TARUWA: Speak with Bassey Ikpi

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Taruwa is all the fun you can get with strictly amazing performances, and some of the most engaging and insightful conversations.

On some Taruwa evenings, we have a fun activity called ‘Speak’ where a topic is chosen and a conversation built around it. In this edition, we will ‘Speak’ about Mental Health, and the segment will be hosted by Def Poetry Jam Alumni & Mental health advocate, Bassey Ikpi. After recently hosting a poetry workshop and performance evening for the Calabar festival in December, 2012, Bassey Ikpi returns to Lagos to wow fans with her art while also shedding some light on mental health issues.

As usual, there’ll also be mind-blowing musical, spoken word & instrumental performances.


THEME: Speak with Bassey Ikpi

DATE: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
VENUE: Bogobiri, Maitama Sule, Off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos

TIME: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

TARUWA [hausa for ‘gathering’] is a monthly gathering of art lovers, launched in August 2007, by Gbagyichild Entertainment CEO, Lydia Idakula Sobogun.


In its 5 years of existence, Taruwa has easily evolved into a breeding hub for new talent discovery; holding at the Bogobiri House every last Tuesday of the month and converging a positive and art endearing audience. The monthly event highlights the need for arts and culture promotion avenues to be created in Nigeria, and its success has birthed a quarterly print version, the TARUWAMagazine


In its bid to encourage up and coming talents, Taruwa fuses performances from recognized acts with that of ‘up-comers’, making it a networking platform, as well as one to showcase talent.  Photographers, Producers, journalists, publishers, producers and other special service providers of the Nigerian entertainment industry can be found at TARUWA. Artistes like Mode9, Djinee, Snatcha of Rooftop MCs, Obiwon, Spoken word artiste Sage, Idols West Africa’s Omawumi, Eric and J’odie make up the list of Taruwa’s diverse talent breed; even Rapper Jude ‘MI’ Abaga first performed his hit track Safe – a song he had written a night before – at Taruwa

Taruwa can also boast of launching out new age career artistes such as writer/ poet Chiedu Ifeozo, and Singer Bez Idakula, amidst others.





Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian born Poet/Writer and mental health advocate, who has appeared on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry a record 5 times. Introduced to the poetry of Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni at the tender age of 8, Basssey began penning her own work. Her poetry has opened shows for such acclaimed artistes as the international recording group, Les Nubians, and Grammy award winning artistes such as India Arie, Alicia Keyes and Luther Vandross. Bassey appeared on the NAACP Image Awards as part of a tribute to Venus and Serena Williams. She has also been a featured cast member of the National Touring Company of the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam. Bassey was a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and has also been seen gracing the pages of magazines such as Nylon, Marie Claire, Glamour and Bust. She also recorded an original poem for the Kaiser Foundations, HIV/AIDS campaign, Knowing Is Beautiful. Bassey’s personal and heartfelt work has made her a much sought after performer. She is currently working on various screenplays as well as freelance writing for social media outlets.



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