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• The plight of women as captured in the play Little Drops

Little Drops re-echoes travails of Niger Delta women

AT the command performance of “ Little Drops”, a play written by Professor Ahmed Yerima, last Sunday, in commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari did not mince words when she declared that ‘she’s using the play as a campaign to bring once more, to national conscience, the anguish and travails of the women, children and people of the oil rich region.’

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Who wins $15,000 2015 Etisalat Prize for Lit

AFTER many months of waiting, the eventual winner of the 2015 and third edition Etisalat Prize for Literature will be unveiled at the glamorous award ceremony scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the prestigious Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island . It is going to be a three-way literary battle between The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself by South Africa’s Penny Busetto,Tram 83 by Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila and What Will People Say? by South African, Rehana Rossouw on who will win Africa’s most prestigious literature Prize.

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• A scene from one of the performances during the festival

Lagos Theatre Festival, an ambitious display of site theatre

FEATURES of the 2016 Lagos Theatre Festival especially with regard to spell-binding theatrical performances in unconventional places, were eloquent indication of how the event has grown bigger, bolder and better. Art enthusiasts, caucasians, sponsors and those in the creative industry were among individuals in attendance at the grand opening of the biggest performing arts festival which ended at Freedom Park, Lagos on Sunday. It was the 3rd edition of the theatre fiesta which was truly an extravaganza of exciting music, dance, spoken word, as well as musical and stage plays.

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• Hope: Portrait of an Idanre boy by Aham Ibeleme

Indigo Arya’s iconic exhibition connects corporate and creative Lagos

FOR two days, the city of Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital will witness what could be described as an explosion of fantastic exhibition, artistic talks, discussions and performances as Indigo Arya, a Creative Consultancy that specializes in branding, visual communication and creative problem solving partners with Heritage Place, to present a unique exhibition tagged, Lagos: Living and Working, an art exhibition showcasing visual artists living and working in the city.

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Nollywood star, Nicolette Ndigwe, bags UNN degree

Some young people grow extremely arrogant when they taste a little success. Not Nicole. She seemed to value the knowledge she could gain from UNN and was passionate about doing well. I recall one occasion when after her best efforts, which I happened to be privy to, she scored a “C” in a course. Perhaps, her submission which centred on her movie roles appeared fabulous to the examiner who may not have been aware of her acting career. But the point is Nicole wept and wept. And she made representations to have the grade corrected to no avail.

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• Mike Omotosho, Rotary Gov. District 9126 Nigeria.

Culture, potential tool for attitudinal change – Mike Omotosho, Rotary Gov

The high rate of crime, indiscipline and other societal ills in the country have been traced to the neglect of the country’s cultural values. In the olden days, things worked well as people had respect for the culture, but these days the story is no longer the same and that has had a very negative impact in the development of the country. So there is the need to go back to the abandoned cultural values as it remains the best option for Nigeria to get it right and move forward.

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• Toluwase Oladimeji

Tolu unlocks the secret behind Egypt, English language

APART from the ordinary issues language experts and others know about English, what other thing is the language known for or can be used. This has been the contentious issue until, Toluwalase Oladimeji presents yet another incremental instalment to the corpus of culminated knowledge with his work tagged English, the Language of the Gods. In the well researched paper that took the author to various places, the script writer and researcher took many students and language experts further in their understanding of this global lingua franca as he tries to unlock the secret behind ancient Egypt’s nomenclature, tracing its root to an unexpected linguistic provenance.

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• From left to right; Mr Sikiru Bakare, Mrs Adejoke Ajibade-Bakare(Author) and Commodore Muftau Ajibade at  the event

Adejoke poetry collection of blazing hope speak for Nigeria

AT a time when the country is experiencing harsh economic realities, the encouraging words from guests and launchers at the public presentation of The Sun Shall Soon Shine, a collection of poetry written by Offa, Kwara State-born Sociology graduate, Adejoke Ajibade-Bakare , were enough to assure Nigerians that in spite of living in one of the most crucial moments in the history of the country, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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August Inmates by Chidubem Iweka, published by Kraft Books Limited, Ibadan, pages 64, 2015.

August Inmates: Iweka’s approach to ending corruption

Corruption, greed and unpatriotism will make perfect storyline any time, any day in any African narrative, for as long as her leaders remain insensitive to the need for total transformation of the continent. In Chidubem Iweka’s latest offering to literary firmament; a 64-page drama titled, August Inmates,the above issues and more, echo the priority of changing the African narrative by no other than Africans themselves. Published by Krafts Books, Ibadan, Oyo State, August Inmates is an exquisite book that exposes the levels of corruption in an imaginary African country as well as how to deal with the perpetrators of this unholy act.

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