Sunday, 23 July 2017

Adebayo Faleti (December 1930 - July 2917)

A`debayo Faleti
Adebayo Faleti, a renowned broadcaster and author died  July 22, 2017 at the University College hospital Ibadan.
When Africa's first ever television station, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV) opened at Ibadan, old Western Region, Nigeria, Faleti was among the pioneer professionals who were engaged as civil servants. He continued his  career as the General Manager of Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ibadan. In furthering his broadcasting career, Faleti acquired more knowledge in 1971 at Radio Netherlands Training Center, Hilversum, where he got certificate in Television Production.
Throughout his career, Faleti's works leaned towards his Yoruba native origin contents. As a Nigerian poet, journalist, writer and actor, Faleti, for example,  translated

A celebration of Man with Isiuwe's strokes

Thick n' thick by Emmanuel Isiuwe
From July 28-Aug 2, 2017, artist, Emmanuel Isiuwe returns to the art exhibition circuit with a solo titled Man and his Presumptions, showing at Didi Museum, Victoria Island, Lagos. The exhibition is Isiuwe's first solo in over 27 years of the artist's career.
 The exhibition is supported by Arian Capital Management Ltd!
  A curatorial note from Luciano Uzuegbu describes Isiuwe's exhibition of paintings and drawings as a concept of Man series that started in 2013.
 Excerpt from the curator, Uzuegbu: "The Man series began in 2013 not as a deliberate pursuit of such theme celebrating ‘man’ by the artist who was merely

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Kazeem Adeleke: Violence is Antithetical to Curatorial Practice

Kazeem Adeleke
Kazeem Adeleke is an independent curator, writer, critic and artist. Formerly Arts and Review editor at Thisday Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria, he has written extensively about contemporary African art and culture. He has also written comprehensively about theatre, dance and film. His writings have been published in newspaper, magazines, exhibition brochures and books. 
   His latest book is titled In a New Light: Conversations with Nine Nigerian Artists and Curators. Adeleke has co-curated several exhibitions, including Reach Out (2000), and Space Matters. He has also curated Lines and Words (2004), Stick and Stitch (2003), Miles On (2006) and More Than A Thousand Words. In 2002, he curated Unkind Cut, a web-based exhibition that highlighted the dangers of Female Gentile Mutilation. His artworks have also been featured in many joint and group exhibitions.
   Sean Hughley Interviews Kazeem Adeleke for African Arts with Taj. Excerpts:

  Sean Hughley: I just finished reading your book In A New Light Conversations With Nine Nigerian Artists and Curators. The interviews are very informative. As I read the book, I kept wondering what prompted it.

 Kazeem Adeleke: The idea for the book started when I was at graduate school. It was meant to fill a vacuum. There was a period when I needed materials on artists to

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Darren Walker and L;agos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode
The Laos State Government has sealed a major partnership with world’s second largest private foundation, Ford Foundation on the total regeneration of Lagos Island and transformation of Onikan axis to a major tourism hub in
Briefing Government House Correspondents after a strategic meeting held

Sunday, 9 July 2017

From Onaism To GownTown… Okediji’s African-Structured ‘University’ For Development

Prof Moyo Okediji (front) and participants at GownTown Workshop, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
ACROSS all facets of endeavours come the imperative to induce advancement through creativity, especially those on indigenous knowledge systems. The synergy between art and development seems set to be projected by a Diaspora artist, Prof. Moyo Okediji. The take-off point for his dream of Africa-based development is through art from the cradle of Yoruba civilization, Ile-Ife, Osun State. His platform is the University of African

Sunday, 2 July 2017

In Lagos, Lost Treasure brings Hope In Artefacts Repatriation

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji, Lai Mohammed (right), NCMM Director-General, Mallam Yusuf Abdallah Usman, during the opening of Return of the Lost Treasures at National Museum, Onikan, Lagos.

Four years after Nigeria hosted select managers of museums from Europe, in Benin, Edo State, the results of the event and subsequent meetings, is currently being celebrated in Lagos.
 The 2013 historic event organised by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), led by its current Director-General, Mallam Yusuf Abdallah Usman, hosted a conference that produced what the convergence

We Are the North from the lens of Chechet

The venue is not strange to art appreciation on the Lagos Island hub. But the exhibits, a body of digitally reproduced monochrome photography pieces and the artist, Williams Chechet are clearly on an unfamiliar terrain.
Digitally reproduced picture titled Bello by Williams Chechet
 Two men with native wind musical instrument known as Kakaki - captured in Minna last year; portrait of a lady in odd mix of costume and for such a wearer, among other exhibits at the lobby of Moorhouse, Ikoyi, Lagos on a quite evening point to the thematic direction of Chechet’s exhibition. Titled We Are The North, the photography exhibition organsed in partnership with Alliance Francaise brings contemporary contents of digital world into the same medium