Wednesday, July 2, 2008

THISDAY Festival Tickets Go On Sale July 4

THISDAY Festival Tickets Go On Sale July 4Datelines: July 11, Abuja, Nigeria; July 13, Lagos, Nigeria; August 1, Washington DC, USA and October 14, London, UK. 4 Categories of tickets: Country Tickets, VIP Tickets, Golden Circle Tickets and Hospitality Suites.07.01.2008Tickets for the 2008 edition of the THISDAY Music and Fashion Festival which has attracted worldwide interest will go on sale as from Friday, July 4.Demands for the tickets are already pouring in from across the world.Billed to hold in four cities across the world, the festival will kick off in Abuja on July 11 and move on to Lagos on July 13.It will also hold in Washington DC on August 1st while the grand finale will hold in London on October 14.Also, Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel popularly known as Seal has been confirmed for the Washington DC part of the festival.Global music, fashion and cultural icons from Africa and the world will be on display at the festival tagged: "Africa Rising: To Celebrate the Best and Brightest of Emerging New Africa."The festival will showcase, among other things, Nigerian and African fashion to the world.Among the Nigerian fashion icons expected at the festival are Folake Coker of Tiffany Amber, Lanre Da Silva, Dacouver, Emmy Collins, Deola Sagoe, Odion Mimonet and Momo.Other Nigerian designers living abroad lined up for the show are Adebayo John, Lola, Lisa Folawiyo and Jewel Baliza.Last Wednesday at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, super model Naomi Campbell and renowned coutorier Ozwald Boateng joined THISDAY Chairman Nduka Obaigbena to organise a photocall to promote the "Africa Rising" festival.Some of the international and African stars who have signed on to feature in the festival are Jay-Z, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Fat Joe, Campbell, Oluchi, Tyson Beckford and Yousou N’Dour.Others who will feature on the World-class festival aimed at promoting massive international investments in infrastructure and microfinance in Africa are Liya, Kebede, Alex Wek, Boateng, Chris Aire, 9ice and Shank.Seal, born February 19, 1963 in Paddington, London is a two-time Grammy Award winning British soul singer and songwriter of Nigerian ancestry.His name Olusegun means "God is victorious". Known professionally by his first name, Seal is known for his numerous international hits and his marriage to supermodel Heidi Klum.Seal graduated with a degree in Architecture and worked in various jobs in the London area.He got his famous characteristic facial scars as a result of discoid lupus, which, additionally, caused some hair loss.After a short time singing in local clubs and bars, in the 1980s he joined Push, a British funk band, and toured with them in Japan.In Asia, he joined a blues band in Thailand for a while before separating from the group and journeying throughout India on his own.When Seal arrived back in England, he met Adamski, a producer who was impressed by him. He was given the lyrics of the song "Killer", which was a huge hit in 1990.Sagoe has given African fashion in the 21st century the most radical expression imaginable, from the deeply rooted African fabrics to perfectly matched accessories.Known for fabulous designs, flawless colour combination, attention to details, perfect finish and finesse, Deola Sagoe, also a two-time international award winner creates designs that truly celebrate Africa and Nigeria.Described as the African fashion designer who is “best placed to interpret our cultural diversity and artistry, our earthiness and mystery, our colours warmth and passion of the African woman in her simplicity and elegance,’’ Sagoe ostensibly depicts earthly feminism in tasteful designs.Sagoe has also participated in fashion shows in America, Europe and Africa alongside fashion enigmas such as Donna Karen, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Channel and Missioni.Other awards and recognitions include participation in Cape Town Fashion Week (2003), The Alta Roma Moda show in Rome (2004), award winner of the Platinum Quality Award at the 10th International Star Awards in Paris (2006).Giving her endorsement to the festival and its objective, World renowned model, Campbell praised the chairman and editor-in-chief of THISDAY, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, for developing the vision to use culture and music to promote the best of Africa and sending the right signal on how the world community can partner Africa to solve the continent’s problems.“It is fantastic that THISDAY and Mr Obaigbena are helping improve the positive awareness of Africa as too many people have stereotypical and negative views of the continent. He obviously had a remarkable vision, a real passion and a special message... The more I found out about his mission to promote positivity and understanding, the more I wanted to be involved going forward with the 'Africa Rising' Festival,” Campbell said.Also, Boateng, said the festival would provide the best forum to positively project Africa’s image and tell the world that Africa is not about poverty and war but that with good investments channelled into creating business opportunities and rebuilding infrastructure, Africa would take its rightful place in the world community

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