Gardens which is one of the top rental spots in downtown New Orleans, LA. The space is recognized for its luminous jellyfish accents and neon glass artwork.

WHEN: The exclusive event took place on May 26, 2015 between the hours of 9pm-2am

WHY: Everyone loves a party and there’s nothing more exclusive than an “All White Party”. What did we not get into that night? From the atmosphere, to the photo booth from Booth504, to the classy all-white attire, this event was one that couldn’t easily be forgotten. DJ EelSauce and KA2A kept the dance floor buzzing throughout the night with a broad selections of international music and beats. The Venusian Gardens is one of the most unique and colorful event locations with a rustic feel located in downtown New Orleans and definitely made this event stand out from the rest.