3-year-old photographer to stage exhibition in Lagos
The three year old will show case a collection of street photographs he has captured in his brief life time.
Great News: Four of five finalists in 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing are Nigerians
The shortlist for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing was announced today – and among the five stories chosen are an unprecedented four Nigerian entries. The Chair of judges, art historian and broadcaster, Gus Casely-Hayford said, “The shortlist was selected from 96 entries from 16 African countries. They are all outstanding African stories that […]
GNEXT plans home makeover for Nigerian flag designer, Akinkunmi
Taiwo Akinkunmi designed the Nigerian flag at the age of 25.
Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference calls for creatives
“The Conference is looking for “an artist, in the widest sense of the word”.
Minister denies plan to convert National Theatre to hotel
The Minister, Arts, Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke, on Sunday denied that the government planned to convert the National Theatre, Lagos, to a five-star hotel. Mr. Duke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that there was no way an edifice, such as the National Theatre, could be converted to a hotel because it was not designed […]
Without Abacha, There Would Have Been No Ovation Magazine — Dele Momodu
By Sam Umukoro At different points in his life’s journey, Dele Momodu, publisher of Ovation International magazine, has trod different path; from being a scholar, administrator, teacher, reporter, columnist, photographer, political activist, detainee, actor, hotel manager, and even marketer for the late Chief MKO Abiola’s wonderloaf. However, one major thing has largely defined every stage […]
National museum proposes Oyo relics as national monuments
The relics are scattered across the state particularly in Ogunmola Alakia, Ibadan, Oke-Ogun and Ogbomoso.
Achebe is Not Dead, Says Nonagenarian Poet, Gabriel Okara, By Julius Bokoru
Born in 1921 in Boumandi, present day Bayelsa state of Nigeria Gabriel Okara was part of that golden set of pioneer African writers. He is the first renowned English language black poet and also the first modernist writer in the African continent. The Nigerian negritudist, as he is fondly called, began his writing career in […]
Popular columnist, Sam Omatseye, under fire over column on Achebe
The Nation newspaper’s well-known columnist, Sam Omatseye, has drawn criticisms after he wrote an article considered by some as belittling the amazing literary works of foremost novelist, Chinua Achebe. Some have also faulted the columnist for delivering a verdict suggesting Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is greater than Mr. Achebe. In his Monday column, Mr. Omatseye, […]
Nigeria to establish cultural centre in South Africa–Minister
Nigeria already has cultural centres in Brazil and China.
NET Newspaper to organise Nigerian Entertainment Conference
The conference is aimed at steering the different sectors of the Nigerian entertainment industry in the right direction.
[INTERVIEW] BBC’s Peter Okwoche: My Most Embarrassing Moment in Journalism
By Sam Umukoro It is said that the journey of a thousand miles begin with one step. Definitely, Peter Okwoche has come a long way. Spurred early in his career when he received the Best Presenter Award while working as a DJ/presenter with Radio Benue (Nigeria) in the early 90s, Okwoche has gone on to […]
INTERVIEW: Being Married to a Soyinka is Great, But I Have My Own Identity–Lola Shoneyin
By Sam Umukoro I always say that if there is one gift that Providence has bestowed on me, it’s the gift of empathy. If you ring me up and tell me your story, from that moment, I am living in your shoes Lola Shoneyin carries different titles; wife, mother, poet, teacher and author. But it […]
Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, mourns Achebe
Achebe was one of the founders of ANA. The Association of Nigeria Authors, ANA, has described the death of Chinua Achebe as a blow to the literary world. Denja Abdullahi, ANA National Vice President, made this known in an interview in Abuja on Friday. He described Mr. Achebe’s death as a loss to Nigeria and […]
DAARSAT to dedicate channel to Nigerian tourism
DAARSAT intends to partner with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation. DAAR Communications’ pay television, DAARSAT, will dedicate one channel to the broadcast of tourism-related programmes in Nigeria, Raymond Dokpesi, the Chairman of DAAR Communications, has said. This is contained in a statement signed by Wilfred Orhue, the Press Officer at the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, […]
Badagry Heritage Museum experiences high patronage
The curator urged parents to bring their children to the museum during public holidays.
In Defence of Public Service: A Review of The Accidental Public Servant, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu
Government in Nigeria is a dark art into which only a select few ever get initiated. Passage through the rites and rituals of initiation impose obligations. One such obligation is a deliberate loss of memory, which induces a silence not much unlike the Mafia’s Omerta. Fidelity to these obligations attracts benefits. The doors of government revolve and the […]
Nigeria’s Pita Okute wins the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction
“Wild Spirits is sumptuously well-written, and it deservedly won the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction.”