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Ogun State revives fading culture with drums festival

Scene captured during the first meeting of drums at Abeokuta

THE drum has always played supporting roles in major festivals as it has never had its own festival,but last week, the cultural instrument took the centre stage in what was tagged, First Nigerian drums festival. And as it turned out to be, for the very first time drummers from over 19 states of the federation and beyond gathered at the ancient city of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital for the maiden edition of the Nigerian drums festival now renamed African drums festival.

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Review: The missing link to true democracy

Democracy as a system of government is defined as government of the people, for the people and by the people. But what has been a subject of debate for years is the type of democracy that is practiced in Nigeria. Is Nigeria practicing true democracy or not? To some it is, but to others it is not so, as candidates are imposed upon the parties, people are not given the chance to nominate or elect the people of their choice but those favoured etc. While it remains true that Nigeria is governed by democratically elected leaders at the federal and state levels, Nigeria is yet to institutionalise democracy after a century of existence as a political entity.

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•A scene from Ayo Jaiyesimi's stage play ITAN

World Theatre Day: Profs Oduneye, Osofisan, others bag TFT award

ONE of the lines in the Nigeria’s national anthem read, “ the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain” and in line with that one of Nigeria’s leading theatre production companies, Thespian Family Theatre & Productions,TFT, recently honoured veteran theatre practitioners for their unrelenting efforts at promoting theatre arts and entertainment in Nigeria.

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Yinka Davies, Kanu for Edak Willie Foundation’s workshop, book launch

VERSATILE artiste, vocalist, dancer, lyricist and judge of reality show, Nigerian Idol, Yinka Davies is among top Nigerian artistes who will grace the launching of Edak Willie Empowerment Foundation launch, book presentation and documentary film screening. Yinka Davies will thrill guests at the event which holds today, Thursday 7th April, at Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, to celebrate World Health Day.

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