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FESTAC at 40: The history and mystery behind the mask

As you enter the passage leading to the reception of the Centre for Blacks and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), Broad Street, Lagos, the carved replica of the 16th-century Benin ivory mask standing (about 20 x 10 feet) like a colossus near the staircase, both intimidates and pulls you like a magnate. It was the festival emblem for FESTAC ’77.

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Book unlocks vital lessons of experience

The great philosopher, Socrates, once said, “an unexamined life is not worth living” and the Bible in Hosea 4:6 also said that “my people perish for lack of knowledge”. And events in and around the world reveals that it is real, and that is why developed nations do not play with the study of history as a subject. History is just the record of past experiences and it is good because without the past, many cannot make it in the future.

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The misapplication of woman power

Chimdi Maduagwu’s novel, Women Without Hearts (UNILAG Press; Lagos) steps into the loop and offers interesting insights to the complex relationship that exists between men and women in the modern world. The novel presents an intriguing lifestyle of some young women on a journey to success in their chosen careers. The desperate bid to climb the social ladder through despicable means and the exploitation of the weaknesses of powerful men in order to achieve their desired goals is at the heart of this captivating narrative.

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Olu Akengbuwa’s ghost revisits Warri stage

Feelings of spiritual reunion with ancestors filled the hall. Memebers of the audience held their breadths watching the performance. Indeed, for every descendant of Itsekiri that thronged the Brownhill Events Centre, Ogunu, to watch this, the ghost of Olu Akengbuwa, the celebrated 16th Olu of Warri who reigned between 1795 and 1848 AD, is being re-evoked on stage as the new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, marks his one year on the throne.

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Aig-Imoukhuede’s books document Nigerian festivals

After 53 years of painstaking research and documentation, poet, cultural icon and writer, Pa Frank Aig-Imoukhuede, last week unveiled his two new books. The presentation of the books titled A Calendar of Traditional Nigerian Festivals and Between God and Man: Meaning and Essence in Traditional Nigeria Festivals was attended by eminent personalities and literary giants. It was commendation galore for the man’s sterling attributes and for coming out with such landmark books that speaks well about Nigeria.

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Bruised but …Fati’s peep into visual refreshing perspectives of Borno

Borno State has been a theatre of war as a result of the activities of Islamic insurgents, Boko Haram. Since their emergence, the state like some other states in north east has witnessed all sorts of carnage, bombings, killings, destruction of houses, churches, mosques, schools and others. But just like any other event of such magnitude, the media has centered on the negative side of the stories that one would imagine whether there are people still living there, not to talk of economic activities.

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