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A Paean To The Son Of Idoto: My Thoughts About Christophe r Okigbo

By Henry Chukwuemeka Onyema I might as well admit it at the beginning: I am no poet. Although I have scribbled some lines over the years, whether they stand up to poetic standards is in the lap of the Muse. Going by the parameters of the Nigerian literary environment where a single stone thrown in the sky will land on ...

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Tessy-Biz Introduces Achebe’s Autobiographical Essays


Nigerian readers and institutions now have opportunity to get a new feel of the great literary power of late Chinua Achebe with the arrival of a reprint of his autobiographical essays-‘The Education of a British-Protected Child’ in the country. Chief executive officer, Tessy-Biz Ventures, Nigeria’s distributor for the new ‘The Education of a British-Protected Child’, Mr. Cliff Onwudinjo, said the ...

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Why I Work With Rejected Materials – Ogakwu


Mixed Media specialist, Benard Chinedu Ogakwu recently made a bold statement with his ‘unusual’ art works at Terra Kulture, Lagos. The solo exhibition entitled, ‘Illimite’ witnessed the presence of a lot of art enthusiasts, collectors and critics. The Port Harcourt based artist, spoke with Sam Anokam about his career. Could you tell us about your journey in the arts? I ...

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National Troupe Prepares For sixth Creative Station For Children, Teens

Kids performing on stage.

The Management of the National Troupe of Nigeria has announced that it is ready to host the 6th edition of its annual Creative Station Workshop for Children and Teens. The workshop was introduced in 2009 as a way of developing the imaginative skills of children and it has been held successfully since then. In a statement to announce the commencement ...

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My PoetrySpeaks Of Need To Engage Youths -Osaze


Author of the poetry collection, Aroma of a Burning Bush, Samuel Osaze, has an uncanny passion for the arts and culture which is quite evident in his various engagements within the sector in Lagos and Port Harcourt over the past four years. His love for poetry is the spur behind all these leading him on to acquire his first and ...

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France, UK Issue Heat Warnings As High Temps Hit Europe

A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is driving up temperatures in Western Europe, with France on Tuesday becoming the latest to endure unusual heat. France’s southwestern Gironde region sweltered in 42 degrees Celsius (107 Fahrenheit), a day after Cordoba in southern Spain recorded nearly 44 C (111 F). Paris introduced special heat wave measures. They included opening ...

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Countdown To COSON’s November Week: Okoroji‘s Promises

Chairman Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Chief Tony Okoroji, has said that the time has arrived to burn the midnight oil to ensure that the upcoming COSON Week 2015 which holds from November 1 to 7 is the World Cup of entertainment in Nigeria or better still, the Olympic Games of showbizzness in the country, in accordance with the repeated ...

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Amaechi Through The Eyes Of A Writer

By Chibuike Chukwu  – Lagos   How often is a living figure seen through any work of art? That is exactly the case of former Rivers Sate Governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaech, who has been projected as the true model of an ideal politician in a book titled: ‘Rotimi Amaech and the 7 O’clock News’. The 36-page book presented to the governor ...

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2015 ANA Presidency: My Personal Thoughts

Uncle Baba

By Maryam Bobi Many things will make 2015 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) presidency interesting: it is a contest of friends; it is a contest of our fathers, and it is a contest of competent people all through. But most importantly, the contestants are genuine, serious and credible writers. They all have their outreach across chapters; they have friends in ...

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Maybe Tomorrow: An Epic Drama On Societal Ills

A scene from Wole Soyinka’s Lion and the Jewel

By Yemi Adebisi , Lagos When two long lost friends who had fought side by side during the civil war suddenly reunite, a police interrogation room is surely not the best of venues for such an encounter, especially when one is the suspect and the other is the chief interrogating officer. The story as told in this interrogation, as it goes ...

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I regret not being a lawyer – Omisore

Ahmed Ipoola Omisore

By Nkasiobi Oluikpe  /  Correspondent, Lagos   Honourable Ahmed Ipoola Omisore isn’t new to politics, having been born into the prominent Omisore family of Ile-Ife. His father was a member of the Action Group (AG) while his great uncle was a founding member of Egbe Omo Oduduwa, which metamorphosed to the AG and later Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). So ...

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We are re-injecting fresh urgency to clean-up of Ogoniland –Petroleum Minister

Alison Madueke

Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, in this chat with journalists in Abuja spoke on the renewed moves by the Federal Government to rev up environmental restoration in Ogoniland; our SENIOR REPORTER, Obas Esiedesa, was there The issue of environmental degradation in Ogoniland has been a protracted one. Their crusade for social justice appears to have merely created an ...

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About five of my children are into music –K1

King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, K1

King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, K1 for short, in this interview with REPORTER, Lukmon Akintola, dwelled on his current relationship with his ex-manager, Percy Ademokun, his role in a new movie Eko: The Blessing of Olofin and sundry issues How do you feel as a part of the movie, Eko: The Blessing of the gods? I feel good, I feel great ...

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Bayelsa reaffirms position as new heaven for tourists with MBGN

•The out-going queen, Anna Ebiere Banner, crowning the MBGN 2014, Iheoma Nnadi

By Lukmon Akintola /  Reporter, Lagos The beautiful and serene state of Bayelsa has continued to live up to its tag of the new home of tourism. Popular with the payoffs like ‘Discover Bayelsa, Glory Of All Land’, the state has a lot to offer tourists in its historical sites and attractions. From the Ox-Bow Lake in Yenagoa, Lake Efi ...

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Parents cannot shy away from imparting sex education on children –UNFPA Reps

Ratidzai Ndhlovu

Ratidzai Ndhlovu is the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Resident Representative in Nigeria. In this interview with select journalists, including our Correspondent, Hassan Zaggi, she speaks on the effort of the UNFPA to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the country and the many programmes the UNFPA is executing in Nigeria Nigeria is among the few countries with the highest maternal and infant ...

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African fashion meets hospitality in Yenagoa

National cultural troupe...performing at the events

Bayelsa State has again proved that it has become the tourism and entertainment nerve centre of Nigeria. This, it did last weekend with the successful hosting of African Fashion Reception (AFR), the first to be held in Nigeria. Held in the popular Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, the show which ran for three days, July 3 to 5, attracted the best of ...

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Aiysean sets Signature Art Gallery aglow with Oeuvre

Alter Ego, one of Aiyesan’s works in the exhibition

By Adedayo Odulaja /  Reporter, Lagos The Signature Art Gallery is set to be the hotbed of creative ideals moulded into different works of arts from today, June 28, as the unique solo exhibition titled Oeuvre, by one of Nigeria’s finest artists, Segun Aiyesan, kicks off. According to the artist’s statement on the exhibition, ”Oeuvre is a reflection of my restless ...

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Museum of African history coming to Port Harcourt

A prominent culture and tourism practitioner in the country, Mike Amachere has said that a museum of African history and culture is soon to be established in Port Harcourt. Amachree, said in Port Harcourt during a current affairs programme on radio that, as part of his contributions in the industry, a museum of African history and culture will be established ...

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Four years after, Offoedu-Okeke returns Homeland Memories

•Offoedu-Okeke stands by some of the works at the exhibition

By Adedayo Odulaja / Reporter, Lagos Four years after his last show in 2010, notable artist and art historian, Onyema Offoedu-Okeke, has made a return to the exhibition circuit. His solo exhibition, this time, is titled Homeland Memories, consisting of 25 acrylic paintings on canvas, at Temple Muse, Lagos. Homeland Memories consists of a rich body of recent works, which showcases ...

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October Gallery celebrates Ghanaian art master, Glover, at 80

By July this year, just a few days away really, the 80th birthday of one of Africa’s most notable artists, Prof. Ablade Glover, would roll in. And with the Ghanaian art master stepping into the octogenarian lane next month, Glover would not be allowed to have a normal birthday celebration. To this end, October Gallery, one of the leading art ...

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Through touring exhibition, Rhodes’ musical greatness displayed


By Adedayo Odulaja Reporter, Lagos   The young Nigerians of today might only be moved into hitting the dance floor with the tunes of new generation music stars like Wizkid, Davido, P-Square and the likes. But several years before many of those heating up the scene musically today were born, a Nigerian called Steve Rhodes bestrode the music scene like ...

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Drama combines with dance, music at second edition of Taruwa Festival

A scene from previous edition of Taruwa

For the second edition of the anticipated Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts in Nigeria, Lagos has been agog for the past three days as the city has been treated to an unforgettable experience in music, spoken word, literature, dance, fashion, workshops and a stage play. For this year, under the thematic banner of “Telling Our Stories,” the stage production of ...

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Unfurling unfolds artistic journey of mother and daughter

Amara and Sandra

By Adedayo Odulaja / Reporter, Lagos It is not everyday that one comes across an exhibition by members of the same family, especially as far as trends in the Nigerian arts circuits go. And aside from an exhibition by two brothers, Emmanuel and Stanley Dudu, which held in Lagos last year and appropriately titled Meet the Dudus, no similar show has ...

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Hear Word gets set to lock down MUSON Centre stage

Hear word cast

Hear Word, a stage production, which showcases the true stories of triumph from 20 different Nigerian women, will set the MUSON Centre stage alight soon. The production, which is expected to attract a large crowd of theatre lovers and enthusiasts, combines artistry with social commentary and true-life stories of transformation as delivered by some of Nigeria’s best-known and most talented ...

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Three years after, For Coloured Girls… return to Nigerian stage

For Colored Girls

By Adedayo Odulaja / Reporter, Lagos Entertainment outfit, Flytime Promotions and Wole Oguntokun, award-winning Nigerian playwright and stage director, have teamed up once again. Their mission is to present the stage play that has become a sensation across the world, For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf. The play, a winner of multiple awards written by Ntozake ...

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