Saturday, 11 November 2017

'Fela and the Kalakuta Queens'...exhuming dancers who reigned ahead of time

Casts of Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, a musical by Bolanle Austen-Peters.
When a musical biopic, Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, opens on December 23, 2017 at Terra Kulture Arena, Victoria Island, Lagos, Africa's biggest musical export, the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti's  untold story of dancers will be exhumed. It is the story of Fela's ladies, whose dance steps, fashion and styles have sowed the seeds of contemporary African culture ahead of their time.
 Produced by the Bolanle Austen-Peters (BAP) Production house, the musical biopic asserts that indeed, Africans

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Afegbua Picks LIMCAF 2017 Grand Prize in Enugu

AddOne of the four selected winners, Raji Bamidele Abdul-Gaffar, and French Cultural Attache, Audr Urcun Brunel, at the grand finale caption
IN its 11th edition, Life In My City Art Festival (LIMCAF), the Enugu-based cultural showpiece of visual artists again confirmed it’s national spread when 25 artists from across Nigeria picked prizes in different categories last week. LIMCAF has evolved, perhaps, as one of the most consistent national art events outside Nigeria’s art hub, Lagos City.
  Inside the International Conference Centre, Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu, the one-week yearly event had its finale gala and award night. Chaired by former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, it also had other dignitaries in attendance. Enugu State Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Egwuanyi, Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe and Ambassador Christopher Kolade, his wife Beatrice, as well as member

Saturday, 4 November 2017

'Our Success Story of 20 years at Adam&Eve'

Mrs Modupe Ogunlesi, attending to guestsduring the opening of the ongoing The Content - Harmattan Edition Art Exhibition at Adam&Eve/
One of Nigeria's largest luxury item shops, Adam&Eve continues its yearly tradition of Festival of Carols. Holding on Sunday at,  November 12, 2017, at Adam&Eve Shop, 8, Isaac John Str, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, the 2017 edition marks 20 years of its existence as a leading luxury shop in Nigeria.
 Founder, Adam&Eve, Mrs Modupe Ogunlesi described her two decades of running the business as "providing quality and luxury to discerning clientele." It is alsIo "20 years of satisfying the needs of a discerning clientele."
 She took pride in the fact that "we have been surviving through the words of mouth."
 For the yearly Carol event, she ex

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Ajueshi... From Underdog To Mainstream Art Business

Jeff Aiueshi, director at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Lagoa and Abuja
…The Risks, Gains, Pains In Art Investment, Passion
WHAT started as a small and unknown effort in the business of selling art 10 years ago has produced two expansive gallery facilities in Abuja and Lagos. It is the story of Thought Pyramid Art Centre.   
  In 2007, 29-year-old Jeff Ajueshi’s efforts was an inconsequential one when his Thought Pyramid Gallery opened in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, as an art space in a one-room shop along Aminu Kano, Wuse 2. Apart from a few improvised galleries inside some hotels in Abuja, there

Artists of Infinite Treasure Assert Creative Strength On Lagos Art Season

'Metamorphosis IV' (Wood, 30 x 43’ by Reuben Ugbine
One of the single, most relevant spaces during the current month of art season in Lagos is no doubt the gathering that includes artists whose careers have contributed immensely to the development of the city’s art profile over the past three decades. Among such artists are Kolade Oshinowo, Reuben Ugbine, Abiodun Olaku, Sam Ovraiti, Bunmi Babatunde, Edosa Ogiugo, Alex Nwokolo, Duke Asidere, Lekan Onabanjo, Diseye Tantua, Fidelis Eze Odogwu and Joshua Nmesirionye.
  From Distinction series art exhibition, which held for two editions, the artists are gathered

Monday, 23 October 2017

Onobrakpeya… Second National Medal For Mastery In Visual Culture

Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya
AS the recipient of Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) 2017, Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya has increased his list of medals, as a professional in the business of visual culture. In 2010, he was given Nigerian Creativity Award, and became the second recipient after the late author, Chinua Achebe.

  Onobrakpeya's latest medal boosts the list of visual artists who have been so honoured with Nigeria's highest award of excellence. Among such artists are Kolade Oshinowo (Productivity Order of Merit Award 2004) and late Fred Archibong, 2009. In other fields of the arts, past recipients include Prof Tanure Ojaide, also Urhobo from Delta State, won in 2016.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

At Art X, Smile of Alara Beams Hope.

Tunde Alara wih his work
For quite a number of reasons, such as lack of interest and the   required space, artists in this part of the world do not produce site-specific outdoor work of art. Except at few solo exhibitions, where  individual artists have mounted what could be described as 'space-specific art,' the Lagos art landscape has been barren of site-specific installations.   
  And if such works did exist, perhaps, hardly were they celebrated.But a new