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Copyrights society seeks to make music, arts profitable

By Ebuka Onyeji The Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, has promised to chart a new…

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Soyinka asks government to compensate artists displaced from National Theatre

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Tuesday in Lagos asked the Federal Government to pay compensation…

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Prolific Nigerian author, Bisi Daniels, launches bestselling books on Amazon

The year 2016 begins with the news that Bisi Daniels,one of Nigeria’s leading adventure novelist…

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Mike Omoighe returns with Unule Unuile Ozese

The art exhibition, Equal Rights: Unule U​​nuile Ozese, featuring multi-media works on paper and canvas​, ​by Mike Omoighe​,​ will open to the public on January 25th at the Wheatbaker, Ikoyi, Lagos. The collection of 33 works would feature pieces like 'Eki Philosophy,' 'Merciless Rider,' 'Igbabonelimi on the threshold,' 'Ilo Masquerade,'…

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Face of Nigeria pageant 2016 to hold in Uyo

The grand finale of the World’s first Orange Beauty and Style Pageant, known as the Face of Nigeria would be staged in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital. The event is expected to hold in September 2016. According to one of the organizers Ayo Ayolade, the theme of the 2016 edition…

THE GENERAL MANAGER, NATIONAL THEATRE, MR KABIR YUSUF (R), EXPLAINING A POINT TO THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED (L), DURING AN ON-THE-SPOT  INSPECTION OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE BY THE MINISTER, IN LAGOS

Nigeria will not sell National Theatre, minister says

The Federal Government on Monday assured that the National Theatre will always remain a national monument and will not be sold for whatever reason. ''But we are not averse to a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement that will add value to the iconic (National Theatre) complex,'' the Minister of Information and…

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Fun returns to National Theatre after invasion by hoodlums

Some fun seekers thronged the National National Theatre for Boxing Day fun in Lagos on Saturday. Some hoodlums had on Christmas day punctured the carnival-like atmosphere when they invaded the premises and dispossessed fun seekers of their valuables. Policemen at the theatre later apprehended some suspected hoodlums at about 6.p.m.,…

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Etisalat announces shortlist for 2015 Literature Prize

Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The Etisalat Prize for…

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BOOK REVIEW: Nigeria and the Search for a Politics Based on Ideas, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

  Title: Democracy, Good Governance and Sustainable Development Author: Professor Jerry Gana, Ph.D. Publisher: New York/Abuja, Triatlantic Books Year: 2015 Pages: 311 Price: Unstated Reviewer: Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, Ph.D. In the general elections of 2015, Nigeria for the first time replaced a ruling party through the ballot box. Until now,…

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Why I no longer read books – Governor El-Rufai

By Nehru Odeh The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, has said the enormous amount of work he currently does as governor has robbed him of the opportunities to read books. He stated this at the just-concluded Ake Arts and Book Festival which held in Abeokuta, Ogun State November 17-21.…

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‎Why we are organizing Ake Arts Festival – Lola Shoneyin

By Nehru Odeh Lola Shoneyin, poet, writer and founder, Book Buzz Foundation, has said the reason her organisation is organizing the Ake Arts and Book Festival is to advance the goals to develop, promote and celebrate creativity on the African Continent, while showcasing the very best of contemporary African literature,…

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Nigerian artist emerges first African winner of Korean award

A Nigerian fine artist, Otobong Nkanga, has emerged the first African to win the Yanghyun Foundation Artist Award in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Nkanga was selected for her outstanding creativity in media and motivational photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video. While selecting Ms. Nkanga’s work, the panel declared, “in Nkanga’s…

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Gowon, Atiku to launch Adebanwi’s book on HID Awolowo

A former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon and a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, are among dignitaries scheduled to attend the launch of a biography of Hannah Awolowo, the wife of a former Premier of the defunct Western region, Obafemi Awolowo, as part of a week-long activities to mark her…

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Elnathan John’s debut novel out November 12

Excitement and anticipation for Elnathan John’s debut novel, Born on a Tuesday, is building ahead of its formal release by Cassava Republic Press on November 12. The title has been trending on social media, following an informal pre-launch reading in Abuja organised by the author, using the hashtag #elnathansBOAT, with…

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Chimamanda Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” named ‘Best of the Best’ of Baileys Prize

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been named ‘Best of the Best’ of the winners of the second decade of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The announcement was made Monday, at a live event in the Piccadilly Theatre in London. The ‘Best of the Best’…

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Of Music, Migration and Meaning: Two artists’ creative response to global issues

An art exhibition showcasing recent works by contemporary artists, Tony Nsofor, and Ibe Ananaba opens at Temple Muse, Lagos, on November 2. The exhibition, showcasing 49 paintings and mixed media works by two artists, introduces art enthusiasts to the very heart and pulse of Nigerian creativity responding to global issues…

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Nigeria’s Committee for Relevant Arts to award N100,000 for best review of Ken Saro Wiwa’s works

Nigerian writers between the ages of 18 and 41 stand a chance of winning N100,000 prize money if their reviews of any one of the five works of late writer and environmental activist, Ken Saro Wiwa, is adjudged the best by the organisers of the Lagos Book and Art Festival…

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Nigerian finest poets gather for Lagos International Poetry festival

Poets from around the world will converge at Freedom Park, Broad Street, on October 28 for the first edition of the Lagos International Poetry Festival. Speaking at a recent press conference in Lagos, the convener of the festival, Efe Paul Azino, said the event would feature school outreaches, three masterclasses,…

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Book Review: Robert Keohane: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow in America, By Adagbo Onoja

Robert Keohane cannot be a name that rings a bell in Nigeria. In many quarters in the country, the question would certainly be Robert who? Many Nigerian political scientists, particularly the generation that read and feasted on Claude Ake’s Social Science as Imperialism would most likely not stop what they…

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“Naija No Dey Carry Last”: Nuggets from Pius Adesanmi’s Satirical Masterclass, By Premium Times Books and Parrésia

The product of a publishing collaboration between Premium Times Books, an imprint of Premium Times Services Limited, and the highly reputed Parrésia Publishers Ltd., and soon to be available in bookshops and across online digital media platforms, Naija No Dey Carry Last by Professor Pius Adesanmi gathers his most important…

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British author, Frederick Forsyth, spied for MI6 during Nigerian civil war

The famous British author, Frederick Forsyth, has revealed he worked as a spy for British Intelligence agency, MI6, during the Nigerian Civil War. Mr. Forsyth, who is best known for his spy novel, The Day of the Jackal, which is based on a real account of assassination plot against late…

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Yobe moves to save relics of old Kanem-Borno capitol 

Birnin-Ngazargamo, the old capital of the Borno empire has been in a state of depreciation and ruin in the present day Yobe‎ state. But a  recent initiative, taken by the  government of Yobe state, to conserve the state's decaying heritage, may save the famous empire and its fantastic historical landmarks…

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Author identifies publishing, marketing as major challenges to success of creative writers

An Abuja-based literary writer, Anthony Onugba, said on Monday that publishing and marketing remained major challenges of literary writers in the country. Mr. Onugba made the disclosure in Kaduna during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He appealed to the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education,…

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Nigerian writer, 12 others longlisted for 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced Wednesday, July 29 . This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Michael Wood, and also comprising Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. The…

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Award-winning author, El Nukoya, to release new book: ‘Baron of Broad Street’

The critically acclaimed author of the best selling ‘Nine Lives’ and winner of Ana-Jacarranda Prize for prose, El Nukoya, has penned a new book titled ‘Baron of Broad Street’ set to launch on August 2.   The book chronicles the polarized worlds of the Lagos impoverished and the affluent, living…