Sunday 22 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/09/18)
A thousand artists from over 50 countries will gather in Ivory Coast on Saturday for a week-long festival of African music, theatre, dance, comedy, slam poetry and storytelling. The 10th edition of the biannual Market for African Performing Arts, known by its French initials as MASA, will mark the 25th anniversary of the event. This year's crop of artists come from all over Africa and the African diaspora in Japan, Haiti and Canada, performing in the economic capital Abidjan and five other cities, the organisers said. Artists include Ivorian jazz fusion drummer Paco Sery, traditionalist Malian singers P-Pentatonique and Cape Verde's Maria de Barros. MASA was launched in 1993 by the International Organisation of La...
(AFP (eng) 03/01/18)
A long-lost portrait of a Nigerian princess dubbed the "African Mona Lisa" sold at auction in London on Wednesday for £1.2 million (1.4 million euros, $1.7 million), exceeding estimates and setting a record for the artist. The 1974 painting of Adetutu "Tutu" Ademiluyi, by Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu, was expected to fetch up to £300,000 (339,000 euros, $414,000) when it went under the hammer at Bonhams auction house. It described the painting of an Ife royal princess which recently turned up in a London flat after not being seen in decades as "rare and remarkable". "The portrait of Tutu is a national icon in Nigeria, and of huge cultural significance," said Giles Peppiatt, Bonham's director of modern african art. He...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/18)
She's been described as "the African Mona Lisa", the subject of a long-lost series of three paintings by the artist considered the father of Nigerian modernism. But like Leonardo da Vinci's most famous portrait, finding out more about the woman in Ben Enwonwu's "Tutu" has so far been elusive, even for her extensive extended family. One of the missing works, which was discovered in a north London flat, goes on sale in the British capital on Wednesday and is expected...
(AFP (eng) 02/16/18)
The release this week of Marvel Studios' latest superhero outing, "Black Panther", has triggered the enthusiasm of African movie fans and a sense of pride that Hollywood has finally plugged a gap. With an almost entirely black cast and a young African-American director, Ryan Coogler, the film has already won rave reviews for its stereotype-busting portrayal of Africa. After all the hype, select audiences in African countries have got a sneak preview of the new blockbuster -- and many agree...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
"I think of it as the African Mona Lisa," said award-winning novelist Ben Okri, gazing at the long-lost portrait of a Nigerian princess which recently turned up in a London flat. Ben Enwonwu's 1974 painting of Adetutu "Tutu" Ademiluyi, daughter of a Yoruba king, has taken on almost mythical status in the painter's native Nigeria. It was last seen in 1975 but is now up for sale after its surprise rediscovery. "It has been a legendary painting for 40 years,...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/18)
"Are there bookshops in Nigeria?" The question posed by a French journalist last week incensed acclaimed Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. At an event held in a ritzy Paris government building under crystal chandeliers, Adichie launched a blistering assault on perceived French arrogance. "I think it reflects very poorly on French people that you have to ask me that question," said Adichie. "My books are read in Nigeria. They are studied in schools. Not just Nigeria, across the continent in...
(AFP (eng) 12/18/17)
Mention Nigerian literature and the first names likely to spring to mind are Chinua Achebe, the author of "Things Fall Apart", or the venerable Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. But Africa's most populous nation has a new crop of writers whose work is a far cry from the post-colonial era of their esteemed predecessors. Olumide Popoola's novel "When We Speak Of Nothing", for example, tells the story of a gay teenager seeking the father he never knew in the southern oil...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/17)
A live performance of an aria from an Italian opera, sung by a professional soprano, isn't a common sound in Nigeria's bustling commercial and entertainment capital, Lagos. But it's not the most surprising thing for the performer, Omo Bello. News of her appearance at the MUSON School of Music has attracted a crowd, even when it's only for a short rehearsal. "I didn't realise to what extent I was recognised in Nigeria," the 33-year-old admitted after singing "O mio babbino...
(AFP (eng) 11/28/17)
The home of Boko Haram's founder is to be turned into a museum as part of plans to chart the deadly Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria, a government official said on Tuesday. Muhammad Yusuf, a charismatic Muslim preacher, founded the group in 2001 from his base in the Railway suburb of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri. His followers at the time were disgruntled young people, who met at Yusuf's "Markaz" (centre in Arabic), which comprised a mosque and his living quarters.
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Nigerian sensation Wizkid retained his best artist title at this year's African Music Awards, as he carried off a clutch of prizes at a glitzy ceremony in Lagos. The 27-year-old Afrobeats star -- real name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun -- beat his compatriot Davido and Fally Ipupa from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the top award. He also won the best song category for "Come Closer" and the prize for best West African artist. AFRIMA 2017, now in its fourth...
(AFP (eng) 11/09/17)
Pop star Davido gets the same reaction wherever he goes in Africa, whether it's in Guinea or Mozambique, Botswana, Kenya or Sierra Leone: teeming crowds and adoring fans. The 24-year-old icon is one of the favourites for best artist at this year's All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), which take place in Lagos this weekend. AFRIMA -- sponsored by the African Union -- are the continent's equivalent of the American Grammy Awards, with interest reflecting the continent's rich seam of emerging...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/17)
In a constantly changing country where all eyes are fixed on the future, Nigerian artist Johnson Uwadinma is fixated by the past. "If you do not know where you are coming from, how then do you know where you are going to?" he asks. For his project, "Amnesia", he has stuck together hundreds of balls made from old crumpled up newspaper and painted in bright colours, like a mass of strange molecules. The piece -- symbolising the many unresolved crises...
(AFP (eng) 10/27/17)
Ibrahim Aminu launched his first clothing line eight years ago when he designed a dress for his sister. Before he knew it, the orders began flooding in and House of Kaya became the first -- and so far only -- haute couture house in conservative, mainly Muslim northern Nigeria. Lagos Fashion and Design Week, the annual festival which runs until Saturday, is in full swing. Champagne corks are popping, beer is flowing and Aminu's collection stands out. On the catwalk,...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Fela Kuti was known as "the King of Afrobeat". Krizbeatz calls himself "the King of AfroDance", the Nigerian music that has got millions dancing across Africa and the world. For Fela, as he is still known to fans, music was often a life-threatening fight against corrupt military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s. For the talented Krizbeatz, a child of the capitalist and democratic 1990s, music is a game. But the self-assured 22-year-old music producer -- real...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Nigerian pop star Davido was questioned twice by police over the suspicious death of his friend after two other members of his entourage died later in the same week. The incident triggered passionate reactions in Nigeria, where the 24-year-old singer, whose real name is David Adedeji Adeleke, is a generational star with 2.8 million followers on Twitter and five million on Instagram. Tagbo Umeike had a night of heavy drinking -- he had 40 shots of tequila, according to the...
(APA 09/25/17)
Nigerian editors have warned that the media industry has been and is still experiencing a crisis of recession and called on the Federal Government to provide a conducive environment for the media to flourish. The editors said in a communique issued on Sunday after their five-day All Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) and Extraordinary Convention 2017 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, that all media stakeholders should collaborate to ensure the setting up of newsprint production companies and the resuscitation...
(APA 09/20/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the UN General Assembly and the seizure of more guns at the Lagos port are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Trust headline showcased Buhari at the United Nations General Assembly where he appealed to the world for assistance in government’s efforts to fight corruption and recovering stolen assets. The Sun newspaper said that Tin Can Island Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday uncovered another container...
(APA 09/15/17)
The crisis emanating from the agitation for the secession of the South East from Nigeria is splashed on the pages of Nigerian newspapers on Friday. The Leadership newspaper said that tension and confusion enveloped Plateau State on Thursday, following unconfirmed reports that clashes have erupted between Northerners and Igbos in Jos, This Day newspaper said the Kaduna State Government has warned that anyone planning to foment trouble would be dealt with by security agencies. The warning is against the backdrop...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday...
(APA 09/12/17)
The seizure of imported raffles by the Nigerian Custom Service and the approval for the concession of two international airports are some of the leading stories in newspapers on Tuesday. The Guardian headline says that the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) have intercepted a container loaded with 1,100 pieces of pump action rifles at the Tin Can port, Apapa, Lagos, making a total of 2,201 such arms seized at three different times this year. This Day newspaper said...

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