Lagos Block Party
It’s interesting to see that sometimes, some of the things on my to – do list when I travel to other countries end up being ticked off here in Nigeria.
Block parties are so American and I always secretly wished I could attend one. Colour me surprised when I found out that I could tick this off my list in Lagos.
Block parties are also known as street parties where people in a particular community cordon off their ‘block’ (street) from vehicular movement and party in the street. Food, music, games, dancing and more helped to foster relationships between members of the community. Rumour even has it that block parties in New York might have birthed Hip-Hop.
Block Party Lagos throws one every year on Broad Street, Lagos and it’s slowly gaining fame. When Naija Nomads & Waka Waka Chronicles said we would be attending it, I was a bit hesitant but it ended up being a lot of fun and I’m glad I experienced my first block party.
They usually include food/drink vendors, various acts like the Eko Samba Community dance troupe and The Bita Kola band, traditional dancers, games and more.
There’s usually an itinerary showing the time various acts are expected to perform so you can plan accordingly if there’s a group you want to see.
The street was filled with people dancing, eating and just a having a great time.
We danced, played with giant jengas, tried to hula hoop, attempted jump rope and then the girls and I noticed there was no hopscotch. We proceeded to look for chalk and correct that error and soon everyone joined us.
There was a stall by ‘The yellow of Lagos‘ that was strictly for photo ops and it stole the day with its uniqueness.
Bita Kola started performing as it got dark and I thought the members were an interesting mix. Alas it was getting dark and it was time to leave.
Attending the block party was a great way to spend my Saturday and I’ll definitely be adding it to my yearly calendar.
*Cost – Absolutely free to join but you pay for whatever you buy.
If you’ve gone to a block party before, what was it like?
*Reviews are based on opinions and personal experiences, and may differ from person to person
*prices written are based on the time the visit was made and is subject to change by the owners.