Yesterday, we bid our Nigerian friends goodbye as they embarked on their long journey back home to Lagos. It’s hard to believe that a month has already passed since their arrival in Los Angeles. Saying farewell was almost as difficult as packing all of their luggage into three separate cars. Despite the inevitable chaos of coordinating housing, food, and transportation for seven women, I think it’s fair to say it was incredibly worth it. Every person who came across the women of Adunni & Nefretiti or had the pleasure of hearing them sing vocalized a genuine gratitude for getting the opportunity to meet such an all-around loving and hospitable group.
Looking back, it actually is extraordinary how much they accomplished in the short time they had in Los Angeles. In between performances at the 3rd Annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks, Skirball Cultural Center, Grand Performances, and Ford Theatres, hosting Yoruba culture workshops, and participating in performances dedicated to Nelson Mandela, they somehow fit in time to meet the interns of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, make a trip to the shopping mall, and get portraits done. Their relentless enthusiasm to partake in any activity that seemed in the slightest bit interesting was the fuel to their fire.
We’ll certainly miss their colorful and bright attire, the handmade bead bracelets they so generously distributed, the hugs, the spontaneous bursts of song, and above all, their undying caring nature. We hope you enjoyed any time spent with the seven lovely ladies, we know we did. Next mission: bringing them back!