Ayodele Ganiu | @
Progamme Officer – Africa
Ayodele Ganiu is a talking drum artist, human rights advocate, cultural policy expert and National Coordinator of CORA/Arterial Network Nigeria, part of a pan-African network aimed at advancing culture across the continent. He has championed and supported petitions to Nigerian and African authorities to drop criminal charges against persecuted artists and has coordinated emergency assistance and legal representation for artists at risk in Nigeria. Ayodele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Lagos and is a graduate of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the Cultural Leadership Programme.
They were almost comically inapt, as Lisitsa is neither glamorous nor anonymous. She came on to wild applause, cracked a joke about the Ukraine-England football match (at that moment under way) in an accent you could have cut with a knife, clearly nervous and anxious to get to the keyboard. Those were the only words we heard from her. She didn’t emote verbally about each piece à la James Rhodes, and when she played she didn’t strike flamboyant Lisztian poses like Lang Lang. Instead she sat hunched over the keyboard, smiling to herself as if oblivious to us and the live audience on her YouTube channel.