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t was excitement and dance galore as hundreds of residents and guests converged on the forecourt of Elephant House, Apongbon, Lagos Island, for the 1st Street Theatre organised by Carnivals & Cultural Pride.

Organised by former Captain of the Olowogbowo/Fanti Carnival, Idris Coker, with support from the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture, the Street Theatre was part of series of activities to precede and promote the main Cultural Pride Festival that would hold on April 2020 at the Onikan Arena, featuring Nigeria’s 36 states as well as foreign participants. 

 

 

According to Coker, two other editions of the Street Theatre will be held at the palaces of the Ojora and Elegushi before the main event. He said the festival is organised to promote indigenous heritage as well as engage the youths.

 

 

“I’m from Lagos Island. I’m a former captain of Olowogbowo Fancy Carnival. I’m the founder of Cultural Pride Festival. This festival is purposely structured to promote indigenous heritage, traditions and attires and local dialects. This was created to engage the youths and most especially to revive the cultural interest of our people. We believe that the best way we could unite Nigeria is to promote our culture,” Coker said.

Highlights of the show include performances by the Yahweh Brass Band, Ofuobi Star Boys from Enugu and Arewa Cultural Troupe led by notable dancer and former member of the National Troupe of Nigeria, Samson Al-Hassan, also known as Gas Cooker, and pupils of Waslas School, Olowogbowo.

Dignitaries at the event include Dr Charles Williams of the Olowogbowo/Fanti Carnival, Chief Charles Cole of the Methodist Cathedral, Olowogbowo.

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G get nomination for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced late American international music legends, Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G  among its inductees for the 35th annual Hall of Fame ceremony, years after their death.

According to US Today, the Rock Hall announced Houston and the legendary rapper B.I.G among nine first-time nominees and 16 overall under consideration for induction for the 2020 edition holding in May in Cleveland, United States.

Their nominations honour artistes who both died young, as Houston was 48 when she drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub and B.I.G was just 24 when he was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Joining Houston and B.I.G as first-time nominees are the Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.

Returning nominees include Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Todd Rundgren.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum and hall of fame, established in 1983 and is located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie.

It documents the history of rock music and the artistes, producers, engineers, and other notable figures that have influenced its development.

To be eligible for nomination, an artiste or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.

After the nominees are announced, ballots will be sent to more than 1,000 artistes, historians and members of the music industry, who will consider an act’s career work, influence on other artists, innovation and skill as they vote.

The 2020 inductees will be announced in January and the next ceremony will take place in Cleveland on Saturday May 2, 2020.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Whitney Houston, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, was born into a musical family on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey.

She was an international superstar singing diva, with her debut album, ‘Whitney Houston’, released in 1985 and became the biggest-selling album by a debut artist.

Her several hit singles include ‘Saving All My Love For You’, ‘How Will I Know’, ‘You Give Good Love’, and ‘The Greatest Love of All’

Houston was married to singer Bobby Brown with whom she had her only child Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, who had also passed on July 26, 2015.

She was a Multi-Grammy Award winning singer, with an unequalled run of seven consecutive number one records (1980s), and held number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 14 weeks with “I Will Always Love You”.

In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.

She was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hills, California, on February 11, 2012 at 48 years.

Late rapper Notorious B.I.G, the only child of Jamaican immigrant parents, was born Christopher George Latore Wallace  on May 21, 1972 and raised in the Brooklyn  borough of New York City.

His debut album Ready to Die (1994) made him a central figure in East Coast hip hop and increased New York City’s visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop dominated the mainstream.

The Notorious B.I.G. was noted for his “loose, easy flow”, dark, semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities, which focused on crime and hardship.

He was married to singer Faith Evans, and they had a son, before his murder by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.

His second album, “Life after Death”, released two weeks after his death, rose to number one on the U.S. album charts.

In 2000, the album became one of the few hip-hop albums to be certified Diamond.

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Point of View: Experts ponder on raising capital against high value artworks

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he value of artworks by Nigerian artists sold at African art auctions increased to $5,539,648 (2017) from $3,794,924 (2016) and $2,990,395 (2015), with Sotheby’s 2017 entry into the field of modern and contemporary African accounting for $1,345,631 from a single sale of 15 works by Nigerian artists.

 

 

No doubt, with this unprecedented growth, several questions arise, among which are: How do we establish a reliable value of an art work? How do we transform the market for art from Nigeria and embark on new directions in art lending, investment and wealth management? What are the challenges and risks? How do we develop appropriate regulatory and legal frameworks?

 

 

Thus, ‘Raising Capital Against High Value Works of Art’ which is the focus of the second edition ‘Point of View’, a monthly series talks by The Ben Enwonwu Foundation, seeks to encourage the growing recognition of Nigerian art as a new alternative asset class while providing a deeper understanding of the appraising of art holdings for liquidation, and of using art as collateral for lending transactions such as financing business expansions and investments or high-end purchases. It also aims to support the development of art investment products, as well as the diversification of investment portfolios with the integration of art.

 

 

The event which is organised by Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists will hold tomorrow, Thursday October 17, at Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.

 

 

“Drawing from other creative disciplines and experiences to take a broad helicopter view of the art scene in Nigeria and Africa, ‘Point of View’ aims to encourage support and funding for the visual arts through public and private sector partnership while ensuring continuing artist’s professional development and empowerment,” the Foundation stated in a release announcing the event.

 

 

“Conceived as a collaborative platform, the second edition of ‘Point of View’ titled ‘Raising Capital Against High Value Works of Art’ brings together a diverse line-up of artists, curators, writers, thinkers, wealth managers and policy makers. It is informed by mounting global interest on art from the continent and a steady growth of the collectors’ base within Africa and especially in Nigeria.”

 

 

Speakers include Bola Asiru, Principal, Sub-Saharan Africa MasterCard Advisors Business and Co-Founder, Red Door Gallery; and Tayo Fagbule, Chairman, Editorial Board at BusinessDay. Panellists on the evening are; Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi SAN, Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP; Nigeria’s leading art collector and founder, Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Foundation (OYASAF), Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon; Chief Executive Officer,  Arthouse Contemporary Limited, Kavita Chellaram; and Managing Partner, Coronation Capital, John Opubor. 

 

 

This event is sponsored by Mydrim Gallery and Red Door Gallery, and supported by Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, Jackson Etti & Edu, Lagos Paris Art, Hundids Magazine, Connect Nigeria, The Sole Adventurer, Onobello and Omenka.

 

Point of View was launched on September 17, 2019 with ‘A Case for the Artist’s Resale Right’. It centred on the implementation of resale royalty rights for Nigerian visual artists as recognised by the Berne convention for the protection of literary and Artistic works.

 

 

The Ben Enwonwu Foundation (BEF) was established in 2003 in honour of the celebrated Nigerian artist, Professor Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE, NNOM (1917-94). The Foundation aims to sustain and build on his life and works through which he forged a philosophical basis for contemporary Nigerian art by fusing Western techniques and indigenous traditions.

 

 

In 2004, the Foundation started its distinguished lecture series, which has become a major gathering for the rich diversity of contemporary Nigerian society. It offers an opportunity for national and international leaders, renowned academics and policy makers to share their understanding and perspectives on the role of art in causing desirable societal changes while contributing to nation building and economic empowerment.

 

 

Through scholarships and grants, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation supports research, exhibitions and publications that foster innovative and scholarly artistic expression. Previous beneficiaries of the scheme include students of Yaba College of Technology, Ahmadu Bello University, Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Lagos.

 

 

In furtherance of its objectives, the Foundation opened an art centre in the artist’s home to promote research into his practice. The centre’s year-round educational programme explores Enwonwu’s art practice, the cultural and social context of his work and links to contemporary themes. The centre also houses leading gallery, Omenka, which represents a select number of African and international artists while examining in an experimental and research-minded way, contemporary art developments and discourses in Nigeria.

Currently, the Foundation is embarking on several projects, which include publishing a catalogue raisonné of Enwonwu’s works, as well as autobiography, lectures and writings on contemporary African art.

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Point of View: Experts ponder on raising capital against high value artworks

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he value of artworks by Nigerian artists sold at African art auctions increased to $5,539,648 (2017) from $3,794,924 (2016) and $2,990,395 (2015), with Sotheby’s 2017 entry into the field of modern and contemporary African accounting for $1,345,631 from a single sale of 15 works by Nigerian artists.

 

 

No doubt, with this unprecedented growth, several questions arise, among which are: How do we establish a reliable value of an art work? How do we transform the market for art from Nigeria and embark on new directions in art lending, investment and wealth management? What are the challenges and risks? How do we develop appropriate regulatory and legal frameworks?

 

 

Thus, ‘Raising Capital Against High Value Works of Art’ which is the focus of the second edition ‘Point of View’, a monthly series talks by The Ben Enwonwu Foundation, seeks to encourage the growing recognition of Nigerian art as a new alternative asset class while providing a deeper understanding of the appraising of art holdings for liquidation, and of using art as collateral for lending transactions such as financing business expansions and investments or high-end purchases. It also aims to support the development of art investment products, as well as the diversification of investment portfolios with the integration of art.

 

 

The event which is organised by Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists will hold tomorrow, Thursday October 17, at Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.

 

“Drawing from other creative disciplines and experiences to take a broad helicopter view of the art scene in Nigeria and Africa, ‘Point of View’ aims to encourage support and funding for the visual arts through public and private sector partnership while ensuring continuing artist’s professional development and empowerment,” the Foundation stated in a release announcing the event.

 

“Conceived as a collaborative platform, the second edition of ‘Point of View’ titled ‘Raising Capital Against High Value Works of Art’ brings together a diverse line-up of artists, curators, writers, thinkers, wealth managers and policy makers. It is informed by mounting global interest on art from the continent and a steady growth of the collectors’ base within Africa and especially in Nigeria.”

 

 

Speakers include Bola Asiru, Principal, Sub-Saharan Africa MasterCard Advisors Business and Co-Founder, Red Door Gallery; and Tayo Fagbule, Chairman, Editorial Board at BusinessDay. Panellists on the evening are; Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi SAN, Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP; Nigeria’s leading art collector and founder, Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Foundation (OYASAF), Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon; Chief Executive Officer,  Arthouse Contemporary Limited, Kavita Chellaram; and Managing Partner, Coronation Capital, John Opubor. 

 

This event is sponsored by Mydrim Gallery and Red Door Gallery, and supported by Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, Jackson Etti & Edu, Lagos Paris Art, Hundids Magazine, Connect Nigeria, The Sole Adventurer, Onobello and Omenka.

 

 

Point of View was launched on September 17, 2019 with ‘A Case for the Artist’s Resale Right’. It centred on the implementation of resale royalty rights for Nigerian visual artists as recognised by the Berne convention for the protection of literary and Artistic works.

 

 

The Ben Enwonwu Foundation (BEF) was established in 2003 in honour of the celebrated Nigerian artist, Professor Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE, NNOM (1917-94). The Foundation aims to sustain and build on his life and works through which he forged a philosophical basis for contemporary Nigerian art by fusing Western techniques and indigenous traditions.

 

 

In 2004, the Foundation started its distinguished lecture series, which has become a major gathering for the rich diversity of contemporary Nigerian society. It offers an opportunity for national and international leaders, renowned academics and policy makers to share their understanding and perspectives on the role of art in causing desirable societal changes while contributing to nation building and economic empowerment.

 

 

Through scholarships and grants, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation supports research, exhibitions and publications that foster innovative and scholarly artistic expression. Previous beneficiaries of the scheme include students of Yaba College of Technology, Ahmadu Bello University, Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Lagos.

 

 

In furtherance of its objectives, the Foundation opened an art centre in the artist’s home to promote research into his practice. The centre’s year-round educational programme explores Enwonwu’s art practice, the cultural and social context of his work and links to contemporary themes. The centre also houses leading gallery, Omenka, which represents a select number of African and international artists while examining in an experimental and research-minded way, contemporary art developments and discourses in Nigeria.

 

 

Currently, the Foundation is embarking on several projects, which include publishing a catalogue raisonné of Enwonwu’s works, as well as autobiography, lectures and writings on contemporary African art.

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Two stars and twinkles of love

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Two stars and twinkles of love

Book title: Boom Boom 

 

 

Author: Jude Idada

 

 

 

 

Publisher: Winepress Publishing

 

 

Pagination: 228

 

Year of publication: 2019

 

 

Reviewer: Adeniyi Taiwo Kunnu

 

 

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he reality of being a channel for lives transcends the two who primarily account for their birth. This role calls for a deeper-than-the surface consideration as that is the zenith of such arduous task. Through the eyes of an eight year old, and the significant representation by his five year old sibling, not forgetting an animal, the author brings to life what appears as child’s play, then an enthralling tale and later an immersion, typical of unconscious literary baptism that has an allusion to the Jordan River documentation.

 

 

The clear indication of how ‘personal’ this work turns emanates from the narrative person in which it is communicated. Osaik, also known as Osasunwen Ikpowonsa Osagie unveils an ordeal, depicting a topsy-turvy situation as it affects the health of two members of his family – the first person being his mother and the second, his younger sister – Eghe Boom Boom, whose full name is Aiguobamsimwim Osagie.  The author goes inches further, by establishing the element of the super-sensible when Kompa, a dog, serves as clairvoyant, and at other times a source of succor and the very definition of true, yet rare friendship.

 

 

How relevant this book is hinges to what is often not dwelt upon by many writers of Children’s Literature. It is understood that children love fables and moonlight tales, but the age of knowledge attests to the wide-spread access to learning tools, which must take cognizance of the familiarity that many need to have, with what truly bedevils a non-negligible percentage of Nigerians – Sickle Cell Anaemia.

 

 

The author, by dwelling on an adjudged pressing concern has shown that nothing should be too knotty for a child, as far as it is matter of life and the after-life. Osaik’s gift in this fiction becomes the useful thread which connects the entire story.  An eight year old who understands the language of animals is the apt representation of the fantasy experiences that children revel in. Children in their purity often display ‘larger than life’ capacities, occasioned by what they watch, and in this work, it is evidently impressed.

 

 

Notably, the acculturation of the kids in the Osagie home comes up for a deliberate consideration, being an important sub-theme in this work. When parents nurture their children rightly, the same becomes their anthem in public engagements.

 

 

‘Boom Boom’ is Onomatopoeic as the title of a work, reminding one of such sound made when there is a blast from an explosion, but here, another kind of sound is being made. It is a shift from denotative to a connotative deployment. In this wise,  ‘sound’ of pains and accompanying losses to about 20% of 200 million strong population of Nigeria; a ‘sound’ that resonates into spaces and vales where love choices and lack of knowledge plunge countless numbers into making more lives miserable. It is indeed a sound made to evangelize those whose inclination refuses the fact of what obtains in comprehensible term.

 

 

In Osaik’s words: “I was eight years old small, my sister was five years old tiny, my mum was thirty years old frail, my daddy was thirty three years old strong and the Border Collie, Kompa, who my mother had given me for my sixth birthday, was a year and three months old feisty”

 

 

Every picture painted of his family succinctly describes the experience of the child-narrator. 

 

 

Mrs Osagie dies from Sickle Cell crisis, her daughter Eghe Boom Boom suffers from the same ailment. Osaik is the privileged one and no carrier of genes that will result in similar crisis as his mother and sister. Through his impressive world view, he shares the sincerity of a child’s challenges, whose shoulders bear too much weight than can be carried, especially the task of giving care to his only siblings (a sister and a dog) and extending same to his father.

 

 

In thirteen chapters, readers are taken on journey of life lessons. It is the unveiling of a family’s experiences, where courage fuses with hope, although the baggage of despair and disappointment gnaw at the hearts of the characters in this work, the joy of a life transformed brings eventual reprieve. Pain is splattered across the phases of the lives of the Osagie family; the battle for the life of Eghe Boom Boom is better imagined than experienced. Through it all, it is the knowledge about Sickle Cell Anaemia and challenges the sufferer/s endured as well the efforts made to prevent losing a daughter to the ailment that had taken her mother.

 

 

The underlying message is to make new lives from informed choices, so as to prevent catalogues of losses, which include loved ones and resources. This beautiful work of fiction carries with it the sustained excitement of a dog-sibling, whose understanding of the super-sensible combines the use of same to aid human interaction as well as bring reprieve. No mistake made, the dog never spoke in human language, however, the capacity of a kid to understand and interpret the dog’s communication makes for proper representation of a world, where kids love to be and feel unbridled in all they want to do.

 

 

The humanity in the work is established at the juncture where help comes for the little child, an achievement aided through a mother who is physically absent but remains a shining light that guides the actions of her living lovelies even from the sky where she abides. It is about sacrifice by the families of a donor for a greater cause, a clarion call for many to do more and a glimmer of hope for those who suffer from same or those who cater to the needs of anyone who is undergoing same.

 

 

Jude Idada informs children through adult intervention, what the ailment is all about, and equally relates with adults, about the need to guide, guard and unreservedly care for the living as well the unborn child.  He allows children be who they are, but does not subtract from the importance of what must be known by all and sundry. It is a work where both kids and adults can conveniently draw from and unarguably, a book for all seasons.

 

 

‘Boom Boom’ is on the final shortlist of three for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2019, being Idada’s second children’s fiction. It definitely needs no further argument that this current work is worth its weight in Platinum. The judges for the award of this year’s prize will not be expected to miss their chance of a lifetime to announce the right winner for the prize, being the first children’s book ever to carve such an unrivalled niche for itself on such an important national and global health concern.

 

 

Eghe Boom Boom eventually becomes a Star, and as diamond, the Star shines having been smoothened by several challenges. She is a living Star, occupying a portion of the universe, causing two Stars to be astride the cosmic and earth’s sphere. The Star carries a message that must not be despised, a lesson better learned by being guided rather than experientially, a Star that can keep shining because it’s a warrior.

 

 

A Star’s re-birth elicits the words, “Love is beautiful and it should always be celebrated, but the love that enables this disease is a selfish kind of love. The love that is selfish is not worthy of being called love. So if you are in a relationship where you know there is a chance of bringing a child with Sickle Cell Anaemia into this world, please think twice about it…. and may the love that gives life instead of death reign forever”.

 

 

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How Jude Idada emerged winner of $100,000 NLNG Literature Prize

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he Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature, sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited, on Saturday announced Jude Idada’s book, Boom Boom, as the winner of the $100,000 prize for the 2019 cycle on Children’s Literature. Idada is a screen writer, actor, poet, playwright and producer, best known for writing the feature film, The Tenant.

 

 

‘Boom Boom’ edged out ‘Mystery at Ebenezer Lodge’, by Dunni Olatunde and ‘The Great Walls of Benin’, by O.T. Begho, entries in the Shortlist of Three, to clinch the prize. The book had competed against 173 books submitted for the competition in March 2019.

The announcement was made on Saturday at NLNG’s 20-30 Anniversary Ball and Award Night in Abuja by the Chairman of the Advisory Board, Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo.

 

 

The event commemorates NLNG’s 30 years anniversary of incorporation, 20 years of safe and reliable production and delivery of LNG from its six-train plant on Bonny Island and 15 years of sponsoring the Nigeria Prize for Literature.

 

 

Dignitaries at the event include the Senate President, Ahmed Lawal; the Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom, His Majesty, King Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple III, Perekule XI; NLNG’s Board of Directors, led by Chief Osobonye R. LongJohn, the Board’s Chairman; NLNG’s past Managing Directors and Deputy Managing Directors of NLNG; NLNG’s Management Team led by Tony Attah, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer and Sadeeq Mai-Bornu, Deputy Managing Director; as well as other dignitaries.

 

 

Also at the event, Professor Meihong Wang and Dr. Mathew Aneke were also awarded $100,000 as joint-winners of The Nigeria Prize for Science for Year 2019. Wang and Aneke were announced as winners in September 2019 by the prize’s Advisory Board for their work on Carbon Capture, Carbon Utilization, and Biomass Gasification and Energy Storage for Power Generation.

 

 

Speaking during his welcome address, NLNG’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tony Attah, said the management and staff of NLNG, inspired by the Company’s vision of being a global LNG company, maintained international best practices in operations and safely & reliably delivered LNG cargoes around the world without harm to humans or the environment to earn a prominent place in the global market.

 

 

 

“We are here to celebrate the successes of this unique Nigerian brand which has recorded notable global recognitions, first, as the fastest growing LNG company in the world, in 2008 when we grew from a two-train plant complex in 1999 to a six-train plant just within nine years after start-up. At that time, we were also the fourth major supplier of LNG, contributing 4% of the nation’s GDP, until recently when our contribution was estimated at 1% following the rebasing of the nation’s GDP.

 

 

“Only last year, we were ranked first worldwide in plant reliability and we currently hold the fifth place in global market share, a position that we risk losing soon if we do not expand our capacity with the addition of more volumes. We are Africa’s leading supplier of LNG and the single largest industrial complex in the continent, 3rd largest in the world, doing global business with a workforce that is more than 95% indigenous and a wholly Nigerian Senior Management Team,” he stated.

 

According to him, NLNG has lived in blocks of 30 years, stating that the first 30 years involved efforts of the company’s founding fathers to keep the dream alive. He remarked further that the second 30 included the 20 years of safe and steady operations, adding that NLNG was looking ahead into the future for the third block of 30 years.

 

“We must plug into the opportunities for more economic growth and for a more central role in global LNG supply as we look to increase our capacity with Train 7 on board. This will further reduce gas flaring in the country and assure our continued supply of LPG to the local market,” he said.

 

 

On the prizes, Attah remarked that the company was also celebrating 15 years of successful administration of the Science and Literature prizes, saying “these past years has been an arduous journey but most definitely very fulfilling for us and I believe for the country as well. I say so unequivocally because thanks to the prizes, our nation now boasts of scientific breakthroughs and famous works on Poetry, Prose, Drama and Children’s Literature that have earned the prizes a reputation as the most prestigious prizes in sub-Saharan Africa.”

 

The Deputy Managing Director, Sadeeq Mai-Bornu, in his remarks, expressed appreciation to all the company’s stakeholders for the successes recorded over the years, adding that through partnership with all the levels of government, NLNG has been able to progress towards achieving Train 7, as well as the advancement of Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

 

 

While delivering the judges’ report, Professor Banjo said “based on standard criteria such as literary merit, appeal of content to the target audience, social relevance of the subject matter explored, and a unique capacity to communicate pain and its relief as a human social and natural experience in a way that children can understand and relate with, Boom Boom, was declared as the winning entry.”

 

 

Earlier in September, the science prize Advisory Board, led by Prof. Akpoveta Susu, Chairman of the Board, had announced that the winning work of addressed core environmental issues notably deforestation, carbon production, associated climate change and the resultant effects such as erosion, drought and desertification. The Board added that The Nigeria Prize for Science is open to non-Nigerians and Nigerian scientists.

 

 

The award to Wang and Aneke highlighted the international nature of the Nigeria Prize for Science as it involved a joint research between a Nigerian and a non-Nigerian, both collaborating on works which precipitate great potential for solutions to the global issue of climate change.

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Exhibition of works by three contemporary artists ends on Friday

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he ongoing group exhibition showcasing 47 paintings, drawings and ceramic works by three contemporary artists from Nigeria and Cameroon, ends this Friday October 18, at Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

 

Titled STASIS, and curated by SMO Contemporary Art, the exhibition, which opened opens to the public on Monday, September 2, features recent works by Djakou Kassi Nathalie, Olawunmi Banjo, and Kelechi Nwaneri, who explore the meaning of balance and belonging in surreal physical and emotional landscapes.

 

 

The three artists originating from different parts of West Africa, one classically trained and two self-taught, with an age difference spanning almost twenty years, draw us into a complex dialogue from three radically different viewpoints. Through detailed paintings, layered and complex drawings, and experimental ceramic works, each artist explores the tension between the conscious and subconscious mind. Each artwork questions how to achieve balance despite societal pressures, mental health challenges, and the effects of climate change on our well-being.

 

 

“STASIS provides a creative platform for three artists with very different styles and philosophies to examine the concept of equilibrium and counter-balance, “commented Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, the exhibition curator and Founder of SMO Contemporary Art. “Kassi’s voluminous sculptural ceramics provide a fantastic counter-point to Banjo’s finely painted self-portraits and Nwaneri’s mythological, surreal landscapes.”

“The diversity of media and artistic viewpoints are a refreshing start to our fall season,” commented Avinash Wadhwani, Director of Temple Muse. “STASIS touches on important global issues and we are delighted to provide a platform for artists to tell their stories from a contemporary African point of view.”

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Jude Idada wins $100,000 NLNG Literature Prize

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The Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature, sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited, has announced “Boom Boom”, written by Jude Idada, as the winner of the $100,000 prize for 2019.

The book edged out Dunni Olatunde’s “Mystery at Ebenezer Lodge” and O.T. Begho’s “The Great Walls of Benin”, which are the other two books in the Shortlist of Three, to clinch the prize out of 173 books submitted for the competition in March this year.

The announcement was made on Saturday at NLNG’s 20-30 Anniversary Ball and Award Night in Abuja by the Chairman of the Advisory Board, Professor Emeritus Ayo Banjo.

The event commemorates NLNG’s 30 years anniversary of incorporation, 20 years of safe and reliable production and delivery of LNG from its six-train plant on Bonny Island and 15 years of sponsoring the Nigeria Prize for Literature.

Dignitaries at the event included the Senate President, Ahmed Lawal; the Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom, His Majesty, King Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple III, Perekule XI; NLNG’s Board of Directors, led by Chief Osobonye R. Long John, the Board’s Chairman; NLNG’s past Managing Directors and Deputy Managing Directors of NLNG; NLNG’s Management Team led by Tony Attah, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer and Sadeeq Mai-Bornu, Deputy Managing Director; as well as other dignitaries.

Also at the event, Professor Meihong Wang and Dr. Mathew Aneke were also awarded $100,000 as joint-winners of The Nigeria Prize for Science for Year 2019. Wang and Aneke were announced as winners in September 2019 by the prize’s Advisory Board for their work on Carbon Capture, Carbon Utilization, and Biomass Gasification and Energy Storage for Power Generation.

Speaking during his welcome address, NLNG’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tony Attah, said the management and staff of NLNG, inspired by the company’s vision of being a global LNG company, maintained international best practices in operations and safely and reliably delivered LNG cargoes around the world without harm to humans or the environment to earn a prominent place in the global market.

“We are here to celebrate the successes of this unique Nigerian brand which has recorded notable global recognitions, first, as the fastest growing LNG company in the world, in 2008 when we grew from a two-train plant complex in 1999 to a six-train plant just within nine years after start-up. At that time, we were also the fourth major supplier of LNG, contributing 4% of the nation’s GDP, until recently when our contribution was estimated at 1% following the rebasing of the nation’s GDP.

“Only last year, we were ranked first worldwide in plant reliability and we currently hold the fifth place in global market share, a position that we risk losing soon if we do not expand our capacity with the addition of more volumes. We are Africa’s leading supplier of LNG and the single largest industrial complex in the continent, third largest in the world, doing global business with a workforce that is more than 95% indigenous and a wholly Nigerian Senior Management Team,” he stated.

On the prizes, Attah remarked that the company was also celebrating 15 years of successful administration of the Science and Literature prizes, saying: “These past years has been an arduous journey but most definitely very fulfilling for us and I believe for the country as well. I say so unequivocally because thanks to the prizes, our nation now boasts of scientific breakthroughs and famous works on poetry, prose, drama and children’s literature that have earned the prizes a reputation as the most prestigious prizes in sub-Saharan Africa.”

The Deputy Managing Director, Sadeeq Mai-Bornu, in his remarks, expressed appreciation to all the company’s stakeholders for the successes recorded over the years, adding that through partnership with all the levels of government, NLNG has been able to progress towards achieving Train 7, as well as the advancement of Corporate Social Responsibility goals.

While delivering the judges’ report, Professor Banjo said: “Based on standard criteria such as literary merit, appeal of content to the target audience, social relevance of the subject matter explored, and a unique capacity to communicate pain and its relief as a human social and natural experience in a way that children can understand and relate with, Boom Boom, was declared as the winning entry.”

The Nigerian Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature. 2020’s competition will focus on prose fiction.

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Man who’s sold records for 50 yrs: How Gov. Fayemi bought Plasma TV for me

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 Pa Abayomi Zacheus, aka Yankee Records, is a popular record dealer based in Ado Ekiti, capital city of Ekiti State. In this interview, the 71 – year old man, based on his experience in the business for over 5 decades spoke with ADEWUMI ADEMIJU on state of recording business now, compared to what was obtained in the past

 

 

What makes selling records so lucrative and exciting that you have done it for 50 years?

 

I just love music. During Christmas i always rent music engine to play music before I started. Originally, I am a watch and bicycle repairer, as far back as 1968. Indigenous people like Papa Abiara and his rival popularly known then as “Kilo fa mess” who were in music business in Ekiti then inspired me, so I developed a sustained interest.

 

Looking back, which notable Nigerian leaders have you had an encounter with perhaps based on stopping by to buy or express their love for any musician?

 

Among the leaders I can vividly remember now that I have had encounter with are Governors Ayodele Fayose and Kayode Fayemi. They do patronise me.

 

 

Which notables events come to mind if you look back to the 5 decades you have been selling records?

 

At a time I had set back in the business. Around 1998, I abandoned the business and travelled to the North in Kaduna State to engage in commercial driving, but no improvement, I came back home to continue with the record business .

 

Based on your interactions with customers over the years, which musician(s) is most loved by Ekiti people and why?

 

In Ekiti, they love musicians like late Ajoyemi, Ishola Adepoju, then later Elemure Ogunyemi and Dele Maltina. Ekiti love those musicians because they sang in real Ekiti dialects .

 

People still buy their records up till date.

 

Of the notable musicians in Yorubaland including those from Ekiti/Ondo, have you had encounter with any?

 

I have had encounter with late Orlando Owoh. Indigenous musicians in Ekiti do come to visit me. I am like a father to them.

 

They sing my praise me in their records.

 

Is any of your children showing the willingness to follow in your footsteps?

 

There are some of them who have interest, but they haven’t started on their own ,they have acquired the experience, I do send them outside the state to buy goods for me.

 

How did you become a records seller?

 

I said earlier I have interest in music. The genuine interest for music pushed me to recording business.

 

 

Have you had to change location at any time or due to any reason?

 

From the outset I have been at Old Garage, in Ado Ekiti. I have never had any cause to change my location. I have ever been in Old Garage in Ado Ekiti.

 

Either for good or bad, has any socio-political and economic event left an impact on your trade through the years?

 

There was a time I needed Plasma TV. I didn’t have. I informed Governor Kayode Fayemi during his first term and surprisingly his deputy then Professor Modupe Adelabu bought the plasma and brought it to my shop at Old Garage.

 

That is what is still in my shop till now.

 

Compared to the booming period of the 80s and 90s, how would you assess this period of hip hop compared to the era of Sunny Ade, Kollington Ayinla, Ebenezer Obey and others?

 

 

During the time, records of Ebenezer Obey and King Sunny Ade were selling fast and even up till now. Music that time is better than now.

 

The musicians then sing didactic songs and that’s why they are still evergreen. Many old people nowadays do not listen to hip-hop they take it as frivolous.

 

If you can still recollect, who did the people of Ekiti choose to align with during the era of feuds between Ayinla Omowura and Haruna Ishola and also during that of Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and Kollington Ayinla?

 

In Ekiti State, they love Apala songs but unfortunately, Ayinla Omowura died when his stars were booming in the state. In the case of Fuji music then, Ekiti loves Kollington Ayinla, they consider his music more entertaining than the other.

 

Is there anything you wish government could do for you or your peers in the business?

 

We would be glad if the government in Ekiti State can help us to establish recording studio in the state to save us from taking our recording outside.

 

It will save us from traveling to Lagos or Ibadan all the time.

 

Apart from helping recording business in the state, such esthablishmen will create jobs in a way and also help youth talent discovery for possible guide and nurture.

 

How did the relocation of major record label in the 80s and 90s affect your trade?

 

During that time, they gave out records to us to sell and later pay back ,but now, they are based in their different states. I do go or send people to buy records for me from any of them.

 

 

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The Centre of Excellence as Lagos is also known, witnessed a one of a kind luxury party recently. Held at the Balmoral Convention Centre at the prestigious Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island rather than any popular club, it was by hosted by Premium Lagos and themed “Last Day of Summer”.

 

Premium Lagos, a group of entertainment gurus like Stephanie Cole Chiori, Paul Cole Chiori, Godswill Cole Chiori and Daniel Cole Chiori of Achievas Entertainment in partnership with lifestyle gurus, Freda Francis of Oasis Bistro events and the controversial night life guru, Pretty Mike of PM events, hosted the party which attracted lavish & upscale party lovers from every corner of the state.

 

The collaborative effort birthed the new event outfit now known as Premium Lagos with promise to bring luxury and premium Lifestyle events to party lovers all over the world. The event was proudly sponsored by luxury champagne brand, Moet & Chandon, with support from Red Bull, Belvedere Vodka, Artistic Properties, Ocean Glory Commodities, ntel, Wear it All Luxury and Corporate World entertainment.

 

Premium Lagos made a heavy statement with the manner of revamping the Balmoral Convention Centre into a Las Vegas-styled night club, with games and a standard fashion show to entertain those present, making it arguably the liveliest and most luxurious party set ever seen in Nigeria.

 

The party which officially opened its doors at 7pm, had several unique sections that kept guests entertained till about 3am on a Monday in September 23. From the surprise appearance by social media sensation, Shatta Bandle from Ghana, the special performance by Turkish Flair Bartender and Mixologist, Huseyin Honamli, different games for the pleasure of attendees to the lavish display of high street fashion wears by five of Nigeria’s biggest fashion designers, it was a swell time all night long.

 

Guests were thrilled as the DJs held down the party while super models strutted the runway wearing designs from Stylenvee by Elsie Okpocha, DVNX by Stephanie Aleye Chiori, Omini Stitches, Glitteratti Ferrare, Alan Cruzer by Damola Cruz, Abbyke Domina and Corporate luxury by Ade George Adewole.

 

The runway exhibition was overseen by Stephanie Aleye Chiori of DVNX, Adebowale Adedamola for Alan Cruzer who also choreographed the models and Victoria Orji.

 

Hosted by Ayo Makun (AY), Nancy Isime, Freda Francis and Pretty Mike, the party was a grand gathering of high networth individuals, celebrities, socialites, royalties and corporate professionals.

 

Stephen ‘Paparazzi’ Chibuzor was in charge of the event flow and production with support from David Julius Arogula with DJ Consequence as official DJ with support from some of the best DJs and hypemen in Nigeria as Adekunbi Fowosere oversaw the management of all the talents at the party.

 

Achievas Entertainment is the company behind the biggest concerts in Lagos, having organised Olamide Live in Concert for three years between 2014 and 2016 (OLIC1-3), Run Town’s One night Only 2017, Davido’s 30 Billion Concert 2017 and Burna Boy Live 2018. It also held shows in the United Kingdom, with Alison Cole Chiori in charge of the UK branch and with Burna Boy Live in Northampton and Davido Live in Leicester as well as many college raves and parties under its belt.

 

 

Below are some photos from the luxury party…

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Bi g Brother Naija 2019 ex-housemate, Frodd, granted an interview recently and the comments he made about his relationship with Esther has sent Twitter into a frenzy. During the last edition of Big Brother Naija, two contestants who drew so much attention to viewers were Frodd and Esther because of their interesting relationship. Well, in a recent interview with Wazobia FM, Frodd was asked about his relationship with Esther and gave a very shocking response.

 

 

A c – cording to him, he won’t be having time for that relationship, for now, rather he wants to try and make milk out all that he can and make his fans happy. Since the video from that interview made it to the public domain, Twitter has been awash with a lot of people dragging Frodd for making that statement. So guys, here is how Twitter is reacting to Frodd’s latest interview: Chukwuemeka Okoye (Frodd) @ callme_frodd2 “Family, I can never discredit Esther or pretend that we don’t have a unique friendship. What I meant was, we are currently busy trying to put our different homes together while attending all these interviews.

 

We are amazing and have been in touch.” See some of the reactions below Constance Simon@Constan19487513 says: “FroddNation doesn’t want Esther, she almost ruined your chances of winning, if not for our prayers, fasting and everything. We get insulted, abused on the street…we decided to go with the flow knowing you would realise she is a mistake once you are out. Go with your head.” Frodd’s Akaya @AKHLCEEC: Esther didn’t claim Frodd in her interviews. Frodd isn’t claiming her in his interviews either.

 

People that are upset just want Frodd to remain a mumu for her, especially her fans. #BBNaija Chigirl @Brenda00114: “Can you stop dragging Esther and her fans to this mess?

 

How can you write sensible on the first line then end your tweet trolling. This is how dragging from both teams starts put your tweets in order before posting it if you are all about positivity.”

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