Wednesday July 30th, 2014
Wednesday July 30th, 2014
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How to resolve boundary disputes in Nigeria

  /   in The Arts 12:37 am   /   Comments

The book, titled, Resolving Boundary Disputes, written by ThankGod George Ekine and published by Pearl Publishers, Port Harcourt is timely since the timing and theme of this latest book is very auspicious, coming at a time when the city of Port Harcourt is on the global book stage as the World Book Capital. It is a 260 paged collection and display of facts on boundary disputes resolution.

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Reverberating tales from Port Harcourt, World Book Capital 2014

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The city of Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers state, Nigeria last week entered into the history book as it became the first sub-Saharan African City to be named UNESCO World Book Capital. At an elaborate ceremony which was witnessed by literary icons and dignitaries within and outside the country including the former President, Abdusalam Abubakar (Rtd) in Portharcourt, the deputy governor of Bangkok, Mr Ammorn Kitchawenghui formally handed over to Rivers state governor, Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi the right and title of the UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, with this feat the city will bear the title from April 23rd 2014 till April 22nd 2015 when it will eventually hand it over to Incheon (South Korea).

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She Lives On, a charity show for Mrs Sofowote

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As part of their desire to save the life of Motunlayo Adefunke Sofowote, a part time photographer and founder/president, Glowing Channels’ Foundation, a non-profit organisation, who is critically ill and in dire need of help to overcome cervical cancer, a group of friends known as ‘Mrs. Adefunke Sofowote Cancer Fighting Fund Team’ is organizing a photo exhibition to raise funds for her treatment.

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My ‘Sambisa’ Tale – Chibok Girl

  /   in For the record, The Arts 9:56 am   /   Comments

You will not be wrong if you think we have taken oaths…

The heights of all imaginations have been done to me Mama…

I will be 13years tomorrow and I have seen it all

Mama, my tender eyes have seen the other side of Life

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Reverberating tales from Port Harcourt, World Book Capital 2014

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*A cross section of writers and students during the opening  ceremony

The city of Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers state, Nigeria last week entered into the history book as it became the first sub-Saharan African City to be named UNESCO World Book Capital. At an elaborate ceremony which was witnessed by literary icons and dignitaries within and outside the country including the former President, Abdusalam Abubakar (Rtd) in Portharcourt, the deputy governor of Bangkok, Mr Ammorn Kitchawenghui formally handed over to Rivers state governor, Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi the right and title of the UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, with this feat the city will bear the title from April 23rd 2014 till April 22nd 2015 when it will eventually hand it over to Incheon (South Korea).

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Help keep the Nigerian artists alive

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Artists have been saved by their knack. The knack for survival, plays ‘shadow’ to every true artist. Each one with an original true autobiography of himself and his circumstances of survival nevertheless ‘’saved by the bell”, though quite a few of them missed the banquet and will never hear the bell. Stage and screen shares the belief that they have headed for Heaven’s Gate, where all true artistes belong whatever religion, class or creed.

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For Omolaiye, restoring family values tops priority

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The level of moral decadence in any society, speaks eloquently of how badly, family values have been eroded since only healthy homes can make a healthy society.

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Culture, Unity @ Anioma 2014

  /   in The Arts 12:00 am   /   Comments

*Agwuba Royal Dancers

THE 11th edition of Anioma Cultural Festival ended in grand style in Asaba on Easter Monday thrilling guests and tourists with the diverse cultures the yearly festival of unity of Anioma people displayed.

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In season of crisis, NTN chorale sing for peace

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* National Troupe chorale group performing at the event

DESPITE the state of insecurity in the country, events in and around the country reveals that Nigerians are fun loving people and this they demonstrated last Monday when they trouped out en mass to the Cinema Hall 2 of the National theatre for the much advertised special Easter Chorale performance tagged Peace and Unity.

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I wasn’t expecting to win – Anjola, 2014 VOTC painting winner

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I WASN’T expecting to win the competition. “My painting was all about the tree which stands for the law of impunity, and the land stands for the rule of law where things are meant to grow but the law of impunity just uprooted from the ground and started stepping on all those things that are meant to grow like education, economy, banks, aviation which are meant to be growing to make Nigeria better.

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Hope for Nigeria entertainment industry

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YES, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has given hope to the development of Art in Nigeria. So let’s design the set before we switch on the footlights. We start the countdown to ‘the Build Up’ of Nigeria’s Entertainment industry.

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Unique weavers: Preserving art of Akwa Ocha making

  /   in Art Salon, The Arts 12:23 am   /   Comments

Akwa-Ocha

Culture, they say, is a way of life and that is why people go extra miles to preserve it. But in the case of Nigeria, it is a different ball game as many had abandoned theirs in preference to foreign culture in the name of modernisation.

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At book launch, Bash Ali, others sue for peace

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Bash Ali guns for Guinness Book of World Records Title Fight Project

He is noted worldwide as a fighter whose fame accrued from inflicting deadly punches and “knocking down” his opponents. He is also currently angling to emerge in the World Guinness Book of Record as the oldest man to engage in an organized boxing.

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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

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*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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