Sunday January 25th, 2015
Sunday January 25th, 2015
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Stanley Dudu transits from New episode to Next episode

  /   in The Arts 12:51 am   /   Comments

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Life is all about transiting from one level to the order, and this is the philosophy young Stanley Dudu has imbibed. After participating in one solo and well over 25 group shows with several prizes and awards to his credit, 2003 Auchi Polytechnic trained artist is gradually moving to the next level as he exhibits his great level of dexterity in his second solo exhibition entitled Next Episode(The Sequel) an exhibition of charcoal drawings.

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Saro:The Musical 2 returns with…

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After its successful showing last year at the grand ballroom of the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, that drew notable names in the Nigerian arts sector, the city of Lagos is in again for the biggest thrill of the 2014, as the critically acclaimed Saro: The Musical makes its return to the stage this December!

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Tourism or Entertainment

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Who will be the guests in the ‘five-star hotel’ built in the national theatre complex? My guess is as good as yours, Businessmen, Tourist, Politicians. Let’s stop there, suppose all these people want to unwind before they turn in after the day’s work, what do they turn to before they turn in?

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DAPO ADELUGBA — Remembering… (Tribute by Professor Wole Soyinka)

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And thus, near furtively, he left, the last of the vintage links to Ibadan of the Penkelemes Years. He left quietly, as he lived his life – fusslessly. Slight and willowy, he exuded an irrepressible optimism in the social therapy of theatre, and its autonomous but vulnerable existence as a community in itself, for which no personal sacrifice is excessive.

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Wise men marry many wives

  /   in The Arts 5:39 pm   /   Comments

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A very wise man died in Benue State not so long ago. But before I tell the details of his death, I need to state that through the man’s life it has been revealed to me exclusively that the lack of wisdom in the world of today is because men marry only one wife. You can quote me on that.

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Shifting the Paradigm: George Edozie takes Onitsha culture to the world

  /   in The Arts 8:46 pm   /   Comments

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All is now set for the first historic exhibition by Nigeria trained painter, George Edozie at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The show tagged, Shifting the Paradigm is designed to tear down aging but still prevalent concepts surrounding the creation, consumption and interpretation of contemporary art. It is scheduled to open on December 2, and run till February 26th, 2015. The exhibition which will focus on the culture and art of the Onitsha people will have as its special quest of honour Igwe Alfred Nnaemka Achebe, Agbogodi, The Obi of Onitsha.

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Mirage, Adeola Balogun’s visual voice to Chibok girls saga

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Barely few months after his return from residency in the UAE, sculptor and lecturer at Yaba College of Technology, Adeola Balogun is back to the exhibition hall again with another solo exhibition titled Mirage; an exhibition of sculptures and drawings.

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MBA: Fears as new generation writers emerge

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When is a generation? Is there a new Nigerian generation, the fourth? What defines this new writing? Who are its writers and leaders? Does this signify a new nation? And as patrons of Nigerian literature, Niger state’s governor Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu and Rivers governor Chibike Amaechi may exit next year, will the MBA colloquium and Port Harcourt Literary Festival survive?

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Violence against women: Poets lend voice

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Poets recently at the United States Consulate, Lagos, rose unanimously against violence metted out on women all over the world. The platform was ReaditLoud, a reading programme designed by the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the US Consulate for writers to read and discuss their writing with fellow writers, with the view to making positive impact on the society.

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Dr. Stephen Olusoji: The historian using the raw materials of classical music

  /   in The Arts 7:20 pm   /   Comments

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Musical literacy is a barrier between a book like Dr. Stephen Olusoji’s Melo-rhythmic pieces for musical instruments and millions of its potential readers. But that barrier has been largely removed by the author’s effort in recording the performances of the pieces contained in the volume and attaching the audio CD to the book.

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From office to studio,NGA artists preach peace

  /   in The Arts 12:13 am   /   Comments

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It was another successful outing for the National Gallery of Art as the second Kaduna Art Fair came to an end. The fair which is the second in the series featured a collection of 60 works of 42 artists out of over 100 artists working in the National Gallery of Art (NGA).

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Art collecting, a must have investment–Oscar Onyema

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DG/CEO, NSE, Oscar Onyema

To many, despite the inherent potentials in art and the money garnered at different art auctions in the country and beyond, many do not still see it as an alternative investment. What is then the position of art in the area of investment, apart from its aesthetic value, can it be used as an alternative?

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Performing arts stakeholders’ forum

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The monumental assembly was convened at the National Theatre by the newly appointed Artistic Director of the National Troupe of Nigeria – Mr. Akin Adejuwon. It was an overwhelming success and well attended by many surviving practitioners, the likes of His Royal Highness Oba Sonuga, Peter Badejo MBE all the way from London, professors and practitioners of the performing arts, old and young.

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Miss N/Delta audition kicks off

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Contestants for this year’s edition of The Miss Niger Delta Peace cultural Pageant themed, One Voice For Peace, Empowerment and Transformation, are expected to converge at Berverly Hills Hotel, Mingles Lounge, GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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The Rebirth… A painful trip into Nigeria’s history

  /   in The Arts 12:18 am   /   Comments

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It took the simple cue; “Ladies and gentlemen, let the show begin” from the sonorous and inviting voice of culture activist, film critic, playwright and theatre director, Ben Tomoloju, for the Agip Recital Hall of Muson Centre Lagos, to come alive with a spellbinding theatrical performance of “The Rebirth”.

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Layer Cake, a visual peep into the history of Lagos

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Nigeria is blessed with good talented artists, this is reflected with the number of artists making waves in international arena and back home, a visit to many galleries and the quality of works displayed gives credence to that.

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Performing arts stakeholders’ forum

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*A cultural performance by the National Troupe of Nigeria

The monumental assembly was convened at the National Theatre by the newly appointed Artistic Director of the National Troupe of Nigeria – Mr. Akin Adejuwon.

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LBHF 2015 Vision of the Child competition opens

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Despite the political agenda in 2015, Lagos Black Heritage Festival in collaboration with Lagos State Ministry of Education has concluded all arrangement for the 2015 and fourth edition of “Vision of the Child” with the theme: “The Road to Sambisa”.

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Fate, unifing budding artists at Alexis gallery

  /   in The Arts 7:44 pm   /   Comments

Fate

Nigeria is blessed with many talented artists, but the environment in which they operate somehow make it difficult for them to develop and maximise their potentials. This is partly due to the level of art appreciation in the country and the way and manner gallery owners milk them to better their ways. But one gallery that support and represent the artist very well is the Alexis gallery located in Victoria Island, Lagos.

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New book highlights accomplishments of custom’s boss

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CUSTOM-BOOK

The achievements of the Comptroller-General of the Customs (C-G-C), Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi has been documented in a compelling new book.

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Warri conflict, bloodshed changed my writings-Efemena, UK-based writer

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He witnessed the Warri crisis during Abacha’s regime and that changed his entire being. Born and raised in Warri, Delta State, Efemena Agadama, a UK based Isoko writer, got his National Diploma in Mass Communication from the Federal Polytechnic Oko before proceeding to University College Kensington, London where he bagged a Higher National Diploma in Computing. The writer who later got his Masters in Information Technology at the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, in this interview, shares the transformation his writings have undergone over the years

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Kondo Kingdom, reforming the Nigerian Police

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A new drama series titled Kondo Kingdom is set to hit major television stations in Nigeria. The twenty–six episode television drama series depicts various aspects of police working and living conditions as well as conduct and performance

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Mwalimu Ali Mazrui: A hero in the present time

  /   in The Arts 12:21 am   /   Comments

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Ali Mazrui is really a huge tree that prominently occupies a huge forest of equally huge trees. When such trees are uprooted from the forest, it is a great loss beyond recompense.

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Stakeholders unveil new roadmap for National Troupe

  /   in The Arts 8:44 pm   /   Comments

*A cultural performance by the National Troupe of Nigeria

In his first meeting with Art writers in Lagos, the new Artistic director of National Troupe, Akin Adejuwon promised to reinvigorate and reposition the national troupe for effective and efficient performing art service delivery. Few months in the saddle, after due consultation, the Ekiti born artist, realised that for such enviable heights to be achieved, there is need to meet with the stakeholders in the industry.

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Egypt’s political struggle re-echoed at AFRIFF ’14

  /   in The Arts 11:50 am   /   Comments

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The political struggle that claimed hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in Egypt between 2011 and 2013 re-echoed Sunday night, when “The Square”, a documentary film exploring the country’s political history was screened to open this year’s Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, holding in Calabar, Cross River State.

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Njideka Akunyili-Crosby: Chimamanda of the art world?

  /   in The Arts 12:56 am   /   Comments

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You might not have heard about her, but Nigerian born, U.S -based artist Njideka Akunyili-Crosby has been described by CNN “as one of New York’s most promising new talents”. In pop culture parlance, Njideka is the next big thing in the ART world.

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Jegede relishes Kora vibes at Muson’s Classical Night

  /   in The Arts 1:06 am   /   Comments

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The entire hall was filled with people from all walks of life, especially the men who understands the meaning of classic music and has followed it for years as they came to be part of MUSON festival, and apart from that, many also came to see the new artistic director of Muson, Tunde Jegede perform in one of the events for the 2014 festival tagged Muson Symphony Orchestra.

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Jonathan celebrates Africa’s most famous female dramatist, Tess Onwueme

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Recently, in far away America, one of Nigeria’s respected playwright, Prof Tess Onwueme, an eminent University Professor of Global Letters at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire was honoured by her university.

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Oba Akiolu harps on proper documentation of cultural values

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Proper documentation of old cultural values, artifacts and art works are very important in the preservation of our culture and tradition as this goes a long way in familiarizing the generations yet unborn with the history of the African continent’.

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Olawunmi Banjo opens the mind at Nike gallery

  /   in The Arts 6:15 pm   /   Comments

Conscious break, one of the works  displayed

After over a decade of building her career through several group art exhibitions and full time studio practice, Olawunmi Banjo takes a step further to consolidate on her achievement with her first solo art exhibition titled Mind Revolution.

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Amidst… visualises Nigeria’s resilence spirit on canvass

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Cans of life by Lessoe

When a research conducted by some groups revealed that Nigeria was one of the most happiest people on earth, many Nigerians questioned that. Their reaction was based on the fact that the country was faced with a lot of problems that subjects them to much suffering, but another look at the finding proves that it is real, as despite the sufferings they still forge ahead.

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Clash of faith, emotions in Jamiu’s new book

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Religion has been a galvanizing force in most of the crisis in the world. In fact it is seen as the biggest obstacle to marriage. Though, both Christians and Muslims belief in one God, but when it comes to marriage, the way and manner they attack each other calls for a retreat. In real sense, matters of the heart, they say, do not involve social and religious issues.

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