On 25th December 2016, Èkó Samba Community paraded in Lagos Island as part of the long-standing Fanti Carnival. This Carnival was started by the Brazilian Descendants of Nigerians, who returned to Nigeria once slavery ended. It is a manifestation of their enduring connection to their Brazilian roots, with hand made costumes, live music and a parade that runs through the local neighbourhoods of Igbosere, Lafiaji, and Campos within the Brazilian Quarters.
It was an honour for Èkó Samba Community to be part of this event and further strengthened our connection with this kindred community. A group of 30 kids paraded and drummed non-stop from start to finish for almost fours hours. The energy was electric and our drummers were very well received by the local community as well as other participants of the Carnival.
One of our Assistant Directors, Tobi, told us that this was one of his best outings to date with Èkó Samba Community:
“Performing at Fanti Carnival was a glimpse of my dreams coming true and it was exclusively my best Christmas.”
Click here to view our full collection of photos from the Carnival.