• Why ’76 took 7 years to make —Tonye Princewill

    THE soon-to-be premiered movie, ’76, followed a painstaking process uncommon in Nollywood. It took seven years to make, is a big budget movie that cost about N100 million and involved deep collaboration with the Nigerian Army.
  • How ICT apathy, other factors affected Yoruba literature —Writer

     A writer, Kehinde Adepegba, has said that advances in Information and Communications Technology and the late adoption of technology, amongst others, have negatively impacted the reading of Yoruba literature.The author of ‘Okele Akobu’, ‘Ogbon Ologbo’n and ‘Eku Eda’ said this at the fourth edition of Yoruba Lakotun, a quarterly live audience participatory programme on creative arts and an interview session with a writer, held recently at Heritage Ethnic C
  • Emotions, history at AMAA 2016

    THOUGH the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held on Saturday, June 11 at the Dr. Obi Nwali Hall, Port Harcourt, Rivers State was short on spectacle and lacked the oomph of previous editions, it was rich on emotions. It was a night where a number of recipients of the pan-African awards which scope and integrity (as seen in the number of countries that send entries and win) remain intact but which bane remains tardy organisation, showed their soft sides.
  • CORA@25: A look back on altruism

    EVERYONE would have understood had Nigeria’s foremost culture advocacy group, the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), rolled out the drums to celebrate its 25th anniversary. But instead of self adulation, what the body, also called the ‘culture landscapists’, did last Sunday, June 5 was a critical appraisal of its past activities and reflect on ways of improving, going forward. 
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  • Love, laughter in ‘Ghana Must Go’

    NKEM Owoh (Osuofia) has featured in his share of slapstick comedies but there is nothing slapdash about ‘Ghana Must Go’.  A romantic comedy produced by Desamour Production Company owned by Ghanaian - Nigerian actress, Yvonne Okoro and her sister Roseline, this is a thoroughly enjoyable rib cracker that you won’t regret investing some 90 minutes in. 
  • Etisalat Prize for Literature: Chapter 4 begins

     THE race for the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature got underway on Wednesday, June 1 with a call for entries and announcement of the judging panel of the Pan African contest for debutant writers of fiction. 
  • Biyi Bandele, Akin Omotoso, Stephanie Linus, others vie for AMAA prizes

    IT will be a clash of titans at the 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on June 11 as three Nigerian directors have been pitted against five of their foreign counterparts for the Best Director Prize.
  • Badagry agog as school holds maiden arts week

    IT was a case of my painting is better than yours between students and teachers of Lagos State Junior Model College, Kankon, Badagry recently when the school held its debut arts and crafts exhibition week.  Coming at a time players in the education/art sectors have shouted themselves hoarse over the apathy to art education in schools, especially the public ones, it was a welcome development seeing both students and teachers expressing their creativity during the program that spanned about t
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  • Kunle Afolayan unfolds grand plans for The CEO

    FILMMAKER Kunle Afolayan walks his talk. Having always spoken of his desire to make a quality pan-African movie, Afolayan has finally achieved his dream with ‘The CEO’, a mystery thriller with cast drawn from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, among others. Though only 45 minutes was shown to the press, guests and partners of the project at a screening held at Silverbird Cinema, Ikeja, Lagos State, on Wednesday, it was enough to show that Afol
  • Hear Word! ends international tour with command performance in Abuja

    AFTER a successful tour of the US and Europe, the  Etisalat-sponsored episodic stage play that highlights issues that hold Nigerian women back from reaching their full potentials, Hear Word! has shown in Abuja. The Abuja staging was the climax of a thrilling three-continent tour which kicked off in April at Harvard University, and made a stop at Torp Theater - Central Connecticut State University both in the USA before moving to the Frascati Theatre in Amsterdam.
  • After national summit, Nigeria’s culture, tourism set to soar

    WHEN he met with arts and tourism journalists in Lagos, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had assured  that last week’s National Summit on Culture and Tourism with  the theme ‘Repositioning Culture and Tourism in a Diversified Economy’ held in Abuja would not be a mere talk shop.
  • Colours, spectacles at Nigerian Drums Festival

    FOR four days penultimate week, animal skin boomed sonorously and melodiously like human voices in Abeokuta, Ogun State as the maiden Nigerian Drums Festival organised by the state government was held. 
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  • Public deceit

     “Youths, the leaders of tomorrow”The song, I guess we borrowWhat a lie!The melody elders learn to singBut the reality they fling. Literarily, a bard would wrap wordsBut decoding these codesIs simple and clearTake it to their showAnd let them know. The soil’s destiny is unfortunateFor youths is elders hateWhy?Wait a while, ask me howJust analyse their pose in show,Lost of prescience. 
  • How oil killed our arts —Lai Mohammed

    THE Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, met with arts/culture and tourism writers in Lagos last Sunday to outline the present administration’s vision for the vital but often neglected sectors. Indeed, a number of those at the meeting left with cautious optimism that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration might well distinguish itself and leave positive imprints on culture and tourism as Mohammed not only outlined the visions but also disclosed ongo
  • Mike Omilusi: Presenting 3 books in unusual fashion

    RECENTLY, a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, Dr. Mike Omilusi, presented three books in a manner that is quite different from the norm. He presented and dedicated the books to God at a simple ceremony held at the Holy Trinity Authority Prophetic Church in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
  • Sakara, baroque, classical music for MUSON’s New Horizons concert

    FOLLOWING a successful debut last year, the New Horizons concert series conceived by the Artistic Director of the MUSON Centre, Tunde Jegede, is set to make its eagerly anticipated return. Tagged ‘New Horizons: New Worlds’,  this year’s concert happening on Saturday, April 23 at  Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan by 6pm will feature seven international and Nigerian artists in line with its goal of fusing  different music traditions.
  • Port Harcourt hosts 2016 AMAA

    THE 13th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) will hold on June 11, 2016 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, organisers have announced. This is coming after nine consecutive editions in Bayelsa State, one in Abuja, Lagos and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  • Okotie-Eboh in time and history

    OKOTIE-Eboh: In Time and Space (1912-1966) edited by Prof. Akinjide Osuntokun (OON) is a worthy tribute to the memory of a man with considerable contributions to the development of our country. With a forward written by Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, former Minister of Finance, the 409-page book is divided into four chapters with an acknowledgement and introduction.
  • Akeem Lasisi shoots Asabi Alakara video

    AWARD-winning performance poet, Akeem Lasisi, has shot the video of ‘Asabi Alakara’ (Heroine), one of the most popular tracks in his acclaimed poetry album, ‘Eleleture: Not a Small World.’ The video was shot in Ikire, Osun State last weekend. The poems in the track present a lecherous man endlessly setting a trap for a young lady, who, however, beats every antics of the man that moves from being a village goon to a lecturer, then a pastor.
  • I’ve always wanted to bring a big performance to Nigeria —Soji Akinkugbe, executive producer, Sister Act

    WHAT informed your interest in bringing Sister Act to Nigeria?
  • Legality of the salacious

    THE predatory imprints of the colonial masters and rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo truly never saw this creative expression coming. I bet that Africa has other distractions when this burst forth. It is without doubt an auspicious moment and a most explicit architectural expression in words, where there are unbridled effusions with repeated musical accompaniments; and as such credence lent to those painful realities that the central African country has become and by extension her centr
  • Victor Ekpuk’s ‘Coming Home’ opens

    COMING Home, the first major solo exhibition of Victor Ekpuk’s work in Nigeria in over a decade opened on Saturday at the Renault Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos. Promoted by Arthouse – The Space, the show which runs till April 30 is supported by Diamond Bank, Arra Vineyards, 7UP and Renault.Happening after a four-month residency with the Arthouse Foundation in 2015, the exhibition features Ekpuk’s newest project using the city of Lagos as inspiration. 
  • Why documentary filmmakers must document the world honestly —Jane Mote

    TV and media consultant for companies including BBC Worldwide, Turner Broadcasting, Discovery and London Live, Jane Mote, has charged aspiring and established documentary filmmakers to ensure they use images correctly. “Images are powerful and wrongly used they can create false stories that shape generations of views,” Mote noted  in her keynote speech  at the opening of the 2016 iREP International Documentary Film Festival with the theme ‘#Change, Documentary Fi
  • With Seki, Heritage Bank affirms love for culture

    THOUGH the name Okrika is synonymous with second hand clothes in the south west part of Nigeria, it is actually the ancestral home of a proud, colourful and courageous people with a rich heritage in Rivers State. Penultimate Saturday evening at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, guests witnessed firsthand the unique culture of this proud people through the dance drama ‘Seki’ created and directed by Yibo Koko and sponsored by Heritage Bank. 
  • Enkay drops first album

    TWO years after releasing her first single ‘Yes! You are the Lord’, Tehila crew member and gospel music sensation, Nkiruka Ogboruche, popularly known as Enkay is set to release her first-ever full-length album.  Titled ‘The Kingdom Anthem’, the debut album is an eclectic mix of urban contemporary sound fused with alternative rock, Afro twist, R&B, hip hop, pop and soul meeting the spiritual needs of the diverse and vast audience cultivated during her past to
  • AVRS gets new chairman

    FORMER president of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Bond Emeruwa on Tuesday emerged the new president of the Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS) at the body’s maiden Annual General Meeting held at Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos. Emeruwa, Chair of the Coalition of Nollywood Guilds and Associations (CONGA) from 2010 to 2013, defeated pioneer chairman of the nation’s first and only Collective Management Organization (CMO) for cinematographic work, Mahmood Ali-Balogun
  • The CEO: Kunle Afolayan dazzles top executives of Air France/KLM

    AS the countdown to its premiere continues, The CEO, Kunle Afolayan’s latest movie, has not stopped receiving corporate backing.Afolayan recently met with 15 commercial directors of Air France/KLM led by the Senior Vice-President, Africa, Mr. Frank Legre, in Amsterdam where they discussed the movie and African cinema.
  • Drama, emotion at grand finale of 3rd Etisalat Prize for Literature

    A magical night of drama, poetry and music was what Etisalat Nigeria offered guests on Saturday, March 19 at Intercontinental Lagos Hotel, Victoria Island during the award ceremony of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature.
  • Citing poor finance, organisers cancel 2016 Jos Festival of Theatre

    THE worsening economic crisis has claimed its first major casualty in the culture sector: the annual Jos Festival of Theatre.While many had been looking forward to the festival and were expecting organisers to unfold the plays and participants for this year’s event, Patrick -Jude Oteh, founder of the Jos Repertory Theatre which stages the fiesta came out with a bombshell instead.“Due to funding constraints, we announce the cancellation of the annual Jos Festival of Theatre 2016,&rdqu
  • MUSON alumni’s performance justified our investment in music education —MTN Foundation

    THE Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation, Ms. Nonny Ugboma has described the performance of the MUSON alumni at the last pre valentine concert sponsored by the Foundation as a good justification for the MTN Nigeria’s investment in promoting music education through its partnership with the Music Society of Nigeria School of Music.
  • How I became Italy’s first black Cinderella —Sonia Oduwa Aimy

    WHEN Edo ladies go to Italy, the perception is that they go there for prostitution, but this doesn’t apply to you. How did you do it?
  • Heralding the gospel with poetry

    THOUGH there is a general misconception that there are some vocabularies in English that cannot be translated or transliterated into Yoruba, this is one of the issues addressed by Adedayo Idowu in his new work entitled ‘Konkonboto’ which he translates as the ‘Gargantuan Genre.’ 
  • ‘Yoruba language is becoming endangered because of parents’ attitude’

    SPEAKERS at the third edition of ‘Yoruba Lakotun’, a quarterly live audience participatory programme which features an interaction with a writer and where different creative arts are showcased have accused Yoruba parents of creating a gap between their children and their roots through the systematic neglect of the language. 
  • ‘Nigerian talents have absolutely blown us away’

    WHEN world-acclaimed Broadway musical, ‘Sister Act’ opens on the MUSON stage later in the year, it will be the realisation of a dream that medical doctor turned manufacturer, Dr. Soji Akinkugbe, has been nursing for several years. 
  • National Troupe wows Ooni with Yemoja

    “I was totally thrilled by the performance. The National Troupe should take this kind of performance everywhere. They should be on tour promoting and propagating our rich cultural heritage. I know funding is a challenge but I want to join my voice to the call for increased funding and attention for the National Troupe. They are propagators of our culture. I am impressed and we should do more to encourage the troupe and artistes generally,” said the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogu
  • dele jegede: The Total Artist

    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Boy
  • Praises for ‘Successes Don’t Fail’, life enriching literature

    IT was a pleasant fusion of the literary and visual arts on Friday, February 19 when educationist, coach, strategist and advocate, Dr. Amam Onyerinma, presented her book, ‘Successes Don’t Fail’ at Red Door Art Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos. Paintings by master artists including Ben Enwonwu, Jimoh Buraimoh and Georgina Beier, and contemporary artists like Lemi Ghariokwu, Tola Wewe, Segun Aiyesan and Victor Ehikhamenor, adorning the walls welcomed guests to the event. 
  • Celebrities, professionals launch ‘For the love of the nation’

    CELEBRITIES and eminent Nigerians converged on Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos on the evening of Saturday, February 13 for the launch of an initiative to awaken national consciousness and patriotism among Nigerians.
  • Celebrating resilience, God’s grace

    ASIDE being an easy and interesting read, Samuel Damilola Owoeye’s ‘Chapter 40: A Story of Resilience’ is inspirational in the truest sense of the word. When you hear rag to riches, you needn’t look further than the story of Owoeye, who attained the landmark age of 40 on December 30, 2015.We are all aware of the stories of ex-President Bill Clinton and the incumbent US President, Barak Obama amongst others, who given the circumstances of their birth, could have been failu
  • Aso Igba: Connecting the past with the present

    CREATIVE people have diverse sources of inspiration.  Though a number of them often say nature and environment when asked, what did it for Kelani Abass, whose fourth solo exhibition, ‘Aso Igba’ (Social Fabric), is ongoing at Art Clip Africa, Radisson BLU Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, is two pieces of damask materials his mother gave him.
  • Why ladies should moisturise, cleanse, tone their skins —Fasanu

    Foray into fashion
    I have always had interest in fashion. I opened a boutique in 2000.Then I was working with a company but I later quit the job to concentrate on it. There were few obstacles along the way but they were not insurmountable. The first one was to create awareness in order to enjoy. I had to wait till the time was ripe as well as patronage to get a good location but there were really no major challenges.
    The journey so far
  • The best books don’t always win prizes —Zukiswa Wanner

    FROM the shortlist of this year’s Etisalat Prize for Literature, one can say that the South Africans are coming. What do you think they have over the rest of Africa?
  • A book for dreamers

    “DEDICATED to everyone reaching for the   stars, following a chance meeting with tall dreams”; this is the theme from which Taiwo Ajai-Lycett’s ‘Just Sharing’    speaks.   Surely, the 57 essays of this book feed this    theme profoundly, lyrically, succinctly.
  • ... And Dike speaks truth to power in ‘State of the Nation’

    NDIDI Dike is clearly one of the most visible artists on the Nigerian art scene. She is also one of the most consistent since her break out exhibition at the Imo Concorde Hotel in 1986. Over the last 30 odd years, she has evolved as an artist, moving across diverse art forms, employing multiple media, and seeking new directions for her work.  It is that endless search for a mode of address that can hold public imagination while retaining the transcendental quality that all great art must co
  • Taiwo Ajai-Lycett: Dancing through life@75

    THEY didn’t wait for her death before celebrating her. On Wednesday when veteran actress, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett (OON), clocked 75 and decided to mark the occasion with the presentation of ‘Just Sharing’, a collection of her essays, family, friends and people of goodwill came around to prove the truth of the Yoruba saying, ‘eniyan laso mi’ (people are my cloth) It was an intimate occasion at the Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos where speakers wouldn&rs
  • The Three Wise Men gets BOI’s support

    FRESH from supporting Kunle Afolayan’s ‘The CEO’, Okey Ogunjiofor’s ‘Queen Amina’ and Emem Isong’s ‘Anyama’, the Bank of Industry (BOI) has thrown its weight behind another movie.Opa Williams’ ‘The Three Wise Men’ is the latest movie the bank is supporting under its initial N1.0billion loan scheme tagged NollyFund.Featuring actors Richard Mofe Damijo, Zack Orji, Victor Olaotan, Tina Mba and Ebele Okaro amongst others, the mo
  • Tade Ogidan hails Kunle Afolayan’s The CEO

    KUNLE Afolayan’s yet to be released ‘The CEO’ has been commended by screenwriter, cinematographer, film director and producer, Tade Ogidan.
  • Artists’ Village: When destruction came at dawn

    GOING by what transpired at the interaction between the arts community and journalists, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, convened on Tuesday, January 26, issues arising from the demolition of structures at the Artists’ Village, National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos will not disappear anytime soon
    The session, in fact, could well be the beginning of the end for all the controversies that have raged around the national monument and its expansive piece of real estate if government hee
  • Prof Soyinka unveiling the theme

    LEADING indigenous entertainment organizations, Chocolate City and EbonyLife TV have announced a new pan-African music talent hunt show called ‘Chocolate City Unsigned’
    For people aged 18 to 34, the home grown reality show’s objective is to discover, develop and support fresh artistes. Not only will they be given a platform to showcase their skills, their professional careers will also be boosted with careful grooming by professionals from both organisations involved in
  • Soyinka unveils theme of 2016 VOTC competition

    PARTICIPANTS aiming to win the available prizes on offer for the 2016 edition of the Vision of the Child (VOTC) painting and literary arts competition have it all to do with the announcement of the theme.
    Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, announced the interesting but challenging theme at a well attended news briefing held at the head office of Diamond Bank Plc, Victoria Island, Lagos, last week.
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