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All the Colours, Fun & Excitement from the Notting Hill Carnival & One Lagos Weekend! Gbenga Adeyinka, Funke Akindele-Bello, JJC, Nikki Laoye & more

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The Nigerian Corner Presents... Lagos Corner at Notting Hill Carnival 2016. ©Michael Tubes Creations

The Nigerian Corner Presents… Lagos Corner at Notting Hill Carnival 2016. ©Michael Tubes Creations

There is little doubt that the August bank holiday weekend is usually the highlight of the Nigerian social circle in London, UK. This weekend is typically filled with shows like comedy events, musical highlights and last but not the least, the Nigerian Corner at the annual Notting Hill Carnival event.

This year was bound to be no different – parties, award ceremonies and laughter were in store for any Nigerian who fancied it. But there was a bit of a difference this year. Lagos State – the social, cultural and bubbling hub of the nation – came out to play!

Love Lagos Weekend - Townhall Meeting. Photo credit - ©Michael Tubes Creations

Love Lagos Weekend – Townhall Meeting. Photo credit – ©Michael Tubes Creations

The governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has been keen to show Lagos as a city that works. Having successfully put certain frameworks in place, it made perfect sense to spread the message of the new dawn to other Nigerians in diaspora, so London was an obvious starting point.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, visited the English capital with several other important members of the governor’s team. Notable among them were: Special Advisor to the governor for Arts and Culture – Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola and Special Advisor to the governor for the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investments – Professor Ademola Abass.

The One Lagos Weekend kicked off with a Town Hall meeting in the classical Woburn House Conference Centre in central London. Here, the ambassadors of Lagos State informed the diasporic community of the changes in the state since the new administration took over the reins.

Love Lagos Weekend - Townhall Meeting. Photo credit - ©Michael Tubes Creations

Love Lagos Weekend – Townhall Meeting. Photo credit – ©Michael Tubes Creations

After a civilised morning, the evening gave way to comedy as the Discovery Centre in Barking, Essex played host to iLaff with MC Abbey. For the second year running, MC Abbey returned with seasoned comedians such as Gordons, Seyi Brown, Buchi and EmmaOhMaGod, while bringing younger acts such as Kenny Blaq to the fore. Music was performed by praise veterans Nikki Laoye and Mike Aremu.

The laughter and hilarity continued into the next day as all of London joined Julius Agwu for the 11th edition of the Crack Ya Ribs show. With Osinachi crooner, Humblesmith, as the headline musical act, the fun and dancing continued late into the night.

The peak of the weekend’s event was the Notting Hill Carnival. Known for the last 30 years as the Nigerian Corner, our little part of the carnival got a makeover as the Lagos Corner.

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As usual, there was dancing, merrymaking and Nigerian beats to give the glorious weekend a befitting send off. Even the Lagos folk will admit that London knows how to party as there were smiles all around.  A fabulous weekend of national pride and Bank Holiday fun!

Many Celebs and Media personalities were spotted were spotted in the VIP section – Yeni Kuti, Maleek Berry, Ayo Shonaiya, Seyi Brown, Actress Tayo Sobola, MC Abbey, Yaw Yaw, DJ Abass, Sammy Okposo, Niki Laoye, Sautisol, Sope Olajide. See all the photos from the One Lagos Weekend and the Notting Hill Carnival below.

Town Hall Meeting

Love Lagos Weekend - Townhall Meeting. Photo credit - ©Michael Tubes Creations

Love Lagos Weekend - Townhall Meeting. Photo credit - ©Michael Tubes Creations

Love Lagos Weekend - Townhall Meeting. Photo credit - ©Michael Tubes Creations

Love Lagos Weekend - Townhall Meeting. Photo credit - ©Michael Tubes Creations

Love Lagos Weekend - Townhall Meeting. Photo credit - ©Michael Tubes Creations

Love Lagos Weekend - Townhall Meeting. Photo credit - ©Michael Tubes Creations

iLaff with MC Abbey

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Lagos Corner at The Notting Hill Carnival

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The Nigerian Corner Presents... Lagos Corner at Notting Hill Carnival 2016. ©Michael Tubes Creations

The Nigerian Corner Presents… Lagos Corner at Notting Hill Carnival 2016. ©Michael Tubes Creations

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The Nigerian Corner Presents... Lagos Corner at Notting Hill Carnival 2016. ©Michael Tubes Creations

The Nigerian Corner Presents… Lagos Corner at Notting Hill Carnival 2016. ©Michael Tubes Creations

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Others at Converse Party at The Notting Hill Carnival

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Clara Amfo attends the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate the new carnival inspired Converse Custom Chuck Taylor All Stars, designed by leading British music talent Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose and Clara Amfo at Dock Kitchen on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Converse)

Clara Amfo attends the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Lady Leshurr attends the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate the new carnival inspired Converse Custom Chuck Taylor All Stars, designed by leading British music talent Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose and Clara Amfo at Dock Kitchen on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Converse)

Lady Leshurr attends the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Ashley James attends the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate the new carnival inspired Converse Custom Chuck Taylor All Stars, designed by leading British music talent Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose and Clara Amfo at Dock Kitchen on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Converse)

Ashley James attends the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Nana Acheampong (L) and a guest attend the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate the new carnival inspired Converse Custom Chuck Taylor All Stars, designed by leading British music talent Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose and Clara Amfo at Dock Kitchen on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Converse)

Nana Acheampong (L) and a guest attend the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Yasmin Evans attends the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate the new carnival inspired Converse Custom Chuck Taylor All Stars, designed by leading British music talent Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose and Clara Amfo at Dock Kitchen on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Converse)

Yasmin Evans attends the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Two women with orange hair walk through Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Pips Taylor (L) and Charlotte de Carle attend the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate the new carnival inspired Converse Custom Chuck Taylor All Stars, designed by leading British music talent Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose and Clara Amfo at Dock Kitchen on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Converse)

Pips Taylor (L) and Charlotte de Carle attend the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Nana Acheampong (R) and Ayo Sule attend the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival to celebrate the new carnival inspired Converse Custom Chuck Taylor All Stars, designed by leading British music talent Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose and Clara Amfo at Dock Kitchen on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Converse)

Nana Acheampong (R) and Ayo Sule attend the Converse party at Notting Hill Carnival

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Revellers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 28, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival has taken place every year since 1966 in Notting Hill in north-west London and is one of the largest street festivals in Europe with more than a million people expected over two days. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Colourful Costumes at the Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, in Notting Hill in north-west London and is one of the largest street festivals in Europe with more than a million people expected over two days. It is expected to attract over a million people. Started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, the event sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 28, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: A performer takes part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival has taken place every year since 1966 in Notting Hill in north-west London and is one of the largest street festivals in Europe with more than a million people expected over two days. on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: A performer takes part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 28, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: A performer joins in the celebrations during the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival has taken place every year since 1966 in Notting Hill in north-west London and is one of the largest street festivals in Europe with more than a million people expected over two days. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Performers join in the celebrations during the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival has taken place every year since 1966 in Notting Hill in north-west London and is one of the largest street festivals in Europe with more than a million people expected over two days. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: A performer takes part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: A performer takes part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Performers on a float take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival has taken place every year since 1966 in Notting Hill in north-west London and is one of the largest street festivals in Europe with more than a million people expected over two days. on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival has taken place every year since 1966 in Notting Hill in north-west London and is one of the largest street festivals in Europe with more than a million people expected over two days. on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: A performer takes part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival has taken place every year since 1966 in Notting Hill in north-west London and is one of the largest street festivals in Europe with more than a million people expected over two days. on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: A performer takes part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 29, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival has taken place every year since 1966 in Notting Hill in north-west London and is one of the largest street festivals in Europe with more than a million people expected over two days. on August 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival on August 28, 2016 in London, England. The Notting Hill Carnival, which has taken place annually since 1964, is expected to attract over a million people. The two-day event, started by members of the Afro-Caribbean community, sees costumed performers take to the streets in a parade and dozens of sound systems set up around the Notting Hill streets. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Photography: Michael Tubes Creations, David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Converse, Jack Taylor/Getty Images, Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images, Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

3 Comments

  1. swizzle

    August 30, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    This was absolutely the WORST Nigerian corner I have ever witnessed at the Notting Hill carnival.

  2. Chai

    August 31, 2016 at 12:40 am

    The Nigerian corner is that London? I dey doubt am, looks very much like naija

  3. Tosin

    September 1, 2016 at 7:44 am

    you saved the best photos for last 😀

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