Nollywood is gearing up to celebrate Independence Day in grand style with Nigeria’s first-ever Film history exhibition, curated by Taiwo Adeyemi, a talent management and film historian, as a way to delve into the rich history of the Nigerian film industry.
The two-day event, titled Losing Daytime, is a reference to the typical lingo used by filmmakers when shooting daytime scenes, but darkness is quickly approaching.
Spanning two days, this event is intended as a stroll down memory lane and a voyage through Nigeria’s cinematic adventure as there will be abundance of old videotapes, vintage costumes, movie scripts, rare footage, historical news publications, classic posters, VHS cassettes, intriguing prop installations, and other never-before-seen artefacts. There’s going to be an all-day viewing as well (scheduled specifically for the October 2nd, the second day of the event).
The venue is Glover Court Ikoyi where esteemed dignitaries, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, custodians of film culture, students, and the general public are expected to be in attendance.
The two-day event is a precursor to the much bigger exhibition slated to be held in December 2023 at the Ecobank Pan African Centre in Lagos.
According to the show curator, “Losing Daylight goes beyond being an exhibition; it’s an institution committed to reclaiming the fading history of Nigerian cinema and making it accessible to all as an art form, source of entertainment, educational resource, cultural heritage, and social documentation. At its core, this exhibition tells the story of an industry that has shaped millions of Nigerians and Africans’ perspectives, beliefs, and cultural values.”
The exhibition is presented in association with EcoBank Nigeria, Change.org, Zikoko, BoxxCulture, and Q21 Solutions.