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From jail to MTV, Pyongyang: 30 years of provocative Slovenia art

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Unsatisfied by its artistic subversion of regimes, NSK went a step further in 1992 — a year after Slovenia had declared independence from ex-Yugoslavia — by creating its own nation, the NSK State of Time. More than 15,000 people from all over the globe became “citizens” and even received their own passports, featuring the motto: “Art is fanaticism that demands diplomacy.”

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Graduatepro’s audiobook project to the rescue of job seekers

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•The Creative Director of the project, Ms Noami Lucas addressing the audience during the unveiling

Succour has finally come for millions of unemployed youths in Africa as Graduatepro, an audacious audiobook project aimed at addressing unemployment among Africa’s youth population, titled “I’m A Graduate, Now What? was last week unveiled in Lagos. The 51 chapter audiobook, the first-of-its-kind project,by Ms. Naomi Lucas, will serve as the definitive companion to anyone who schooled and hopes to work within Africa.

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‘Reading is becoming out of fashion for youths’

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•Mr Dominic Matthew delivering a lecture in London

In today’s world when reading is continually taken over by hip hop music and social media, reading a book for many young people is fast becoming out of fashion.” This was the the conclusion of UK-based Nigeria writer, Dominic Matthew during the presentation of his book, Practical Perspectives on Youth: Engagement and Mobilisation Strategy at the one day African Safeguarding Conference for Parents organised by World of Hope in partnership with CANUK, at the Lewisham town hall, London.

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FAD Radio hits the airwaves soon

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Fidelis Duker

The founder Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF) Fidelis Duker has revealed that his latest initiative, FAD broadcasting media will kick off in October 1, 2015. The veteran film maker and former president of Director’s Guild of Nigeria (DGN), in a chart with Sunday Art said that having secured license from federal government to run broadcasting media in the country, he has put all things in place to power general interest radio station.

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Dele Jegede @ 70: A Humanistic interrogation of the biography of a sage

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Prof Dele Jegede

Dele Jegede

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We ‘ll see a vibrant theatre culture again in Nigeria — Fred Agbeyegbe

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Fred Agbeyegbe

By JAPHET ALAKAM Playwright, author, activist and lawyer, Mr. Fred Agbeyegbe, will turn 80 on Wednesday, and from July 19 to 25, 2015, a lot of activities has been lined up in a carnival like celebration in his honour featuring a conference, presentation of Fred Agbeyegbe’s plays, and a host of other events at National

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Quality engagement key to viable artistic practice – Egonwa

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Art scholars in search of a better practice

“Visual Arts as an academic discipline at the tertiary level of Nigeria’s educational system has evolved through various stages in the past six decades from the ordinary National Diploma to the Doctor of philosophy degree in Studio Art. In its evolutionary history, the discipline has witnessed desirable as well as many undesirable developments.

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BUAF unveils playwright competition

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A scene from one of Bikiya's plays

“Theatre is huge in its own right and people are beginning to recognize it. It’s only a matter of time we will be seeing young writers showcase their worth as long as there’s an enabling environment for them to operate.

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I chose medicine but writing chose me – Mbadugha

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*L- R. Prof. Onakoya; Mr Joseph Mbadugha the author's husband; the author Dr Chogozie Mabadugha, Dr Leke Pitan and  Dr Hope Iloka at the book event

“I wrote the book with hope that more young girls can talk to their mothers and mothers can learn to listen to their daughters. This is a book of hope and inspiration. As parents, it helps us see the need to go closer to our children and children to go closer to the parents and see them as confidants.

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SNA celebrates Jegede@70 with Introspection

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Prof Dele Jegede

Dele Jegede@70 is to commemorate Prof. Dele Jegede’s 70th Anniversary and his contributions to the development of the Society, as well as contemporary Nigerian art. The events will feature a conference, an exhibition and talks to be held across 2 separate venues; the University of Lagos and the Yaba Colege of Technology from July 23 to 24, 2015.

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Improving reading culture in Nigeria is our target —Ovuomarhoma Godfrey, CEO of RHNYF

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Participants receiving certificate from the facilitator during a workshop organised by Restore Hope.

Recent developments have revealed that the reading culture among Nigerians, particularly the youth and students, has waned significantly. The rate of failure recorded by students in the WAEC, NECO and other examinations are clear indications to that. How then do we improve the reading culture?

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Dance, drama, essay mark children’s festival

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A scene from last year’s edition of Children Creative command performance

The air was filled with the booming and buzzing of the excited voices and faces of students, most of who were adorned in their traditional attires as people gathered for the annual children festival. It was fun watching the happy looking children expressing themselves in divers creative ways through singing, dancing, drama, motivational talks, presentation of awards, essay competition, African king and queen pageant, etc.

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Kids display visual angle of colour of God

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Adubi Mydaz Makinde with two of his students

All is now set for a special exhibition by children and teens of St Andrews Anglican Church Ojota road Ogudu, Lagos. The exhibition which will feature about thirty colourful, inspired work created by children and teens is scheduled to open from 11th -12th July 2015, at the Church Gallery.

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Award galore as NANTAP commemorates World Theatre Day

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*A cultural performace during the World Theatre Day celebration by NANTAP

The National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Lagos State chapter joined other thespians globally to mark “World Theatre Day (WTD)” in Lagos. The event which originally holds in March was shifted due the elections in the country, but bent on moving with other countries the group held its own leg of it in an epoch event which also featured the celebration of distinguished thespians and cultural ambassadors and investiture of World Theatre Day (WTD) Distinguished Personality, Bolanle Austen-Peters.

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Effect positive change in National Theatre – Ali -Balogun

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“Why can’t the federal government do a thorough positive transformation change of national theatre like it happened in other areas like Freedom Park, Lagos, rather, people come, collect subvention without any tangible results. If urgent steps should be taken to rectify things, the institution will bring in international patronage and reposition the place to its original status.”

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At Talawa Theatre, Efemena Agadama invokes memories of Nana Olomu

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London-based Nigerian writer, Efemena Agadama’s fierce, poetic and classical portrayal of the 1894 Ebrohimi war between the British colonial administration in the Benin River and Nana Olomu, was recently staged at the Talawa Theatre in London.

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Ighegwe Odion: A folklorist and instrumentalist of repute

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ighegwe

Individuals are gifted in rather queer callings in life that make them great while living: some are educated to the highest levels and are known for either amassing astonishing wealth and they are talked about by the idle ones that day dream, wishing how they could also be equally lucky to be universally known and popular, perhaps being listed in their local books of record, assuring themselves dreamingly,that poverty will never near their families forever and ever.

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Soyinka @ 81: WSICE rolls out drums for celebration

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wole-soyinka-cry

The 2015 edition of the yearly Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE) project has been scheduled to hold from July 12 through the 14th. The annual programme was initiated in 2010 and debuted on the 76th birthday anniversary of the Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka as the “quintessential artist and symbol of our humanity”, according to the promoters of the project, Nigeria-based ZMirage Multimedia Company and US-based GlobalNewHaven.

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Ahubelem exhibits hand of love to Hearts of Gold

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In his determined effort to touch lives and empower the youths, seasoned motivational speaker, author, business man and publisher of a business bulletin, Greatness 101, a monthly publication that inspires youths to reach their goals and attain greatness in any endeavor, Uche Ahubelem paid a visit to Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice in Surulere. Ahubelem who is the MD, C.E.O of Brickwall group of companies, a company devoted to the provision of a wide range of goods and entertainment outfit did this through his non-governmental organization known as Uche Ahubelem Centre for Human Development – U.A.C.H.D.

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Ighegwe Odion: A folklorist and instrumentalist of repute

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Late Ighegwe Odion

Individuals are gifted in rather queer callings in life that make them great while living: some are educated to the highest levels and are known for either amassing astonishing wealth and they are talked about by the idle ones that day dream, wishing how they could also be equally lucky to be universally known and popular, perhaps being listed in their local books of record, assuring themselves dreamingly,that poverty will never near their families forever and ever.

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Rectify cultural policy,visual artists tells Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari chairs the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday

Stakeholders and professionals in art sector have tasked the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to draw up a viable road map that will boost art industry in Nigeria.

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The Great Leap, chronicling Fashola speeches

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Fashola-bk-cover

Lagos state, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria has become a reference point to other states because of the transformation that changed the face of the state. This can be attributed to the policies of the former governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, who defied all odds to make sure that the state wears a new look. For a man, who many knew little about before his ascendency to the position of Lagos State governor, the task of changing Lagos was difficult, but he was bent on making a difference and after 8 years in office, the testimonies are there, no wonder people now talk about the old and new Lagos.

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Adichie, Wainaina worry over dearth of literary works in African languages

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“When Nigerian Breweries began this partnership with Farafina Trust to sponsor the Creative Writers Workshop seven years ago, this partnership was founded on our company’s desire to encourage the development of literary writing skills in Nigeria, as part of our strategic corporate initiative for talent development and youth empowerment in Nigeria.

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Nigerian-British Nuzo pioneers new literary genre, Horror Books

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Nuzo Onoh

African Horror , new literary genre which introduces Nigerian culture into this category of writing, has birthed in Lagos, thanks to the pioneering works of Nigerian-British writer Nuzo Onoh. With the recent spread of regional horror such as Japanese, Korean, Indian and Scandinavian Horror, African Horror is finally taking its rightful place in that literary genre, courtesy of the writings of Nuzo, daughter of the late ex-governor of old Anambra State, Dr. C.C. Onoh.

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50 yrs of Prof Ike’s publication, works still transform the society

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For you to be celebrated in the literary world you must be steadfast by sticking to creative writing, else poor reading culture and piracy will become a stumbling block.” These were the words of globally celebrated creative writer and author of Toad for Super, Eze Chukwuemeka Ike, when the UNN Nsukka kick started the golden jubilee celebration of his writing at the University community.

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June 12: Our lost brother

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In memory of the hero of June 12, Chief MKO Abiola.
 

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Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again reignites Abuja theatre

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Drama

Inspite of the fact that there is an urgent need to revive theatre going culture of Nigerians, the awareness of theatre production and the number of theatre goers seem to be a little encouraging in Lagos State. Back in the days of the iconic Hubert Ogunde, theatre was a viable art form. From city to city, Nigerians came out en masse to watch theatre productions. One can’t help but ask, where are the theatre goers in Nigeria?

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Reviving reading culture…Odianose donates books to Alma mater

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Mr Mathew Odianose (Right) handing over books to Mrs Kuti during the  visit to his Alma mater.

In today’s academic world, reading remains the ultimate pre-requisite for excelling in any exams. Sadly, young people still see reading as a heavy burden to bear and as such, want to cut corners. It therefore, becomes imperative to inculcate in young children, the attitude of reading such that it becomes part of them as they grow older.

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The DNA traits for success – entrepreneurial analgia

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40-DNA

Quoting from the words of former President of United States, Theodore Roosevelt, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there”; it then becomes obvious that what bedevils the mind of an individual propelling the wheel of success is fear and not in the will to do. The buffer that secures wheels of entrepreneurial success in life is unalloyed self-belief sinewed and ornamented with well-thought out and proactive mind.

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Nature meets art at Studio of Mode

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Modebolu Aderinokun

Brilliant colours, beautiful ambiance, simplicity of orms and captivating digital photographs are some of the defining features that are bound to affect the imaginative responses of viewers as they savour the works on display at the Studio of Mode, an art gallery located inside Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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Why Jesus wept

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Omokri

“To know a person to a very high degree,you need to know what pleases them, so you can learn to do it, and what makes them sad, so you can avoid it.

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Our expectations from Buhari’s administration – Writers

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MUHAMMADU BUHARI

The reading culture especially among young people also needs to be revitalised. A reading generation is a leading generation, but rather, we have seen academic performance among students consistently nose-diving all these years due to multifaceted distractions. Government’s incentives and aggressive initiatives can make a major difference.”

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