Memorable Moments with Some Family Friends



Baby Rhuno with Kome  and Evi
Prayer time


The holidays have been worth every while with family friends visiting.  The children have been having real fun in company of the little ones.

Gone But Not Forgotten; Mrs Victoria Ozonitsha Orivri


                  Grandma  Ozonitsha Orivri
It is nine years gone (precisely December 23, 2003), but our loving mother, grandmother, mother-in-law is still being missed as though she left this world yesterday.

In The Spirit Of The Season


Oops! Christmas  is just some hours away. Thank God for the precious gift of life!  

My Grandmother Wants To Come Back Home by Oyindamola Thomas

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It’s been two years now since my mum took my grandmother to the old people’s home in Yaba, Lagos. Before that movement, grandma lived with us in Surulere for about five years and she was 84years. 

Don’t Do Any of These To Your Children This Christmas



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Christmas celebrations has actually started for a lot of people,  and the children are very expectant of what they’ll get for the celebrations. Mothers too are planning how to manage their resources so that the family is well provided for. 

Issues with the mandatory family visits before the marriage Ceremonies

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As a part of culture and tradition, many Nigerian tribes require that an intending groom pays familiarization visits to important members of the bride-to-be’s family.  

Simeon Olaghere Foundation awards scholarship to students of Mass Communication




Four undergraduate students of mass communication, who major in advertising in the University of Lagos, and the School of Communication, Lagos State University, have emerged as beneficiaries of this year’s Simeon Erimiakhena Olaghere Memorial Foundation Scholarship award.

Akoi-Jackson on the similarity of the art space in Nigeria and his home country Ghana


Akoi-Jackson in CCA
The artist Bernard Akoi-Jackson paints; sculpts and does live performances. His passion for the art is definitely unquantifiable.  With a master’s degree in Art from the Kwame Nkruma Univeristy of Science and Technology, Ghana, Akoi-Jackson teaches art in a school and still engages actively in creative works.

Some of My Visits to Art Galleries in Lagos


Some photos at Nike Gallery; CCA; and  the National Museum, Lagos

One art gallery I visited the most was Nike Gallery. The art gallery was always busy with activities going on there, and I must say I enjoyed the visits because Mrs Nike Davies Okundaye is such a wonderful woman who wants to always have people around her. She has been known for her role in empowering women by teaching them the art of 'adire' (traditional tie and dye cloth) making.

Sustaining Art Development In Nigeria Through The Ben Enwonwu Distinguished Lecture Series


Picture Source: Omenka Gallery
This year’s distinguished lecture series in honour  and memory of art icon,  Ben Enwonwu was  delivered by renowned printmaker, painter and sculptor  Bruce Onobrakpeya ,with the theme : ‘Informal Art Education through Workshops: Gains and Challenges as lessons  from the Harmattan  Workshop Series’. 

Creative Arts: How Keziah Jones, Segun Adefila, others sweetened the season's taste



Keziah on stage

The internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and king of  Blufunk- Keziah Jones, performed a solo concert on the night of the opening event. 

Rare enough, this very special event was topped by a live painting action by Nigerian artist, Native Maqari who combines the traditions of mural-painting with comic and street art styles.

Is 'Omugwo' a violation of men’s rights to being with their wives?




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 Omugwo is an Igbo word for care- giving to a woman who has just put to bed a baby.

I did the piece on issues with Omugwo after some discussions about negative attitudes from either a mother or a mother-in-law, when they go to give care to a new mother. When another opportunity to talk about Omugwo arose, it turned out not to be business as usual. This time around, a man was protesting that men are usually left unattended to each time their wives went to do Omugwo, either for their sons or daughters.

See how three men expressed their opinions about the issue as it affects men.

Dennis said: “My dad did not find my mother’s Omugwo runs easy at all. It became bad that after an initial six weeks of being with my oldest sister in Benin doing Omugwo, she barely stayed for another one week when the call for another Omugwo came from my brother. My dad initially said no, but had to allow her after my brother insisted and even accused my mother of being biased against his wife. He felt that since my mother did it for my sister, she should also be there for him. So off my mother went to Asaba. The two weeks she was away was like two years. My dad complained of not being given food at the right time and many other excuses. My younger brother and I did our best to help out but he wanted his wife back. On her return, my father just sat his wife down and read the riot act to her, “Henceforth, no Omugwo beyond one week for you, because I also have to be cared for. Let your children know that you have a husband who needs your care and warmth first before any other thing.” Now that I have my own family, I also stopped once and pondered how life would be if my own wife decides to leave me at home and go for one Omugwo for so long.”

Ejiofor: “I would not mind my wife going for Omugwo if it’s the first time. It will only be wise that the mother teaches her daughter or her daughter-in-law what to do and how to bring in a balance into it. A situation where the woman is going for Omugwo the second or third time and staying so long as if the new mother does not know what to do is the aspect I don’t like. The women actually take the opportunity of being away, not minding how their husbands fair during these periods.  Consider it, it is not fair for women to just stay away from their husbands for so long, with the excuse of nursing a new mother.”

Felix: “Osofia saw the danger of jumping off to go for Omugwo. Well, his adventure proved how hard the mothers work to care for a new mother. But I think they should always remember that their own husbands are back at home too. The difficult ones are those who go abroad for Omugwo. In fact they should be given a time frame so that they don’t go and think they have the license to stay for as long as one year. If care is not taken, some of the women even want to be there to nurse like two children before they remember home. How do they want the men to cope for that long period alone? As for me, my father is aging and needs his wife’s care and support so, Omugwo for anybody at that must not extend a week and she knows so.”

What are your views on this?


A life-time Nightmare of Living Apart from My Spouse (True-life Story)




A reader, who prefers to remain anonymous, wrote in to share her bitter experience of not living with her husband when he secured a better paying job in Abuja.

Haliamburi is 2012 Next Movie Star!





The Next Movie Star 2012 (SEASON 8) has finally come to an end and the winner is Miss Halimat Aitsegame, a.k.a Haliamburi.









MTN Afrinolly enlists Femi Odugbemi and Bongiwe Selane to Impact Budding Filmmakers

Femi Odugbemi


MTN Afrinolly, the premier Nigerian mobile application focused on promoting African entertainment; movies, music and celebrities, brought renowned film and TV content producers, Femi Odugbemi and Bongiwe Selani, to share their knowledge and experiences with filmmakers in the second edition of its Afrinolly MasterClass that held on Saturday December 8, 2012, via Google+ Hangout.

CCA is 5, Rounds Off 'The Progress of Love' With Discourse



L-R; Berdard  Akoi-Jackson; Bisi Siva; Jelili Atiku; Wuraola Ogunji, and Valerie Oka

 

Hearty congratulations to the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), which marks five years of engaging services on the art sphere today.  Managed by Bisi Silva, CCA has proven the worth of its vision to hold a large and diverse collection of books in its Library, thereby encouraging readership for information and education on all about art, artists and great works.

 Elated by this achievement, Silva says,” Our first great achievement which remains remarkable, is that we have been able to grow our library of books from 500 to over 5000 books. This means that even in the absence of anything, we still have a reference point where people can visit and get information about all that have ever happened or created by others.”
 
                                       With Bernard Akoi-Jackson(left) and Richardson Ovbiegho 

If there be a score card on performance during these five years, then the volume of interactions that have taken place in CCA in forms of exhibitions, live performances, workshops and residencies would place this heart of art on a most enviable position. Silva is glad that they have continued to work in line with the vision, and excited by how the new media have boosted the efforts of the centre to promoting and sustaining art in Nigeria.

Rounding off on the exhibition themed The Progress of Love, which spanned over four weeks with performances and exhibition of works by different artists, a panel discussion held yesterday  with Bisi Silva, Bernard Akoi-Jackson( from Ghana), Wuraola- Natasha Ogunji, Valerie Oka (Ivory Coast) and Jelili Atiku in session.  The discourse raised issues of basically appreciation of performance art pushing the frontiers of art as No-holds-barred.   
Photo credit: Jude Anogwih

A grandmother’s Wish List for Christmas



A neighbour who also happens to be a friend, brought a Christmas-wish note to me yesterday evening. She could not stop laughing as she read the content of the note to me.

What is the ‘thief’ of your time?



Chugbo is 14years and a senior secondary student in one of the private schools in Lagos. Week days after school, he spends an average of between four to five hours watching ‘interesting’ programmes on television.

The Trouble With Weekend Wives and Weekend Husbands

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At exactly 3.50pm, Onoseh starting clearing up her table. She did everything simultaneously; shutting down her computer, arranging her files back on the shelf, putting away her water flask and handing over her office key to Antonia who shared a space in the office with her.

Onitsha culture is alive in ‘Ambivalence’


 His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe, Obi of Onitsha,appreciating a work on display with the artist, Emmah Mbanefo

         
A large part of the rich cultural heritage of the Onitsha people of South Eastern Nigeria is  embedded in their art and craft. They have good authority in sculpting and sophisticated traditional    paintings. For them, it is a way of life through which they continue to document their history.

Would your native language go extinct with this generation?


Art work  titled 'Teach Them' by  Olawunmi Banjo

 
Do you speak your native language at home always, sometimes or not at all? There is a growing concern that some languages might go extinct after this present generation. This fear comes from the fact that many families rather communicate among themselves in English Language than do in their mother tongue.

The issue actually surfaced in my home when I asked my son to get me an item in my native language. First, he was amused by the sound of the word and asked what I was talking about.  I felt beaten that my own language sounded strange to my own child. But then, I knew that the boy was not to be blamed because I only speak to them in my native language sometimes.

In the course of the week, I have taken on the responsibility of consciously talking to everyone in my home in my native language. The children seem to like it but it has been very challenging because I have had to explain almost everything I say in English to them.  And I was worried again if we are actually going to make some progress.

While people ordinarily assume that children tend to learn the local language of  their immediate  environment, it seem to me that it just may not follow that way. I have seen families of Yoruba descent  who live in Lagos, yet  are faced with the problem of their children not speaking their native language.  Even when the parents talk to them in Yoruba Language, they reply in English Language.

A family friend, who is Igbo by tribe, has also complained about her children not understanding every word of her native Igbo Language. She explains that her problem is with her husband who though is Igbo by origin, but was born and raised in Campus Square area of Lagos Island. She laments that her husband grew up speaking Yoruba and still prefers communicating in the language, so she is the only one making an effort to help the children learn Igbo Language.

My Most Memorable Book... 'Eze goes to school’



        'Eze goes to school’  by Onuora Nzekwu and Michael Crowder 

Adefila
Segun Adefila has proven that he is on top of his act. With a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos, Adefila has introduced freshness into stage acts in Nigeria with his theatre group, ‘Crown Troupe’.

Showcasing Nigeria’s Rich Cultural Heritage through ‘Rare and Large’ Collection


Chief John Edokpolo showing a painting  to some of the guests

Ekasa, a cultural heritage of the Benin people

Massive and outstanding describe the works in the collection at the second edition of the Ambassadors’ Nite exhibition holding in the National Museum, Lagos, between December 2 and December 9, 2012.

An Art Patron’s Life’s Lessons for Success


Chief Edokpolo sharing his  message with the audience during the art  exhibition

I spent my Sunday evening in a very entertaining way for the first time after so much running around during weekends. It was an exhibition event that took place in the Lagos Museum, Onikan.

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.

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.

Sebeccly Cancer Care and Support


  

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.

My experience of Africa’s sights and sounds --An American Naval Officer

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
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.

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.

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... Animal Farm by George Orwell


                                               

JIMGA

         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. 

"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. 

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.