Wednesday March 4th, 2015
Wednesday March 4th, 2015
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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

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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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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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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

  /   in Art Salon, The Arts 11:00 pm   /   Comments

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

  /   in The Arts 12:00 am   /   Comments

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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VOTC 2015: 60 kids emerge for The Road to Sambisa

  /   in The Arts 1:04 am   /   Comments

The vision of the organisers of The Vision of the Child (VOTC), the visual angle of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival is gradually being realised as more sponsors have joined the major sponsor Diamond Bank to ensure that the programme continues to promote creativity among the children.

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Art is my life, it’s what I will do till I die — Yusuf Grillo

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Prof. Adebayo Yusuf Cameron Grillo is one of the founding fathers of contemporary Visual Art in Nigeria. A visit to his Ikeja, Lagos home and studio indicates that the octogenarian and famous Master of Masters is still very much agile, full of life and ready at all times to discuss contemporary art.

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I wrote Iredi War with Lit Price in mind — Ukala, 2014 Winner, The Nigeria Prize for Literature

  /   in The Arts 12:51 am   /   Comments

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When Professor Sam Ukala, Nigeria’s renowned playwright picked up his pen to write Iredi War, he was clear about what he wanted- The Nigerian Prize For Literature. As a goal-getter well focused on his priority, Prof. Ukala was said to have turned down the offer to be among the panel of judges for the 2014 Prize. Instead, he submitted his book Iredi War to compete with 123 others.

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Igboamaka, committed to promotion of Igbo culture

  /   in The Arts 12:09 am   /   Comments

•Festus receiving tusks and certificate at the ceremony

As part of its commitment towards the preservation and promotion of rich cultural heritage of the Igbos through acknowledgment of laudable achievements of Igbo sons and daughters, Igboamaka, an Igbo socio-cultural organisation, held its 2014 Igbo Person of the Year Award.

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I wrote Iredi War with Lit Price in mind- Ukala

  /   in The Arts 12:22 am   /   Comments

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When Professor Sam Ukala, Nigeria’s renowned playwright picked up his pen to write Iredi War, he was clear about what he wanted- The Nigerian Prize For Literature. As a goal-getter well focused on his priority, Prof. Ukala was said to have turned down the offer to be among the panel of judges for the 2014 Prize. Instead, he submitted his book Iredi War to compete with 123 others.

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FG reviews cultural policy, partners UNESCO for UCH documentation

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Members of Moremi cast

The Federal government has said that it was reviewing the current National Policy on culture to reflect the provisions required for effective safeguarding of the 2003 Convention on the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in the country.

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Nigerian Artistes – How we must vote

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*A cultural performance by the corps members

A good diplomatic smile and handshake can arrange, yearly exhibition of our art works. Dance, Drama, Sculpture, Photography etc. every Ambassador could organize different programmes every year.

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Maybe Tomorrow tackles societal ills in the society

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Artists are known all over the world for using anything around them to address some of the problems in the society, since they have no power to fight and always draw their sword in the theatre and this was what young Ibukun Fasunhan did with his new play titled Maybe Tomorrow, which was presented last week at the nations culture home, Terra Kulture, Lagos.

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NGA- The strands, the strides in 2014

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

It was a year of intense activities for the National Gallery of Art (NGA). It began on an intellectual note with the maiden Nupe Art Conference/Exhibition which took place in the ancient city of Bida, Niger State. Traditional artists from the nooks and crannies of the old Nupe kingdom displayed different works ranging from paintings, sculptures and textiles to the admiration of all present.

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NORRD Phenomenon: a reflection of beauty, emotions, ideals of life

  /   in The Arts 1:05 am   /   Comments

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After its successful hosting of the much acclaimed music dance drama, SARO 2 The Musical which rounded up its activities for the year 2014, the nation’s culture house Terra Kulture opened its door of activities for the year with an exhibition by 20 year old second year student of engineering at the University of Warwick,UK, Nissi Ogulu tagged NORRD Phenomenon.

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Martin Luther King Jr statue lands in Africa

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As the year sets in with promising activities in the visual art sector, several art projects are lined up to make it a remarkable one. From all sections of the art industry, artists are gearing towards all forms of art workshops, exhibitions, festivals and seminars to foster the development of the industry. One of such projects that will raise the art industry and booster the image rebranding of Nigeria this year 2015 is the coming home to Africa for the first time, the iconic Martin Luther King Jnr. Statue which is expected in Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria.

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How Deborah, new Miss Niger Delta’s dream came true

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The keenly contested 14th edition of the Miss Niger Delta Peace Cultural Pageant came to a resounding close with Deborah Ibeinmo Alfred emerging winner. She defeated 21 other contestants to win the prestigious contest which held at Dr Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

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Artistes in dilemma: How do we vote?

  /   in Stage And Screen 12:46 am   /   Comments

Members of Moremi cast

We are force by conviction and the circumstances to vote for survival. We are allowed existence in the past, sustained by what the colonial masters called “beggars licence” which allowed artist to perform (entertainment) for peanuts or dash to beggars. That mentality was carried along by governments thereafter.

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I am committed to the promotion of young artists—– Patty Chidiac

  /   in The Arts 7:31 pm   /   Comments

Patty-Chidiac

Patty Chidiac is the CEO/Curator of Alexis Gallery, a leading art gallery in Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria. She is also the owner of ‘The Studios’ and Art Cafe in Lagos. The Beniniose born curator and business woman who came to Nigeria in January 1975, has been managing the store for years before she opened the art gallery in 2013.

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Jonathan enjoins writers to take reading to next level

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•National Executives of Association of Nigerian Authors and representative of the president,Molara Wood cutting the 33rd anniversary cake in Ibadan recently

THE 33rd International Annual Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) held at the ancient city of Ibadan has come and gone but the memories of the event continues to ring bells in the ears of many especially the members. Apart from the normal programme of the convention , one issue that drew the attention of the people was the remarks by the president of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

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