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


                             ...Plus the rules of care

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Omugwo  is a word among the Igbo-speaking people of Nigeria, which means the care given to a woman who has just had a baby.

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.

‘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. 

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'- Advertiser, 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


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