Ibadan Affordable Art Show returns in December

A ll is set for another delightful and revealing art show as the second edition of the Ibadan Affordable Art Fair holds from the 6th – 8th December 2019. The initiator of the project, Oyinda Adelumola, in a statement announcing the show, said: “Affordable Art is an idea that came about because Ibadan was once the centre of art and culture.     “We want to put the city back on the map for art, making it a focus and locus in addition to Lagos which is densely concentrated. We…

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Potpourri of personal, societal life experiences

Book:     It Happened That Night & Other Stories     Author:     Lekan Malik     Publisher:   Technoprint Publications, Lagos     Pages:      102     Reviewer: Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga       “I t Happened That Night & Other Stories” is Lekan Malik’s debut prose work into the highly competitive field of literary creativity and global book market.     The twelve tales in the book include: “It Happened That Night”, “It Was The Knife That Did It”, “Face To Face With Death”,…

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A call to action against anti-female culture

    Title: Killing Them Softly   Author: Martins Agbonlahor   Publisher: i2i Publishing, Manchester, United Kingdom   Year of Publication: 2019   Pages: 318   Reviewer: Andrew Iro Okungbowa       K illing Them Softly, written by Martins Agbonlahor, a Nigerian-born, United Kingdom-based lawyer and professional journalist, is not just seminal book on the struggle for women’s rights in Nigeria but also of the exhibition of the oppression and injustice visited on the women based on cultural beliefs and practices.     It is obviously an x-ray, in…

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ENOF hosts ‘Family Day’ concert to promote asthma awareness

“F amily Day In the Park” concert, organised by Elias Nelson Oyedokun Foundation (ENOF) in conjunction with the entertainment industry to create awareness is set to take place on Sunday 17th November, at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island.     Asthma is an ailment suffered by many. It is a chronic disease characterized by breathlessness and wheezing. Fortunately Asthma has a low fatality rate compared to other chronic diseases. However 300 million people are affected by Asthma globally and more than 1000 die per day.     World Asthma…

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Breaking boundaries of knowledge through curiosity

Book Title: In the Curious City Author: Stephen Erutor-Pat Pagination: 72 Publisher: CoachInFocus Resource Planet Year of publication: 2016 Reviewer: Tony Okuyeme      “T he greatest invention in the world”, notes American inventor and businessman, Thomas Edison, “is the mind of a child and every mind is born with the instinct of curiosity.” Also, renowned German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, notes that “Curiosity has its own reason for existing. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” This is the focus of book written by Stephen Erutor-Pat and curiously…

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Culture, creativity as Janggu Drums workshop ends in Ajegunle

I t was an entertaining and inspiring showcase of culture and creativity, particularly how traditional drums as a musical instrument can celebrate and unify cultures, as Janggu Drum Training Graduation Ceremony took centre stage at the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Secretariat, Lagos.   The Janggu drum is the most representative drum in traditional Korean music. It consists of an hourglass-shaped body with two heads made from animal skin.     The atmosphere was convivial, as guests, including parents and guardians of graduating drummers, artistes and students waited anxiously for the performances.…

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Soyinka salutes Keith Richards for writing Never Quite The Insider

N obel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has commended the candour, courage and confidence displayed by Chief Keith Richards in his latest book, Never Quite the Insider: A Nigerian Memoir”.     Soyinka who reviewed the book at its public presentation at the Terra Kulture in Lagos on Thursday, described the book as a “Memoir of a Ghetto Blaster”, noting that the book remains a big insight on profiling the psychology of corporate Nigeria.     “Nothing surprises me in the book, but what surprises me is candour and courage of…

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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     T 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,…

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Jude Idada wins $100,000 NLNG Literature Prize

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…

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Preserve dying culture for generations to come

Book title: Tongues of the Forecourt: A Collection of Yoruba Proverbs and Aphorisms Author: Olawale Obadeyi  Editor: Leke Akinrowo  Pages: 129  Book reviewer: Dr. Tunji Azeez     T ongues of the Forecourt is Wale Obadeyi’s offering to a people whose rich cultural values and mores are being fast eroded in the face of Euro-American and Asian dominated world. Based entirely on the cosmological and epistemological fount of the Yoruba people, the book is an ambitious and daunting attempt by a culture activist to draw attention to two of the…

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