Jos Festival of Theatre: Mu’Adhin’s Call, Renovation go on stage

The stage is set for the 11th Jos Festival of Theatre which will open in Jos, Plateau State. The Festival of Theatre has, over the last decade, become a nurturing ground for Nigerian artists to showcase their talents and creativity through a Nigerian and international repertory. The 2018 festival under the theme “Creative expression in a time of Hope”, which opens on March 4 and end on Friday March 9, will feature exhilarating plays as well as a variety of workshops for the artistic community, Jos Repertory Theatre (JRT), the…

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Still waters and vast canvas of history

Book title: Little Birds and Ordinary People Author: Deji Haastrup Publishers: Bookcraft, Ibadan Year of Publication: 2017 Pages: 406 Reviewer: Tade Ipadeola   Recent Nigerian memoirs that aren’t at the same time hackneyed hagiographies are very hard to come by indeed. The pleasure of encountering Little Birds and Ordinary People, a work straddling the nexus between the written meditation and the compte rendu was therefore a welcome relief from the monuments of literary dross littering the landscape. There is a high-mindedness to this book which separates it from the muster…

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Power Show: Akinwande’s solo exhibition opens

Power Show, a solo exhibition of multimedia works by Ayo Akinwande, a trained architect, photographer and artist, opens this Saturday in Lagos. Curated by Erin M. Rice, the exhibition, which runs till the February 21st, 2018 at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, is the third solo show by Akinwande. Power Show examines the nuances of the word “power,” in the context of Nigeria where electrical power cuts are a daily occurrence and fuel shortages are common even as the nation is rich in oil. Inspired by Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s song of the…

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Why African youths should be young, black, successful

Book Title: Young, Black and Beautiful Author: Temitope Adeyemo Publisher: Makehaven Ltd Year of Publication: 2015 Number of Pages: 267 Reviewer: Oladipo Kehinde (kennysons@yahoo.com)   In this book Young, Black and Beautiful the author Temitope Adeyemo talks about slavery, colonialism, racism, the role African leaders played in slavery and how Africans can get out of poverty. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o posits that the whites did not teach the blacks violence and greed. It was already inherent in us. Just one man can re-position Africa. Just one black man can be the…

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From Udeme to Comforti, Lasisi releases new poetry album

Award-winning poet and art critic, Akeem Lasisi, has released another poetry album. The celebrated poet, who is also a journalist with ‘The Punch,’ had earlier released a number of poetry albums and videos – including ‘Eleleture’ and ‘Udeme’, aka Constituency Projects. While ‘Eleleture’ is a pure romance, ‘Udeme’ is a biting political satire in the guise of a love poem and song. ‘Comforti’ is a celebration of African sounds in the forms of poetry, songs, beats and. He expresses the hope that it will justify the gap between it and…

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Why Tunde Bakare nicknamed me Soyinka of arts , by Dejak

Celebrated artist, Dejo Victor Akinlonu, popularly called Dejak, interacted with so many top art connoisseurs as well as clerics, each expressing strong views about his high artistic works. He appeared to have touched the General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, more than others. Little wonder he described Dejak as the Prof Wole Soyinka of visual arts in Nigeria.  The fiery Pastor’s stance may have aroused from his deep conviction that Dejak’s artistic works have some literary connotations with Professor Wole Shoyinka’s. He noted that some of Dejak’s…

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Interrogating sundry oil-related issues in Niger Delta

Book title: Oil in water: Crude Power and militancy in the Niger Delta Authors: Ibiba Don Pedro Publisher: Foreword Communications Limited Pages: xxxx Year: 2017 Reviewer: Pauline Onyibe Oil in water: Crude Power and militancy in the Niger Delta, written by renowned Journalist Ibiba Don Pedro, is a follow-up of Chapter One of her other book, ‘Out Of A Bleak Landscape’, which exposed the dark side of crude oil found in the Niger Delta region. It is book where the author exposed the role of the military men who invaded…

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How to tackle corruption

Book title: Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Solutions Editor: Yusuf O. Ali, S.A.N. Pages: 468 Reviewer: Seyi Shodipo This book ‘Anatomy of Corruption in Nigeria’ by Yusuf O. Ali, SAN, is a master piece that must be read. I read through from chapter one to the last chapter and could not see a chapter that is not useful to all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora. The inspiration behind writing this book is superb as all the contributors wield words together to tackle the menace of…

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Don Moen, Nathaniel Bassey, others for The Experience 2017

The House On The Rock Church has unveiled the line-up of artistes for the 12th edition of its annual gospel concert, The Experience scheduled to hold this Friday in Lagos. Speaking on the all-night worship concert, the convener and Senior Pastor of House On The Rock Church, Paul Adefarasin, said the theme of the event is “Jesus our King”. He reiterated that The Experience is a focal gathering point for the Christian community and its many constituencies across Nigeria; Africa and indeed the world, as it features the very best…

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Towards mastery of basic elements in English language

This book is an introduction to the practical use of English and communication skills. The book’s bifurcated content is Okafor & Okafor’s way of breaking the trite norm of separating the use of English from the practice of communication skills. It is the authors’ effort at showing, while contributing intellectually both to the fields of language and of communication; the fundamental, symbiotic relationship between language and communication.   While Okafor & Okafor’s book is like Akinbande (1999), it is unlike Adegbite, Adekoya & Adegoju (2012) in that there is first…

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