Artist Residency Programme: Arthouse Foundation calls for applications

A rthouse Foundation has announced call for applications for Artist Residency Programme 2020.     Announcing this in a statement, the Foundation stated the Winter Session for Residency will hold January 13 to April 12, 2020; while the Spring Session will hold April 27 to July 26, 2020. The Fall Session will hold September 7 to December 6, 2020.     It further stated that the application deadline is September 30, 2019.     The Arthouse Foundation is an artist residency programme that takes place in the city of Lagos,…

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Insight into Nigeria’s development experience

Book Title: Federalism, Leadership and Development Author: Samuel Orovwuje Pages: 161 pages Publisher: Dictus Publishing, Germany Reviewer: Obed Awowede       T here are very few books that capture the breadth and depth of Nigeria’s contemporary leadership and development experience against the background of its history as Samuel Orovwuje’s Federalism Leadership and Development. A collection of some of his essays, most of which have been published in Nigerian newspapers and foreign journals, Federalism Leadership and Development provides a more than sufficient peek into the Nigerian state and its developmental…

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Biyi Bandele’s Rain returns on stage

‘Rain’, a play written by Biyi Bandele, goes on stage on Sunday, August 25, at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.     Directed by Toyin Oshinaike, produced by Park Theatre in collaboration with Theatre @ Terra, the play features guest performance by standup comedian Odogwu D Comedy Machine. Famed for his performances on television as “Principal” in Bovi’s comedy series titled “Back To School”, Odogwu also hosts a yearly one man stand-up comedy show known as Home Alone.     Rain, which won the International Students Playscript Competition in 1989,…

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Education as tool in birthing new Nigeria

Book Title: The Hope Author: Uwana Michael Publisher: EndFront Express Ventures Year of Publication: 2011 Number of Pages: 104 Reviewer: Oladipo Kehinde     T he Hope is a book that envisions better tomorrow for Nigeria and other African countries. Every change that comes to any nation comes with a price. Change is inevitable. The author tries to make Nigerians, Africans and, indeed, black in Diaspora believe there is possibility in impossibility.     The first place we can make that possible is in our thought pattern. Doubting mind is…

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Overcoming failure in examinations

Title:       Secret Behind Examination Success Author:          Tunde Ogunsola Publisher: Education Times Publication Pages:      304 Year:     2015 Reviewer: Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga     Tunde Ogunsola’s new book, Secret Behind Examination Success, is a commendable effort by the author in a situation where students no longer want to read but make good grades in both internal and external school examinations over the years, with the connivance of some shameless teachers and unprincipled parents on one hand and the students personal laziness…

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This Lovesong for my wasteland

P oetry is the oldest genres and advance form of composition. This offering, “Lovesong for my waste land, “is where poetry intersect drama. The poet uses action with purgation of emotion in the prologue. The thematic preoccupation of the poet literary motif hinges on the concept of land and its symbolic and metaphoric importance to the people. There is a story in our history.  The Poet has been to the market place of thought.  It is pertinent we borrow a leaf from his poetic messages. “The land is for us…

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Intrigues, conspiracy as Jagagba goes on stage

  A ll is set for the stage production of Jagagba, a play by Abdul-Qudus Ibrahim, winner, 2nd Beeta Playwright competition.   A production of Beeta Universal Arts Foundation, producers of Our Son the Minister, the show holds on Friday July 19th to Sunday July 21st, at the Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. Directed by Olabunmi Adewale, and starring Kunle Coker, Mawuyon Ogun, Bamike Olawunmi “Bam Bam”, Ese Lami George, Olarotimi Fakunle, Eden Attai, Kelvinmary Ndukwe, this 40-man play is a colourful folk rendition of great acting, with…

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POETRIP: Civilize The Earth

Let my words be like rain for the earth   Let my words grow on the soil of my heart   Let my breath be a budding to the dreams of my eyes   I will give it all it takes to walk in my dreams   Look into my eyes and tell me you know the ways of the day unfolding with the hands of time   Unfolding with the promises of hope   I will have my share from the hands of the upland sun   Do not…

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Tumours and Butterflies, happiness like water

Book Title: Happiness Like Water Author: Chinelo Okparanta Publisher: Granta Pagination: 196 Year of publication: 2013 Reviewer: Adeniyi Taiwo Kunnu     Happiness Like Water is a brazen collection of short stories that are fictive realities of our lives. The part of us we love to share, or those moments which are locked up in our remotest recesses. Expressing itself in cunning artistry, the stories become personified as you would a speaking ink on an accompanying piece of white paper, rustling under the weight of a dexterous hand, crafting thoughts…

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Personal journey to rediscovering values

Book title: The Last Flight: A Personal Journey to Rediscovering Values Author: Dapo Akande Publisher: Ceenai Multimedia Ltd, Gbagada, Lagos Year of publication: 2017 Pages: 160 Reviewer: Maureen Ihonor   “The Last Flight” is a book that touches on many cogent issues bedeviling the Nigerian society. It is replete with numerous anecdotes and analogies while it ekes out critical lessons learned from personal experiences.   The book implicitly questions the human, nay, African tendency to conjure up complicated solutions to problems when simple ones will do just fine. Manners, Integrity,…

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