Monday, 10 August 2015

#AfricasBiggestBookProject Narrator Spotlight: Lydia Idakula Sobogun

Lydia Idakula Sobogun is one of Nigeria’s most passionate and respected event organizers in the performing arts and culture space. For her, propagating the arts is a life-long passion, derived from her family background which comprised guitar-playing parents and siblings.

Trained as a Lawyer at the University of Jos and Nigeria Law School, Lydia humorously refers to herself as a “Defunct Lawyer”, given that she concentrates fully on running the company she formed in 2007, Gbagyichild Entertainment.

Gbagyichild organizes the highly celebrated Taruwa, a gathering of artistic and intellectual minds, and a platform for poets, vocalists, instrumentalists, comedians and spoken word artists to express themselves in a comfortable setting. In its 8 years of operation, it has grown to be a phenomenon, with a quarterly print publication, Taruwa Magazine, an annual festival Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria which debuted in 2013, as well as the recently launched Arts, Culture and lifestyle website Taruwa Magazine Online.

Her brainchild has been the gestation site and platform for a lot of popular and mainstream artistes to hone their skills including M.I. Abaga, Omawumi, her younger brother, Bez Idakula, and a host of other artistes who have gone on to achieve national and international success and recognition.

In 2015, The British Council, in partnership with The Future Awards Africa announced her as a finalist for the coveted Young Media Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Lydia is happily married to a devoted husband with whom she has a daughter. She can be found  online via her Facebook and Twitter pages.
Lydia was storified by Uzo Okonkwo.

Uzo Okonkwo is a communications specialist with several years experience in copywriting, creative thinking, and marketing strategy development. With a Professional Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, he is passionate about delivering standout value to clients through the generation of extraordinary marketing communication materials, and can be reached by e-mail whenever challenging briefs require exceptional output.

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