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• E.C. Osondu, Caine Prize Winner

The present generation of writers are less political – E.C. Osondu,Caine Prize Winner

When you mention Africa, the first thing that comes to the mind of the average American is not literature, to that extent you are bringing something new. But African literature is very interesting, very broad and so even when you introduce it to them, you are introducing a whole new world. You are introducing them to African women writers from Egypt, Senegal, like ‘So Long a Letter’, Buchi Emecheta.

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Kakadu the iconic stage musical returns

The iconic, international and award winning stage musical, Kakadu returns by popular demand to be staged in Lagos this December on the 29th and 30th 2015, and from the 1st to the 3rd of January 2016. Kakadu The Musical, Nigeria’s first ever contemporary stage musical, which is an exciting and eclectic blend of music, drama and dance is tribute to the period and infinite possibilities of Nigeria in the sixties and early seventies.

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• The panellists at the forum

Where are the women in the visual arts?

One of the raging issue now is the pivotal role women play in almost all areas of life. Women are seen in all areas of life, business, civil service, teaching etc, but there seems to be a dearth of women in the arts sector. Why is it so, does the culture forbid them or what, this was the reason why Art Forum Africa (AFA), a new platform that runs online publication, and organises forum for discourse on matters that concerns artists, curators, collectors, the government and others involved in arts in Africa gathered stakeholders in the arts industry to discourse on the topic, “Where are the women in the visual arts?

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Our Honourable Member; Dr Onyeka Iwuchukwu; Macckho-Ricckho Press and Publishing Co. Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria; 2014; PP. 122

How not to be an honourable member

It is often said that the worst form of democracy is better than the best military rule, that is why people rejoice during democratic rule as it will afford them the opportunity to elect their leaders who will in turn deliver the much desired dividends of democracy to them. But, what becomes the fate of the people when the politicians who are voted into power abandone their campaign promises and fail to deliver.

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Our Father’s Land by Titus Okereke

Our Father’s Land by Titus Okereke

Professor Titus Okereke has written an excellent book even if at times it is an unhappy book. His own irrepressible personality shines through the book – he is a friendly man, a thoughtful person who is willing at times to follow the consequences of his thinking. Most people think but allow circumstances to dictate their action. Not so Titus. The book is delightful as it takes us through his first thoughts – not of Ajalli but of a two days water trip to Sapele where he grew up.

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Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist releases

Three finalists have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature and sadly, no Nigerian author made the list. The authors that made the list include; Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first pan-African Prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers from African countries. Now in its third year, it is acknowledged as the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction.

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Use the L.I.F.T.: Proven Techniques for Choosing and Excelling in a Career Path; Olugbenga Seyi Hodonu & Kester Audu; Ink-spire Ventures Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria; 2015; PP. 142

Practical guide on how to be your own boss in print

ONE of the greatest problems confronting the world today, especially Nigeria is unemployment. For example in Nigeria, every year the various universities in the country churn out graduates to chase the few jobs available, and when they don’t get any, they are left with no choice than to join the legions already in the unemployment market. Its negative effects on the globe is worrisome, that is why all efforts are geared towards finding a solution.

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(FILES)- A March 2, 2012 file photo shows an Ohafia cultural troupe entertaining bystanders during the burial of Nigeria's secessionist leader Odumegwu Ojukwu at his native Nnewi country home, in Anambra State eastern Nigeria. Odumegwu Ojukwu, who championed the campaign for an independent Republic of Biafra in eastern Nigeria in the 1960s culminating in a 30-month civil war which left more than a million dead was buried at his Nnewi family home in Anambra State. Its name is synonomous with the declaration of independence and updates on the brutal conflict that followed, but nearly 50 years after Nigeria's civil war, Radio Biafra is again making headlines. AFP PHOTO

Bongo festival to the rescue of Igbo culture

Bongo is a musical instrument in Igbo cultural heritage that cannot be ignored in the Eastern part of Nigeria. It signifies a lot in the historical development of Igbo land. It serves as a symbol of strength, strong voice, announcement of great passages, events and entertainment. Bongo Festival is a festivity of music, arts and culture, which will bring to the fore the cultural heritage of the eastern region of Nigeria.

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Left Dr Tayo, Oyedeji, MD Media Perspectives, Mrs Iquo Ukoh, Guest Speaker, Mr Biodun Shobanjo, Chairman Troyka Group and Mr Jude Odia,Media Director, Strategy, Media Perspectives at the occasion. Pix Biodun Ogunleye.

Kudos as Media Perspectives launch Media Advertising Guide 2016

In furtherance of its determination to ensure that the three major stakeholders in the marketing communications ecosystem; advertisers, agencies and media owners, obtain actionable data that would assist them produce successful Nigerian advertising campaigns that meet the needs of consumers, Media Perspectives Ltd, launched the maiden edition of a book titled, “Nigerian Media Advertising Guide 2016”.

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• Sebastine Ugwuoke infront of his winning work

New Enwonwus, Onobrakpeyas discovered at NAC final

AS one entered the upper hall of the Kongi’s Harvest at Freedom Park, Lagos on Thursday, 26th November, a giant sized aesthetically designed family bed placed against a beautifully decorated wall, beckoned for rest, sleep and much more. But a closer step and scrutiny of the colourful piece, reveals a no go area as the work was carefully crafted with very dangerous weapons; tookpicks, nails etc.

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A piece by Dominique Zinkpe, one of the exhibiting artist

Francophone artists dazzle collectors at Alexis

One of the leading galleries in Lagos, Alexis gallery committed to the promotion of art and artists, after hosting series of exhibitions this year , yesterday opened an epic exhibition titled Francophonie, an exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculpture to round off its exhibition calendar for the year. The exhibition is dedicated in honour of art loving monarch, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, who officially opened it among other art collectors/promoters on 5th of December, 2015 at Alexis gallery, Akin Olugbode Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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• Former MD/CEO, Liberty Bank, Chief Lawson Omokhodion; Bowo Olateru-Olagbegi, the author, Michael Ovienmhada and Jones Usein during the book launch in Lagos

Notable Nigerians lambast Buhari’s govt at book launch

Former Presidential aspirant on the platform of Unity Party Of Nigeria – UPN, Michael Ovienmhada has expressed disappointment with the Buhari led administration over his inability to do something to show that it had a grand vision to move the country forward. Ovienmhada stated this during the presentation of his new book, ‘New Dawn of Change: If I Were Buhari’ at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

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*Ken Sarowiwa: Died in the struggle for Ogoni people

Ken Saro-Wiwa’s children have a responsibility to preserve his works – Kunle Ajibade

The children of the late founder of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP ) has a legacy to keep his memory through his works that are scared in circulation . This was the submission of the author of Jailed for Life and Executive Editor of TheNews magazine, Kunle Ajibade while speaking about the late activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, whom he covered during his stint as journalist in the Abacha led junta; at a colloquium organised by the 17th Lagos Book & Art Festival, LABAF to honour the late activist.

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