Exploring an enduring Yemoja festival

  It was a calm Monday evening, the weather was peaceful. Guests gathered at Ita Agbole in Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos, where renowned multimedia artist, Jelili Atiku, explored an enduring Yoruba festival, Yemoja, which celebrates the feminine energy.   Tagged, “The Sacred Feminine Energy and Spiritual Values”, speakers at the seminar, Kafilat Abene Raji, Iyalorisa Omitonade Ifawemimo, Jumoke Sanwo, Jacob Stanton, and Ayo Akinwande, shared knowledge on the festival values to the indigenous African bodies. Speaking during the seminar, the convener, Atiku, whose art involves installations, drawings and video,…

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A transcontinental saga

Title: Imminent River Author: Anaele Ihuoma Publisher: Prima – Narrative Landscape   Press, Lagos, Nigeria Year of Publication: 2018 Pagination: 347 Reviewer: Uzor Maxim Uzoatu     There is the compelling need for me to go back to the publishing of Alex Haley’s Roots in 1976 to find a book that bears comparison to Anaele Ihuoma’s debut novel Imminent River. Just as Haley after hearing grandma’s tales, Haley traces his roots back to the adolescent Kunta Kinte who was kidnapped into slavery to America from West Africa in the 18th…

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Musicians’ union holds workshop on sales of music

As part of efforts to generate revenue for its members, the Nigerian Union of Musicians (NUM) is set to hold a workshop on the sale of music on the internet. The workshop which will take place on July 4th at Constantial Hotel, Benin City, is significant especially as millions of Dollars are lost yearly by musicians that do not sell their music on the internet. Selling on the internet means wordwide sales, translating into huge revenue gains. The Union in a statement said the event will also feature posthumous awards…

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PFA 426: Day Performing Arts students thrilled audience

  PFA 426 is a course in the Department of the Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin. However, appearing before the audience has indicated that the students were trained to be productive and vibrant in theatre practice in Nigeria. What makes this fact indisputable is that the students are final year students. It is a course in dance.   It is even more significant considering that all the student dancers are final year students who will soon graduate and enter the labour market. The presence of professors, doctors…

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The screwing of Nigeria by corruption

Title: Nigeria: Why Looting May Not Stop Author: Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye Publisher: Oasis of Greatness Publishers Ltd, Benin City, Nigeria Year of Publication: 2019 Pagination: 112 Reviewer: Uzor Maxim Uzoatu   It’s corruption, stupid! I am only aping Bill Clinton’s campaign slogan: “It’s the economy, stupid!” There have been many pretenders who as Nigerian leaders claimed to be waging war on corruption. It should not be forgotten in a hurry that General Sani Abacha did stake a strong claim as per fighting corruption and actually jailed many Nigerian potentates, but the…

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Layiwola’s solo exhibition, Indigo Reimagined, opens tomorrow

A solo exhibition of artworks by Peju Layiwola, a Professor of Art History and the current Head of the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, opens tomorrow at J.K Ade Ajayi Auditorium Gallery (Main Auditorium) University of Lagos.   The exhibition, which is titled “Indigo Reimagined”, will run till 30th of July. The show highlights the multidimensionality of dyeing fabrics whilst simultaneously providing us with a window into the beauty and functions of other indigenous crafts like pottery and metal work associated with dyeing. “These installations are not limited…

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Achebelising scholarship: Review of the University-Media Complex

Book Title: The University Media Complex as Nigeria’s Amusement Chain Author: Jimanze Ego-Alowes Pagination: 292 Publisher: The Stone Press Year of publication: 2018 Reviewer: Olutayo Irantiola   It is exciting to see a book that defines Achebe while trying to measure the extent to which scholarship has been overrated around Nigeria and obviously across Africa. The first page of the book made it known that it is not only leadership that has failed Nigerians, scholarship has equally failed and this has led to the stagnancy of the society at large.…

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Story Theatre with Grandma Wura: Adio The Musical goes on stage

  All is set for the Story-Theatre with Grandma Wura, a musical theatrical experience that showcases the rich culture of Nigeria in dance, music, drama and mime, complemented by spectacular lighting and colourful costumes. This year’s edition “Story Theatre with Grandma Wura” features the story of “Adio The Musical”, a rich theatrical piece written, directed and produced by Bola Edwards, and songs written by Patrick Edwards. The four-day performances will open on Friday May 24, and end with a special performance on Monday May 27, Children’s Day at Terra Kulture,…

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The Victim goes on stage for Theatre in the Mainland

  After a successful showing of Ireti, a play written and directed by Oluwasogba Sam Tayo (a.k.a. Ijotayor), for the first edition of “Theatre in the Mainland” (Surulere in focus), a bimonthly art project initiated by Whitestones Culture Ambassadors Nigeria, the stage is set for the stage presentation of the play, The Victim, for the second edition of the project. The event will hold at Villa Jazzmatazz, 3, Ogunlana Lane, Surulere, Lagos, in June.   Theatre in the Mainland was created by Oluwasogba Sam Tayo, the artistic director and C.E.O…

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Peju Layiwola’s solo exhibition opens in June

“Indigo Reimagined”, an exhibition of artworks by Prof. Peju Layiwola opens on Thursday 13th of June at J.K Ade Ajayi Auditorium Gallery (Main Auditorium) University of Lagos.   The exhibition, which will run till 30th of July, highlights the multidimensionality of dyeing fabrics whilst simultaneously providing us with a window into the beauty and functions of other indigenous crafts like pottery and metal work associated with dyeing. “These installations are not limited to the dyed textile as a site of adornment and signification. Instead, they redirect our gaze at the…

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