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12 finalists chase millions in Art competition

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Some of the finalists during a retreat at AAF HQ, lagos

Who would dare to tell what the future holds for a nation? It becomes more difficult when the country in question is Nigeria, with all her complexities, political upheavals, menace of terrorism, high rate of unemployment, etc. Predicting in visual form, the future histories of Nigeria, is the herculean task before the 12 finalists of the National Arts Competition, NAC, who were unveiled penultimate week at the Lagos Bar of the Nigerian Breweries Plc, Lagos.

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2015 Badagry Festival: Calls for end to modern slavery in Africa

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Gen Ishola Williams speaking on African traditional Religion as Foundation, while Mere Jah Evejah(L) and Chiefs from Badagry listen

Looking at the exploits of Toussaint L’ouverture whose military genius and political acumen transformed an entire society of slaves into the independent black state of Haiti, the speakers, argued that there is the urgent need for Africans to forge closer ties between them for the development of their motherland in order to address the present political, economic and leadership crisis ravaging the African countries, which has forced many Africans, especially professionals to migrate to European land in search of greener pastures where they are being enslaved again.

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A year after, Lagos ANA honours late Austyn Njoku

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Late Austyn Njoku

It was another scintilating and remorseful moment for art lovers especially ANA members as they gathered for the ANA monthly reading, August edition and 1st Austyn Njoku memorial held at the Creative Arts department of the University of Lagos.The reading with the theme, Poetry in the heart of music : Dynamics of being a poet, Performance Poet and Musician in the present day Nigeria with Segun Akinlolu aka Beautiful Nubia as the guest artist.

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Prioritize electricity to help artisans, Achie Abia tasks Buhari

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One of the works by Achie Abia titled, ‘Broad Street’

One of the household names and self made artist from Eket in Akwa Ibom State, Achie Abia, has called on the new government of President Muhammadu Buhari to consider electricity as a priority for Nigerian economy to have a facelift. Achie, who can be regarded as an exponent of bone art said that irregular power supply to run business in Nigeria has forced many entreprenuers to seek other menial means of survival or even indulge in crime.

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Songs of Miracles places God above all

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Songs of Miracles; Chukwunyere S.D.Chukwu;  Nobeldiv Limited, Okota, Lagos;2014;PP.73

Looking at the contemporary issues in our society, one will discover that many live their lives without acknowledging the giver of life, appreciating life itself or even knowing how to live a fulfilled life. This situation has given many inspirational writers a great concern. It was as a result of this situation that a young and determined Nigerian poet, Dr.Chukwunyere S.D.Chukwu came out with a new book titled, Songs of miracles.

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I want to raise the standard of movie production – Albert Egbe

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•Albert Egbe...raising the standard of movie production. Photo by Akeem Salau

Albert Egbe is an actor, writer, producer, director of films, a cultural administrator and former president general of Pan African Guild of Film makers with secretariat in South Africa. His artistic and creative experience places him at the forefront of Nigeria’s arts scene. He has played leading acting roles in many plays among them were “Hamlet” “Village Headmaster: “Basic and Company” and many others. But his most famous role was in the “Basi and Company”, one of the most successful TV comedy series ever produced on Nigerian television.
Presently, he is planning a co-production arrangement involving creative talents, technicians and equipment from South Africa, Nigeria, Benin Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, all in the spirit of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
The versatile and outstanding artistes in this interview bares his mind on a wide range of issues.

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Asagba of Asaba @ 90: Reviving dying art of folk tales for royals

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Prof. Chike Edozien, Asagba of Asaba, ...there is every need to encourage IBB

It was a festival of songs and re-enactment of the folk story-telling culture in a typical African society where life is simple and easy going before the advent of foreign culture and value.

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A feast of honour for iconic Dele Jegede @70

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Jegede pics

Honour they say should be given to whom it is due and it was in line with that adage that some academics and artist’s community converged in Lagos recently to celebrate one of their own, Prof Dele Jegede, art historian, administrator, painter and cartoonist who gracefully turned 70.

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Why I want to be ANA’s President — Dzukogi

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Mallam

Mallam B. M. Dzukogi, is a noted writer, mentor, activist, teacher, lecturer and Director General of the Niger State Book and Research Development Agency [NSBREDA].

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Awontanmi explores the dynamics of Christian leadership

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MINISTERIAL ethics are the standards, principles, and broad guidelines that Christian leaders must observe, as ethical practices are upright, honorable, moral, lawful, above-board, and full of integrity. In view of the above, the conduct and lifestyle of modern-day Christian leaders must be defined . But, in this end time when the devil and his agents have invaded the church, and many antichrist are on the prowl, the need for followers to be guided so that they will not fall to the tricks of the so called wolves in sheep clothing becomes a neccessity. And the only way they can do that, apart from constant reading of the word of God is to understand the ethics of Christian leaders.

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‘Corruption, lack of justice forced me out of Nigeria’

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Beautiful-Nubia-2

It was like a beautiful homecoming for once famous Afro folk singer, composer, guitarist and band leader from 60’s to the ’80s , Akeeb Kareem popularly known as Blackman Kareem as he made a surprise appearance at a concert put together by the Beautiful Nubia, where he performed alongside others to the admiration of his fans who trooped out to welcome him.

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Lagos story told with aplomb in Baron of Broad Street

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El-Nukoya-pics

It was another gathering of celebrities, poets and book lovers as a new novel, “Baron of Broad Street” weaved around two adventurous youths with an opposing conqueror doctrine but solidly united in optimism was unveiled to the public last week in Lagos.

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African Jesus last super preach peace in troubled times

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JESUS

As one enters the gate of St. Pio Catholic church, Surulere, one will be greeted with two gigantic art works that depict Jesus and his disciples designed on the interiors of the walls of the church. The two creative works , carefully put together by an upcoming artist, Mr Valentine Ihemenwa are so monumental as it showcase the rich culture of Nigeria, and also promote unity among the heterogeneous groups.

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Family drama echoes reasons for divorce on stage

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family-drama

Bizarre cases of domestic violence are gradually replacing stories on every other aspect of human life, on the pages of dailies and magazines in the country. In recent times, headlines such as Man hacks wife to death for adultery, Man baths wife with acid, Man sets wife ablaze for…,Woman baths husband with hot water while asleep…, and and the stories seem unending as new cases keep cropping up.

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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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Possibly I will never know greater honour in my life than to be personally invited by my hero and mentor Professor Ben Nwabueze to review the third volume of his Autobiography titled “MY LIFE AND WORK IN THE SEARCH FOR A NEW, BETTER AND UNITED NIGERIA”.

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In My Grandfather’s Ghost, selfish desire prevails

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Grandfather's-ghost-3

Stepping into octogenarian fold with grace is a journey worth celebrating. For Uncle Fred Agbeyegbe whose 80th birthday berthed some kind of theatrical carnival brings to fore a rethink – the style in which deceased are celebrated opulently, instead of luxuriant cascades for living legends. However, both deserves eulogies to inspire success quest in living beings.

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NGA boss, Muku, laments absence of gallery space in Lagos

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Simeon Ikpakronyi and Muku  Abudullahi, DG, National Gallery at an event

The National Gallery of Art NGA, one of the parastatals of the Culture Ministry is noted for a lot of programmes geared towards the promotion of art and artists in Nigeria. But, for long, art and culture stakeholders, especially art writers have been worried over the absence of such vibrant activities.

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From jail to MTV, Pyongyang: 30 years of provocative Slovenia art

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Unsatisfied by its artistic subversion of regimes, NSK went a step further in 1992 — a year after Slovenia had declared independence from ex-Yugoslavia — by creating its own nation, the NSK State of Time. More than 15,000 people from all over the globe became “citizens” and even received their own passports, featuring the motto: “Art is fanaticism that demands diplomacy.”

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Graduatepro’s audiobook project to the rescue of job seekers

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•The Creative Director of the project, Ms Noami Lucas addressing the audience during the unveiling

Succour has finally come for millions of unemployed youths in Africa as Graduatepro, an audacious audiobook project aimed at addressing unemployment among Africa’s youth population, titled “I’m A Graduate, Now What? was last week unveiled in Lagos. The 51 chapter audiobook, the first-of-its-kind project,by Ms. Naomi Lucas, will serve as the definitive companion to anyone who schooled and hopes to work within Africa.

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‘Reading is becoming out of fashion for youths’

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•Mr Dominic Matthew delivering a lecture in London

In today’s world when reading is continually taken over by hip hop music and social media, reading a book for many young people is fast becoming out of fashion.” This was the the conclusion of UK-based Nigeria writer, Dominic Matthew during the presentation of his book, Practical Perspectives on Youth: Engagement and Mobilisation Strategy at the one day African Safeguarding Conference for Parents organised by World of Hope in partnership with CANUK, at the Lewisham town hall, London.

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FAD Radio hits the airwaves soon

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Fidelis Duker

The founder Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF) Fidelis Duker has revealed that his latest initiative, FAD broadcasting media will kick off in October 1, 2015. The veteran film maker and former president of Director’s Guild of Nigeria (DGN), in a chart with Sunday Art said that having secured license from federal government to run broadcasting media in the country, he has put all things in place to power general interest radio station.

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Dele Jegede @ 70: A Humanistic interrogation of the biography of a sage

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Prof Dele Jegede

Dele Jegede

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We ‘ll see a vibrant theatre culture again in Nigeria — Fred Agbeyegbe

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Fred Agbeyegbe

By JAPHET ALAKAM Playwright, author, activist and lawyer, Mr. Fred Agbeyegbe, will turn 80 on Wednesday, and from July 19 to 25, 2015, a lot of activities has been lined up in a carnival like celebration in his honour featuring a conference, presentation of Fred Agbeyegbe’s plays, and a host of other events at National

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Quality engagement key to viable artistic practice – Egonwa

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Art scholars in search of a better practice

“Visual Arts as an academic discipline at the tertiary level of Nigeria’s educational system has evolved through various stages in the past six decades from the ordinary National Diploma to the Doctor of philosophy degree in Studio Art. In its evolutionary history, the discipline has witnessed desirable as well as many undesirable developments.

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BUAF unveils playwright competition

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A scene from one of Bikiya's plays

“Theatre is huge in its own right and people are beginning to recognize it. It’s only a matter of time we will be seeing young writers showcase their worth as long as there’s an enabling environment for them to operate.

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I chose medicine but writing chose me – Mbadugha

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*L- R. Prof. Onakoya; Mr Joseph Mbadugha the author's husband; the author Dr Chogozie Mabadugha, Dr Leke Pitan and  Dr Hope Iloka at the book event

“I wrote the book with hope that more young girls can talk to their mothers and mothers can learn to listen to their daughters. This is a book of hope and inspiration. As parents, it helps us see the need to go closer to our children and children to go closer to the parents and see them as confidants.

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SNA celebrates Jegede@70 with Introspection

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Prof Dele Jegede

Dele Jegede@70 is to commemorate Prof. Dele Jegede’s 70th Anniversary and his contributions to the development of the Society, as well as contemporary Nigerian art. The events will feature a conference, an exhibition and talks to be held across 2 separate venues; the University of Lagos and the Yaba Colege of Technology from July 23 to 24, 2015.

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Improving reading culture in Nigeria is our target —Ovuomarhoma Godfrey, CEO of RHNYF

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Participants receiving certificate from the facilitator during a workshop organised by Restore Hope.

Recent developments have revealed that the reading culture among Nigerians, particularly the youth and students, has waned significantly. The rate of failure recorded by students in the WAEC, NECO and other examinations are clear indications to that. How then do we improve the reading culture?

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Dance, drama, essay mark children’s festival

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A scene from last year’s edition of Children Creative command performance

The air was filled with the booming and buzzing of the excited voices and faces of students, most of who were adorned in their traditional attires as people gathered for the annual children festival. It was fun watching the happy looking children expressing themselves in divers creative ways through singing, dancing, drama, motivational talks, presentation of awards, essay competition, African king and queen pageant, etc.

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Kids display visual angle of colour of God

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Adubi Mydaz Makinde with two of his students

All is now set for a special exhibition by children and teens of St Andrews Anglican Church Ojota road Ogudu, Lagos. The exhibition which will feature about thirty colourful, inspired work created by children and teens is scheduled to open from 11th -12th July 2015, at the Church Gallery.

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Award galore as NANTAP commemorates World Theatre Day

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*A cultural performace during the World Theatre Day celebration by NANTAP

The National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Lagos State chapter joined other thespians globally to mark “World Theatre Day (WTD)” in Lagos. The event which originally holds in March was shifted due the elections in the country, but bent on moving with other countries the group held its own leg of it in an epoch event which also featured the celebration of distinguished thespians and cultural ambassadors and investiture of World Theatre Day (WTD) Distinguished Personality, Bolanle Austen-Peters.

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Effect positive change in National Theatre – Ali -Balogun

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“Why can’t the federal government do a thorough positive transformation change of national theatre like it happened in other areas like Freedom Park, Lagos, rather, people come, collect subvention without any tangible results. If urgent steps should be taken to rectify things, the institution will bring in international patronage and reposition the place to its original status.”

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