Afolabi Oke


I am excited to say that “Runway Jazz” made its historic debut on the 30th of April, 2016, marking another milestone contribution by Nigeria to UNESCO's expansive array of cultural assets and initiatives. Promoting Global Peace and Unity.

No doubt, the Jazz music genre has become a global culture and a permanent fixture of the lifestyle and entertainment industry. The history and contemporary evolution of “Jazz” worldwide is consequently evidenced by its universal adoption by people across all social strata. And because Jazz continues to break through these geographic and political boundaries, its unique role as a conduit for promoting global harmony through diplomacy and cultural exchange was recognized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which designated “April 30” every year as “International Jazz Day”.

Beyond its symbolic and substantial fulfilment of UNESCO's mandate, the annual “Runway Jazz” event will bring together the best of local and global music and modern fashion, featuring a lavish and classy medley of accomplished performing artistes, entertainers and iconic designers proudly and elegantly showcasing their craft to an appreciative and discerning audience.

I am passionate about uniting people using entertainment as a platform for promoting Nigerian talent. As a jazz aficionado, social entrepreneur and philanthropist, it became imperative for me to be part of a cause that would leave an indelible mark on the global community by bringing these talents to bear. My vision was to create an experiential event that was as enduring as it was remarkable and helping to bring hope to the seemingly bleak future of the Nigerian child.

I consider “Runway Jazz” to be one of my most monumental achievements till date and I am delighted to share this feat with you. Although the photobook is by no means exhaustive, it will give you a glimpse of the activities that culminated in the 2016 event as well as the follow up events that will set the tone for 2017. It was a truly enchanting evening!

From the depth of my heart, I will like to thank, His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode, Executive Governor of Lagos State and all those that supported me in making “Runway Jazz 2016” a success and as promised, delivering the biggest jazz experience in Lagos. I cannot contain the excitement about the riveting line-up of events we have in store for you. I look forward to sharing the experience of “Runway Jazz 2017” with you. See you there!