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Àkójọpọ̀ Presents: Taste of Nigeria, African Art and Music Fundraiser Night

May 2, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Connect Gallery
1451 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615



Ore Wa (Our Friend)


This ticket includes entry to the event, live performance, and a food ticket.

Ore Wa (Our Friend) Meal:

  1. Assortment of Buns, Puff Puff, and Dodo
  2. Complimentary beverage 

E Bi Wa (Our Family)


This ticket includes entry to the event, live performance, and a food ticket

E Bi Wa (Our Family) Meal:

  1. Assortment of Buns, Puff Puff, and Dodo
  2. Jollof/Fried Rice w/ Chicken
  3. Complimentary Beverage

Opomulero Wa (Our Pillar)


This ticket includes entry to the event, live performance, a food ticket, and 1 alcholic drink ticket

Opomulero Wa (Our Pillar) Meal:

  1. Assortment of Buns, Puff Puff, and Dodo
  2. Jollof/Fried Rice w/ Chicken
  3. One Complimentary Beverage 
  4. One Alcoholic Drink Ticket


  • 6 Foot Table provided 
  • All vendors will receive 1 free copy of the book Vendorland: Event Marketing Simplified
  • All vendors receive 1-2 meal tickets depending on number of staff present
  • All vendors have the option to leave sample products/business cards into gift bags for guests to be distrubted at end of the event



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Event Summary

The "Taste of Nigeria" event promises attendees a captivating journey into Nigerian culture and music, all while supporting Àkójọpọ̀'s African Art Music initiatives. Generously supported by Daniel Kumapayi's mother, an expert in Nigerian cuisine, guests will savor traditional dishes prepared with love, experiencing the rich tapestry of flavors that define Nigerian cuisine. Accompanying the culinary delights will be performances showcasing the vibrant beats and melodies of African music, including the world premiere of "Kòsólóko lóko" by Gabriel Adedeji. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore exhibitions of African art, celebrating the talent and creativity of the continent's artistic community. Through this fundraiser, participants not only enjoy an unforgettable evening of cultural immersion but also contribute to vital projects supporting African art and music, fostering creativity, and preserving cultural heritage.

Proceeds: Proceeds from this event will directly support our mission of promoting and integrating Pan-African music globally, celebrating its cultural richness across diverse communities and diasporas. Through our concerts, digital marketplace to have access to Pan-African sheet music, and arts administration initiatives, we empower Pan-African musicians and bridge cultural divides, fostering a deeper appreciation for African music worldwide. By supporting this event, you're not just bringing African Art Music to Chicago; you're investing in the dreams and aspirations of Pan-African musicians. Your generosity creates not only job opportunities but also a pathway for their professional growth and artistic fulfillment back in Africa. Join us in igniting the flames of passion and possibility in the world of music. Together, let's make a profound impact and create a future where every note sings with the spirit of Africa.

Event Details

Date and Time: Thursday, May 2nd, 6:00pm-8:00pm CST

  • Doors will open for guests 5:45pm CST
  • Meals Time Frame: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • World Premiere of Kòsólóko lóko: 7:00 PM-7:30 PM

Location: Connect Gallery, 1451 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

  • Hyde Park has lots of free parking, but you can reserve parking here if you would like

Purpose: The 'Taste of Nigeria' event serves as a fundraiser to support Àkójọpọ̀'s mission of promoting and integrating Pan-African music globally, celebrating its cultural richness and significance across diverse communities and the diaspora. By partaking in this event, attendees not only indulge in the flavors and rhythms of Nigerian culture but also contribute directly to initiatives aimed at fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation through music. Your participation helps us in our endeavor to amplify the voices of African artists and musicians worldwide, ensuring that the vibrancy and heritage of Pan-African music continue to resonate on a global scale.

Activities/Highlights: Attendees will be treated to a dynamic array of activities and highlights designed to immerse them in the vibrant tapestry of Nigerian culture. Experience the pulsating rhythms and soulful melodies of live music performances, showcasing the diverse sounds of Africa's musical heritage. Sip on refreshing beverages as you mingle and network with fellow guests, forging connections and friendships amidst the lively atmosphere. Explore captivating art exhibitions, featuring works that celebrate the creativity and talent within the African artistic community. Whether you're indulging in the flavors of Nigerian cuisine, tapping your feet to the rhythm of African beats, or engaging in stimulating conversations with like-minded individuals, the 'Taste of Nigeria' promises an unforgettable evening of cultural exploration and celebration. All guest will receive a name tag with colored designations to help our servers distinguish our guests to ensure all services are rendered; all guests also receive a complimentary gift bag with business cards/samples from African business in Chicago.

Dress Code: We encourage guests to wear African-inspired attire

Food and Beverage: All Nigerian dishes will be made peanut-free and prepared with love by Daniel's mom, Mobisayo Kumapayi

Entertainment: The event will feature a mini-performance by our host Zion Ali, alongside Obianom Chiemerie, Owele Emmanuel, and Daniel Kumapayi, premiering "Kòsólóko lóko" by Gabriel Adedeji

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