Wednesday, 23 July 2014

100th day of Chibok school girls abduction

Today marks the 100th day of the abduction of the over 200 school girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.

The girls were reportedly taken away by gunmen from their hostel at night.
Concerned Nigerians, led by some prominent people such as a former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, have since  launched and sustained the 'Bring back our girls' campaign, which has drawn attention globally.

On its part, the Federal Government has promised to do everything posible to get the girls back and alive.

40 killed in Kaduna twin-bombings

At least 40 people have lost their lives in the twin bombings that rocked the city of Kaduna today, the BBC reports.
The bombings were reported to have happened at the Alkali and the busy Kawo areas of the city, where several traders stay to sell their wares.

Traditional drums clinic trains youths on music note development

A group photograph of participants at the end of the training.

Isioma and Ijo-Dee ensuring that notes are well made.

Adisa Timothy giving an illustration of a music note to participants at the Drums Clinic.

The 2014  Isioma Williams’ drums clinic tagged  ‘My music note,’ targeted the development of music notes in traditional African songs just as it also applies for  drumming.
Organised by Drums View at  the Gongbeat Studio, participants were taught the importance of developing the skills in writing down music notes to make their songs and drumming become more globally accessible.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Harvest of encomiums for Kongi @80

An artistic expression of Soyinka by Nwogu Akudo.

A collection of works on display

In songs, poems, dances, paintings and different works of arts, admirers of Prof Wole Soyinka celebrate him as he turned 80 on July 13. There were lectures, exhibitions and various artistic expressions telling the beautiful story of Kongi.
At the J.P. Clark Arts Centre at the University of Lagos, an exhibition put together by Dr Peju Laiwola of the Creative Arts Department, displays a collection of choice works; paintings, cartoons, sculptural pieces, installation works, pottery and tie & dye.
Cartoonist, Jimga, tells Soyinka’s story with a cartoon themed ‘The Early Years,’ welcoming visitors to St. Peter’s Primary School, Abeokuta, where Soyinka started his education.

Apapa Customs upgrades information facilities, trains Journalists

CAC, Charles Edike ; ACG, Victor Gbemudu and other officers during the commissioning of the ICT Centre and a Communication Tower at Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has upgraded its Information Communication Technology (ICT) facilities just as it also trained some maritime reporters on various operations of the service, to better equip the journalists with technical knowledge for better reportage of the service.

Family, friends and former colleagues celebrate Aare Adebayo Sarumi at 70 years!

From right; Chief Sarumi; Prof Lana Odugade,representative of the Olubadan of Ibadan and Chief Sarumi's wife.

Chief Sarumi, appreciating guests who have come to celebrate with him.

Chief Sarumi singing alongside Dr Victor Olaiya.

Former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, maintained a very happy look.  He applauded, smiled and kept a tet-a-tet with the beautiful people sitting close to him on both sides.
The event was his 70th birthday celebration on July 7, and the maritime industry stakeholders were having a colloquium in his honour at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island.
However, not only did Chief Sarumi sprang up on his feet as music legend, Victor Olaiya  got on the stage to render one of his finest songs ‘Baby jowo,’ he actually enjoyed himself  as he did the song alongside Dr Olaiya. 

Book Launch: Footprints of Aare Adebayo Sarumi' celebrating a maritime icon at 70!

Unveiling of the book by the celebrant and loved ones

 A highpoint of the 70th birthday celebration of former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Chief Adebayo Babatunde Sarumi, OFR, was the launch of a book, ‘Footprints of Aare Adebayo Babatunde Sarumi,’ in his honour.
The book, an anthology written by former colleagues, friends and associates of the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, reveals Chief Sarumi’s person and character through people who had close interactions with him. It also highlights the evolution of his career and his remarkable feat in executing the reforms in the Nigerian port.