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.


Our Musical Director leads 30 drummers in a warm up before they take to the streets of the Brazilian Quarters, Lagos Island.

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.”


Two of our drummers are caught in the pure joy of parading at Fanti Carnival.


Our Musical Director Seyi calls the attention of the drummers as they parade through the historic streets of the Brazilian Quarters in Lagos Island.

Click here to view our full collection of photos from the Carnival.