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No Where To Run…Wake up call for safer earth

• A scene from the film

VIEWERS watched with great awe, the appalling condition of the oil rich Niger Delta region, the effect of the havoc unleashed on North East by Boko Haram, and the devastating effects of erosion on the South East, all in Nigeria. It was a clear evidence of a country blindly existing on impending doom. “No Where To Run: Nigeria’s Environmental Crisis”, is the title of a documentary film which exposes humanly inflicted disasters on some areas in the country, leaving the people in perpetual fear of the unexpected.

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•Flight, one of the works by Yusuf Grillo

2015: How culture producers, promoters made the difference

IN spite of the 2015 general elections that affected most of the activities of several sectors in the country, the Art and Culture sector globally regarded as the flagship for both economic and social development of any society experienced huge success. Even with the scrapping of the Art , Culture and Tourism Ministry by the present administration, arts and culture producers and promoters, saw to it that the sector went on with its activities and in return recorded tremendous success. This was because, the sector despite its contributions to the nation’s GDP has never been a good bride of the government.

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Into The World,  Onyeka Onyekuba; Phyleom Publishers, Nigeria; Revised, 2015: PP. 95.

How best to make it into the world in print

It is said that a good writer is one who relates intelligibly to his society and, using the society as a base to disseminate his message with a view to contributing positively to that society in particular and the world in general. The above statement can be said to be true of Dr Onyeka Onyekuba, who also writes as Onyeka Iwuchukwu, a literary scholar with bias in drama and theatre, a multidisciplinary researcher, and a playwright with varied experience and author of over eight plays, who has used her plays to highlight and address some compelling issues in the society.

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• Ashraf Fayadh must be freed: Nobel laureate Prof Soyinka (m) leading other literay icons during the march

Soyinka, other literary icons march against execution of Ashraf Fayadh

THE battle to save the life of Palestinian poet and visual artist, Ashraf Fayadh who has been sentenced to death by the Saudi Arabian government for renouncing Islam and for allegedly posting an online video showing women being flogged by Saudi Arabia authorities, continued last Thursday with Nigeria’s literary community led by Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, joining the global community to demand for his unconditional release.

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China boost future cultural ties with Nigeria through film

For two days, it was a real celebration of Chinese culture as movie lovers, especially lovers of the Chinese film thronged the famous Silverbird Cinemas in Victoria Island for much publicised Chinese Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. The festival which is the first of its kind was put together by the Chinese Consulate in Lagos as part of movies to help Nigerian friends to understand Chinese culture, history, society and boost future cultural exchange and cooperation.

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Okonkwo’s books harp on successful marriage

In response to the rise in the number of failed marriages recorded in the society, Leonard Okwudili Okonkwo launched two insightful books aimed at assisting married couples as well as the unmarried to understand the basics of marriage. The book titled, ‘Solid Foundation for a happy marriage and key points in a happy marriage’, which was presented to the public at the Union Bank sports complex, Surulere Lagos, penultimate weekend, brought together the high and mighty of the freight forwarding industry.

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Iwuchukwu underscores the importance of women empowerment

The issue of gender equality has been the focus of scholarship in contemporary times and the general contention is that women are oppressed and marginalized in many areas of life because of the patriarchal construction of the society which disadvantages them. There is no doubt that responsibilities and limitations of being a woman in a male dominated society are glaring realities in Nigerian society because the society has preserved attitudes towards women.

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‘Queen of the Creeks Pageant to impact positively on Niger Delta women’

According to Ovie, “The beauty event seeks to bring out the best of the young pageant hopefuls such as their goals, self confidence, talents, commitment to public service as well as drive for success. We discovered that there is a gap in pageantry. So many of them are focused on prizes and if the winner has no pet project, it dies like that. So we came up with Queen of the Creeks pageantry to let people know that there are women passionate about helping to solve the challenges of Niger Delta. This is meant to help the creeks. As you may know, there’s no access to education in most areas, no pipe-borne water and the areas are polluted.”

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Afejuku’s Poetry of Pulsating Reflections

A Spring of Sweets is an anthology of poetry written by Tony Afejuku. The anthology comes to us as a phoenix of varied human thoughts recollected in moment of tranquility. A Spring of Sweets, can better be described as a diary of diverse human experiences in lyrics. Also, one may be correct to say that the anthology validates the immense capacity of the human mind to recollect and to reflect on avalanche of man’s unavoidable encounters with the many hurdles of life.

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Avalanche, the Kings of Dance Affirms Etisalat’s Commitment to Entertainment

Nigeria’s most innovative and youth-centric telecommunications network, Etisalat has reiterated its commitment towards exploring new ways to support and encourage talent development especially the growth of the Nigerian entertainment and arts industry. The company stated this at the premiere of the star-studded stage dance performance, Avalanche – The Kings of Dance which took place at the Muson Centre, Lagos, recently.

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Rainbow of Life in Artistic romance with Oaks Garden

Oaks Garden Cultural Centre is no doubt, a cultural space in all ramification. Uniquely sited at No 1 Jemi Alade street, Isheri Idimu area of Alimosho, Lagos, the centre which is designed as a multipurpose space for all cultural events for the purposes of promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of not just Lagos State but every other part of Nigeria, is fast growing into the cultural hub of Nigeria.

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• Chux Onyenyeonwu, slave trade over, but not yet over

Why I wrote on the ripple effects of Slave trade – Onyenyeonwu, author of Sixth Finger

THE Umutu Cafe, located at Muritala Mohammed Airport 2 venue of the unveiling of a new book written by Chux Onyenyeonwu and in attendance were a select group of writers who came to see the creative work of art. Indeed, the powerful cover design, superb printing as well as the contents were so classic that many wondered whether it was the work of a first timer or not, but it was so.

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• One of the works on display at the ongoing  exhibition

Omenka gallery closes with Status, Time

Lovers of art, art collectors, promoters were treated to a special form of art as Omenka Gallery opened its last exhibition for the year tagged Status and Time, a joint exhibition of recent works by leading London-based designers Yinka Ilori and Jade Folawiyo. The ongoing exhibition which is supported by the British Council, featured an installation of palm oil kegs, as well as a collection of intricate wall clocks referencing thought-provoking quotes on the theme of time and change. The exhibition which opened on December 19, 2015 will run till January 9, 2016.

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