Saturday, 27 May 2017

African Cinematography Festival ‘debuts’ in Nigeria

As the hub of African motion picture industry, Nigeria is set to play host to what gas benn described as “first-ever Africa Cinematography Festival of Training, Production enhancement, Workshop Conference, Networking and Technology Expo.”
 It's a week-long event scheduled for the last quarter of the year in Lagos, Contemporary issues in filmmaking, networking, business opportunities and the general film economy which have impacted on the works of filmmakers, actors, film marketers, industry

Fragile diaspora art market challenge for Africa-based artists.

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From the record sale of a painting by late expressionis, Jean-Michel Basquiat; to the magical rise in Njideka Akunyili Crosby's art market value; and total sales of over 78 lots at Sotheby's debut art auction of modern and Contemporary African art, the dynamics of art market has exposed a frightened fragility of most artists based in Africa.

 For artists of African descents, these three separate sales provide a possible categorisation of who sells what (at where?), and not necessarily based on critical appreciation. It seemed that art value of most African artists based at home, is not insulated from the geographical barrier that has hounded great talents - across professions - who practise outside the powerful economies of Europe and the U.S.

  Whoever believed that art was the only opportunity where creative professionals of Africa base could

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Jowhor Ile’s And After Many Days Wins 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Out of the three shortlisted finalists for 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature, a book titled And After Many Days, by Nigerian writer, Jowhor Ile has been announced as the winner.  
 Published in Nigeria by Kachifo Limited, the winning book, which gets £15,000 for Ile, defeated Jacqui L’Ange (South Africa) The Seed Thief (Umuzi Publishers, South Africa); and Julie Iromuanya (Nigeria) Mr & Mrs Doctor (Coffee House Press, USA).

  Ahead of announcing a winner, The jury, led by Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila explained that

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Moji Olaiya (27 February 1975 – 17 May 2017).

Moji Olaiya

Actress, Moji Olaiya emerged into stardom when she featured in  Super Story, a TV soap of Wale Adenuga. Production. Earlier, Adenuga had discovered her in a small role when she acted alongside star actress, Bukky Wright in a film directed by Abbey Lanre.
  Olaiya, the niece of legendary Nigerian musician, Victor Olaiya, was in 2003 nominated for the Reel Award Best Supporting Actress of the Year, and she won the Best New Actress Award.
  As at the period of her death on May 17, 2017 - from cardiac arrest in Canada two months after childbirth - the actress who converted from Christianity to Islam had 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Modern, contemporary African artists converge for 18th Arthouse auction

Lot 61, from the May 2017 Arthouse auction
When West Africa's premier auction house, Arthouse Contemporary opens its previews for the 18th edition, the strength of African art market will again be celebrated.
 The preview is scheduled for Sunday 21 while the auction sales hold on Monday May 22, 2017 at Kia Motor Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos and will showcase works of some of the leading masters in Africa's modern and contemporary art.
 Among such artists considered as modern masters are Ben Enwonwu, Erhabor Emokpae, Ben Osawe, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Abayomi Barber, David Dale,

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Germany Wins 57th Venice Biennale Best National Pavilion

liza Douglas and Franziska Aigner in Anne Imhof’s Faust (2017).German Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia ©Photo Nadine Fraczkowski,

The Jury of the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, has awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation to German Pavilion. According to a  press statement received few hours ago from La Biennale di Venezia, the

Golden Lion for Best National Participation was given to Germany courtesy of Anne Imhof Commissioner: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office. Curator: Susanne Pfeffer. Exhibitor: Anne Imhof. Venue: Giardini.

  The German Pavilion was picked "for a powerful

Sunday, 7 May 2017

HERE... A Photography Rescue-Mission For Rape Victims

By Tajudeen Sowole
With statistics indicating 95 per cent assailants being males, and females making up 80 per cent of the victims, with 60 per cent said to be below 18 years of age, there is indeed an alarming rate of sexual violence in Nigeria. This is not help by a culture of silence, rights abuses and denial.
A photography piece from the HERE Campaign exhibition
These statistics, written boldly on the wall, as part of the exhibits at Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER) photography exhibition titled HERE Campaign bring onto the public space the importance of collective efforts to confront the growing monster known as sexual violence. Still ongoing till May 14, 2017 at Revolving Art Incubator (RAI), Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos, the exhibition is centrally in photography, but it has sound and dolls installations as well.
  As a social intervention, the exhibition also adds to the vocabulary of photography as a  powerful medium