Monday November 24th, 2014
Monday November 24th, 2014
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The Rebirth… A painful trip into Nigeria’s history

  /   in The Arts 12:18 am   /   Comments

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It took the simple cue; “Ladies and gentlemen, let the show begin” from the sonorous and inviting voice of culture activist, film critic, playwright and theatre director, Ben Tomoloju, for the Agip Recital Hall of Muson Centre Lagos, to come alive with a spellbinding theatrical performance of “The Rebirth”.

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Layer Cake, a visual peep into the history of Lagos

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Nigeria is blessed with good talented artists, this is reflected with the number of artists making waves in international arena and back home, a visit to many galleries and the quality of works displayed gives credence to that.

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Performing arts stakeholders’ forum

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*A cultural performance by the National Troupe of Nigeria

The monumental assembly was convened at the National Theatre by the newly appointed Artistic Director of the National Troupe of Nigeria – Mr. Akin Adejuwon.

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LBHF 2015 Vision of the Child competition opens

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Despite the political agenda in 2015, Lagos Black Heritage Festival in collaboration with Lagos State Ministry of Education has concluded all arrangement for the 2015 and fourth edition of “Vision of the Child” with the theme: “The Road to Sambisa”.

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Fate, unifing budding artists at Alexis gallery

  /   in The Arts 7:44 pm   /   Comments

Fate

Nigeria is blessed with many talented artists, but the environment in which they operate somehow make it difficult for them to develop and maximise their potentials. This is partly due to the level of art appreciation in the country and the way and manner gallery owners milk them to better their ways. But one gallery that support and represent the artist very well is the Alexis gallery located in Victoria Island, Lagos.

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New book highlights accomplishments of custom’s boss

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CUSTOM-BOOK

The achievements of the Comptroller-General of the Customs (C-G-C), Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi has been documented in a compelling new book.

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Warri conflict, bloodshed changed my writings-Efemena, UK-based writer

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Efemena

He witnessed the Warri crisis during Abacha’s regime and that changed his entire being. Born and raised in Warri, Delta State, Efemena Agadama, a UK based Isoko writer, got his National Diploma in Mass Communication from the Federal Polytechnic Oko before proceeding to University College Kensington, London where he bagged a Higher National Diploma in Computing. The writer who later got his Masters in Information Technology at the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, in this interview, shares the transformation his writings have undergone over the years

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Kondo Kingdom, reforming the Nigerian Police

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A new drama series titled Kondo Kingdom is set to hit major television stations in Nigeria. The twenty–six episode television drama series depicts various aspects of police working and living conditions as well as conduct and performance

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Mwalimu Ali Mazrui: A hero in the present time

  /   in The Arts 12:21 am   /   Comments

M-Ali

Ali Mazrui is really a huge tree that prominently occupies a huge forest of equally huge trees. When such trees are uprooted from the forest, it is a great loss beyond recompense.

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Stakeholders unveil new roadmap for National Troupe

  /   in The Arts 8:44 pm   /   Comments

*A cultural performance by the National Troupe of Nigeria

In his first meeting with Art writers in Lagos, the new Artistic director of National Troupe, Akin Adejuwon promised to reinvigorate and reposition the national troupe for effective and efficient performing art service delivery. Few months in the saddle, after due consultation, the Ekiti born artist, realised that for such enviable heights to be achieved, there is need to meet with the stakeholders in the industry.

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Egypt’s political struggle re-echoed at AFRIFF ’14

  /   in The Arts 11:50 am   /   Comments

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The political struggle that claimed hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in Egypt between 2011 and 2013 re-echoed Sunday night, when “The Square”, a documentary film exploring the country’s political history was screened to open this year’s Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, holding in Calabar, Cross River State.

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Njideka Akunyili-Crosby: Chimamanda of the art world?

  /   in The Arts 12:56 am   /   Comments

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You might not have heard about her, but Nigerian born, U.S -based artist Njideka Akunyili-Crosby has been described by CNN “as one of New York’s most promising new talents”. In pop culture parlance, Njideka is the next big thing in the ART world.

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Jegede relishes Kora vibes at Muson’s Classical Night

  /   in The Arts 1:06 am   /   Comments

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The entire hall was filled with people from all walks of life, especially the men who understands the meaning of classic music and has followed it for years as they came to be part of MUSON festival, and apart from that, many also came to see the new artistic director of Muson, Tunde Jegede perform in one of the events for the 2014 festival tagged Muson Symphony Orchestra.

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Jonathan celebrates Africa’s most famous female dramatist, Tess Onwueme

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Recently, in far away America, one of Nigeria’s respected playwright, Prof Tess Onwueme, an eminent University Professor of Global Letters at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire was honoured by her university.

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Oba Akiolu harps on proper documentation of cultural values

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Serendipity-art

Proper documentation of old cultural values, artifacts and art works are very important in the preservation of our culture and tradition as this goes a long way in familiarizing the generations yet unborn with the history of the African continent’.

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Olawunmi Banjo opens the mind at Nike gallery

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Conscious break, one of the works  displayed

After over a decade of building her career through several group art exhibitions and full time studio practice, Olawunmi Banjo takes a step further to consolidate on her achievement with her first solo art exhibition titled Mind Revolution.

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Amidst… visualises Nigeria’s resilence spirit on canvass

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Cans of life by Lessoe

When a research conducted by some groups revealed that Nigeria was one of the most happiest people on earth, many Nigerians questioned that. Their reaction was based on the fact that the country was faced with a lot of problems that subjects them to much suffering, but another look at the finding proves that it is real, as despite the sufferings they still forge ahead.

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Clash of faith, emotions in Jamiu’s new book

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Religion has been a galvanizing force in most of the crisis in the world. In fact it is seen as the biggest obstacle to marriage. Though, both Christians and Muslims belief in one God, but when it comes to marriage, the way and manner they attack each other calls for a retreat. In real sense, matters of the heart, they say, do not involve social and religious issues.

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Lagos identity question solved at Shasore’s book launch

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From left: Author of Possessed, Olasupo Shasore , Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola  Alhaji Hassan Babatunde Fashinro , and Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, during the presentation

The venue was the City Hall Lagos and the atmosphere both in and outside the hall was turned to a sort of political fanfare as many Lagos city dwellers adorned in black T-shirts designed in Sasore’s name with musical instruments drumming and dancing. While top dignitaries gorgeously dressed moved in circles, ordinarily, one would have expected that it was a political rally where one of the governorship candidates was set for his declaration, but rather, it was the presentation of a book with a difference tagged Possessed: A history of Law and Justice in the Crown Colony of Lagos 1861 – 1906 by Olasupo Shasore SAN, former attorney general of Lagos State.

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Kudos, as 2014 LIMCAF art competition ends in grand style

  /   in The Arts 12:52 am   /   Comments

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“They are doing good job because I am happy today and I think someone else will work hard so that he/she will win next time.”

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My paintings are mostly on life struggles, challenges —Queen

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Queen-11

Good things they say, come in small packages. This applies well to Queen Tochukwu Nwaneri, a young artist who looks more like a teenage Hollywood actress than a painter.

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National Troupe holds maiden Stakeholders Forum

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*A cultural performance by the National Troupe of Nigeria

As part of plans to encourage broad and effective stakeholders engagement in the implementation of the objectives, plans and programmes of the National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN), the leadership of the Troupe will on Thursday October 30 at the Banquet Hall of the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos host a stakeholders forum.

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Fashola relives history at Sasore’s book launch

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The venue was the City Hall Lagos and the atmosphere both in and outside the hall was turned to a sort of political fanfare as many Lagos city dwellers adorned in black T-shirts designed in Sasore’s name with musical instruments drumming and dancing.

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Separate acting from Theatre Art Department

  /   in The Arts 12:47 am   /   Comments

Members of Moremi cast

ACTING should be removed totally from the jamboree of courses that constitute theatre art department. Graduates of theatre history, make up, choreography, dance etc. flaunt certificates and diplomas but unfortunately acting or drama is not given the attention it deserves in this array of unemployable young stars.

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New book reveals secrets to happy life

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Pastor-Evidence

EVER heard that inspite of how overwhelming a situation appears to be, so long as one still enjoys the breathe of life, it is possible to be happy?

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Power and Powers – introspective appraisal of the epileptic power supply

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After two years of research and documentation, Photo artist, James Iroha has joined millions of Nigerians to condemn the epileptic power supply in the country which has caused a lot of problem to the people.

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Lagos SNA set for October Rain

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All is now set for the 16th edition of the annual juried exhibition called ‘October Rain 2014’.

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NAFEST 2014: FG seeks ways to develop cultural sector

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Federal Government has appealed to corporate bodies as well as Civil Society groups to join hands with it in the promotion of the country’s cultural heritage.

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Winning is like getting into broader limelight— Prof Sam Ukala, winner Nig Prize For Lit

  /   in The Arts 12:52 am   /   Comments

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Professor Sam Ukala, writer and professor of Theatre Arts at Delta State University, Abraka is now a happy man. The Theatre Arts lecturer was last week, declared the winner of the prestigious Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas ( NLNG)-sponsored Nigeria Prize For Literature 2014.

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Hybrid theory…Metaphorical narrative of Africa identity, Africanism

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Why is there a conflict between Africaness and modernization? Why has the hybridisation of these two elements failed to benefit Africa? What is wrong with the notion of a technologically advanced Africa? Why do Africans themselves believe this notion is “unafrican”?

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Hybrid theory…experimental narrative of Africa identity, Africanism

  /   in The Arts 1:41 am   /   Comments

Why is there a conflict between Africaness and modernization? Why has the hybridisation of these two elements failed to benefit Africa?

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Africans should support and appreciate art/culture — Igwe Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha

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Igwe Alfred Achebe (Agbogidi) The Obi of Onitsha is one of the Art and culture loving monarchs in Nigeria. He worked in many organisations at top management level, served in Shell International Company Limited, London, was managing director of Diamond Bank, chairman of Universal Insurance Ltd and Omak Maritime Ltd.

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