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The entertainment industry, in affiliation with the Lagos State Government and the Federal ministry of information and Culture, is to launch an innovative Roundtable toward harnessing the potential of the industry. Also in the partnership is the Federal Ministry of Finance and Budget Planning, according to Mr. Chuks Akamadu, Director General of Afrocultour, a brainchild of the initiative. He told newsmen on Monday in Abuja that the roundtable was expected to put the entertainment industry...

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In Diane Paragas’ musical-drama feature, the lead character reveals casually what the title “Yellow Rose” means. Of course, our immediate association would be with the familiar folk song, but “Rose” here is Rosario (Eva Noblezada), an undocumented 17-year-old Filipino-American, who, showing an inclination for singing country music as a child, was given the racially insensitive moniker “Yellow Rose.” While this could’ve kindled didactic sociopolitical commentary on the complicated issues of migration and race, Paragas ferries...

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Louise Glück is the first poet to win the Nobel Prize in Literature since Tomas Tranströmer in 2011 and the first American to win since Toni Morrison in 1993. In their preference for the muddiness of everyday life over explicit engagement with their political and social issues, you can see a broad link between Glück and Tranströmer. On the surface, though, Morrison and Glück couldn’t appear to be more different. Morrison’s work lays bare both the lasting scars and...

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Anthony Oluwabiyi, Executive Director, Theatre Centrik, said the rich cultural and historical values of Lagos will be exhibited on stage play and online on December 2020 to uphold the state’s beautiful culture. Oluwabiyi, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that the title of the play would be: “Omo Eko: Tale of Birth and Place”, which he wrote. He said that “Omo Eko” is a detailed...

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As Nigerians celebrate the country’s 60th independence anniversary on 0ct. 1, Netflix, the world’s leading Internet entertainment service provider, has announced plans to promote the Nigerian storytelling culture. Ben Amadasun, Netflix’s Director of Licensing and Co-productions in Africa said in a statement on Wednesday, that the entertainment outfit planned to do this by promoting “Naija to the world’’ story collection. Amadasun said that the collection was a curated content collection that highlights Nigerian storytellers and talent who have...

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The weeklong Sinmi-Lalama festival of Lunguda Chiefdom of Guyuk local government area of Adamawa State was rounded off Saturday at the Palace of Kwandi Nungurya in Guyuk with people from all walks of life within and outside Adamawa state witnessing the event. The event is to thank, and appreciate God for a successful season, bountiful harvest and prosperous New Year with the display of various cultural dances. On the occasion, Kwandi Nunguruya Kuruhaye Dishon Dansanda...

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Mwazulu Diyabanza, a Congolese-origin activist in France, first attracted social media attention by seeming to steal an artifact from the Quai Branly Museum in Paris to protest slavery, colonialism and the alleged French theft of Africa’s cultural patrimony. The attempted theft was carefully staged for live streaming. The museum authorities stopped the theft. In July, he repeated his protest at a museum in Marseilles. It was also live-streamed. Diyabanza is now back in the news because he, along...

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Since her death in 1886, Emily Dickinson has haunted us in many forms. She has been the precocious “little dead girl” admired by distinguished men; the white-clad, solitary spinster languishing alone in her bedroom; and, in more recent interpretations, the rebellious teenager bent on smashing structures of power with her torrential genius. As the world continues to endure the ravages of COVID-19, another ghost of Dickinson steps into view. This one, about 40 years old, seems...

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Africa’s first Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has expressed his disappointment over a comment made by the late renowned novelist, Prof. Chinua Achebe, soon after he (Soyinka) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Soyinka disclosed this in a conversation with an American-based Nigerian novelist, Okay Ndibe, which was aired on Channels Television’s ‘Book Club’, Soyinka said that he considered the remark as uncalled for and disappointing. During the conversation with Soyinka, Ndibe recalls...

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In commemoration of UN  World Youth Skills Day, Slum Art Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) showcases unique works of arts done by children living within the slum of Ijora/Badia in Lagos. A statement by Adetuwanse Adenle, Co-founder of the foundation says that the online art exhibition to showcase the children’s creativity was in collaboration with two other NGOs, WEFOR GOOD organisation and One Delta Africa. “The online exhibition is focussed to empower children living within slums through mentorship, restructuring of...

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