Thursday April 17th, 2014
Thursday April 17th, 2014
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Transerve Discs Tech intensify fight against piracy

  /   in The Arts 12:26 am   /   Comments

•Mr Cyprian Orakpo, CEO of Transverse (R( with Nollywood actor
Kanayo O. Kanayo at the event

One of the greatest challenges facing the Nigerian entertainment industry is piracy. It has robbed the industry billions of Naira, in fact one of the stakeholders in the industry described the perpetrators as terrorist and that the act is more deadly than AIDS. And in line with its core mission to create and maintain a pace setting organisation by adapting technology to customers’ needs, finished with transcending excellent services, the management of Transerve Discs Technologies Limited, one of the optical discs replicating plants, registered by the Nigerian Copyright Commission, last week unveiled its new products. They are Transerve Discs’ new DVD mastering facility and DVD 5 & 9 replicating machines, glass mastering (Stamper) as well as its new anti-piracy initiative, the Job Alert Management Systems (Jams).

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Poetry, music, dance, drama herald Muse Season 1

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Art lovers in and around Lagos were treated to a fusion of dance, drama, music and poetry reading last week at the The Muse Season 1 event held at Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos. The event which was attended by many theatre lovers afforded them another opportunity to reflect on the state of the industry in Nigeria.

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Dissecting the spiritual darkness of Homosexuality

  /   in The Arts 9:44 pm   /   Comments

One of the contentious issues that has attracted a lot of comments recently is the issue of Homosexuality or same sex marriage especially since President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed the bill into law. Many who commented on it commending the president for his action did that without knowing the serious implications as they just seem to agree that it is not natural.

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Kosi… little girl’s string on Western hegemony

  /   in The Arts 12:30 am   /   Comments

*Kosisochukwu putting finishing touch to one of her works

A FOUR-pane painting on transparent plexi glass by award wining Nigerian-born, Canadian artist, Kosisochukwu Nnebe, has literally lit up the Canada Montreal art scene. The painting entitled “M(other)nity” seeks to re-define the complexity of the modern black woman as opposed to the prevalent simplistic portrayal of black women in the mainstream media.

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LBHF 2014: Lagos celebrates African creativity in colours

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THE state and city of Lagos will for the fifth time roll out their mat of variegated colours and textures to locals and international visitors to an all round fun and entertainment as this year’s Lagos Black Heritage Festival kicks off. Inspired by the spirit of convergence for which Lagos remains pre-eminent, the Lagos Black Heritage Festival celebrates African creativity within a carnivalesque of traditional and contemporary Dance, Music, Painting and Photo Exposition.

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Prof. Ezeigbo in literary conversation with fresh blends

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THE saying, “give honour to whom honour is due”, once more, played out last Saturday, at the Conference Hall B, University of Lagos, in the life of one of Nigeria’s finest literary icons, Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo when she was honoured for her immense contributions to the development of Nigerian Literature.

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Let’s put the record straight

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MY article ‘’Nollywood: A Location or an Allocation” published July 3rd, 2008 in the Vanguard Newspaper was a discuss on the profession or the commercial name for the union of performing artists but I see that it is misunderstood that ‘’Lari Williams is against Nollywood”. I only expressed my concern in this article and as the first president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, I make bold to say that I am indeed against the word ‘’Nollywood”, not the profession or the practitioners.

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Serendipity… a visual search for African ideology

  /   in The Arts 12:20 am   /   Comments

Serendipity-art

After a successful hosting of its first exhibition of the year that featured 13 upcoming artists, Alexis gallery, one of the gallery committed to the promotion of African artists last week opened its doors for another group exhibition tagged Serendipity, an exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures. The exhibition which will feature the works of five Nigerian artists and one from Republic of Benin opened on March 29, and will run to April 5th . The opening which was attended by many art collectors, viewers and lovers, afforded them another opportunity to look at the creative and aesthetic works of the artists.

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Col. Ajayi’s book reveals the evil plans and lies about 1995, 1997 coups

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Col. Gabriel Ajayi, former second-in-command to the General Officer Commanding, GOC, Lagos Garrison Command, General Ishaiya Bamaiyi, is a journalist and core infantry officer of the Nigerian Army. He was released from prison and retired from the Army on March 4, 1999.

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Drinking from Oba Erediauwa’s fountain of ideas

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The acclaimed writer, Late Chinua Achebe in one of his books wrote, that the problem with Nigeria is that of leadership. This is not to say that Nigeria has no good leaders but the problem is that wrong people have always been in the saddle for years and that has affected the overall growth and development of the country. But in the choice of Omo N’Oba n’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Erediauwa, the Oba of Benin, it was a perfect match as it was the case of putting a square peg in a square hole and ever since he ascended to the throne in 1979, it has been a success story.

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A peep into the culture of Cross River Basin

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The National Commission for Museums and Monuments Lagos last week held its first exhibition of the year tagged Cross River Valley: Eden of Art and Culture at the Commissions complex in Onikan.

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Dance in the palace – a Poem

  /   in The Arts 6:43 pm   /   Comments

The fathers daily eat sour grape
and the sons’ teeth are set on edge
Oh! Mama Africa

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Ajai-Lycett, Sotimirin explore theatrical notion of belonging

  /   in The Arts 12:34 am   /   Comments

*A scene from the play when it was performed at the Royal Courts London

IT is going to be a big treat as Live Theatre on Sunday, an avant-garde theatre project committed to the projection and presentation of spectacular stage plays on topical issues is set to treat theatre lovers in and around Lagos with the maiden edition of her Easter special tagged Belong.

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Battle Scars… projecting life of the near-dead in lens

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By PRISCA SAM-DURU ART enthusiasts were, weekend, in Lagos, treated to the opening of a most emotive photography exhibition which brought to the fore, the urgent need to put in more efforts to fight the scourge of breast cancer. The three-day unique breast cancer awareness photo exhibition  which opened last weekend, at the Goethe Institut,

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Poetry, stories mark women’s day celebration

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Women from different parts of the country gathered at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos, at the weekend, to mark the 2014 International Women’s Day with readings from poetry collections, short stories and exciting excerpts from various female authors.

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Akinrinade, Anyaoku for Awo’s book presentation

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FORMER Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade (rtd), will lead eminent Nigerians to Agip Hall, MUSON Centre, Lagos on April 17 for the public presentation of a book, ‘The Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency’ written by Dr. Wale Adebanwi.

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Unleashing the secrets of success

  /   in The Arts 5:48 pm   /   Comments

Transform-Bk-cover

Ideas, they say rule the world and the only difference between an achiever and a non achiever is the ability of one to think out of the box and apply it effectively to achieve results. Every individual has the potentials to make it on earth, but many people for one reason or the order have died with their potentials. How can one make it and what are the steps to take in order to make it. This is what the young tranformational writer and speaker, Babs, highlights in his new book, entitled Transform Yourself: The Secrets for Unleashing and Maximising your Potentials.

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Prize-winning Nigerian poet seeks to reclaim the Sahara

  /   in The Arts 9:21 pm   /   Comments

NIGERIA, Lagos : Nigerian poet Tade Ipadeola holds up his trophy after he won the prestigious Nigeria Prize for Literature during a ceremony in Lagos on March 6, 2014. Ipadeola's "The Sahara Testaments" won the most lucrative writing award in Africa - $100,000, the Nigeria Prize for Literature, for his account of the history and culture of the world's largest desert. AFP PHOTO

Headlines portray the Sahara as a barren desert that claims the lives of many African migrants but Nigerian poet Tade Ipadeola had a different story to tell — and it was worth $100,000.

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CCA celebrates monumental strides of El Anatsui at 70

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*Prof. El Anatsui beside one of his works

The Centre for Contemporary Art, (CCA), Yaba was always beehive of activities because of what the centre offers to the art community, but last Friday was a different ball game as people from all works of life, art collectors, patrons, artists, students, alumni of the University of Nigeria, Fine and Applied Art department and art lovers gathered at the centre during the opening ceremony of a special exhibition to celebrate, a teacher, sculptor and one described as one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists from Africa, El Anatsui and his monumental works as he turned 70.

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I enjoy arguments and my arguments are for the progress of Nigeria – Odia Ofeimun

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“If I disagree with you on a matter, I hardly pull back and I enjoy having arguments but my arguments don’t lead to malice rather, they are for the progress of Nigeria.”

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FG creates more directorates in culture ministry

  /   in The Arts 12:00 am   /   Comments

The Federal Government has created additional directorates in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation.

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Femi, Gentleman thrill Lagos fans

  /   in Music, The Arts 9:59 pm   /   Comments

Femi Kuti performing

The much awaited show featuring Nigeria’s Afro beat legend, Femi and German reggae artist, Gentleman, took place penultimate week at the Afrika Shrine Ikeja, Lagos.

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Literary titans battle at Ipadeola’s presentation

  /   in The Arts 12:10 am   /   Comments

*•L-R, Mr Tade Ipadeola , author of The Sahara Testament, Prof Emeritus JP Clark, Pro Ayo Banjo, Chairman Advisory Board for Literature and Mr Baba Omotowa, Managing Director/ CEO of NLNG at presentation. Photo by Akeem Salua

IN a rather sophisticated ceremony that attracted dons, public intellectuals and other eminent Nigerians, the winner of the 2013 Nigeria Prize for Literature, sponsored by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, (NLNG), Tade Ipadeola was presented to the public, last Friday, at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos.

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Echoes from Etisalat Prize for Literature

  /   in The Arts 9:44 pm   /   Comments

“I am thankful to the organizers of this event, Etisalat Nigeria for this most excellent and necessary prize. We are all aware of the shortage of literary prizes in Africa and it is heart-warming to know that Etisalat Nigeria sees and values the significance of such literary works in Africa.”

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Music and I are practically inseparable — Lolo

  /   in The Arts 1:06 am   /   Comments

*Loloipirma Eremie  aka Lolo

The Bogobiri Open Mic Night is best described as an underground, art-movement. It’s a great hub for creative artists (amateurs and professionals), talented people and enthusiasts alike. We all get together weekly to sing live music with a band accompaniment, perform poetry or spoken word as now commonly referred and network in general

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From Okikiro, comes message of hope for a better Nigeria

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Okikiro-pix

Lovers of theatre and art were treated to what can be described as a real treat last weekend when Entertainment Bus-Stop led by celebrated Nigerian playwright, Eki Faith Eboigbe’s opened their 2014 thaetre season with a splendid performance of Okikiro, the love of country at the Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan.

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Harvest of colours, dance at Iresi cultural festival

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Iresi-pix-Orebe-cultural-gr

The festival which began with the unveiling of the festival programme in Lagos had a lot of festivity. As in the previous years, there were contests in football match displays, inter-lineal cultural competition, mountaineering, art exhibition among others.

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Egbule: A celebration of death among the Uzuakoli

  /   in The Arts 4:35 pm   /   Comments

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THE town folks said it, it’s been a long time they witnessed it. Indeed, cultural carnivals, like in many other Igbo communities, are becoming a relic. Worse still, traditional burials, one of the people’s carnival expressions, which used to be their cultural exhibitions in the days of yore, are becoming rarer

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Harvest of colours, dance at Iresi cultural festival

  /   in The Arts 12:10 am   /   Comments

IRESI, a serene town in Boluwaduro local government Area of Osun State literally erupted in frenzy of cultural performances recently when they celebrated Iresi Socio-Cultural Festival.

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Fashola, others extol Femi Olugbile’s virtues at book launch

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*From left; Jide Idris, Gov. Babatunde Fashola (Chief host)  GMD of Emzor, Mrs. Stella Okoli; Dr & Mrs Femi Olugbile, author of the book;  Mrs Yewande Adeshina SA on Health to Gov.Fashola  and Hon Tunde Alokan, rep. of Ekiti Deputy governor at the book launch.

To me today’s event is a combination of education and healthcare, which represents the core of human capital development. This was the words of Governor Babatunde Fashola, the executive governor of Lagos State during the launch of a book, Heroes and Others, written by award winning author and the outgoing Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. Femi Olugbile at the conference hall of Protea Hotel, Ikeja.

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Gani Adams calls for Cultural rebirth

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The arrow Head of Oodua People Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams has disclosed that Nigeria needs to restore its cultural heritage to ensure a formidable peaceful co-existence.

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Shonibare’s Magic Ladders explores childhood education, enlightenment

  /   in The Arts 12:14 am   /   Comments

The year 2013 was a very busy year for the Nigerian visual art scene, as artists both in the country and outside exhibited widely in many galleries all over the world. And this year, it has started with several exhibitions in Nigeria, and in far away Philadelphia, Yinka Shonibare, a British artist of Nigerian descent, opened his year with a unique exhibition tagged Magic Ladders.

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