Inspiro plans Project 100:100:100 for Nigeria’s Centenary commemorations

Posted: February 18, 2013 in art/entertainment

nigeriaIn what is being projected as the biggest showpiece in Nigeria’s entertainment scene, Inspiro Productions has unveiled a novel plan to stage 100 performances across 100 venues over 100 days in Nigeria to add to other events line out in support of the on-going Centenary celebrations.

Tagged Project 100: 100: 100, the idea by Inspiro Productions is to gather artistes and resource persons across the country on nationwide platforms conceived as the most spectacular to hit the Nigerian entertainment and creative space.

“For the first time in the history of the nation and in commemoration of the centenary anniversary of Nigeria, a 100 different artistes and musicians will be performing and exhibiting in a 100 different locations, for a 100 different days all over the federation for Nigeria at 100 in an artistic project tagged; ‘100:100:100’,” said Project Director, Mr. Ayoola Sadare, in a statement.

According to Sadare, the novel project will be line with other activities by the private and public sector of government for the Nigeria’s Centenary celebrations.

“This unique and epoch-making programme will be part of celebrating the 100 years of the amalgamation of the Southern and Northern protectorates into the nation called Nigeria in 1914,” he explained.

Inspiro Productions, it would be recalled also staged in partnership with the South African High Commission in Nigeria, the hugely successful Tale Of Two Africa Cities involving Lagos-Johannesburg people to people initiative between Nigeria and South Africa, an event which also featured other leading entertainment brands and major stakeholders in the sector.

“Inspite of all the challenges facing us as a nation, we believe that Nigeria should remain one. Nigeria is a beautiful country that can and must work. We see beyond the present challenges facing us a nation, we see the resilient character and fighting spirit which are positives of this great 100 Million plus strong country and believe that our size and diversity are our strengths rather than weaknesses and must be reinforced.

“Our large population and multi-ethnic flavour presents a large human resource pool from which we have ample representation for almost every human endeavour. This is a solid advantage for us as a nation and was again recently exhibited with Nigeria winning the Orange African Cup of Nations 2013 edition against all odds as one.

“Nigeria’s Centenary is worth reflecting on, celebrating and thanking Almighty God for rather than a continual focus on the negatives. We would rather advance beyond what keeps us down. Some other countries did not go through a fraction of what we have before they broke up. As a country, we can’t afford to disintegrate. It’s not an option. We have more going for us beyond the minor distractions we experience, let’s build on that,” said Sadare.

While positing that the entertainment and creative industries are veritable tools for national re-orientation, Sadare stressed that the industry which has put up strong showings in recent times is an emerging force to be reckoned with.

“At a time when Nigerian musicians, actors, literary and art practitioners are making impact both locally and internationally, an event like our Centenary cannot be taken lightly. The same way other nations sell their nation through their music, movies, arts and culture, the responsibility is on us as Nigerians as we step into our next century to develop strategies to harness this and chart a definite course with it. As the most populous black nation on the planet, a lot of people are looking up to Nigeria to get it right; our children, unborn generations and other Africans both on the continent and in Diaspora,” he stated.

According to Inspiro, the planned ‘100:100:100’ artistic project would not only include musical and artistic performances, but also capacity building sessions like workshops, master-classes, colloquiums, conferences and exhibitions that will include participants from both Nigeria and abroad.

“Current artistes, living legends and upcoming talents will be accommodated. Wide consultations are ongoing extensively both in and out of the country to ensure a successful hosting of the project and more details will be given as events unfold,” Sadare revealed.

Inspiro productions the project’s initiators has in the past successfully organized amongst many others the Lagos International Jazz Festival, Muson Jazz festivals, Labule Creative Community shows and The Nigerian Jazz Project (Naijazz).


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