Positively projectingÂ Â Nigeriaâ€™s image on the international scene is Gozi Ochonogor, a Nigerian born fashion designer based in Japan. Her brand U.Mi-1Â fuses Nigerian and Japanese culture.
Gozie who is presently in the country, is set to hold a week long fashion and arts program, beginning from December 18 to 27th,Â a cultural exchange program aimed at educating orphaned children in Japan and Nigeria through art workshops.
Encouraging dialogue through art and giving the children a stimulating experience that can spur them to become future creatives is at the heart of the project.
Each edition is made of two corresponding workshops, one in Lagos and one in Tokyo. It is a nonÂ¬profit event. Artists are invited to collaborate with founder Gozi Ochonogor on workshops.
The first workshop â€œMy imaginary Lagosâ€ was run in collaboration with architect Megumi Matsubara, and introduced 15 children at Nonohana Nole Childrenâ€™s Home to Lagos architecture and the people within the spaces using images of the city.
A corresponding workshop was held at Little Saints Orphanage, Lagos, where Gozi introduced 20 kids to Tokyo, Megumi and the kids at the Childrenâ€™s Home
Megumi Matsubara returns for another edition, this time to Lagos, where she actually gets to meet the children from the Little Saints Orphanage and with sound artist Emeka Ogboh and Gozi educate the kids about Japanese theatre and story-telling.
PechaKucha Night.Â Â Â According to Gozie, PechaKucha Night was conceived in Tokyo in 2003 by Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein as a forum for designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It is a non-profit event. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each, giving 7 minutes of fame before the next presenter is up.
PechaKucha Night is an informal visual presentation about each presenterâ€™s passion. There is a beer break which gives the audience a chance to speak to those presenters who have inspired them.
PechaKucha Night VolÂ Â 1.Â isÂ theÂ first PechaKucha in LagosÂ and Nigeria,Â where contemporary art in all spheres unite. Presenters for Vol 1 are talented professionals; Architects: Artists: Fashion: Film Producer: Graphic designers. And more.
With PechaKucha, GozieÂ brings a piece of Japan to Nigeria. She is joined by Tamilore Kuboye as co-host and Remi Solarin, who completes the team.
TheÂ show runs from 18 December to 27 December 2009 at the Terra Kulture Gallery, Victoria Island Lagos.