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Black History Month: A Portrait of Kano Durbar

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15 Nov 2023 5:30 pm -8:45 pm

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Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

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Black History Month: A Portrait of Kano Durbar

Film screening and discussion with Bayo Akanbi

The Durbar festival is held every year. It is the biggest celebration in Northern Nigeria with dignitaries and people from all around West Africa coming in to witness the celebration.

Produced by Bayo Akanbi, “A Portrait of Kano Durbar” attempts to capture the frenzy, beauty and pride of Northern Nigeria and the festival; an experience which cannot be captured in antiques, and collectibles. Each Kano Durbar Festival hosts all of the northern chieftaincy holders. Their clothes forming a record of how royal attires have evolved over time.

Bayo Akanbi’s Showreel


The screening will be followed by a discussion/conversation between director, Bayo Akanbi and Curator of Living Cultures, Dr Njabulo Chipangura. The discussion will use cultural objects from Nigeria in Manchester Museum’s Living Cultures collections and highlight their connection with the Durbar Festival.

Bayo Akanbi

Bayo Akanbi, often referred to as Bayo Brahms, is a visual storyteller passionate about exploring diverse cultural backgrounds. He recently pursued and acquired a Master of Arts in Directing Film & Television at Bournemouth University. His works explore the human condition through introspection and shared experiences. Bayo is currently based in London, where he works as a Film Editor on a documentary show commissioned by SkyCrime.

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