The Incredible Music Festival Wrap Up With Joy in Jos

Jos, 28th February – The Incredible Music Festival (IMF) wrapped up with resounding success, leaving a trail of joy and inspiration in its wake. From February 22nd to the 24th, Jos reverberated with creativity as the festival unfolded, drawing artists, musicians, industry professionals, and music enthusiasts from across the region.

This year’s IMF surpassed expectations, featuring two days of immersive workshops, engaging discussions, and lively panel talks, followed by a day of electrifying live performances. Attendees enjoyed a diverse range of activities, from intimate mental health discussions with established and emerging artists to explorations of music’s future amid emerging technologies like blockchain.

The festival’s success was made possible by the generous support of its sponsors. The organizers extend heartfelt gratitude to L1 blockchain innovator Algorand and indigenous streaming platform Aurally for their invaluable contributions. Their support empowered emerging artists and set the stage for revolutionizing the creative industry while ensuring attendees had a memorable and enjoyable experience.

As the festival concludes, organizers express gratitude to all who contributed, from sponsors and partners to dedicated team members and volunteers. Most importantly, heartfelt thanks go to the attendees who joined in celebrating the magic of music and the spirit of unity.

With optimism for the future, organizers look forward to IMF’s continued impact, inspiring generations of artists and music lovers to come.

IMF 2024 Mental Health Workshop: Breaking the Stigma, Building Resilience

Jos, 28th February – On the second day of the Incredible Music Festival (IMF), attendees were treated to a powerful and enlightening mental health workshop that delved into the unique challenges faced by creatives, featuring Nigerian hip-hop icon M.I Abaga alongside mental health professionals and advocates.

In a candid discussion, M.I Abaga, known for his lyrical prowess and introspective storytelling, opened up about his own struggles with mental health and the pressures faced by artists in the industry. He shared personal experiences and highlighted the prevalence of substance dependencies as a coping mechanism, often viewed as a way out of the stress and expectations placed on creatives.

Joined by mental healthcare professionals and advocates, the workshop shed light on the importance of addressing mental health issues within the creative community and the need for a proactive approach towards mental wellness. Speakers emphasized the significance of seeking help and support early on, rather than waiting until reaching a breaking point.

“You go for medical check-ups regularly, even if you are not sick, this is because we understand that prevention is better than cure with the body,” remarked one mental health advocate. “But when it is our mental health, we will wait until we have completely burned out and can barely function because we do not see our mind in the same light. This perspective has to change.”

The workshop emphasized the importance of regular mental health evaluations and personal education to raise awareness of one’s mental state. By investing in their mental health and seeking professional support when needed, creatives can build resilience and better navigate the challenges of the industry.

“As artists, we must recognize that our mental health is just as important as our physical health,” M.I Abaga remarked. “As a creative, your mind is actually your biggest office where you do all the work before you enter the studio or step on set. You wouldn’t leave your physical office scattered, so why your mental office?.”

The IMF mental health workshop served as a reminder of the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and fostering a culture of support and understanding within the creative community. As the festival concluded, attendees left with a renewed commitment to prioritizing their mental wellness and supporting others on their journey towards healing and resilience.

With conversations like these, IMF continues to serve as not only a platform for artistic expression but also a catalyst for important discussions on mental health and well-being in the creative industry.

Harnessing Creativity for Social Impact and Fighting Poverty With Loye

Jos, 28th February – Day 2 of the Incredible Music Festival (IMF) saw a thought-provoking panel discussion on the power of artists to drive social change, spotlighting emerging singer and songwriter Loye, whose passion for poverty eradication took centre stage.

In conversation with accomplished journalist Na’omi Kareem, Loye shared insights into his journey from humble beginnings in the slums of Kaduna to becoming a rising star in the music industry. The panel discussion delved into Loye’s motivations for supporting the cause of poverty eradication and explored how other creatives could leverage their skills and influence to tackle social issues.

“I’ve seen firsthand the struggles of poverty, and I believe it’s my responsibility to use my platform for good,” shared Loye. “I have always admired how artists like Micheal Jackson and Bob Marley used their brand and art to push for social change and this inspired me to harness the power of my creativity for positive change in society.”

The discussion was punctuated by a poignant documentary that followed Loye’s journey from the streets of Kaduna to Lagos in pursuit of his dreams. Through his personal story, Loye highlighted the importance of providing opportunities to break the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged children and families.

“Not everyone will have the same opportunities I had to escape poverty through music,” acknowledged Loye. “That’s why it’s crucial to create a range of opportunities for young people from underprivileged backgrounds to realize their potential and build a better future for themselves.”

The panel discussion resonated with attendees, who were inspired by Loye’s commitment to social impact and his dedication to using his creativity for the greater good. As artists, musicians, and creatives, they were challenged to consider how they could contribute to positive change in their communities.

The panel discussion concluded with a food drive kicking off Loye’s food tour to feed 1000 families. Attendees left with an understanding of how they can work with organizations to create social impact through their work and influence. Through conversations like these, IMF continues to serve as a catalyst for social impact, empowering artists to drive positive change and create a brighter future for all.

Nuel Umahi
Nuel Umahi

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Sign up for the newsletter

This website stores cookies on your computer.