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CBAAC staff gets University of London fellowship

A STAFF of Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization,(CBAAC), Dr. Taiwo Oladokun has been awarded the 2010 University of London Post- doctoral Fellowship in African Studies. Based in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University, the fellowship will give Dr. Oladokun the opportunity of furthering his research at SOAS for the next three months.

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Akachi Ezeigbo honoured for Heart Song by Cadbury

As part of its commitment to promoting excellence in the arts and in celebrating great writers, Cadbury Nigeria Plc sponsors of Cadbury / ANA Poetry Prize last week at its corporate office at Agidingbi, Ikeja presented the new upgraded prize of USD2,500.00 to the multiple award winning writer, Professor Akachi Ezeigbo of the University of Lagos for winning the 2009 Cadbury / ANA Poetry Prize.

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A journey through time at MCSN – Mayo Ayilaran

“We started from half of a table,” he says, a smile playing on his lips as he reminisces this Monday afternoon at his swank off Allen Avenue office, Ikeja, Lagos. “One of the junior lawyers would be using half the table, I would be using the other half. Gradually, I graduated from using half a table to a full table.” And he was the only staff! It was not until the third year that he got a youth corper to assist him. Together they continued the job and as the operation expanded they recruited a full time staff. Glad about the progress he was making, their benefactor gave them an entire room and a second one when they began acquiring equipment.

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CBAAC’s home coming for black race…

It was home coming for Africans in the continent and the entire black race last week as the Centre for Black African Arts and Civilisation in conjunction with Pan African Strategic and Research Group, (PANAFSTRAG) hosted another successful three day international colloquium, which re- examined black’s pan African agenda reports, McPhilips Nwachukwu

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Modern Nigerian Art: A Discursive Sketch

Before the advent of the colonizers, what is today known as Nigeria was a cacophony of peoples and cultures engaged in the art of living according to their peculiar circumstances and destinies. It was Lord Lugard, the first colonial Governor-General of the area, who facilitated the amalgamation of the so-called Southern and Northern Protectorates to create one entity called Nigeria. His very imaginative wife proffered the name Nigeria and composed the first national anthem for the new nation.

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Measuring Words With Helon Habila

Helon Habila, Nigerian born US-based award winning novelist and first Chinua Achebe Fellow was home recently and took his turn on Abuja Writers Forum’s Hot Seat. The occasion was the Forum’s monthly guest writer’s session for the month of July which held at its usual venue – the Pen and Pages Bookshop on the very last day of the month. Habila, whose new novel is on the Niger Delta conundrum is being keenly awaited by literary buffs, read ‘The Hotel Malogo’, a short story to the packed hall.

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CORA fetes literary prize nominees

The Mazonia Suite of Eko Hotels and Suites was the venue and the event was the second edition of the annual book party organised by CORA. The event which was in honour of the eleven playwrights whose works were short listed for the prestigious $50,000.00 prize instituted by NLNG lived up to its bidding as the literary community once more gathered to celebrate the playwrights despite the non award of the prize to a winner last year.

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