Friday July 3rd, 2015
Friday July 3rd, 2015
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Ighegwe Odion: A folklorist and instrumentalist of repute

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Late Ighegwe Odion

Individuals are gifted in rather queer callings in life that make them great while living: some are educated to the highest levels and are known for either amassing astonishing wealth and they are talked about by the idle ones that day dream, wishing how they could also be equally lucky to be universally known and popular, perhaps being listed in their local books of record, assuring themselves dreamingly,that poverty will never near their families forever and ever.

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Rectify cultural policy,visual artists tells Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari chairs the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday

Stakeholders and professionals in art sector have tasked the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to draw up a viable road map that will boost art industry in Nigeria.

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The Great Leap, chronicling Fashola speeches

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Fashola-bk-cover

Lagos state, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria has become a reference point to other states because of the transformation that changed the face of the state. This can be attributed to the policies of the former governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, who defied all odds to make sure that the state wears a new look. For a man, who many knew little about before his ascendency to the position of Lagos State governor, the task of changing Lagos was difficult, but he was bent on making a difference and after 8 years in office, the testimonies are there, no wonder people now talk about the old and new Lagos.

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Adichie, Wainaina worry over dearth of literary works in African languages

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“When Nigerian Breweries began this partnership with Farafina Trust to sponsor the Creative Writers Workshop seven years ago, this partnership was founded on our company’s desire to encourage the development of literary writing skills in Nigeria, as part of our strategic corporate initiative for talent development and youth empowerment in Nigeria.

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Nigerian-British Nuzo pioneers new literary genre, Horror Books

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Nuzo Onoh

African Horror , new literary genre which introduces Nigerian culture into this category of writing, has birthed in Lagos, thanks to the pioneering works of Nigerian-British writer Nuzo Onoh. With the recent spread of regional horror such as Japanese, Korean, Indian and Scandinavian Horror, African Horror is finally taking its rightful place in that literary genre, courtesy of the writings of Nuzo, daughter of the late ex-governor of old Anambra State, Dr. C.C. Onoh.

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50 yrs of Prof Ike’s publication, works still transform the society

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For you to be celebrated in the literary world you must be steadfast by sticking to creative writing, else poor reading culture and piracy will become a stumbling block.” These were the words of globally celebrated creative writer and author of Toad for Super, Eze Chukwuemeka Ike, when the UNN Nsukka kick started the golden jubilee celebration of his writing at the University community.

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June 12: Our lost brother

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In memory of the hero of June 12, Chief MKO Abiola.
 

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Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again reignites Abuja theatre

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Drama

Inspite of the fact that there is an urgent need to revive theatre going culture of Nigerians, the awareness of theatre production and the number of theatre goers seem to be a little encouraging in Lagos State. Back in the days of the iconic Hubert Ogunde, theatre was a viable art form. From city to city, Nigerians came out en masse to watch theatre productions. One can’t help but ask, where are the theatre goers in Nigeria?

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Reviving reading culture…Odianose donates books to Alma mater

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Mr Mathew Odianose (Right) handing over books to Mrs Kuti during the  visit to his Alma mater.

In today’s academic world, reading remains the ultimate pre-requisite for excelling in any exams. Sadly, young people still see reading as a heavy burden to bear and as such, want to cut corners. It therefore, becomes imperative to inculcate in young children, the attitude of reading such that it becomes part of them as they grow older.

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The DNA traits for success – entrepreneurial analgia

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40-DNA

Quoting from the words of former President of United States, Theodore Roosevelt, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there”; it then becomes obvious that what bedevils the mind of an individual propelling the wheel of success is fear and not in the will to do. The buffer that secures wheels of entrepreneurial success in life is unalloyed self-belief sinewed and ornamented with well-thought out and proactive mind.

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Nature meets art at Studio of Mode

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Modebolu Aderinokun

Brilliant colours, beautiful ambiance, simplicity of orms and captivating digital photographs are some of the defining features that are bound to affect the imaginative responses of viewers as they savour the works on display at the Studio of Mode, an art gallery located inside Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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Why Jesus wept

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Omokri

“To know a person to a very high degree,you need to know what pleases them, so you can learn to do it, and what makes them sad, so you can avoid it.

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Our expectations from Buhari’s administration – Writers

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MUHAMMADU BUHARI

The reading culture especially among young people also needs to be revitalised. A reading generation is a leading generation, but rather, we have seen academic performance among students consistently nose-diving all these years due to multifaceted distractions. Government’s incentives and aggressive initiatives can make a major difference.”

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Shock, as Tambe’s Paranoia ends in tragedy

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A scene from the drama

It dawns on her that she’s alone and would have to marry one of her husband’s brothers. Now, she misses their arguments, she wants him to stand up and shout at her; she wants him to threaten her like he used to, but she knows he can’t. An idea comes into her head on what she can do to avoid embarrassment from her in-laws on herself and her husband. She decides to drink poison as the play ends in tragedy.

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Curbing piracy,the right way

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Barr. Chris Nkwocha

Intellectual and creative property with right of protection has been on discourse over time. Original works of some people have also been in dire jeopardy, orchestrated by pirates who are reaping where they did not cultivate. This omen has remained a challenge as to ask how much of this infringements on owners’ rights are been tackled while the perpetrators blossoms.

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Iconic Mama Batik, Nike Okundaye clocks 64

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Nike

When she came into this world 64 years ago from the village of Ogidi in Ijumu local government , Kogi State, with the environment she found herself, nobody taught that by now, the whole world will be celebrating her , but that is life, by sheer hard work and determination, the adire fabric design exponent, Chief Mrs Nike Okundaye who did not attend a formal education has grown to become an art icon who has affected the lives of many in a positive way, not only in Nigeria but also outside the shores of the country.

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My Life and Work in the Search for a New, Better and United Nigeria : An Autobiography, Volume 3

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As a student of constitutional law, the invitation to review this seminal work is a testament by a master that his student has come of age and this testimonial is more of an endorsement for me that a platform for profound scholarly exposition. Professor Ben Nwabueze in my estimation is the greatest Constitutional law Scholar in human history. The depth and breadth of his seminal works in this area put him in a class of his own.

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My books provoke readers to move into new realm of possibility- –Busola Jegede

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Busola-Jegede

For years now, there has been consistent clamour for the empowerment of women and the girl child so as to be able to make meaningful contributions to the growth of their nations as well as the entire world. This agitation has seen individuals, organisations both profit and non governmental including religious organisations, making concerted efforts to empower women and the girl child through formal education, workshops, skill acquisitions, etc, so as to be useful to the society.

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National Troupe shines in Egypt, signs MOU with Brazil

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A superlative performance Spectacle by the National Troupe of Nigeria

Barely eight months after Ekiti state born theory cum practical oriented artist, Akin Adejuwon took over as the artistic director of the National Troupe of Nigeria,events in and around the culture sector, has proved that, he has brought a new lease of life to the troupe. This can be seen with the way he has been piloting the affairs of the sector with open mind, thereby carrying the stakeholders along in his business. And this is yielding the desired results as he has been able to tour most of the states of Nigeria and paid homages to the founding fathers of Nigerian theatre.

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Eulogising a woman in her own right

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Author, Gbemi Sasore (l) Gov. Fashola and wife, Abimbola at the event

The book launch hosted by Quramo Publishing, the publishers of the book, “In Her Own Right” at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, documenting the life and times of Abimbola Fashola, is a parting gift from Gbemi Shashore the author, who used the book to eulogize the sterling character of Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola, Lagos State First Lady.

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Afenfia situates family life experiences with the round leather game

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Odia-Ofeimu-&-Dominic Odianose Matthew

Dont Die on Wednesday, a new book that captures some interesting issues confronting contemporary Africa is set to hit the shelves in a matter of weeks . The book written by Bayelsa state born author and story teller, Michael Afenfia,comes with a story that would resonate readers from all over the world. In the book, Afenfia who is author of When the Moon Caught Fire and A Street Called Lonely who confessed that it is passion that inspired his writing said he wanted to do a story about a subject that has held the whole world captive for the last fifty years or so – football.

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My Life and Work in the Search for a New, Better and United Nigeria

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“social and ethical transformation implies the creation of a new society and the creation of such a new society would entail changes of two types -a radical transformation of the material conditions of society and what has been called an “inner mutation i.e. a spiritual or mental transformation in the attitudes and behavioural patterns of the individuals member of society”.

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Lesley Arimah is Africa regional winner of 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

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Lesley-Nneka-Arimah

Nigeria’s Lesley Nneka Arimah has been announced winner of the Africa region of the 2015 edition of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Lesley emerged winner alongside others namely; Asia, Siddhartha Gigoo with ‘The Umbrella Man’ from India and for the Caribbean, Kevin Jared Hosein of Trinidad and Tobago for ‘The King of Settlement 42. for Pacific and Canada & Europe have Mary Rokonadravu’s ‘Famished Eels’ (Fiji) and Jonathan Tel’s ‘The Human Phonograph’ (United Kingdom), respectively.

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Artistic expresssion of contemporary atmosphere of two cities

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The just concluded photography exhibition by two young Nigerians on a study tour of Warsaw and Berlin which held at the Goethe institut, Lagos, was indeed, a stunning display of nothing less than an artistic expression of the contemporary atmosphere of the two cities. The photography event themed, “German-Polish Photo Exhibition, was put together by the German and Polish embassies in Nigeria, which actually invited the two photographers, Jide Odukoye and Olayinka Sangotoye to visit Berlin and Warsaw in 2013.

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Nike Oshinowo radiates season after season

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Nike-Oshinowo

The delectable quintessential queen of screen and former ‘Most beautiful’ Nike Oshinowo, who once described how she cringes in front of camera is now transformed into a formidable maverick on screen, full of confidence and creativity that makes her talk show a delight. Late night show isn’t something that could have easily crept in to a typical Lagos television viewer’s mind judging the timing, but the style, flavor and content Nike introduced jolts and attracted the workaholic Lagosians to make it a must watch every Thursday night it airs on AIT station by 11.00pm.

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Delta Beyond Oil: Uduaghan’s parting gift to Deltans

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Delta-cover

As part of efforts at leaving a sustainable and enduring legacy of Governor Uduaghan, the Delta Board of Internal Revenue, DBIR, has come out with a new book titled Delta Beyond Oil. In the 253 pages book, the board ingeniously demonstrated and translated a major policy of the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan – DELTA BEYOND OIL, DBO.

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I set pace for entertainers to hold political office – Hilda Dokubo

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Hilda-Dokubo

Veteran actress, Hilda Dokubo is a woman of many colours; a wife, a mother, an actress, a crusader and one time special adviser on youths affair to the former governor of Rivers state, Gov. Peter Odili.

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Midnight Hotel poised to correct societal ills

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A scene from the performance

MUCH as theater industry has tremendously repositioned itself in the Nigeria entertainment world, various production outfits has proved this reality by consistently producing and staging shows, thus occupying its position in leisure and recreational business.

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Harvest of books, as 2015 Nigeria book fair opens in Lagos

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•L-R: Mr Biodun Omotunde, Babs Fashanu, Rilwanu Abdusalami, and  Ngwobia Okereke, at the breifing in Lagos.

IN its determined effort to improve literacy and book trade in Nigeria by bringing books and other instructional materials closer to the people, the board of trustees and management of the Nigeria International Book Fair trust, the organisers of the greatest book fair in the country has concluded all necessary arrangement for 14th edition of The Nigeria International Book Fair (NIBF 2015).

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At Author’s Talk, writers brainstorm on future for unpublished writers

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Kate Ekanem,  Celina Kile and Joe Dudun at the event in Lagos.

The standard of living of most writers in Nigeria has long been nothing to write home about. A whole lot of issues ranging from discouragement from publishers, poor reading culture of the people which makes sales of published works, almost impossible, and most recently, advent of the social media, etc, have been viewed as bane of the literary industry.

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To make global impact, women must embrace reading, technology

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women-for-global-impact

In a world where life seems better lived around science and technology, with ordinary buying and selling now more lucrative, people selling their capabilities internationally, and more surprisingly, life partners being acquired these days through the social media, there is need for Nigerians most especially, women to get on board and make the most of this trend.

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I’m re-inventing the brand called Ara – Goddess of the Talking Drum

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Ara-drum

I’ve been wearing the braids for 16 years now. Some time ago, I removed it to allow my scalp rest. Also, any time I am wearing the braids, there are certain things I can’t do just as there are places I cannot visit. The reason is that my hairdo is my signature. But, whenever I’m rocking another hairdo, I can go anywhere.

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