The Executive Producer of Unchained Vibes Africa, Ayodele Ganiu, has called on the Nigerian Police Force not to enforce its new policy aimed at prosecuting movie and skit makers for using police uniform or portraying the police institution in movies and comedy skits without authorization. Speaking at the Youth and Policing Summit for southwest region hosted by the Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN) in Lagos from 31st October – 1st November 2022, Ayodele advised the Police to change their approach from coercing artists to embracing dialogue. He noted that skit makers and filmmakers have massive followers and can be strategic partners with the police in improving the relationship between the police and the people, especially the youth, if properly engaged.
On April 30, 2022, at the end of the Democracy Vibes Summit organized by Unchained Vibes Africa, a special edition of Freedom Vibes Series was hosted – the Freedom Vibes Poetry Concert. The concert brought together leading Nigerian spoken word poets for a convergence with Afro-pop musicians to promote freedom of expression. It featured the best of performance poets in Nigeria including Dike Chuwumerije, Sage Hassan, RezThaPoet, Iquo Diana-Abasi and the invigorating spirit of the fast rising Victory Ashaka.
COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF DEMOCRACY VIBES SUMMIT ON THE THEME “PROTECTING CREATIVITY THROUGH PARTICIPATORY REFORMS”
On Saturday, 30th April 2022, Democracy Vibes, a summit on censorship and artistic freedom, was organized by Unchained Vibes Africa at the Freedom Park in Lagos. It was a hybrid event with many delegates physically in attendance and others participating virtually via Zoom webinar. The theme of the summit "Protecting Creativity through Participatory Reforms" inspired meaningful policy dialogues and debates among stakeholders and delegates revolving around censorship, actions and inactions of state and non-state actors as well as laws and regulations hindering artistic freedom in Nigeria.
The stage is set for the December edition of Freedom Vibes Series as Unchained Vibes Africa hosts Afrobeat icon Seun Kuti and Lagos lawyer and seasoned political activist Dele Farotimi as keynote speakers. Artists, creative sector stakeholders, cultural activists and members of the civil society will reconvene this Saturday 18th December 2021 at the Freedom […]