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Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50

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Lagos came alive as fashion, jazz and culture took centre stage at the biggest fashion and Jazz event, Runway Jazz; Special Edition celebrating the city of aquatic splendour at 50.

The Runway Jazz Festival, a fusion of world class Jazz performances and fashion, which commenced on April 29 and came to a close on the April 30th, coincided with the International Jazz Day themed “Promoting Peace, Unity and Dialogue through Art”.

The event, held at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, was hosted by ace comedian Gbenga Adeyinka and the beautiful Ireti.

Talented 6 years old Ajuoluwa on the piano and 8 years old David Oke on the drums, together, gave a rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love’ after which Xerona Duke, an up and coming act, took the stage to serenade the audience with her song ‘Free Falling’. Yinka Davies gave a wonderful remix of Victor Uwaifo’s hit music ‘Guitar Boy’, specially dedicated to the executive governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Afolabi Oke, founder of Runway Jazz, acknowledged the Governors support in the area of arts in the state. The diversity of Lagos was in display as different cultural dances were performed. There was a fashion show by Step Up Initiative, inspired by the wife of the Vice President, Her Excellency, Dolapo Osinbajo, who took the podium to promote patronizing made in Nigeria goods. She further talked about her yarn and Ankara outfit which she bought for N1,800 and handmade herself.

In one unforgettable night, two Grammy award winners, American saxophonist, Najee and UK singer and songwriter Joss Stone, gave electrifying performances. Joss Stone in her trademark barefoot, accompanied by Leon, gave wonderful renditions of her songs and got the audience on their feet dancing along to her music. It was a greatly entertaining blast of drums, guitar, saxophone and flutes as Najee took the stage. He thrilled the jazz lovers to his hits like ‘Just an illusion’, ‘If it’s Magic’ and a nostalgic rendition of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Sweet Love’. Quintessential Saxophonist, Yemi Oyelede accompanied Najee to give a smooth Jazz rendition of the national anthem.

Eponymous womens wear label, Jewel by Lisa showcased her collection of beautiful Ankara pieces; a combination of international styles with Nigerian fabrics.

Afrobeat musician and protégé of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Dede Mabiaku evoked the ghost of Fela as he mounted the stage, performing some of the evergreen songs of the music legend to round off the Runway Jazz Festival.

Other notable highlights of the night included Afrobeat saxophonist, Heavywind and Sweet Sound Band, host band, thrilling the audience to some afrobeat and jazz. Made in Nigeria ‘Afrione’ phones were given to two lucky women from the audience.

Indeed it was an evening to remember as it was a gathering of the crème de la crème, political big wigs, captain of industries and music revellers. The event was sponsored by United Bank for Africa Plc’s REDTV and organised by the Sweet Sound Band in conjunction with the Lagos State Government.

Photos Below;

Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Omotade Moniye, Aidevbo Nosa Idvoze & Adetola Moniye
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
The arrivial of Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule (The Deputy Governor of Lagos) with her entourage
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
The arrivial of Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule (The Deputy Governor of Lagos) with her entourage
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Desmond Elliot with Yusuf Busari
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Olatunde Lamidi with Mayowa Amore
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Olorun Femi Gbenga, David Jimoh, Nike & Dapo Balogun
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Dunmi Onabanjo with Nike Fajemirokun
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Funmi Omotayo with Funke Oladimeji
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Ebele
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Wole Oni
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Wole Oni, , Melody & Tosin Martins
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
The arrival of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (Governor of Lagos)
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Mr. & Mrs. Wale Adebanjo
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Xerona Duke live on stage
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Yinka Davies
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Jewel by Lisa
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Jewel by Lisa
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Jewel by Lisa
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Jewel by Lisa
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Jewel by Lisa
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Jewel by Lisa
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Jewel by Lisa
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Lai Mohammed (Minister of Information with Tony Elumelu
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo (Wife of the Vice President of Nigeria)
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo (Wife of the Vice President of Nigeria)
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Mr. & Mrs. Idris Oloyede
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Joss Stone live on stage
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Joss Stone live on stage
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Joss Stone thrilling the audience
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Onari Duke with Tony Elumelu
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Najee Live on stage
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Dede live on stage
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Dede live on stage
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Mr. & Mrs. Bode Johnson
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Mr. & Mrs. Wale Adebanjo
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Mr. & Mrs. Uche Dike
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Nosd & Antonette Afe, & Temidayo Ogunbanjo
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Womold Olatunde Lamidi
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Dafe Ivwurie (Head, Brand & Corporate Communications Providus Bank) with Abiodun Kupoluyi ( Publisher E247 Magazine)
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Yusuf Busari
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Remi Adelanwa with Tomi Oyesola
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Esther Briggs with Wendy Wamvo
Photos: Runway Jazz 2017 Special Edition Celebrates Lagos@50
Donald Duke & Family

Report by Busari Yusuf
Photo credit: King Solomon Ekhaiyeme