Tuesday March 31st, 2015
Tuesday March 31st, 2015
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Theatre is dead in Nigeria — Prof Bayo Oduneye

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The old and new, first Artistic Director of National Troupe, Prof. Bayo Oduneye welcoming the new Artistic Director, Akin Adejuwon to his house

He studied it, practised it and trained many in the field. In fact it was on the basis of his exploits in the theatre industry that he was appointed the first Artistic Director of the National Troupes of Nigeria, a position he held until he retired.

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Drama, documentary loud at women day celebration

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Nollywood Actress Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett  and others show women the way in  the drama, Hear Word

The 2015 International Women Day celebration which held at the Access Bank Head office, Victoria Island, Lagos, turned out to be a most entertaining programme, way out of what was expected prior to the event.

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Daodu of Theatre, Dapo Adelugba remembered in Lagos

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•Late Pa Dapo Adelugba

Dapo Adelugba was a theatre teacher and professor of professors, and called the Daodu of Nigerian theatre, he touched many lives when he was alive and even in death he is still remembered. And that was why the members of the ‘theatre community’ held a post humus seminar to celebrate the late professor’s 76th birthday.

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National Troupe goes back to the cradle, pays homage to Hubert Ogunde

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•Homage to Ogunde, a performance by the National Truope of Nigeria at Ogunde hall, Ososa, Ogun State

One of the lines of the Nigeria National anthem reads, “ The labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain.” It was in realisation of this important statement, that the family of Late doyen of Nigeria theatre, Hubert Ogunde after many years of neglect and abandonment occasioned by many factors rose up to immortalize him with the opening of a museum in his country home, Ososa in Ogun State.

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I sacrificed my liberty for my community —Imota Oba, Agoro

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•Oba Ajibade Agoro, the Ranodu of Imota Kingdom

The Imota kingdom in Ikorodu, Lagos State, was amidst drumming and dancing recently as the ancient town celebrated the Osi Oba and Barifon festival which is celebrated once in three years. The custodian of the community’s culture, Oba Ajibade Agoro, the Ranodu of Imota Kingdom who was in high spirit all through the celebration, spoke to Vanguard about the festival and its relevance to the people of Imota.

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Ipaye, Ajumogobia, others eulogise Abugu at book launch

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•L-R, Lagos Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice,Ade Ipaye, Prof Joseph Abugu, Author, Prof Jide Alor, DVC Academic and Research, UNILAG, Val Uche Obi and Chinwe Offor during the book presentation in Lagos.

Notable Nigerians, including the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, two time minister, Mr Dein Ajumogobia, and other legal practitioners and law teachers of University of Lagos, Akoka among others has commended Prof. Joseph Abugu for his giant strides in the field of law in Nigeria

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Who wins Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014?

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Nadia-Davids

The Etisalat Prize For Literature which was initiated in 2013, is about to canonise yet another laureate as the 2nd winner of the Pan African Prize which honours début fiction writers across Africa.

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Mega concert graces 2015 Lagos Int’l Jazz Festival

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With plans in top gear, Inspiro Productions organizers of Nigeria’s premier Jazz festival – The Lagos International Jazz Festival have given an April 30th to May 2nd 2015 date for the much awaited annual Jazz Tourism and entertainment extravaganza.

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VOTC 2015: Kids display dexterity in visual and literary contest

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Participants

It was a great touring experience across the jungle in the Nigeria Conservative Foundation Park, (NCF) Lekki, the arena of the event, as 2015 edition of “Vision of the Child” (VoTC) arts contest ends with the 60 finalists drawn from 35 primary and secondary schools within Lagos State, participated in the live Painting and Literary Arts Competition.

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I see myself as Nigeria’s cultural ambassador — The Venus Bushfires

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The Venus Bushfires with real name Helen Parker-Jayne Isibor was born in Ibadan and grew up in Benin City. At 7, her father, a senior medical consultant and mother, a storybook author, moved to London where she spent much of her childhood, adolescent and adult years.

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Pathfinder chronicles the life and politics of Tinubu

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been given all sorts of names, but one thing that remains sacrosanct is that he is a man of many colours with fascinating feats credited to his transitory journey from childhood to the current time.

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Twisted celebrates Nigeria’s exploits in print

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One of the greatest discoveries about the country Nigeria is that despite the challenges facing Nigeria, it is reported that they are the happiest people in the world. This was arrived at, following the results of a scientific survey carried out in 65 nations in 1999-2001.

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Youth restiveness: Odianose’s practical guide on youth engagement, to the rescue

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Sylvanus Imhontu a press staff under the Governor’s office,comrade Sotadeor George and the author

NO doubt, the Nigerian youths are very busy but quite worrisome is the fact that most of them are busy with diverse forms of depravity that are inimical to their living quality lifestyle, and the development of the nation.

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Mabadeje’s tonic on how to be the real you in print

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The-call-Mabadeje

TOO many people hold on to the past and allow the negative experiences of the past define their present and future. This should not be: where you are coming from should not in any way determine where you are going.

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Nordic View, Bente Vindvik’s parting gift to art lovers

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•Bente Vindvik  putting finishes touches on a work

Bente Vindvik is a Norwegian born painter. She had participated in many solo and group exhibitions in her country Norway and in Angola where she stayed for sometime before coming to Nigeria. And after spending over four years in Nigeria, Norwegian born painter is set to share her art with art lovers in and around Lagos, before she finally leaves in May with a solo art exhibition tagged A Nordic View of Nigeria, an exhibition of Drawings and painting.

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Why I am presenting two new books — Prof. Abugu

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Having realised the missing link, after many years of teaching and practice as a lawyer and lecturer, Prof. Joseph E.O Abugu, head of department of Commercial and Industrial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos is set to effect a change in the Nigerian law books stand with the introduction of two new academic and practice textbooks , Principles of Corporate Law in Nigeria and Company Securities: Law and Practice second edition to the law book stands.

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Bisi Silva heads 10th Bamako Encounters

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Nigerian born Bisi Silva, an independent curator and the founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA),Lagos has been appointed the Artistic Director of the 10th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography.

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Govt should support art, culture, build museums— Ogbonna

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Solomon Ogbonna

Chief Solomon Ogbonna is a Lagos-based art collector and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Aguene Art Foundation. His love for art is so great that apart from the art works he inherited from his late father, he also bought that of his siblings, no wander his house in the Ajah area of Lagos, is home to hundreds of art works across various media. But, despite all his exploits, Ogbonna is not happy with the government and the way they are handling art business in Nigeria.

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Jegede’s New Horizons relishes real essence of classical music

  /   in The Arts 12:49 am   /   Comments

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The New Horizons, a concert series put together by world-renowned composer, celist and Kora virtuoso, Tunde Jegede which opened on Sunday at the Agip Recital Hall of the Muson Centre, Lagos, was as electrifying and thrilling as it was inspiring. It held as part of one of the Musical Society of Nigeria’s (MUSON)core mission of developing talents and offering them a unique platform to express their musical creativity to the whole world.

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Jos festival of Theatre: unveiling untold stories through drama

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Members of Moremi cast

The war ravaged theatre lovers in and around the city of Jos, the Plateau State capital will heave a sigh of relief as the 9th edition of the annual Jos Festival of Theatre opens with its theatrical performance. The 2015 festival which will feature five plays alongside a pre-festival play a few days to the opening is scheduled to open from March 10th and last to March 14th 2015.

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As We Vote – Save The Nigerian Art

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*Kolanut dance by the National Troupe of Nigeria. Photo: Kene Egbuchuna.

We are not sure that Mr. President has been properly informed of the reasons why the cradle of Nigerians artistic creativity needs to be sold to the Arab Emirate to be converted to a replica of the Dubai Mall and to build a Five Star Hotel in the name of Hospitality and nation building for Tourism.

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Former Vanguard’s Art Editor, Helon Habila, 8 others win Windham Campbell Prize

  /   in The Arts 12:29 am   /   Comments

Former Vanguard’s Art Editor, Helon Habila was among nine writers announced as winners of the $150,000 prize money in the third round of The Windham Campbell Prizes. This was announced last Tuesday by the organisers.

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Oba Gbenga Sonuga clocks 70, launches Deep As The Ocean

  /   in The Arts 6:20 pm   /   Comments

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Oba Gbenga Sonuga is the Fadesewa of Simawa, in Makun Sagamu, Ogun State. Despite being the custodian of the culture of the community, his love and obsession for art and culture is very strong that he is always seen in many art events in the country. Before being crowned Oba, Fadesewa of Simawa, in Makun Sagamu, Oba Gbenga Sonuga, sometimes fondly called ‘OBA ART & CULTURE’ or BABA CULTURE was the Director for the Lagos State Council for Art and Culture.

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In Memory of Martin Luther echoes non-violent elections in Nigeria

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The United States Consulate, Lagos, held its annual programme to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, penultimate week. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday that celebrates the official Birthday of the renowned African American human rights activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King has remained a symbol of non-violent activism, a strategy through which his civil rights movement successfully protested racial discrimination in the federal and state laws of the United States of America.

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Omenka storms Cape Town Art Fair with his best four

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It is going to be a real showcase for South Africa’s and the continent’s fast growing and vibrant contemporary art economy as the 2nd edition of the Cape Town Art Fair kicks off in South Africa. And in line with its mission of ensuring sustainable presence for African art within a global context, one of the leading art gallery in Nigeria, Omenka gallery will from February 26 to March 1, participate in the Art Fair scheduled to hold at the Avenue, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town.

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Black Hamlet Ladi Emeruwa leads Shakespeare’s Globe tour to Lagos

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Shakespear-pics

Much as year 2015 is expected to witness great stage performances, theatre lovers are billed to witness what can be described as the mother of all drama as an international theatrical ensemble Hamlet Globe to Globe from United Kingdom hits the city of Lagos with William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. The Hamlet Globe to Globe tour which opened at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, on 23 April 2014, is scheduled to tour every single country on earth for over 2 years, now berths Nigerian soil on 4th and 5th March 2015 at the Muson Centre, Onikan and St. Saviour’s School, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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On Soyinka’s New ‘Leap Of Faith’

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Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka smiles during a lecture to celebrate his 80th birthday in Abeokuta on July 11, 2014. The lecture was organised by the National Association of Seadogs, also known as the Pyrate's Confraternity, founded in 1952 by Wole Soyinka, a student at the time, with six others members of the University College of Ibadan to combat tribalism and ethnic alignments on campus. AFP PHOTO

Africa’s Triple Heritage thesis first proposed by Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah but given its strongest advocacy by late Prof. Ali Mazrui resonates with a forcefulness that speaks to Africa’s and Nigeria’s postcolonial development quandary. According to the thesis, Africa’s future lies within the framework by which she is able to traverse the dynamics of her Euro-Christian, Islamic and traditional heritage.

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Memories of Grandma… towards reviving society’s values

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Treasure

With an unwavering commitment towards the promotion of diverse rich cultural heritage of the different ethnic groups in Nigeria, on-air personality, media trainer, and accomplished civil servant, Mrs Funke Durodola presented to the public, her book, Memories of Grandma. The book presentation which took place last week at the Freedom Park, Lagos, attracted a mixed audience which includes, journalists, politicians, academics as well as the religious.

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The pains of a country

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But then, we know that Nigeria is far from being the country of the dreams of our founding fathers, nor that of we the contemporary generation. That accounts for why the book is called ‘The Pains of a Country.’ Yes, Nigeria is in pains, indeed paroxysms, and in the throes of despondency and disillusionment. But is it all hopeless, “a thoroughfare of woes,” as Godfrey Chaucer would call it? The relief Odivwri brings is that he not only identifies problems, he also recommends antidotes, charts the path forward.

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Engr. Guy Otobo: Interesting narratives of the Roadmaster

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The journey of life and rise to stardom is always determined by many factors, while some made it to the top because they were born with the silver spoon, others were not so lucky, but were able to make it by a stint of hard work and dedication. Which class does Engineer Guy Eboe Otobo belong, how did he handle his challenges of birth and upbringing to become a top class civil servant? These and other issues were what the Government College Ughelli old boy penciled down in his autobiography entitled “Engineer Guy Eboe Otobo , A Life On The Roads”

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Art, culture a perfect blend for tourism promotion – Solomon Ogbonna

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Solomon Ogbonna

BY MOSES NOSIKE Chief Solomon Ogbonna is one Nigerian that can’t do without art, culture and tradition. He advises governments to draw the world to Nigeria for tourism and economic boost through the trio. His vision and passion for artistic invention was an ancestral heritage from the art loving family of late Chief Aguene Nwinyinya

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Jegede’s New Horizon debuts in Lagos

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AFTER its successful hosting of 2014 MUSON festival and in line with one of its core mission of developing talents and giving them a platform to express themselves, the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) is set to dazzle its teeming fans, especially lovers of jazz, chambers, classical and pop with a new concert series titled ‘New Horizons’.

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