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.