Winners of 2013 Ships & Ports Essay Competition Emerge

L-R: Representative of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr.Ignatius Nweke; past winner of the Ships & Ports Essay Annual National Essay Competition, Peter Okparaocha; winner of this year's essay competition, Christopher Okeke; and Chief Executive Officer of Ships & Ports Communication Company; Mr. Bolaji Akinola, during the prize presentation ceremony held at UAC Training Centre, Apapa, recently.

Nigeria’s leading maritime media firm, Ships & Ports Communication Company, has announced the winners of the 7th edition of its Annual National Essay Competition.
Christopher Okeke, an employee of A-Kan Nigeria Limited; a maritime and transport logistics firm, went home with the Best Overall Essay prize worth N100,000 when he was announced  the winner.
Other winners include Esogwa Godwin who won the Sifax Group Prize for Creativity and Ola Idris Olasunmbo who won the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Prize for Best Researched Essay. Tobechukwu Emmanuel and Anthony Itodo Samuel both won the Comptroller Charles Edike Prize for Outstanding Essay.
Certificates, souvenirs and various cash prizes were presented by the organisers of the competition to the winners.

The Best Overall Essay prize winner, Okeke, who holds first and second degrees in maritime management, lamented the domination of the shipping sector by non-practitioners even as he decried the lack of professionalism in the sector.

A Woman’s Gift To Humanity! (Woman Daily™)

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Dr Adebunmi Odiakosa

   When Mrs Adebunmi Odiakosa, a medical doctor, decided on a charitable medical care for children with special needs, she thought that “Oh, I was going to do this for only five years.”
Today, over 40 years after her plan, Odiakosa still finds joy and fulfilment in a tasking humanitarian service she hopes to render for a life time.
Born and raised in the city of Lagos about 80 years ago, she hails from Epe-Tedo in Lagos State and got married to a Delta State indigene.
School life saw her through the CMS Girls School Lagos and St. Ann’s School Ibadan, where she completed her secondary school education in 1951.
Spending just  six months at the College of Arts and Education, Ibadan, which later became the University of Ife, she moved on to England. There, she did a one-year advanced –level education at the Sir John Cass College.
She continued her education at the University of Birmingham where she studied medicine, specialising in paediatrics and completed a one-year internship programme before returning to Nigeria.
Dr Odiakosa worked at the General Hospital, Lagos; the Massey Street Children Hospital; the Institute of Child Health, which was part of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital(LUTH) and the Somolu Health Centre.

Nike’s Roundtable Talk: Promoting Africa’s Art and Cultural Heritage

Mrs Nike Okundaye, Founder, Nike Art and Cultural Foundation(fourth from left, sitting) and her husband, in a group photograph with discussants and guests; Mrs Opral Benson( second left, sitting) and Former American Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders.

                                               Debby with Queen Ahneva Ahneva
The 2013 edition of the roundtable symposium organised by the Nike Art and Cultural Foundation held on Dec. 15 at the Nike Art Gallery.

The symposium, which was titled ‘Tradition and Communication in Modern Art’  had a team of discussants who had critical analysis of sub-themes which formed  parts of the major title of the discussion.

The discussion was initiated three years ago as a contribution of the Nike Art and Cultural Foundation to set agenda in the arts to highlight relevant issues that concern art development in Nigeria.  

In this regard, the sub-themes of the symposium took a critical look at issues under ‘Impact of Tradition and Communication on Society; ‘Conflicts in Western Religion and Tradition,’ and ‘Sustenance of Our Rich Heritage.’

The commentators included artist and art writer, Chuka Nnabuife, public affairs commentator and social critic, Dan Aloh and African heritage crusader, Queen Ahneva Ahneva, and it was moderated by Emmanuel Agozino.

They looked at issues that analysed the importance of marking the progress of art (  Nike’s art progress was  cited as an example) and  noted that it was necessary to follow works of art that express cultural history with something to leave with the people.

Queen Ahneva Ahneva  expressed a passion for African heritage through  fashion styles which  are original to Africa. She has been identified with the slogan ‘ When you wear your heritage, you wear your crown.’

Special Tribute To Madiba (A Poem)

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
I hear the people talk
They talk about a great African; Nelson Mandela
The women are often busy
But they are not too busy to talk about Madiba
I hear they love the great African leader for different reasons
Some love him for his selflessness
Others love him because he left no space for hate in his heart.
I hear the people talk
They talk from across nations of the world
They talk about the life and times of Madiba
They are often busy
But not too busy to flip through the pages of history books
Volumes of books with stories about the life and times of a great African
The same stories that flow with the same passion across nations of the world.
I hear the people say the curtains have been drawn
It is nightfall, they say and  Madiba  must get some rest
He has been through a long walk to freedom
He achieved a great feat as a great African leader
He fought relentlessly and loved totally
I hear many Africans are green with ‘good envy’ for South Africa
But wait, MADIBA completed his last journey on December 15, 2013! 
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”---  NELSON MANDELA.




MARAN Visits Atunda-Olu School For Children With Special Needs

President of MARAN, Mr Bolaji Akinola (in red tie) in a group photograph with  the students at Atunda-Olu School, Lagos, as part of  activities marking the association's 25th anniversary celebration.

Some of the  children at Atunda-Olu School, Lagos

As a remarkable part of its 25th anniversary activities, members of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) on December 11 visited the Atunda-Olu School for physically and mentally challenged children, located in Surulere, Lagos.

It was a moment of joy for the children and their wonderful care-givers; yet, it was one moment of strong emotions for the visitors who could only imagine the selfless sacrifice of the administrators and care-givers in order to keep the children going for each new day.

According to the school principal, Mrs Folashade Michael, the school was founded in 1968 by the Anglican Church.  Starting with just 10 children who basically had physical challenges due to polio, the population continued to grow as it presently has over 100 children.
         MARAN President, Mr Bolaji Akinola, receiving a certificate of appreciation from the school principal, Mrs Michael.

Night Of Classical Bliss At ETISALAT, MUSON Music Festival

Professor Ulf Klausenitzer on the violin, Manami Sano on the piano & Maestro Thomas Kanitz on the Cello

Ayo Bankole Jnr. on the grand piano & MaestroThomas Kanitz on the Cello
Strings and keys brought together classical music lovers at the MUSON Classical Concert on recently when Etisalat Nigeria sponsored the exclusive event, as part of MUSON Music Festival, held at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
                                                              Ebi Atawodi & Brama Shagaya

                            Akintola Williams (OFR), Gboyega Banjo & Mathew Willsher

The 10-day annual Festival, which began on Oct. 17 also lit the Centre with jazz, drama and dance, coinciding with the Centre’s 30th anniversary on Oct. 25th.

Breath-taking performances were delivered by two guest artistes from Germany; Professor Ulf Klausenitzer on the violin and Ms. Manami Sano on the piano, who both performed alongside MUSON Artistic Director, Maestro Thomas Kanitz, on the Cello.

Olivet Bible Church Encourages Leadership, Youth Development

 Senior Pastor, Olivet Bible Church, Owen Nlekwuwa,

Owen Nlekwuwa  says building people is at the heart of true worship!

He is a senior pastor at the Olivet Bible Church in Festac Town, Lagos.  

Much as he loves the practice of architecture, a discipline in which he was trained, Nlekwuwa  believes that, “ the people must be built first before we worry about the physical structures.” But sure, as an architect, putting the worship tent in good shape never stops being his concern too!

In this regard, the Olivet Academy, initiated by him has been a life-transforming platform where people are groomed to become confident enough to start small businesses rather than wait for white-collar jobs that may never come.  “We have trained and encouraged the youths to plant a tree today (start a business) and nurture it.

Pastor Nlekwuwa’s  worries  are not far from the fact that in time past being  a college graduate guaranteed young people jobs. “Graduating from college is no longer a guarantee that you get a job and this is not what it used to be.”

For the purpose of a better future, Nlekwuwa advocates that every youth should be guided through a creative path even before graduation. He says, “The schooling period is actually a better time for the youth to learn the importance of owning a business before leaving the university.”

Considering the people-oriented structures that the Church has built over time, the pastor says there is so much to celebrate about at the church’s annual thanksgiving celebration which comes up on Dec. 8.

“We have seen so many victories and progress in lives of individuals. Indeed, hard grounds have been broken and we remain thankful to God.”

          He however wants churches under the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN)   to do more of people- centred  programmes. “Besides protecting the interest of Christians, CAN  should also encourage the Churches to take keen interest in developing people, especially the youth.”  

            According to the pastor, for 2014, the emphasis would be to encourage people to look beyond self and emphasised the need for proper management of issues in the middle-east. “Any mismanagement of issues in the middle-east will trigger off problems,” he said.

            He is however hopeful that continuous advocacy will help re-orientate young people concerning job creation and a sustained economic empowerment.

           “Entrepreneurship is the way to go and the youth will benefit from that orientation than dreaming of roaming the streets in endless search for jobs.”

           Know more about the Olivet Bible Church through the link here



A Place for Contemporary Dance

Tosin, doing a performance
Street as Stage

Contemporary dance is fast gaining prominence in Lagos. Various groups like the one managed by art performer, Tosin, have been putting up public performances to gain more confidence from society.

Tosin’s recent public performance which held on Andrew and Tokunbo streets on the Lagos Island was a crowd-puller. Although it was meant as an experiment, its success showed how acceptable it had become among many young people.
The Monkey demonstration

Entertaining children

Tagged ‘Turn It Up’, the performances told many stories and taught several lessons. They covered themes of environmental protection and the need for conservation.

The animal-styled stunts were captivating, but they were used to tell the stories of ‘balance’ for the ecosystem.
Several performances have been presented on stage and for small audiences, but this time around, street became the stage!

Voyage Retour: Exhibition of Historic Photographs

A guest studying magazine clippings on display at the Voyage Retour.
Pa Ojeikhere signing his autograph for guests at the exhibition

Germany's Ambassador to Nigeria, Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel, welcoming the audience to Voyage Retour in Lagos.


The large collection of photographic works is rich, full of history and ties between peoples.

Some show people doing things; engaged in some form of work, others captured people enjoying their fun times.

For young people who desire to see what the bubbling city of Lagos looked like as far back as the 1920s, this exhibition is a must-see!

The Voyage Retour, an exhibition of historic photographs by the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, opened in Lagos on Nov. 17 and will run till Dec. 1.

It is the first time the museum is exhibiting part of its photography archive in Africa. It is holding at an easily-accessible location of the Federal Government Press built in 1896 under the British colonial rule on Broad Street, Lagos Island.

The exhibition features choice photographs from Folkwang’s collection by Rolf Gillhausen, Germaine Krull, Robert Lebeck, Malick Sidibe, Wolfgang Weber and renowned Nigerian photographer J.D Okhai Ojeikhere, including archive material of the Federal Ministry of Information, Nigeria.

The exhibition which is sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office, explores cultural relations between Africa and Europe from the 1920s to 1970s.

Close the Food Gap, Feed Hungry Families-- Foodbank Nigeria

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A food outreach held at shoprite

The Foodbank Nigeria, has urged Nigerians to close the food gap by feeding hungry families who are close to them.

The organisation shared its thought and strategy to achieve this goal in the interest of humanity on the occasion of the marking of the World Hunger Day in Lagos recently.

It raised an alarm that 870 million; about one-eighth of the world’s population lived in extreme hunger and poverty on less than $1 a day.

                                     Coordinator, Foodbank Nigeria, Paul Achem
According to the Foodbank, more people died of hunger than of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. It added that millions of women, men and children died each year because of chronic persistent hunger, and that about two million of the people were children.

It however said that the World Hunger Day was about raising awareness of extreme conditions in which some people find themselves due to hunger. It therefore dedicate the day  to inspire people in both the developed and developing world to show their solidarity and support to enable many people live in better conditions out of hunger and poverty.

Project Coordinator, Foodbank Nigeri, Paul Achem, hopes that the World Hunger Day will encourage more organisations to work in partnership with one another, and with the women, men and children in the developing world who seek to bring about a sustainable end to hunger and poverty.

Remembering Peter Areh

By Krydz Ikwuemesi
Painter, art critic and ethno-aesthetician;
Associate Professor, University of Nigeria,

An artistic impression of Areh

To mark the third annual lecture in memory of Peter Dubem Areh on Nov. 23 by 11 am at the Freedom Park, Lagos, Prince Yemisi Shyllon, humanist and modern Medici, will discusses the problems militating against the growth and development of art in Nigeria.
He aptly defines development as the movement of phenomena and ideas from one level of experience to another and links that definition to the art situation in Nigeria. Although Nigerian art has advanced since the colonial times, available indices suggest that there is still room for further improvement. This conclusion derives from a critical examination of the following factors.

CCA Brings Kelani's Àsìkò On Stage

One of Kelani's works

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos will present a third solo exhibition by Kelani Abass, titled ‘Àsìkò: Evoking Personal Narratives and Collective History’ from October 26 to December 21.
In this body of new works, the artist explores the possibilities inherent in painting, photography and printing, strategies already suggested in his 2009 solo exhibition titled ‘Man and Machine’. In ‘Àsìkò’, he highlights personal stories against the background of social and political events built around three interrelated bodies of work, which also engages time and memory.

The first and most symbolic is the ‘Family Portrait’ series. Instead of portraits of people, an object, the first typewriter purchased by his mother to start the family printing business, is used to signify the beginning of the story of the family’s trajectory.

In the three paintings that constitute this series, the painted image of the printing press is positioned full frontal and centrally reinforcing the importance of the object and the way in which time is inextricably implicated through technological development and its symbolic entanglement with the family history.

The second body of paintings, the ‘Calendar series,’ Kelani appropriates the template of the ‘Bomode Oku,’ an engaging way of telling stories and remembering events that have happened in a community.
As a child, Kelani recalls clients coming to the family printing press with images of a loved one (usually deceased) and asking for a ‘Bomode Oku’ calendar that highlights the story of their town and community.

The Power of Choice!


                          Picture source: Google images


Our choices in life help to shape us into what we are. These choices tell who we are and the things we hold high in value. Choices we make cut across the food we eat, the relationships we keep, the places we want to be and several other things about us.

It is often said that people achieve their bests in life when they have the opportunity of choices before them. It is also noted that people must be ready to accept responsibility for the choices they make.

While it is of advantage to have a variety to choose from, it is also important to understand why you must make a particular choice.  You certainly need to be well informed about a thing before a choice is made.

The power of choice helps people to make, keep and sustain relationships with friends and spouses. It is known that when people establish relationships with those they truly love and appreciate they tend to be happy always.

Cancer Care: Essential Things You Must Do To Your Breast

L-R: Breast Cancer Survivor, Omolare Cookey, her mother and her daughter at the Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria(CS-DON) Cancer Awareness Walk in Lagos recently.
P-Square  entertaining the children during the CS-DON Cancer Awareness Walk  in Lagos recently.
Mr and Mrs Donald Duke, organisers of the CS-DON Cancer Awareness Walk, during the programme in Lagos.

The talk about creating awareness concerning breast cancer and other cancers generally cannot be over-emphasised. We have long gone past the period when women just packaged their breasts into their bras and off they went.

Medical doctors have, through extensive research, found that early detection of cancer expressions could help to manage the condition effectively.
Sebeccly Cancer Care and Support Centre is doing a lot that you can learn at

So, for every woman, loving your breast means doing the needful including;

Having a regular self-examination of your breasts

It is advised that from as early as age 20, a woman should learn and do a self-breast-examination regularly. It requires the woman to lie on her back, stretching one hand above her head and using the other to palpate her breast. The fore of the fingers should be used to search around the breast for any strange lump(s).

A number of women who have understood the importance of doing the self-breast-examination say they prefer to examine their breasts weekly, but the doctors advise that it can  be done a week after the monthly menstrual period.

What you must do when a lump is discovered

On discovery of a lump in the breast, a colouration or a sunken point on the breast, the woman should see her doctor immediately. However, it is also advised that women who have attained the age of 45 should go for mammograms.

Usually, when a lump is discovered in the breast, a doctor does physical examination of the breast first before requiring the woman to go for different clinical examinations to determine if the lump is cancerous or benign; there could be a Citi scan, a mammogram, an FNAC or a biopsy.

After the lump is removed, it is taken for histology for a conclusive result. If the lump is benign, all well and good, but the woman is advised on a healthy lifestyle and continuous clinical checks to ensure she is healthy.

If the lump which is removed is found to be cancerous, then the woman is put through a treatment process and she has a great chance of survival as long as her condition is properly managed.

Although doctors say they cannot determine the exact causes of cancer, they advise that people should maintain a healthy diet, which should include lots of vegetables, fruits and water and avoid eating junks, maintaining a good exercise routine, which could involve a 30minute-daily brisk walk or any other form of exercise that is suitable for the individual. These put together will help to manage weight in people because obesity is an issue to contend with in cancer fears.

Talking about lifestyle with regards to cancer, doctors advise that alcohol and tobacco consumption be avoided. It is also advised that people avoid being second-hand smokers; this means avoiding staying around people who actually do the smoking while the non-smokers inhale all the deadly puffs of smoke.


ARAISM: Africa Portrayed As They Know It!

'BK' by Onifade


                                                                       'Kiko Ni Mimo' by  Phillips

The beautiful continent of Africa has experienced many evolutions in diverse areas. But it has also carried with it a sense of originality that continues to keep her identity.

In Nigeria, artistry cuts across different art genres and many artists have made a crest of the beauty and relevance of their works in the heart of African history.

Developing the painting technique called Araism, artist, Mufu Onifade, has expressed his own original craft in the art, which has a unique feature that makes the works appear as bits that have been carefully pieced together.   

Since the establishment and formal launch of Araism by Onifade in 2006, he has groomed a number of young, vibrant artists who have continued to make Nigeria proud with the quality of their original works.

 At the 11th edition of exhibition of works in the Araism fold that took place recently at Mydrim Gallery in Ikoyi, the body of works put together by a group of artists headed by Onifade was rich, historic and could pass for a collector’s delight anyway.
                                                                  'Bata Igbalode'

From start to finish, Araism tells the story of Africa in diverse settings. With Onifade’s bold and life-sized painting of master artist, Bola Kujore,  the African spirit of giving honour to whom it is due, comes alive.

“ Africans are in the best position to tell their story as it should be told,” Onifade says, “ and the art of painting what we see and experience around us is just one wonderful way to do so.”
                                                      'Ona kan O woja' by Amodu

In Onifade’s collection are other works like ‘Adamu Orisa’( the pride of Eyo masquerade) and ‘Alajobi’(Ancestral lineage) that depict cultural beliefs, festivities and heritage. 

Works by one of the younger artists, Dotun Popoola  are chic with a fine blend of  colours on metalwork. Some of the works; ‘Bata Igbalode’ and ‘Oba Eye’ are like a reflection of the commitment to keep an African identity in spite of the cultural juxtaposition.