After a two-year long hiatus due to the pandemic, Nigeria’s hotly-anticipated Our Homecoming festival finally made its comeback. Now in its third edition, the event took place last weekend with full force to welcome its young Nigerian audience back.
The three-day festival was originally launched in 2017, founded by Grace Ladoja and headlined by London-based grime artist Skepta and Lagos-born singer and songwriter Wizkid. The two long-time collaborators were the first ambassadors of Our Homecoming, which seeks to spotlight the country and region’s up and coming musicians, artists and designers.
Keeping in the tradition of featuring continent’s hottest performers, this year was no exception. A handful of A-list celebrities made their way to Lagos including Central Cee, ArrDee, Rema, Lojay, Teezee, Black Sherif and Odunsi The Engine.
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As a real engine that wants to fuel the local cultural scene, the festival also organised a set of panels and masterclasses on many topics pertaining to the entertainment industry. In collaboration with Tiktok, prominent figures, including Joey Lit, founder of streetwear label Free The Youth, took the stage and shared their insights and advice on how to move the dial forward from an individual to a collective level.
Living up to the title of one of Africa’s coolest events, Homecoming has also become a hub for fashion enthusiasts. Supporting local designers while introducing collections from household names, the festival teamed up with Alara, a Lagos-based concept store, to diffuse the country’s slew of creative minds. Everything from merch to exclusive lines of clothing were displayed for party-goers to discover, enjoy and draw inspiration from its emerging designers. Home built brands like Mowalola, Motherla or Vivendii were all made their presence known.
As it had in its previous editions, Our Homecoming crystallised the ambition of a whole generation, slowly turning into the continent’s annual rendez-vous for talented minds.