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Esiaba Irobi( 1960-2010) … the journey to Cemetery Road

Last week at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suit, Lagos, where the Management of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas, NLNG in collaboration with the National Gallery of Arts, NGA inducted about 21 Nigerians including Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, JP Clark, Ladi Kwale, Fela Ransome Kuti into the National Hall of Fame, late brilliant theatre scholar, poet and playwright, Esiaba Irobi beat LNG laurate, Ahmed Yerima and Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba to win the 2010 LNG literary prize for drama to the tune of $50,000.

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Viewing Africa through the lens

When the idea of holding an annual international photography festival was conceived by the African Artists’ Foundation,AAF, it was clear at the official opening ceremony of the exhibition, that the organizers never envisaged a massive turn out of a fantastic crowd comprising virtually, individuals representing nations of the world such that it exposed the organizers as lacking in a proactive approach to events management, and the essence of art as a pivot for socio-cultural interactions among people.

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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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