Create a cultural immersion event within the week-long Google for Nigeria Event #GoogleForNigeria. Make it fun and unforgettable for the attendees and showcase the best of Nigeria while you do it.
No of attendees: 250
Attendee demographic: Googlers from around the world/outside Nigeria including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and special guests across media, art and culture
What we did
Our mission remains changing the Nigerian narrative through delivering world class events, so this was right up our alley!
Our design theme was “rustic Nigeria”. We created an intimate and relaxed seating arrangement with simple white sofas accentuated with “ankara” prints. Works of art from some of Nigeria’s finest creatives adorned the walls and became part of the authentic Nigerian look and feel.
We had cultural performances through dance, art and music. We then created an interactive area called “The Real Naija Challenge” where non-Nigerians mostly “Googlers” visiting Nigeria for the first time got to try out a few activities to induct them as “true Nigerians”. From tasting the legendary Jollof rice, to learning pidgin (the local street language) and of course busting some trending Nigeria moves, we made sure they got the full Nigerian experience, all culminated with a Certificate of Citizenship and a new Nigerian name.
Other props included woven baskets, wooden boxes and the now famous canoes painted in Google colours placed around the hall. We drew our inspiration from the recent flooding in Lagos and the different memes on social media. The ferns and greenery in the canoes represented the beauty of the Nigerian spirit and hope in spite of challenges. Our ceiling décor comprised of ladders, mason jars, roses and ivy. No deep story about that one sorry…they just looked pretty.
The evening ended with top Nigerian band Shuga band performing some major Nigerian hits that got everyone dancing for hours
Let’s just say there was a lot of conversations about Emigration…Just kidding! Guests had so much fun and got to know just a little bit more about the culture, the people and the country Nigeria. We also hear a few guests demanded to be called their new adopted Nigerian names.