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OFFLINE NY 2019 Event Recap – Naija Made x Twitter Blackbirds

Sometimes you have to go OFFLINE to get the best connection.

On the heels of OFFLINE DC in March, our second OFFLINE featured a collaboration between Naija Made and Twitter Blackbirds. It was a New York match made in cultural community heaven.

OFFLINE New York was the perfect example of what a Naija Made EVENT aims to do: gather together for cross-cultural conversation, inspiration, and impact.

“OFFLINE New York was the perfect example of what a Naija Made EVENT aims to do: gather together for cross-cultural conversation, inspiration, and impact.”

With the social platform as venue host at its swanky Chelsea HQ, we guided an audience of over 200 in a conversation about identity in the context of community. It centered around being a #ThirdCultureKid, and what it means to have the shared experience of being African and American (whether by birth or naturalization). It’s not often talked about amongst Nigerians, but we know it affects our whole lives. Nigerian-Americans have either struggled to find our African-ness in American society, or struggled to suppress it. At OFFLINE, we took the buzzy psychological term, and made it real and applicable to the Nigerian experience.

The #ThirdCultureKids discussion was moderated by culture journalist Ivie Ani , Joined by Ezinne Kwubiri, Lola Ogunnaike, Victor Bomi , and Tunde Ogundipe, in exploration of that third identity the group traversed categories such as work, relationships, traditions, and pop culture, and answered questions that resonated with the gathered group of 200 guests. Questions such as if you have ever had to “code switch” at work, and maneuver different groups with special-ops levels of finesse. Or, if you gravitate towards your own tribe or ethnicity when it comes to dating. Yep. The #ThirdCultureKids conversation allowed us to bring our whole selves forward, and see that we were in a room full of kindred spirits.

OFFLINE New York was also highlighted by the opportunity for social impact, made possible by our partners at the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With table representation, our guests were able to stop by, meet a LFB representative, learn more about how they serve, and donate to the cause.

We kept the light buzz lifted with African-inspired small chops (Twitter jollof no be Nigerian Jollof but it wasn’t bad sha), and stopped for Independence-inspired selfies in the custom photo booth. Overall, it was a great night.

Naija Made OFFLINENY 2019 Recap Video

OFFLINE NY #ThirdCultureKids Panel Discussion

#OFFLINENY Photo Gallery