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    Race for 2016 The Nigeria Prize for Lit begins

    •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

    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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    Karl Ohiri’s cutting edge installation celebrates motherhood at Omenka gallery

    Mothers are special breed of people and their roles in the upbringing of any child can not be quantified. Though some people do not see it that way, hence they treat their mothers any how, many see them as that special breed and they demonstrate that with the way they treat them. And it was as a result of that special role that a popular song dedicated to celebrate motherhood in Nigeria by Prince Nico Mbarga, titled Sweet Mother in the 70s has become a Nigerian anthem.

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    50 finalists eye VOTC trophy

    Anyone who is in doubt of how much children know about the state of the nation should watch out for the final exhibition of the 2016 Vision of the Child Visual arts and literary competition in May. The finalists, numbering 50 during their presentation to the public last week at the Freedom Park, Lagos, showed Lagosians a glimpse of what to expect in the grand finale.

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    Scene captured during the first meeting of drums at Abeokuta

    Ogun State revives fading culture with drums festival

    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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