| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Voice of America 03/09/17)
Lagos has long been known as Nigeria’s pop culture hub. It’s the home of Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, as well as many of the country’s top musicians and artists. But a group of rappers and fashion designers is creating a scene of their own in Kaduna, in northern Nigeria, some 600 kilometers from Lagos. Kaduna's is the new center of Nigeria’s growing hip-hop culture. DJ Jakes Tudu is cranking out jams on his weekly radio show, playing the latest tunes from local rap artists. Hip-hop music has taken over Nigeria’s pop music scene. Rappers like Morell, DJ AB, Kheengz, and Classiq are part of a new generation of rappers. They hail from Kaduna and they’re...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Nollywood film "The Wedding Party" has shown Nigerian cinema at the top of its game, with its success at the box office taking it to new audiences across Africa and the world. The country may well be in recession but Nollywood, which churns out some 2,000 films a year and is the world's second-biggest film industry outside India, has never been healthier. "The Wedding Party" is a madcap, glamorous comedy telling the story of the marriage of Dunny and Dozie, despite the misgivings of their families' rivalries. One family is Igbo and the other Yoruba -- two of the main ethnic groups in Nigeria.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/24/17)
Nigerian musician Femi Kuti on Monday urged his fellow celebrities and their fans to take to social media and pressure the government to do more to help millions of people struggling to survive in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria. The Lagos-based Afrobeat star said he wanted to raise awareness among young Nigerians and encourage them to demand a greater humanitarian response, having visited Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, on Monday. "People need to have a sense of the reality in...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Pioneering Nigerian electro-funk musician William Onyeabor, who amassed a following among the world's pop stars but remained reclusive and enigmatic, has died. He was 70. His record label Luaka Bop announced his death on Wednesday, saying that Onyeabor died in his sleep this week at his home in Enugu, in the country's southeast. Before exploding on the international stage late in his career, Onyeabor introduced synthesisers into Nigerian pop and travelled the world to learn do-it-yourself record-making. From 1977 to...
(Youtube 01/05/17)
 
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Nigerian leaders and current Vice President singing hymn for a greater, united and peaceful Nigeria in the year 2017. Singing Isaac Watts hymn, “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past,” were the former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Former Chairman of Nigeria Interim Government, Ernest Shonekan, Former Vice President Alex Ekwueme; Former Chief of Staff, Real Admiral, Ebitu Ukiwe, General Oladipo Diya and the current Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
(APA 12/22/16)
The release of Nigeria’s ex-governor from UK prison and the five per cent commission to encourage whistle blowing were some of the most trending stories in newspapers on Thursday. This Day reported that there was wild jubilation in Delta State and especially in Oghara, the hometown of a former governor of the Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, who regained his freedom yesterday after a British court ordered his immediate release, having served five and a half years of his...
(APA 12/20/16)
The press in Ghana on Tuesday focused on heavy vehicular traffic preceding the Christmas and handing over notes presented to the transition team. The Daily Graphic says business in Accra has been slowed down by heavy vehicular traffic on the principal streets in Accra. This according to the paper, increased the traveling hours, leaving commuters bound for the Central Business District for various trading activities stranded. The Ghanaian Times on the other hand said Government has handed over notes to...
(APA 12/20/16)
The closure of the Abuja international airport for six weeks and the inclusion of N288 billion looted funds in the 2017 budget were some of the trending stories in Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. This day reported that the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, Monday declared that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja would be closed between February and March next year to allow Julius Berger carry out repairs on the damaged runway. Nation said that...
(APA 12/16/16)
The Senate's refusal to approve the appointment of the anti-corruption boss and China's plan to truncate the $29 billion loan plan of Nigeria dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Friday. This Day newspaper reported that a damning report by the Department of State Security (DSS) exposing the alleged double life, sabotage and corruption of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has been cited as the reasons by the Senate for its...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Nigerian Government's ban on the importation of new and second hand vehicles through land borders dominates the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. The Sun newspaper screamed that the government took importers of vehicles by surprise on Monday when it banned the importation of vehicles through the land borders with effect from January 1, 2017. The Punch newspaper said the government on Monday announced that 571,000 tonnes of foreign rice warehoused in neighbouring countries were being targeted for the...
(APA 11/26/16)
The conduct of the Ondo State governorship election, kidnap of children in Abuja and the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Saturday. The Guardian reported that there was palpable tension in Ondo State on Friday as residents prepare to exercise their franchise to elect the next governor of the state. All public institutions and banks were closed while the state government declared public holiday for schools and civil servants to prepare for...
(APA 11/17/16)
The National Assembly's consideration of virement request of President Muhammadu Buhari and Presidency's complaint about militants' failure to respect peace dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Thursday. The Sun newspaper reported that facts emerged on Wednesday why the National Assembly opted to give accelerated consideration to President Muhammadu Buhari's request for N180 billion virement to fund 2016 budget. The Punch newspaper said the Presidency has said that despite the Federal Government's effort at pursuing dialogue with the Niger Delta...
(APA 11/14/16)
The reorganisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the militants' reasons for continued attacks on oil installations dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Daily Sun newspaper reported that Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku declared at the weekend that a brand new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will evolve from the reorganisation process going on in the party. The Punch newspaper said no fewer than seven residents of Otodo Gbame, an Egun community in the Lekki Phase 1...
(APA 11/11/16)
The swearing-in of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and the restructuring of the aviation sector are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Friday. The Vanguard newspaper reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Walter Samuel Onnoghen from Cross River State, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. Justice Onnoghen on Thursday vowed to continue with the fight against corruption in the judiciary, the Guardian reported. Onnoghen's inauguration by President Buhari followed the expiration of the...
(AFP (eng) 11/07/16)
Princess Elizabeth Olowu, 77, sits on the sofa in her small living room, rubbing bronze sculptures with lemon juice to make them shine. Her eldest daughter Peju Layiwola, 49, is showing off her latest contemporary art sculptures on the screen of her Apple laptop. "Now I have evolved to other materials but I started with bronze," she explains. "It was easier for me, my mother already paved the way for females to be bronze casters." It was bronze art that...
(APA 11/03/16)
The return of looted N1 billion by former Comptroller General of Customs and the attack on crude oil pipeline by unidentified militant group are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers of Thursday. The Punch newspaper reported that a former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, has returned N1.04bn to the Federal Government. It said a yet-to-be identified militant group in Niger Delta on Tuesday reportedly brought down two major crude oil delivery lines supplying the...
(AFP (eng) 10/27/16)
Karl Lagerfeld once sniffed that "no one wants to see curvy women" on the runway, but a wave of Nigerian designers are proving him wrong. The opening night of Lagos Fashion and Design Week on Wednesday featured five designers showcasing plus-size collections in a defiant celebration of all things curvy. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if he was in Africa, he probably wouldn't make that statement," designer Aisha Abubakar Achonu told AFP backstage. Achonu, a regal 32-year-old...
(APA 10/26/16)
The bombing of Chevron's export oil pipeline and the defense of former National Security Adviser over misapplication of $2.1 billion arms money dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. This Day newspaper reported that after about three months of quiet, the Niger Delta Avengers resumed the destruction of oil and gas infrastructure yesterday, when it bombed a Chevron-operated export pipeline at Escravos in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. The newspaper reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has...

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