Thursday November 27th, 2014
Thursday November 27th, 2014
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Winning is like getting into broader limelight— Prof Sam Ukala, winner Nig Prize For Lit

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Professor Sam Ukala, writer and professor of Theatre Arts at Delta State University, Abraka is now a happy man. The Theatre Arts lecturer was last week, declared the winner of the prestigious Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas ( NLNG)-sponsored Nigeria Prize For Literature 2014.

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Hybrid theory…Metaphorical narrative of Africa identity, Africanism

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Why is there a conflict between Africaness and modernization? Why has the hybridisation of these two elements failed to benefit Africa? What is wrong with the notion of a technologically advanced Africa? Why do Africans themselves believe this notion is “unafrican”?

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Hybrid theory…experimental narrative of Africa identity, Africanism

  /   in The Arts 1:41 am   /   Comments

Why is there a conflict between Africaness and modernization? Why has the hybridisation of these two elements failed to benefit Africa?

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Africans should support and appreciate art/culture — Igwe Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha

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Igwe Alfred Achebe (Agbogidi) The Obi of Onitsha is one of the Art and culture loving monarchs in Nigeria. He worked in many organisations at top management level, served in Shell International Company Limited, London, was managing director of Diamond Bank, chairman of Universal Insurance Ltd and Omak Maritime Ltd.

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Project fame: A night of reggae and dance hits nomination show

  /   in The Arts 12:23 am   /   Comments

One of the performances

Saturday’s show can be tagged one of a kind as all the contestants brought on their game like never before to impress the audience and Judges, especially Paul Play who graced the studio as a guest judge. The contestants started off with their spectacular group performance a medley of the legendary Michael Jackson’s popular hits.

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Principles, truths for uncomplicated lifestyle

  /   in The Arts 12:00 am   /   Comments

No amount of time and space dedicated to writing or talking about issues of terrorism, insecurity,
unemployment, poverty etc, will be tantamount to their being over flogged since humans around the globe wake up each day, to witness a new dimension or different levels of challenges.

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Insider’s account of the intrigues,politics and betrayal of June 12

  /   in The Arts 10:37 pm   /   Comments

June 12, 1993 was the day Nigerians from all ethnic divides voted massively for MKO Abiola in what can be described as the freest and fairest election in the country. But unfortunately, the election was annulled by the powers that be led by General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd) and the struggle for the re-validation of the mandate led to the death of the acclaimed winner MKO Abiola.

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Children thrill Lagosians with folklore, drama, choreography

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The traditional dances, dance dramas, choreography and other activities that featured during the graduation/Price Giving Day held in honour of the Nursery 2 and Basic 5 pupils of the Cyndees International school, Gberigbe, Ikorodu Lagos, last Saturday, spoke eloquently of the school’s vision of raising a total child.

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Biodun Omolayo’s Young at Art celebrates 10 in style

  /   in The Arts 10:06 pm   /   Comments

Poised with the mission to engage the best human and material resources to develop a happy creative well motivated and culturally sound child who is appreciative of self, and others creativity, environment and cultures, Biodun Omolayo ten years ago took off with a project called Young @ Art children creative workshop. Founded in 2004 by Biodun Omolayo as a platform for the development of the creative potential of the children and young adults within the age range of 4 and 19, the workshop has touched the lives of many.

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Music stars emerge at MTNF MUSON graduation concert

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The Agip Recital Hall, MUSON centre, venue for this year’s graduation party of MTNF MUSON school of music was filled to capacity with enthusiastic guests made up of music lovers, friends and relatives of the graduating students. Those who could not find seats in the hall jostled to get a feel of the performance from the aisles and the entrances all for the sake of watching the graduands, exhibit their mastery of musical instruments and vocal renditions.

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The Seige… theatrical narrative of Soyinka’s philosophy

  /   in News, The Arts 6:51 am   /   Comments

A scene from the seige

Reminiscences on the dark chapter of the deeds of colonial masters during the scramble for and partition of Africa is not in anyway, meant to revisit old wounds as that became history with attainment of independence.

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Soyinka at 80: The Man Lived

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Language, the source of Wole Soyinka’s fame, is the reason also for his alienation by the average reader. The Nobel laureate is a man of complex locution.

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Jazz raises quality of life — Oti Bazunu

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Businessman and jazz aficionado Oti Bazunu lives life on his own terms; and when in 2010 he decided to begin the November annual music festival that has come to be known as the Lagos Jazz Series, the terms of engagement, apparently, were designed to be as lofty as his lifestyle.

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WS@80,drums loud for avatar of literature

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A biblical adage says that a prophet is not honoured in his home town but last week in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital the entire people of the state, led by their number 1 citizen, Senator Ibikunle Amosun rolled out drums for the celebration of their own, the renowned writer,poet, activist and first African Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka who turned 80 last Sunday.

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At Authors’ forum: Experts identify missing link to nation’s devt

  /   in The Arts 12:48 am   /   Comments

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The high rate of unemployment in the country has be blamed in part to the poor policy planning and poor implementation of policies especially in our sciences.

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Masterpieces…priceless parting gift to Academia

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Professor Ebele Eko is one of the greatest amazons Nigeria has ever made as well as the greatest human influence in my life. As the biggest authority on Nigeria’s iconic writer, Prof. Elechi Amadi, Eko’s new book is a priceless resource material for literary students worldwide owing to its rich content”, were the words of Writer turned activist, Betty Abah.

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WS80: Zmirage, Ogun, others roll out drums

  /   in The Arts 12:45 am   /   Comments

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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka will on July 13 join the club of the octogenarians, and because of the personality of Kongi whose career trajectory and contribution to public intellectual in the complex society, Zmirage Multimedia Limited, organisers of Project WS/ICE with the support by the Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Rivers state governments have mapped out plans to celebrate the quintessential artiste in a special way.

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A comparative study of Igbos and Israel in print

  /   in The Arts 6:17 pm   /   Comments

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Japhet Alakam THE widespread notion that the Igbo of the South Eastern Nigeria are direct descendants of the Jews has been a subject of debate. While many ascribe it to the fact that there is a connection between the Igbo and Judaism based on a critical study of their linguistic, archeological, genetic and cultural ties,

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Wole Soyinka @ 80 celebration loud in Osogbo

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THE events for the celebration of Prof Wole Soyinka’s 80th birthday continued in Osogbo, State of Osun, few days ago at the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), Osogbo, with the hosting of the exhibition of portraits of Soyinka.

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Artefact trafficking: FG pays N170m to 37 antiquities vendors

  /   in The Arts 12:49 am   /   Comments

*Amazon, one of the works by Chike Onuora

FEDERAL Government has handed over payment advice worth N170m to 37 antiquities vendors, to curb illegal trafficking of artefacts

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At last,Ogunde family set to immortalise father with a movie

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Twenty four years after late Hubert Adedeji Ogunde , a Nigerian actor, playwright, theatre manager, and musician died, his heir has begun moves to resuscitate the legacy he left behind.

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Ex PMAN boss, Bolaji Rosiji’s activism lifts Guarapad

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*L-R George Sakalis, with Bolaji Rosiji at the event

Bolaji Rosiji, needs no introduction, who made his marks in music industry is not only a musician and artist of note; he is an effective leader who injected punch and vitality into PMAN

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Jideonwu offers youth-led ideas in managing Africa’s challenges

  /   in The Arts 11:54 pm   /   Comments

The Federal Palace Hotel, on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, is always beehive of activities but last weekend it witnessed an unusual visitors as people from all walks of life especially those who believed in the Nigerian project, converged at the venue to celebrate with one of Nigeria’s brightest stars in the person of Chude Jideonwu during the presentation of his thought provoking and timely book titled-”Are We The Turning Point G eneration” How Africa’s Youths can drive its urgent revolution.

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Rays of hope as children battle in cultural fiesta

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Upon entering the Agip Recital Hall of Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos, penultimate week, guests were greeted by a bold art work of the map of Nigeria which stood at the centre of the stage. The amazing piece was protected with beautiful alluring material with rainbow colours. Both the art work and the clothe material were more than stage accessories; they symbolised unity and peace which were the main thrust of the 2nd edition of the Macmillan Youth Cultural Day competition. The culture event was tagged, My Country, My Pride.

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Engr Guy Otobo – A Life On The Roads: A Tribute

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L- R Former Minister of FCT, Alhaji Amza Abdulahi; Minister of Works, Arch. Mike Onolememen; Dr. Edwin Clark, father of the day; the author of the book, Engr. & Mrs Guy Eboe Otobo, during the book launch  by Engr. Guy Eboe Otobo in Lagos.  Photo by Diran Oshe

By definition the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Simple. Q.E.D. (Quad erat demostratum). All those definitions were before Nigerians burst on to the scientific or political scene. No Nigerian that I know of believes that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Why do I say so? Well, I do not know about many of you but try and employ a bricklayer and I wager you anything you like, he would be unable to draw a straight line! If he plasters your walls it looks like a tsunami up and down, curves – anything but a straight line, despite the most accurate plumbing material ever invented. Why are we like that? We have this penchant for obfuscation; when we want to leave a job, we do not resign or retire, we step aside.

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At One Kingdom,One Monarch reading, experts call for funding of plays

  /   in The Arts 7:00 pm   /   Comments

An excerpts from the play performed by Creative Arts depart ment of UNILAG

The need for proper of funding plays in Nigeria was re echoed last week when the National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN) hosted its 30th play reading session with the reading of Omo Uwaifo’s ‘One Kingdom, One Monarch’ at Cinema Hall II, National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos

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Music, dance, drama loud at 2nd Taruwa festival

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A scene from the play London life Lagos Living

For four days, June 4 to June 7, 2014, the city of Lagos will be treated to an unforgettable experience as Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria [TAF] returns with a second edition themed ‘Telling Our Stories’

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Igbo proverbs made easy

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I must commend our author, Loolo Florence Chinyere Duru, for her deep interest in the Igbo language and its proverbs. Proverbs are the wisdom of a people in a nutshell

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Garlands for Elechi Amadi, Ebele Eko

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It was all accolades for literary icon, Professor Elechi Amadi who recently turned 80, as the literati gathered at the University of Calabar to celebrate the renowned writere.

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Soyinka salutes ancestors at Afenmai Mass Assembly of Masquerades outing

  /   in The Arts 12:30 am   /   Comments

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It was another celebration of cultural heritage of the Afenmai as people from all walks of gathered for 2014 Afenmai Mass Assembly of Masquerades Outing

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CBAAC COLLOQUIUM: Scholars chat new way for Africa

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In the face of the plethora of challenges confronting Africans on the continent and the Diaspora, concerted and strategic response is required to frontally tackle them

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Cleansing cancerous attitude of waste in a nation

  /   in The Arts 7:50 pm   /   Comments

WHEN it comes to exhibitions, Raqib Bashorun can be described as a big masquerade, he does not exhibit often, but each time he exhibits there are always lots of messages from it. For the Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) trained sculptor, painter who has exhibited widely and whose works will be situated anywhere in the world because of the quality, his greatest regrets has always been the fact that Africans especially Nigerians do not take the messages home rather they look at the aesthetic and throw away the contents.

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