The existence of a festival like Skepta‘s Homecoming is useful to end the negative connotation that countries in Africa only operate in a deficit with resources only used for exploitation.
Earlier this year, Skepta, Grace Ladoja, and Greatness Dex curated a three-day a collaborative cultural exchange of music, fashion, and football, designed to bridge the gap between Nigeria and the rest of the world. Beats 1‘s Julie Adenuga travelled to Lagos for this event, documenting it in a three-part series, Julie in Lagos.
The new docu-series documents the massive #Homecoming events in Nigeria and their impact also turns a spotlight on the new generation of Nigerian creatives and features interviews with local game changers like Odunsi the Engine, Santi and Wavy the Creator.
It includes scenes from the ‘Homecoming’ concert with performances from Skepta, Wizkid and Tiwa Savage, as well as UK “afroswing” pioneers like J Hus and Not3s. Julie’s literal homecoming (she has Nigerian roots) and Skepta’s Homecoming is what happens when ancestry and the black diaspora collide