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Obaseki assures of support structures for Art, Culture sector

Obaseki assures of support structures for Art, Culture sector

The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has assured artists, curators, collectors and art enthusiasts of his administration’s support for the art and culture sector through a mix of market-oriented policies, promotion of Edo arts and crafts in the international market as well as the construction of a new museum in the state for the kingdom’s prized artworks.
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Candle of Purpose concert for slain Taiwo Adebayo

Candle of Purpose concert for slain Taiwo Adebayo

The Paroche Foundation last week at the Muson Centre, Lagos, held a colourful and elaborate concert in memory of the 26year old graduate of Political Science from Babcock University, who was killed in Lagos on the 19th August, 2012 by a drunken driver.

Bank auctions works for the needy

Bank auctions works for the needy

As part of its corporate social responsibility, Sterling Bank Nigeria PLC last Sunday, auctioned not less than 43 artworks by young talented artists from age 5 to 15 to raise fund for the less privilege in the society. The auction which was done under the supervision of renowned artist and founder of Niger Delta Cultural Centre, Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya took place at the bank’s head office in Lagos. The auctioned works were selected from a painting competition organized earlier this year for the children of the bank’s staff, with a theme: “Creating a beautiful world”.

A literary feast with contenders for NLNG’s $100,000 prize

A literary feast with contenders for NLNG’s $100,000 prize

Last week, the Committee for Relevant Arts (CORA) in collaboration with the sponsors of the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) organised a Book Party in honour of the 11 shortlisted poets for the prestigious Nigeria prize for literature. It was an evening that many book enthusiasts eagerly waited for and the day afforded them another opportunity to partake in the literary intellectual and stimulating feast.

Display of colours at culture institute’s convocation

Display of colours at culture institute’s convocation

When “The Bombers” stormed the stage with a most exhilarating performance, the entire audience comprising the honourable Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke; representatives of Centre for Black Art and Africa Civilisation (CBAAC), National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN), National Theatre, Ministry of Education, Professors from different universities across the federation, etc, knew the afternoon was that of super entertainment.

Don’t reduce National Theatre status to shop-window item – Ben Tomoloju

Don’t reduce National Theatre status to shop-window item – Ben Tomoloju

Mr Ben Tomoloju is a respected culture activist, film critic, playwright, theatre director and former Deputy Editor of The Guardian . As someone who has followed developments in the culture industry, Uncle Ben T as he is fondly called in this interview with Vanguard Arts bares his mind on the controversial issue of the planned concession of the National Theatre into a five-star hotel, shopping mall and car-park by the Culture and Tourism Minister. Excerpts.

The shrub among the poplars of Obi Nwakanma’s Verse

The shrub among the poplars of Obi Nwakanma’s Verse

Nwakanma was educated at the prestigious Government College Umuahia, the English-type boarding school for boys where famous Nigerian writers — Chinua Achebe, Gabriel Okara, Christopher Okigbo, V.C. Ike, I.N.C Aniebo, Ken Saro-Wiwa and others went before him. He earned a degree in English at the University of Jos, the MFA in Poetry at the Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in English from the Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has worked as a journalist in Nigeria and internationally as Group Arts Editor of the Vanguard and Deputy editor of the Sunday Vanguard.

Imoke’s wife showcases Cross River art in London

Imoke’s wife showcases Cross River art in London

LONDON stool still for Africa, weekend, as African fashion buffs, art entrepreneurs, politicians, designers, super models, and celebrities met in the prestigious Dorchester Hotel, London for the inaugural African Arts and Fashion Banquet to raise funds to support endowed designers from Africa. The banquet marked the end of this year’s edition of Africa Fashion Week London which started two days earlier.

An artistic excursion into African folklores

An artistic excursion into African folklores

IJAPA and Friends, is the second of England-based Adefemi Adebajo’s series of tortoise stories drawn from the vast repertoire of Yoruba folklore. Published in 2013, in the United Kingdom, by El Roi Publications Limited, Ijapa and Friends, one of the most recent story books plotted on the hub of trickster tales – tortoise tales, comprises 14 fables (each assigned about six pages), spread across 14 chapters. These are inextricably linked by a dominant character named Ijapa – Yoruba word for tortoise, ‘the cunning and wise tortoise’, according to the blurb on the back of the publication, who is ‘always getting into trouble’ as seen in virtually all the stories in the volume.

FIRS’s new drama series harps on tax compliance

FIRS’s new drama series harps on tax compliance

The high rate of corruption in the land can be attributed to the inability of people to do their duties well and worse still those who fail to obey the law are not punished. It is a binding duty for all to pay their taxes, partake in environmental sanitation exercise, use the pedestrian bridges while crossing the express ways and other civic duties. But to many, the Nigerian factor where anything goes has taking the upper side to the extent that when you see one who wants to follow due process, the person is regarded as not normal.

Dissecting El Anatsui’s midcareer survey at Brooklyn Museum

Dissecting El Anatsui’s midcareer survey at Brooklyn Museum

Those who think that great contemporary art comes only from developed countries in the West, or from cities in fast-growing parts of China, India or Latin America, should make a re think as Anatsui’s immense and astonishing creations have revealed that Africa is very much a continent to reckon with, artistically speaking.