I have often asked friends to describe what Terra Kulture means to them, but as amusing as they were, a simple definition will not suffice. Terra Kulture distinguishes itself by providing a unique experience to take in the Nigerian culture but an apt description is given by Wikipedia:
…Terra Kulture has become the premier recreational destination for those looking for an immersive and definitive Nigerian cultural experience.
Terra Kulture was established in 2004 by Bolanle Austen-Peters to project everything peculiarly Nigerian and has been doing so ever since. Located on Lagos Island, it is known as a beehive for many activities for students, entertainers, food connoisseurs, artists and anyone looking to unwind.
The building looks almost nondescript from the outside, surrounded by a complacent aura of self-assuredness. However, its charm lay in the unique services it offers. Over 60 book readings have been organized including more than 200 art exhibitions and an attendance of more than 10,00 people at its language school.
Partake of the Terra Kulture experience in any of the following:
- Language school: Specializes in teaching the major languages in Nigeria along with other foreign languages like French and German
- Crafts Shop: Buy local artisan crafted pieces, from jewelry to stationary, ornaments and more.
- Reading Café: A multi-functional space that serves as a cyber café and bookshop.
- Art Gallery: Exhibits of magnificent photographs, paintings and sculptures by Nigerian artists. Also the premiere destination for art enthusiasts.
- Food Lounge: The restaurant offers delectable traditional Nigerian cuisine with an exotic twist. Every dish is plated to appease the senses and invoke a feeling of longing for the Nigerian culture.
- Theater: The venue hosts a number of stage plays and musical performances. It also serves as a site for all types of events.
In 2010 Terra Kulture became relatively popular within the Nigerian literary circles when it launched its Celebrity Read Africa, a literary event that encourages book readings. Celebrities read excerpts from their favourite books, while engaging their audience discussing books and culture. Read reviews of Celebrity Read here and here.
The art galleria has yearly art auctions and has been home to works of renowned artists like Victor Ehikhamenor (author of Excuse Me!). The Reading Café is unrivaled as the premiere site to find books on Lagos Island.
Terra Kulture is located at:
Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Salvage Street,
Off Ahmadu Bello Way,
Victoria Island, Lagos,