Houston, TX.- The Nigerian-American Multicultural Center’s A Night to Transform Gala to be held on Friday June 8, 2012 at 6:30pm will exceed its past events. The gala will commence with a cocktail hour during which guests will enjoy some Nigerian appetizers.
After the cocktail hour, guests will enjoy more Nigerian cuisine during dinner accompanied with entertainment. The entertainment will feature African dancers, an African jazz band, a fashion show displaying African contemporary wear, and a live tutorial showing how to wear African headgear.
The gala will be chaired by Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Professor Adefuye. Also attending are Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, City Council-member Jackie Christie, and Isiah Carey of Fox 26 News will be the Master of Ceremony for the event.
In addition to dinner and entertainment, there will be a silent as well as a live auction featuring Alaska fishing adventures, Napa Valley adventures, vacation packages, signed memorabilia by Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, sports packages, spa days, gourmet meals, African contemporary wear and African artwork.
One of the art pieces is by world-renowned conceptual artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, the MCA Sydney, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Smithsonian.
Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. Shonibare’s work explores these issues, alongside those of race and class, through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, more recently, film and performance.
Using this wide range of media, Shonibare examines in particular the construction of identity and tangled interrelationship between Africa and the western world and their respective economic and political histories. Mixing Western art history and literature, he asks what constitutes our collective contemporary identity today.
Another world-renowned artist Tayo Quaye will have some of his pieces featured at the gala. Quaye’s work explores Nigeria’s social-economic issues and traditional ways of life in Nigeria being replaced with new technology and western ways. His works are a voice for preservation of traditions that make Nigerians who they are. Quaye’s work has been exhibited at Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.., and Albert Museum London.
Funds raised will go towards scholarships and mentorship programs for high school students and young professionals.
To register, please visit: http://namchouston.org/?ai1ec_event=fundraising-gala&instance_id=
NAMC is a Houston based non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization that seeks to build a vibrant Nigerian community in Houston and serve as a bridge between the Nigerian community and the greater Houston community. The organization hosts many activities designed to enrich the Houston community, such as youth mentorship, professional development events, summer camps and cultural awareness programs.
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