My most memorable book is ' Olowolaiyemo'-- Onifade



   


Mufu  Onifade  is  a dramatic painter. His sense of style is  unique when he handles his brush on canvas. An author of books and producer of several short plays, Onifade shares his experience of the memories of a book, Olowolaiyemo  by Femi Jeboda, which he read  while in his second year in high school.

Mothers, Mothers-in-Law and 'Omugwo' Palaver



Omugwo  is  an Igbo word, meaning the care given to a woman who has just had a baby.
In the Nigerian society when a woman puts to bed a baby, it is traditional that family members from the couple come around to help out with nursing the new mom. 

Public Molestation of A Woman

By Oyindamola Thomas
 

 

A dirty drama played out during a bus ride to Victoria Island on Thursday. I noticed how a lady who sat at the extreme on the same seat as me, got so uncomfortable by what I didn’t initially know that she kept adjusting her sitting position. At some point, with stern looks on her face, she sounded a note of warning  to a man who sat directly behind her on the last seat. "Please stop making me uncomfortable with your hand coming so close," she said.

As the bus continued in the ‘bumper to bumper’ traffic situation, the lady who couldn’t bear what was happening to her just shouted “Please keep your hand to yourself. I wonder why you have decided to rest your hand on my buttocks!”

Acting as if nothing had happened the man looked away and pretended to be on his phone. But that was not going to be the last of his try. Next step, he placed  his head on the backrest of the seat in front and tried his luck again without knowing that I had fixed my eyes on the direction of his hand, just as did the other passengers who occupied the last seat with him.

Again, the man moved his hand quietly and rested it on the lady’s buttocks attempting to make a squeeze when thunderous voices descended on him,” Eh! So this was why you entered this bus, just to come and squeeze women on their backsides?” But before he could utter a word, the lady landed him a dirty slap on the face. “Let us drag him down and serve him good beating” suggested one of the passengers. “But that could result to another killing from a mob action”, said another passenger.

Uli: Heritage of Eastern Nigeria



Uli craft designs on display at the cultural development centre, Enugu



By Krydz Ikwuemesi

The history and development of Africa, especially since so-called independence, are littered with the effacement of identity through a rejection of the past. In that scenario, autochthonous ideas and phenomena have been jettisoned in favour of extraneous ones in a reckless propensity towards Westernization.

Cancer Care and Support by Sebeccly


  

Sebeccly Breast help lines: 08102056467 and   08103288756

DR Salako giving Partnership-Support Award to Century Group


Sidikat Gbadamosi, a  beneficiary of  Sebeccly  support for breast cancer survivors
 

 
Many cancer patients especially in this part of the world, suffer due to lack of information about the kind of cancer they suffer from and how they can get help.  But many thanks to Sebecccly Cancer Care and Support Centre that is taking on a radical campaign strategy to raise help for cancer sufferers.

 At the heart of this charity cause is Dr Omolola Salako  who  works together with a group of other medical doctors, taking the campaign pan Nigeria. Sebeccly  has, through its various sub-groups, been partnering with different public and private organizations to ensure that there is adequate helpful information about cancers to people.   

Sebeccly,  a not –for- profit organization, works to promote the prevention, early detection and effective treatment of cancers in Nigeria. The organization is the founder and host of  such groups as: Access to Cancer Care: Through the ‘Adopt a Cancer Patient Scheme, Subsidized Drug Funds, 1K4Cancer and Copayment Schemes, breast cancer patients are able to  access cancer care free or at a reduced cost, in partnership with pharmaceutical and donor organizations.

                                             Appolonia Adeyemi(middle) gets Health Correpondent Award
                                          
 
Cancer Workshop for Media Professionals: Every year, the workshop brings health correspondents of media organizations to train them on the cancer control. This workshop explores ways of improving information dissemination and channeling the combined energy of the media and health care professionals towards cancer control.

                                              Participants at Sebeccly Cervical Cancer Workshop in Lagos

Other group programmes undertaken by Sebeccly are: Patience E Support and Advocacy Group, for capacity building to empower breast cancer survivors; Stamp Out Cancer Campaign for information and screening service that drives the message of prevention and early detection; Cancer Information Service; Home Based Care; Breast Help Lines; Best Reporter on Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Awards; Pink Ribbon Campaign, and Early Career Cancer Research Grant.

Many cancer patients have received help through these different channels and Sebeccly continues to work within its mission of promoting  early  cancer detection, support for treatment and information dissemination to help cancer survivors.  Know more about Sebeccly Suppport for Cancer Patients!

 

 

 

 

 

An American Navy Man’s Experience of Africa’s Sights and Sounds

Cole Adam, who is serving with the American Navy, shares his experience of Africa when he had the opportunity of being on the continent, working for three months and visiting seven countries.

Cole Adam
Elmina beach Ghana, a former slavery outpost
Africa has been faced with challenges of civil wars and poverty .The African continent is considered as a place still ‘developing’ and where most of the nations are the mark of widespread colonialism.
Even with its tragic past and current struggles, it is a place of beauty and enchantment.  I was blessed with the opportunity to spend three months on the continent, in seven countries. My time was spent mostly engaging with other navies, but I also got the chance to travel to beaches, hike through a gorge, and venture to other out-of the way spots that displayed the wonder of this continent.
I admire Africa for its environmental splendour and the people’s resilience in striving for something better despite the inherent challenges. Below are my observations and best attempt to capture the combined heartbeat of a multitude of countries on the West African coast.

There is a rhythm here. A flow that seems contrary to the normal order of patterned society. It is as if people are carrying out life to the beat of tribal drums; everything just going, going, with no linear direction, yet still music.
Africa is a continent that beats with that tribal sound; a continent where order emerges out of chaos; that chaos, which often can be a thorn to systematic progress, is its own artistic symphony.
A few interesting nuances of Africa: traffic flows without an overabundance of signage and lights; time is never of the essence; and services are usually acquired through a handshake and verbal means.
 I came to Africa’s West Coast on a partnership building effort with seven different nations, most of which directly bordered the Gulf of Guinea. The journey began in French-speaking Gabon, and then went further south to another French country, Republic of Congo. Next was a group of Gulf of Guinea countries, Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin. The Gambia, our final stop, was a silver of a country inside of Senegal, bordering a river that bares its name.

Weird MC supports Delta State Flood Victims


             
L-R; Lambogini, Weird MC, and Onokpise, the Liaison Officer
Over the weekend, Nigerian female rapper Adesola Idowu, popularly known as Weird MC, showed up at the Delta State Liaison office on Vistoria Island, Lagos, with some relief materials for victims of the recent floods, which left many Delta State communities submerged under the water.

‘We had a ‘Campfire Night‘without a spark of matchstick’



   A Youth Service  experience
Receiving a gift from Alhaji Kachaco
By Nnamdi


On receiving my NYSC posting letter, I headed for the ancient city of Kano. This was not the best of times for people to want to go to the Northern part of Nigeria for the Youth Service because of the incessant crisis that did not spare Corpers. But at this time (2008), there was relative calm.
I was among the earliest Corpers who arrived at the ‘Karaye  Kusala Dam’ camp. Believe me, the heat was intense!  Heat or no heat, the mission to serve fatherland must be completed. How good it felt to come in contact with some of my school mates from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.  We kept one another company throughout the registration and camp period.

With my friends in camp
For me, camp was just like school days except for the different environment.  I choose to remember our colourless ‘Campfire Night’. The campfire which was supposed to be the key element of the event was ‘missing’.  “The villagers would not accept a campfire”, we were told.  And since every man wanted peace, we obeyed and had a quiet ‘Night vigil’ instead.

Camp over, I embarked on the second phase of travel to Government Secondary School, Daho, my place of primary assignment.  Daho was a remote town in Abasu Local Government Area of Kano State; a journey that took almost five hours from the camp. 

We were lucky to have two female Corpers  go with us so that they could take care of cooking, but am sure that they would have rejected the posting to Daho if they had a choice.
                                                    Group photogragh with the students

     
                                                                       The corpers' Lodge
On arrival at the all-boys school, we met with the teachers who received us well. 
The Corpers’ Lodge was just a place to manage because their houses are not like ours down south. 
I became friends with Mallam Hadi, my neighbour who was kind enough to give a piece of land for planting some food crops.  Water was not a problem because our residence was just beside a dam.
Before long, I noticed that it was the men who did all the outdoor chores; going to market and  going to farm.  The very old women and little girls could also be seen going about some work, but never the young girls.  Theirs was an entirely different culture from where I was coming from, so I observed and learned to live with them.
                                                   Mode  of transporting farm produce

There were no places of relaxation, but for the engaging football sessions we had with the Policemen serving there.  At other times, I visited my fellow  Corpers  in Kano town or attended my computer lessons.  
On days when we collected our ‘alawi’ we preferred to go to the bank in Dutse, the capital city of Jigawa State, since it was closer to us than going to Kano City.
Communicating to the boys in English Language at school was not easy, but I remember Zaharadeen and his friend.  Both boys were very brilliant and homely. I hope they continued in that light. Generally, the community had large families and a number of them were poor because they engaged in subsistence farming.
I however was shocked when after six months of  peaceful  stay in Kano, the city was trying to experience an overflow of a crisis that originally started in Bauchi State. The best we could do was to keep in contact through our mobile phones.  It was dangerous for Corpers to move about even as we planned a mass movement to our colleagues who were residing inside the Army barracks.
When the crisis continued the following day, I decided to do a ‘litmus’ test with Mallam Hadi. I wanted to know if he could guarantee our safety with him should we be caught in the crisis.  My eyes widened when he answered in Pidgin English Language that “Em, em, you see, me I go join my buroda  to fight o if trouble come.”  He did not pretend about rising up against us should it get to that, for the fact that we had been ‘friends’.  Thank God that the crisis stopped and we didn’t have to look for a way of escape.  But the remaining time of our service year meant staying closer and knowing where each person was.
Alhaji Megida kachako! Nice man. He was the school’s principal. He was glad to have the Corpers teach the children, and on passing out of the programme he gave me a clock, a certificate and an envelope.  But the content of the envelope is entirely my business!

Shyllon's experience with 'Just Before Dawn'


                            My Most Memorable Book... Sharing Experiences                    
                                  Just Before Dawn by Kole Omotoso
Eng. Shyllon

Engineer Yemisi Shyllon is a foremost art collector who also by passion, trained and practiced as a Lawyer. His professional careers made him  to read quite wide over the years. But as an enthusiast of the arts, Shyllon continues to read very wide collection of books much as he collects choice works of art.

Fresh hope from contemporary street dance in Nigeria


                                                 

Israel in performance  with co-dancer
 Arts in all its forms give entertainment and engage people effortlessly. Sometimes, it is enjoyment and satisfaction to the soul and at other times, it is crafted to purposely address issues of societal concerns.

I hope to perform for Presidents Jonathan, Obama-- Tobi Saxmistress





Tobi Saxmistress
Oluwatobi Befo,14, is living her dreams. She plays the Saxophone with a deep-rooted passion that keeps her audience enthralled. In an interview with her, she told me how she got fascinated to the Saxophone, how she was groomed and started playing the Sax at age 9.

My Most Memorable Book... Sharing Experiences


 

                                                     

                                               Animal Farm by George Orwell

          

Jimoh, Ganiyu  a.k.a Jimga is an artist/scholar. He holds a B.A Graphic Design and M.A Art History from the University of Lagos. Jimga is a protest artist who uses the tool of cartoon and installation art as a conduit of campaigning against the injustices in the society. He won NUC award in 2010 in arts and humanities. He is currently a Graduate Fellow in the Department of Creative Arts , University of Lagos where he teaches and studies as a Ph.D. research candidate.

JIMGA
  


Going back the memory lane, I will be forever grateful to George Orwell for the book ‘Animal Farm’.

I read this book when I was in JSS one, some twenty years back. A very long time indeed, but the memory still remains fresh as its influence on me is so enormous that it has become part of me, part of my philosophy and ideology.

The novel is about the animal rebellion against human domination. After the death of their leader who actually saw the dream of animals uniting together in a free world, the rest were able to carry out the revolution and got their freedom from their autocratic boss Mr Jones. Before long, greed sets in and the ruling class, the pigs started the government of domination, marginalisation and oppression. These eventually culminated into the collapse of the ideology of their ‘Martin Luther King Jr’ Old Major who had the dream of a United States of Animals called Animal Farm. The ultimate pun in the book is that the ruling class, ‘the pigs’ headed by Napoleon refined themselves to the level that the oppressed members of the Animal kingdom like the Donkey, Sheep, Hen etc. couldn’t differentiate between the pigs, their kind who were  ruling them and the humans, their colonial masters.

As I wrote earlier, I read the book when I was very young and my imagination was inconceivably innocent which made me enjoy the book better. Being someone that is artistically inclined, I usually visualise all the narratives in my mind and it did not take long for me to be nurturing the idea that the kingdom actually existed somewhere on this earth. ‘Funny as this may sound, I started treating animals in my neighbourhood with respect believing that one day they might revolt against the status-quo and at least they would remember how I treated them and be nice to me. I could remember that I was actually rearing two rat babies, which were originally swept out of our store to die in the dustbin under harsh sun. They ran away after two weeks of caring for them anyway.

The greater influence that later moulded my philosophy about life, and serves as a stimulus in shaping  my consciousness about socio-political realities came when I met my Sister’s hubby, a University of Ibadan student then. We discussed the book and he made me understand that the book was actually a fiction and a satire of the then communist Soviet Union. I was so amazed at the narrative prowess of George Orwell. His appropriation of different characters in pre-World War II Soviet Union:  Old Major as an allegory of Karl Marx, Napoleon as Joseph Stalin and so on. All these narrative instruments inspired my artistic and philosophical creed and I started asking questions about some things I understood to be unjust in my neighbourhood. The time coincided with the June 12, 1993 election period in Nigeria. Almost everybody who is reading this article will agree with me that the period witnessed a lot of inequalities in socio-political equation. The book launched me into the rebellious art of criticism and visual satire so intense that I drew a funny caricature of General Abacha as the Napoleon and M.K.O Abiola as the Snowball that was banished by the dictatorial act of the former. I wish I could lay my hands on those drawings today, it could fetch me a laurel…never the less the legacy continues and actual won me award last year for my art of political criticism. I owe all these to that small light kindled by the spark generated in my imagination by Gorge Orwell’s Animal Farm published in 1945. I love that book!

 

Glenmorangie now in Nigeria


              
L-R; Niel Hendriksz; Tokini Peterside; and  Samuel Douglas
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy new brand  Glenmorangie, has been added to its range of luxury drinks in the Nigerian market. Brand ambassador, Niel Hendriksz describes brand Glenmorangie as a single-malt Scottish whisky meant to serve just a small audience of whisky consumers who want to identify with the best.  “It is a brand for people who want the extra- superior taste in whisky and can actually afford it because of their class."

      
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No love songs from me---Seun Kuti

                
Seun Kuti




















You may experience a long wait if you desire to hear Seun  Kuti sing a love song. “Love songs can only be true in societies where basic things are within reach for everybody and not in societies where candle light cannot depict romance,” Seun tells OnePageAfrica in an interview.

Autism Awareness: NGO, CG advocate early detection, treatment


Dr. Dotun Akande
For reasons of creating autism awareness among parents, the WOW Divas, a non-governmental organisation, in partnership with the century Group has organised a seminar on autism to help parents recognise early symptoms and seek help on time.

‘The canopy’ keeps memories of Ariyibi alive


  
Fashion wears made from aso-oke on display at 'The Canopy'

 In loving memory of Tope Ariyibi, one of those who lost their lives in the June 3 Dana plane crash in Lagos, an  art exhibition titled ‘The Canopy’  was held  on November 2 at Nike Gallery in  Lekki , Lagos.

'Progress of Love' brings fresh perspectives to Africa’s art sphere




Bisi Silva  explaining a point to guests at 'The Progress of Love'
  
Valerie Oka’s art exhibition The Progress of Love, one in the series involving a number of artists, currently running at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Lagos, has opened a new vista to review the traditional pattern of prevalent themes of art works being showcased in this part of the world. 

For The Love of Country


For The Love Of Country:  Chronicling Nigeria’s history of Nationhood

Nigeria in chains of colonialism
The theatrical performance ‘For The Love of Country’, was another of the Creative Nigeria Project programme by curator, Ferdinand Adimefe, put together to mark the nation’s Independence celebrations.  Beyond performances by renowned artists to tell the story of a country that has passed through many challenges yet, remains an entity, ‘For The Love of Country’ awakens a consciousness of patriotism in the new generation. It spread out the fabric of society and showed how premeditated biases from different tribes of the country, ravaged the dignity and honour of a land that is supposed to pride herself for her rich cultural heritage and abundant human and natural resources.

Romance Meets Life


Romance Meets Life is mulled by an inner reality


Myne
When I started following Myne Whitman’s blog ‘Romance Meets Life’, I was definitely struck by a truth of originality in her work.  

My love for 'Julius Caesar'-- Chris Doghudje


                                              My Most Memorable book… Sharing experiences 

 Julius Caesar by Shakespeare

     

Doghudje



Chris Doghudge worked for over two decades in the advertising industry and retired as Managing Director of LINTAS Advertising Agency. He immediately continued with ZUS Bureau, an advertising consulting firm which he had established shortly before his retirement.

I suffered accommodation and water problems, but I enjoyed being a teacher



                                        Corpers' Lounge

If you have been through the National Youth Service Corps programme or doing so at present, please share your experience with others.  If you felt some heat or had a relaxing time when your child or sibling was serving as a Corper in any part of Nigeria, feel free to also share that experience on this platform. Please send your article of maximum 850 words with your photograph to onepageafrica@gmail.com. Thank you.