Do You Still Have A Neighbour?


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Good neighbours are hard to find, if you have one, keep them.
I was discussing with a childhood friend and we couldn’t help but try to recall our memories of good neighbourliness while we were growing up.  I recalled how we walked to school together and sometimes had to help with taking along our neighbours younger children ; how we ensured that the children had food to eat if their parents were not home when we returned from school.

Neighbours of old travelled and entrusted their children to the care of one another and they came back to meet their children as good as they would have cared for them. We recalled that as teenagers, we played a game to serve each other on weekly basis; that involved doing light laundry, taking the skinned beans  to the neighbourhood mill for grinding, taking our shoes for polishing and ironing our school uniforms.  

Four of us who were age-mates and in same form in school didn’t have to take our separate home lessons, but had combined classes as agreed by our parents.  We learned together happily and it was cost-effective for our parents.  We borrowed from each other’s library and it ensured that we tasked ourselves on the books we read.

We didn’t count the number of times that a neighbour came to ask for salt or a box of matches.  Neighbours who couldn’t afford a refrigerator did have to suffer, because they freely stored their pots of soups or stews in another neighbour’s.

The young children had ‘mothers’ in women other than their biological mothers because the women didn’t hesitate to correct the children when they erred.  Older women helped nurse babies of younger women before the arrival of their family members. It was all about community living with love.

Sunset for Literary Giant, Chinua Achebe


News of Professor Chinua Achebe’s death made the rounds yesterday in the electronic media. Aged 82, Achebe was reported to have passed away on Thursday March 21, at a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.

A native of Ogidi in Anambra State, Professor Achebe made a distinctive contribution to the development and sustenance of African Literature. Author of the famous ‘Things Fall Apart’ and several other books adopted as prescribed reading texts for Literature in schools, his writing style encouraged the strength of story-telling as a channel for building the history banks of the African ways of life in diverse instances.
His recent work ‘There Was A Country’ is a mixture of his experience and a chronicle of the Nigeria-Biafra civil war. A David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of African Studies at the Brown University, Achebe has been a Commonwealth Poetry Prize winner and a finalist for the 1987 Booker Prize for one of his works, ‘Anthills Of The Savannah’. In 2007, he won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize.

My encounter with Achebe’s great works started when I first read ‘Chike And The River’ when I was about 11 years old! The book ‘grew’ my inquisitiveness and I felt like going to see the River Niger myself and probably have a peep into Chike’s experience.  As I grew older and read ‘Things Fall Apart’ as one of our reading texts in my second year of high school, I practically got hooked! I  went ahead to buy and read his other books; ‘No longer At Ease’;  ‘Arrow Of God; ‘Man Of The People’, which is one of his books I came to love so much.
When I started doing critical writing  as a course in the University and reviewed Literature books including Achebe’s, I came to the full understanding of how perfectly Achebe worked through his books to fit into every generation’s thoughts and life.  He was able to develop the right language and character to suit each group. He didn’t just describe a thing for people to understand, he laid it bare as it was within a particular bracket and his readers never had to struggle to flow with his stories.
Achebe may have passed on, but those who have a copy of any of his works, have a treasure chest of the knowledge he shared.

I-REP DOCU Film Feast Begins In Freedom Park, Lagos


The 2013 edition of the i-Represent International Documentary Film Festival (aka iREP Docu Film Feast) will take place between March 21-24, at the Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.
As is traditional with every edition, the generic theme for the iREP 2013 is Africa In Self Conversation, while the theme for the 2013 edition is Reconnections.

Over 30 popular and award winning documentaries sourced from notable and new filmmakers around Africa and its Diaspora, Europe and the USA, will be screened during the festival. The films all essentially treat themes that concern developments and realities around Africa and its peoples. Specifically, the films deal with issues of spirituality, religion, politics, culture, conflict, gender discrimination and affirmations, among others.

On the line-up for screening in the course of the festival is United States of Hoodoo by Oliver Hardt, which has been selected as the opening film for the festival tomorrow. Others include Orisha by notable Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan; Ifa of the Yoruba People by renowned filmmaker, Tunde Kelani; Urban Prayers, by Sabrina Dittrus, Crackles of Our Times, by Sibylle Dahrendorf; Oranian by Tobias Lindern; Fatai Roling Dollars: A Legend Unplugged, by Femi Odugbemi. In addition, all the 10 finalists in the Afrinolly Short film Competition will be screened in a special section of the festival.

iREP International Documentary Film Festival, which in its three years has become the preeminent documentary film festival on the continent, will also play host to about 15 international filmmakers, especially from Germany, Southern Africa, USA and others.
Special Guests to the Festival include the actor, director, filmmaker and scholar of Africana Studies, Professor Awam Amkpa of the New York University, USA, who is a specialist on Africa and its Diasporas; and post colonialism. He is also the co-founder and executive director of the Real Life Documentary Film Festival, Accra, Ghana. He will deliver
the keynote of the festival on theme; Reconnections: Africa’s Post-colonial Journey to Identity.



The first confab of Nigerian playwrights was held at the Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU), Ile-Ife from 8th-10th March, 2013 at the Conference Centre. The confab organized by the Institute of Cultural Studies in conjunction with the Department of Dramatic Arts of the University attracted over one hundred playwrights across generational and geographical divides.

The confab, an initiative of renowned playwright Femi Osofisan, had several themes necessary for an appraisal of the playwriting enterprise. These themes included but was not limited to the state of playwriting in the post-military era; the playwright’s experience in contemporary society; philosophy, ideology and culture in Nigerian and African playwriting; the quality of plays in our dramatic literature over the decades; the problems of having plays staged and published typically encountered by playwrights especially of the younger generation; inter-generational and intra-generational relations between Nigerian playwrights with special reference to the complexities of the influence of the “Masters”; and relations between playwriting for the stage, for films, for television and for publication as literature. 


The confab identified the crises and challenges confronting playwriting and playwrights such as crisis of relevance, crisis of visibility, crisis of fragmentation of community, and crisis of exhaustion; funding; language; censorship and tyranny in both the military and post-military eras; and the survival strategies of writers; the mass illiteracy and the absence of a vibrant reading culture in the Nigerian nation; and the problem of alienation of the masses due to their marginalization by the elites. The confab also discussed the question of who the playwright is writing for, the dearth of theatres in which to stage plays and the challenges posed to live theatre by various social media such as film, television and more importantly the viewing centres dedicated mostly foreign soccer leagues.

The confab also identified the problems of distraction occasioned by survival needs that lead to acceptance of appointments that reduce commitment to the creative enterprise; the phenomenon of too many self-published plays that are of low quality by younger playwrights in terms of both form and content as a result of lack of good editorial input. Another major problem identified at the confab was the decline in reading culture which, among other factors, can be traced to the removal of Literature in English as a compulsory requirement for Ordinary Level education.

A major point of contention at the confab was the imitation of masters by younger playwrights who borrow creative idioms without understanding their true essence thereby producing works that do not adequately or authentically reflect their contemporary realities.

Missing In Transit! (Fiction)


My best friend Idera turned 40 on Saturday, but the day passed by like any other day. All that she had planned for her 40th birthday five years ago was different from the reality on ground today. To mark her special 40th birthday, she had planned for an exquisite holiday with her husband and their three children. She planned to ‘spoil herself’ real well; after all, she runs a successful business with her husband.

But two years down the line, Idera’s big dream for a special 40th birthday took a twist. Early one morning she woke me up with her repeated phone calls and demanded to see me urgently. “Hope everybody is fine?” I asked. “We are alive, but all is not well with me. Just come over,” she replied hurriedly and ended the call.

I couldn’t place a tab on what the problem could be. I have not known Idera and her husband to be at each other’s throats, so a quarrel was out of the guess. I managed to bundle myself out of bed and arrived in her house as soon as I could. It was weekend and the family was still in bed, though her oldest child Ifreke opened the door for me. I barely responded to his greetings as I rushed to Idera’s bedroom.  

Some Things In A Super-mom’s World!

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Hilda had taken her last dose of injection and was struggling to explain to Otemu, her husband, what she could remember before she blanked- out and eventually woke up in hospital. ‘I was having some snaps of headache earlier, but I belie…’ she couldn’t complete the sentence as she gradually fell asleep again.  Otemu just watched her and could only imagine how stubborn she had been for not taking time out to rest. “So she could survive being in a place, not walking around the house and getting unnecessarily busy?” Otemu murmured to himself.

As Otemu helped to adjust Hilda’s right hand properly on her hospital bed, the doctor walked in talking to him, “ensure you buy these drugs tonight and let her begin to take them as prescribed,” he said, handing the prescription to him.  Since Hilda was fast asleep, Otemu rushed out to get the prescribed drugs from the Pharmacy before going home to help the children prepare dinner.

Rather than help to prepare dinner, Otemu was treated to a light dinner of mashed potatoes with vegetable and fish stew. Melvin, who is only 12 years and the oldest of three children, had prepared the food and package a variety of foods to be taken to his mother in hospital. This was a great surprise to Otemu that the children could carry out such huge task when his wife never imagined that they could do the smallest household chore.

Back home from the hospital after two days of treatment  and  observation of her blood pressure, Hilda sat in the living -room  and watched her sons perform  the ‘miracles’ of undertaking domestic tasks effortlessly without her having to even direct them on what to do.  They cleaned the house thoroughly and selected the cloths for laundry.  Breakfast was done perfectly without Hilda’s input and not with that of Otemu who needed to get some rest for shuttling between the home and hospital while Hilda was on admission.

Hilda was in for the biggest surprise when she was served fish pepper soup with plantain for dinner. ‘But just how did you do this?’ she exclaimed.  ‘No one had come in to help do neither the cleaning nor the cooking.’  She felt helpless and stupid when her children aged 12, 11 and 9years told her all they could help out with in the home; they could cook, wash, clean the home and still do very well in their academic work. The boys knew when to pack up their books in preparation for school the next day; they knew when to have their evening shower after dinner and how to put themselves in bed for sleep!

Undermining her children’s capability to helping out with some chores in the house, like many ‘super-moms’, Hilda had over the years slaved to prove that she was indeed a ‘super-mom’ ducked in a painful world. Over the years, Hilda woke up at 5am even if she went very late to bed. Nobody could prepare food for her family, she didn’t trust how well her children’s clothes would be maintained by another person, so there was no need to get a helping hand even when she had to be in her office at 8am and not leave until 5pm.

 Hilda thought that her family’s survival revolved around her existence, and most of the times she worried how her children would manage without her when they eventually go to their own houses! She only just realization how wrong she had been, living in a dreamland.
For the very first time on the next school day, Hilda's children were set for school without her help and when they went to her say their goodbyes for the morning to her, they found a bold inscription on her door, 'NO SUPER-MOMS WITHOUT SUPER-KIDS!'



Uli: A Symbol Of Forward To The Past (By Ambassador Robin Sanders)


From the archives!

While serving as American Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders loved the art of Uli (creative decorations done on different media) by Igbo women of South-eastern Nigeria. Sanders carried out research works on Uli, a form of non-verbal communication among the people. Her appreciation of Uli made her to attend several exhibitions and workshops on Uli. Below is her piece during one of such exhibitions.

Ambassador Robin Sanders with Eziafo Okaro, Uli Woman painter in Ogidi, Anambra State.
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What provides inspiration, passion, and that energizes you to connect to the past so that you can better understand the present?  For me it is social and political expressions of the things that are important to me. There are a number of forms in various cultures that serve for social, artistic and political expression. 
One such form for the Igbo people of Nigeria, which is a gift to the world is, Uli.  I see Uli, and forms like Uli, as “communication expressions” because they highlight the social and political feelings of not only the artist, but the environment that surrounds the artist be it a village, urban setting, or ritualistic activity.
                                                              An Uli woman painter


The communication expression of Uli is symbolic of the theme of this exhibit because forms like Uli help us understand the past, present and future.  In the case of Uli it has a place in history that should never be lost. Having had the pleasure of the Uli experience as part of a ritual ceremony, as art, and as a social, historical and cultural marker in selected Igbo villages in South-eastern Nigeria as well as having worked with women who still believe and practice this communication expression, should serve an inspiration to us all to never forget cultural traditions.

CCA Presents Opara’s ‘Emissaries of An Iconic Religion’


                      ''Emissaries of an Iconic Religion'' installation view.  Photos: Jude Anogwih
Adolphus Opara’s ‘Emissaries of an Iconic Religion’ opened on March 11th at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos), and will run through to April 21, 2013. A first major solo exhibition in Nigeria by the Lagos-based photographer,  fifteen images from the twenty strong Emissaries series made between 2009–2011, offering a unique and visually compelling photographic portrayal of the custodians of indigenous religious beliefs are featured. Through this body of work, which pushes the boundaries of contemporary portraiture, Opara highlights some of the existing tensions between the cultures of animist belief and organized religion.
                                                                           Adolphus Opara
The works inform the sensitive debate surrounding the demonization and denigration of traditional religion instigated by colonial and missionary rhetoric, and more recently by the most dominant and visible forms of the religious belief system in Nigeria and across the continent, Islam and Evangelical Christianity. These issues of power and representation are at the fore of present tensions and civil unrest between what is characterized as the Muslim north and the Christian south.

Emissaries of an Iconic Religion  goes beyond the reportage and documentary style characteristic of Opara’s work. It stands apart from his Rugbol(2009/10) series, or his ongoing projects Shrinking Shores(2011-) and Cocoa(2011-)in its contextual assertions and stylistic composition. The composition of the images by Opara align closely with the formal photographic portraits of prominent Yoruba people in Nigeria as well as with the art historical conventions of portrait painting.                           

Bruce Obomeyoma Onobrakpeya: The Man, His Art And Love For Urhobo Culture


For over half a century, Bruce Onobrakpeya , an octogenarian and a  master of contemporary arts in Africa, has remained bonded  in love with his paint and brush and his crusade for the advancement of the Urhobo culture.
 In his gallery are works of art dating over 50 years, among many latest works. His collections which are well documented and archived reflect the wealth of experience of a veteran artist who has made iconic statements worthy of note.

                                             Dance of the Golden Jubilee, by Onobrakpeya.2010.
Onobrakpeya’s contributions to art development remain remarkable through training programmes for young artists who come for Industrial attachment. His art platform for telling some of Africa’s history earned him the ‘Living Art Treasure’ award from the Federal Government of Nigeria in corporation with UNESCO, and conferment of the honorary award of MFR.

 In 2010, he received the ‘Creativity’ award as part of events marking Nigeria’s 50th Independence anniversary. Onobrakpeya felt highly honoured because 1999 was the last time that award was given to recognise Chinua Achebe.
Recognised as the foremost printmaker, Onobrakpeya concentrated on printmaking art between 1964 and 1967. He has used his works of art as medium for projecting and preserving his native Urhobo culture, which was once rumoured to be among minority group cultures in Africa likely to face extinction.
                                            Eghwere, mixed media installation, By Onobrakpeya

Nursing no fears about cultural extinction of the Urhobos particularly, Onobrakpeya believes that the philosophy of the Urhobos and those of other cultures he captures in his works would endure the ages to come, bearing in mind the publicity given the  annual ‘Harmattan Workshop’ that pools resources from around the world.
 To further strengthen the base for which he is making his mark in cultural affairs, Onobrakpeya delved into folklore which records the way of life of his people. He said, “ I realized that if people have been in existence for long, there must be some thinking and belief in them, some hope in them that keeps  them going. These are brought out and translated in various ways, in the names they give to their children and in their thought pattern.”
 Lately, he went into what is called the ‘ibiebe’ that is like letters , though  ‘ebe’ means leaves in Urhobo.  He developed some ideograms that captured the concept, the Urhobo thinking, as a way of conserving the culture of the Urhobo  people ,and  moved on to other  ethnic  groups. He said, “They are mainly oral, but I now give body to them through painting, drawing so that people can see them, and that keeps the concept alive and projected towards the future.”

Growing up, he was educated at different times in Ughelli, Sapele and Benin. Before going to the Nigerian College of Arts , Science and Technology in Zaria, he worked  briefly as a teacher. In school, he studied painting and got a special interest in printmaking which is an aspect of painting.

He recalled how the art workshops organized by a renowned artist helped to establish his guts in printmaking. “ During my last year in school, I would  usually come all the way to Ibadan to attend workshops by Uli Bier who brought resource persons from abroad to handle these workshops. There, I realized that printmaking was my calling which I should have done in college. I missed that out due to peer pressure.”

First Anambra Book and Creativity Festival: A Review (By Onuka Egbe)


Austin Faani Ikechukwu of Nollywood receives his award from the Chairman, Dr Obiogbolu

Eze Prof Chukwuemeka Ike

The First Anambra Book and Creativity Festival  held between the 21st and  24th  of  November 2012 in Awka. Organized by the Anambra Book and Creativity Network, a fledgling organization led by C. Krydz Ikwuemesi , polyvalent artist and lecturer at the University of  Nigeria whose organizational antecedents include the Pan-African Circle of Artists, the Art Republic, the Mmanwu Theatre in Enugu, the Igbo uli heritage preservation campaign, among other projects. Other members included Dr. Ikenna Onwuegbuna, also a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Mr. Chike Ifedobi, an archeologist and broadcaster, and Mr. Lorenzo Menakaya, a musician and broadcaster. The organizing committee also had other committed people as Tracie Utoh-ezeajugli, a Professor of theatre and the Director of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities ; Prof Cliff Nwanna,  HOD, Fine Arts at Unizik and Dr. Okechukwu  Nwafor,  artist and art historian. Also on the committee were Nwilo Bura-Bari Vincent, a burgeoning writer and a student of English at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. 
                                                     Krydz Ikwuemesi

                     Dr Ikenna Onwuegbuna, Prof Richard Okafor and Dr Sam Chukwu

                                  Bona Ezeudu (right) receives his award from the Chairman

November 21 was like a test for the relevance and success or otherwise of the book and creativity initiative, as there were no guests other than  Chief Alex Obiogbolu, chairman of the occasion, and Eze Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike, famous writer and one of the distinguished artists of the occasion, in the venue at the designated time of 10am. Though it was worrisome initially, guests turned up later and filled the auditorium to capacity and the event went well, against all odds.

 Eze Professor Chukwuemeka Ike, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, and Prof Chimalum Nwankwo electrified the occasion. After the introductory remarks by Prof. Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugh and the opening remarks by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, who represented the UniZik Vice Chancellor, the chairman of the occasion took the audience through a beautiful speech in which he lamented the publishing and reading cultures in Nigeria and the effect of the situation on human, social and economic development. The same pathos could be discerned in the presentation by Prof. Ike, who is a distinguished writer and one who has championed the Nigerian Book Foundation in response to the neglected book-publishing- reading crisis in Nigeria.

                                                                  Dame Victoria Madukaife

The opening speeches were followed by a powerful presentation,“The challenge of enforcing the intellectual property rights of authors, poets, playwrights and artists through the courts: The need for a uniform protocol of enforcement for African States”  by  Barrister Chris Muo an expert on intellectual property. His presentation focused on the existing intellectual property rights laws that impact on the intellectual property rights of authors, poets, playwrights and artists, the institutional enforcement protocols, the challenges of actual enforcement, the need for a uniform protocol across Africa. It was virtually a continuation of his other talks at various art forums where he had drawn attention to ignorance of artists and cultural producers in Nigeria, with regard to the essence and realities of intellectual property laws.

Lagos Black Heritage Festival 2013: It’s a culture-tie with Brazil!

Prof Wole Soyinka, festival Chairman,  and  Mr Disu Holloway, Commissioner for Tourism, Lagos State

Mr Tunde Fasina, Chairman of the  festival Beauty Pageant

Lagos comes alive again in euphoria of its rich cultural festival between March 23 and April 1, 2013, mainly at the Freedom Park, Broad Street. In marking this year’s edition of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival themed ‘The black in the Mediterranean Blue,’ a tracking of the history of cultural interaction of the African continent with the nation of Brazil takes centre stage.

Speaking during a press conference held at the Freedom Pack, Lagos on Thursday March 7, chairman, festival organising committee, Professor Wole Soyinka used the medium to call for corporate sponsorship for the cultural festival. He said that: "This festival needs sponsorship from corporate bodies for it to be sustained, so much like what soccer enjoys." He re-iterated that the place of art and culture cannot be undermined in the development and sustenance of society; bearing in mind the engagement of a large number of people and  the constant reminder of  the shared history that stands as a chord of  unity.
                                                  Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Festival Ambassador

Noting the significance of a vibrant African identity in Brazil as visibly embedded in their forms of traditional worship, performance modes, cuisine, language, attire and music, Prof Soyinka said that there will be a second part of the festival billed for October 1-10, 2013, to enable the Afro-Brazilian Diaspora participate in the festival which they consider as a fulfilment of their desire of a proper home-coming.

Giving a  lowdown of the event activities, Prof Soyinka stated that a session would be dedicated to Abdias do Nascimento,  an  Afro-Brazilian playwright and painter whose  works showcasing  his interaction with orisa , will take prominent positions in the exhibition galleries. Abdias’ rooted links with African culture comes from his years of exile in Ile-Ife, the Yoruba cradle of humanity.

Congratulations, Great Girls Of OLASS!

Nene, Shade and Evi
L-R; Nene, Evi and Damilola

   For these girls of Our Lady Of Apostles Secondary School (OLASS), YAba, Lagos, I say a big congratulations  for working hard to show your academic worth and making your parents proud.
I am grateful to God to be privileged to appreciate my daughter Evi and her friends for all the laurels they earned. These are indications of dedication to hard work on the part of the Nigerian girl-child.
To the school management, I say a big ‘thank you’ for choosing to recognise and reward hard-work.

Girls, always remember that purposeful study begets great success, so carry on with purpose!
                                                       L-R; Taiwo, Eunice, Mariam and Kehinde

For Women Around The World!

A piece of art by Gbenga Orimoloye, in appreciation of women in their economic pursuit

To every woman out there, I salute you! It feels great to be a woman, and one with a good  purpose for humanity. Beyond the news-makers who contribute their quota in governance and other recognised professional circles, I want to appreciate every woman who defies the wetness of the rainwaters and the heat of the scotching sun selling her tomatoes and vegetables to ensure that her family is provided for and being available for her children.  

As the world marks the International Women’s Day today, different groups are gathered across nations, holding talks about everything that concerns the woman. While some people are looking at her challenging role in the life of a family, others are considering what could be termed ‘satisfactory’ as support for her welfare. Importantly, a major focus is on how to stop violence against women.

The role of women in nation-building cannot be undermined. Women have continued to be great home-makers as well as significant contributors to economic development. In Nigeria, like most African countries, women play very important roles in every sector of the economy. But I am particularly worried that with technological advancement to improve healthcare, women still die during childbirth! I think that this is one area where she needs real help just as she loves to be safe and live in a peaceful environment!






Paternity Swindle #3: How Come My Father Is Different?


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I am the third of a family of five and have enjoyed being the only daughter for 24 years.  People have often said that I looked very much like my mother, but the only disturbing difference is that I am very light-skinned unlike my parents and my brothers.
That has not really given me a cause to worry because I may have taken after one aunt somewhere, even though none of my parent has mentioned so. We grew up not knowing so much about our extended family because my father was very dedicated to his business, which kept him out of the home most of the time.
As much as I could recall, school years from kindergarten to high school was fun with my brothers. We went to school together and came back home same way. Even when I thought I could take care of myself as a big girl in senior high school, my brothers didn’t buy the idea and that kept us even closer to one another.
I studied at the University of Lagos, which made me ever close home to Ebute-Meta, Lagos. When I met Rafael, my fiancé, my brothers were very happy and wanted us to get married soon. When it became settled that we would be heading for the Altar after my youth service programme in February 2012, my brothers started their preparations outside what my parents would be doing. It was an only opportunity and they wouldn’t mind walking me down the aisle together with my father!

By April 2012, after discussions with Rafael, I broke the good news to my parents that my fiancé and I are looking at October 2012, for our wedding. They answered coldly, leaving me rather confused. Two days after the discussion with my parents they called me for another ‘talks’, and this time around, it wasn’t something I had ever thought of, or planned to ever experience.

Women, Make-overs And Much Ado About Age And Looks!


A Piece  of Art by Rom Isichie
Women treasure good looks and would make efforts to remain youthful! But good and youthful looks don’t come easy. It demands a lot of physical ‘panel beating’ and hard discipline in eating habits and lifestyle. This again has ‘loads of factors’ that determine the success of the goal to be achieved.  

For some women who are considered rich, they prefer to take the ‘short cuts’ by opting for the surgeon’s knife; cutting off the belly flabs and trimming excess fat from the laps. The breasts are carefully touched to ensure firm and youthful looks. Lol!

To get that beautiful facial look  as trends demand, the face is subjected to a lot of ‘reconstructions’; high cheek bones, wide  eyes, straight nose and  thin lips. Many thanks to technology, women can now make a choice of the kind of ‘curves’ they want, and  for the assorted styles and types of hair pieces, it is theirs for the asking so long as they can afford to  spend so much to maintain their good looks and appear youthful too. But if beauty is creative style, then the African woman need not worry, if only she would consider spending more time and creativity on the traditional African woven hairstyles.

Loners are losers!


We may not really be perfect especially in our relationships with people, but we can learn how to be good to people and not fuss over every little thing. It is particularly sad to note that some friends decide to be edgy in relationships when they think that the other person cares more about them than they do the other.

A young lady shared an experience that she used to put up such attitude until she learned how unprofitable it was to hold grudges against friends for no just cause when she observed the relationship among three friends in her undergraduate days.

The story is that one among three friends, Tope, kept all to herself more after an argument with Bolu and Vicky. It was like something she had yearned for in a long while. Efforts by the duo to make up with her failed; she was too busy for any discussions now, she claimed. Waiving their initial agreement to take elective courses in Sociology, Tope decided to opt for Political Science. She didn’t want to take the same courses as her ‘ex-friends’ anymore.

As the situation persisted, Vicky worried the more. She felt Tope was allowing pride overshadow her sense of reasoning and didn’t think it was a forbidden idea to accost her even when Bolu thought otherwise. “ We have been friends as Jambites  and I don’t feel comfortable with separating from her simply because of a missing textbook,” said Vicky.

“But since she has continued to hold on to a meaningless grudge, must we continue to offer a rain of sacrifices just to please her?” Bolu demanded. She believed that Tope wanted some time to get over personal troubles and may not be moved until she was satisfied with her act.

Without letting Bolu know, Vicky sent Tope a text message about the proposed scholarship programme for second year Social Science students. She gave her a full description of the venue and all that was required for the screening exercise.

Vicky was pleased when she got a reply from Tope saying ‘Thanks for the information.’ On the appointed day, Bolu and Vicky arrived early at the venue and immediately signed in for the screening and documentation process. But all the while, Vicky kept looking out for Tope. She wondered what it was that could be keeping her back; ‘she probably didn’t leave her hostel on time or couldn’t get a vehicle’, she thought.

Mairo’s Splash Of Luxury Graffiti On Jara Tv!

Mairo at work


The art of graffiti is regarded as the burst of creativity used by artists for diverse expressions. As much as Mairo Ozah (Artist) is closely identified with architecture as his discipline, so is his love and bond with the arts!  As a participating artist in the British Council WAPI (Words and Pictures) some years back, his entry works under the name ‘ALIEN DNA’ remained outstanding.

Though he sings and loves live performances, when the crew of ‘Jara’ TV had a close- up with him, they saw another beautiful side of this multi-talented artist.

Mairo displayed a rare gift of the art of ‘Graffiti’; an art he had been into since his days as a member of ‘Naija With ARTitude’, a  group that made its mark in graffiti, unleashing a most-captivating visual expression in DJ Jimmy Jatt’s  Stylee’ featuring ‘Tuface, Mode9 and Elajoe’.

Enjoy a touch of his studio work display here and catch up with a full session of his interview with ‘Jara’ showing on M-Net’s Africa Magic tomorrow.