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Neglect of mother tongue,culture, bane of Nigeria’s devt — Experts

L–R:Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo; Eze Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike; Chairman, University Press Plc, Dr. Lalekan Are; MD, UP Plc, Mr. Samuel Kolawole and guest lecturer, Emeritus Professor Ayo Bamgbose at the event

Again, experts have identified the neglect of Nigerian languages and culture as the bane of its crippled development. This was the submission of scholars who spoke during the 2016 Authors’ forum organised by the famous publishers, University Press Plc at the ancient city of Ibadan.

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•R-L, NCAC DG, Mrs Dayo Keshi; Prof Laz Ekwueme, Ayo Bankole and Babayemi Babatope during the conference in Lagos

Choralfest boosts youth empowerment, wealth creation – Keshi, DG, NCAC

As the world eagerly awaits a Nigerian perspective on the Choral Music Art, The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Mrs Dayo Keshi has been speaking on the essence of such festival stressing that the initiation of Choralfest as well as its format today remains one of the fastest growing forms of tourism activities which is becoming incresingly popular.

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Emily Nkanga

Choosing photography as a career, very challenging — Emily Nkanga

Emily Nkanga, 21, is one of the few young Nigerians with a strong passion to excel using photography as a launch pad. Nkanga who studied TV and Film at the American University of Nigeria, Yola Adamawa State capital, urged Nigerian youths to engage in meaningful enterprise instead of waiting for white collar jobs that will never come. She also tasked the youths to use social media positively and make good money off it.

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Living above life’s vicissitudes

From time immemorial, trials have been part of man. In fact, life seems incomplete without vicissitudes. What makes the difference however, is how one handles one’s trials. Some are consumed by their trials while some others learn to live with theirs but the wisest, devices means to overcome the trials. The later is what Chigozie Anuli Mbadugba tries to emphasise in her collection of stories titled, Beyond the Trial.

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•Prof Izevbaye (third left) receiving the entries from Prof Banjo (third right), with them are the members of panel of judges and advisory board at the handover ceremony in Lagos

Race for 2016 The Nigeria Prize for Lit begins

For Nigerian writers resident all over the world, April 27 marked the beginning of the race for who becomes the next winner of The Nigeria Prize for Literature, following the submission of the 173 entries received for the 2016 edition of the prize, to the panel of judges. This marks the beginning of another circle of the four-year rotation of the prize among the four literary genres – prose, poetry, drama and children’s literature. This year focuses on prose fiction.

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