Sunday, 15 January 2017

Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF) Honoured Art Critics

As preparation towards the 19 th edition of Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State,
Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF), yesterday, at its office in Lagos gave awards to three art critics. The award 'Critics In Agbarha-Otor' was given to Ozolua Uhakheme (The Nation), Tajudeen Sowole (The Guardian) and Okechukwu Uwazuoke (ThisDay). 
Ozolua Uhakheme (The Nation Newspapers), receiving his award from Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya during the ceremon

Tajudeen Sowole (The Guardian Newspapers), receiving his award from Dr Onobrakpeya during the ceremony.

Okechukwu Uwazuoke (Thisday Newspapers), receiving his award from Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya during the ceremony.

Knighthood Of New Dawn For African Diaspora Creativity

By Takudeen Sowole

When the prestigious knighthood by the Queen of England holds in June this year, two Africans whose works in art and design are highly revered, globally, would assert the importance of Africa on the world's contemporary creative landscape. Nigerian-British artist, Chris Ofili and his Ghanaian counterpart, architect David Adjaye, also based in the U.K are on the list of the Queens’s knighthood honours, an event that marks the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.  
Yoruba sculpture-inspired design of National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, U.S.

Adjaye, whose works in public spaces across the world are well known crowns his revered spot in architecture as the lead architect of the newly opened Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture  in Washington D.C, U.S.  Ofili, a Turner prize-winning artist who has worked with the architect on the Nobel Peace Centre

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Celebrating Five Decades of Osogbo Art Movement

By Tajudeen Sowole

As deeply academic as art, to a large extent, is currently in Nigeria, the revered spot of informal contribution cannot be discounted. Among such revered non-academic space in the practice of art is what the creative sector's vocabulary is regarded Osogbo school of art.

Chief Muraina Oyelami, a first generation of Osogbo artists.
Five decades on, Osogbo art, which has produced quite an army of masters as well as excavated great native potentials in creative enterprise is rolling out the drums to celebrate a golden period. In the forefront of the 50 years of Osogbo Art Celebration are Chiefs Jimoh Buraimoh and Muraina Oyelami. Basically being celebrated with art exhibitions in two cities, the 50 years mark is sponsored and organised by Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU) Osogbo. The exhibitions start with

When Anambra Festival Honoured Creative Professionals

Uzoma Nzeagwu – Awka.

The 4th Anambra Book and creativity festival (ANBUKRAFT) held in Awka, Anambra State was dedicated to the memory of Christopher Okigbo and Uche Okeke. Organized by the Anambra Book and creativity Network, the event featured presentation by prominent artists, educationist, writers, publishers, literacy and art critics, craft makers, actors and poets, as well as exhibition of books, art and crafts.
Hon Bob-Manuel Udokwu (left) receiving his award from  Festival Director, Prof Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi

 Awardees at the event included Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma(vice chancellor UNN), Dr Ferdinand Anikwe(DG CBAAC), Prof. Stella C, Okunna (Dean faculty of social sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.); Greg Mbajiorgu, Tajudeen Sowole (The Guardian Newspapers), Hon Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Moses Ohiomokhare, HRH Igwe A.I, Ofuebe(Ogidiga of Ifite Ogwari), Hon Ifeanyi Aniagoh, Chukwudi Udoye, Chinyere Odinukwe, Chukwudi  Ike-Okoye and Titus Aborate.

  The Festival Director, Prof Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi in his speech expressed concern 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Tradition, contemporary interpretation of Yoruba Monarch, Ogunwusi’s swapping of seat with wife

By Tajudeen Sowole

A picture, it has been said, 'speaks thousand words'. Yes, but what has one second click of camera got to do with probing into the mindset of a young monarch, the Ooni of Ile Ife, Oba (King) Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi? He answer lies in conflicting views of tradition and contemporary behaviour. 
Ooni of Ile Ife, Oba (King) Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi with wife,
Olori Wuraola Zynab Otiti during a recent visit to Ghana.

The current Ooni has never hidden his desire for a shift in expanding the relevance of monarchy in contemporary African setting. As the 51st Ooni, coronated on 7 December 2015, he has since been in the news for all the change reasons that were hardly noted in history of monarchy sphere of Yorubaland, southwest Nigeria.

 The picture of Ooni Ogunwusi swapping 'position' with his wife, Olori Wuraola Zynab Otiti Ogunwusi confirms that the King of modern day ancient town of Ile Ife is somebody to watch, perhaps,

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Filling Mosaic Art Vacuum With Olaopa's Mission

By Tajudeen Sowole

 AS one of the oldest media of visual representation, mosaic art, whichdates back to the third millennium BCE, is still, in contemporary era, mostly used for outdoor works. Perhaps, confining it to outdoor, particularly in a country like Nigeria where the demand for it is not as regular, has been the reason for its decline and weak appreciation.
Mosaic mural for outdoor wall covering of a private building in Lagos.
Also, being a medium of art that requires an artist's painstaking attention in placing spots of materials to form clusters of images, quite a number of artists keep a distance from the ancient art form. In Lagos, the most notable mosaic art in public space exists as murals along the tunnel-like road at Maryland - in and outward of Ojota, Lagos. Apparently, there are

Etisalat Prize for Literature list

Winner of 2015 Etisalat Literature Prize, Fiston Mwanza Mujila
The 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature shortlist:

Mr. and Mrs. Doctor by Julie Iromuanya (Coffee House Press, USA), The Yearning by Mohale Mashigo (PanMacmillan, South Africa), Piggy Boy’s Blues by Nakhane Toure (Blackbird Books imprint of Jacana Media, SA), The Peculiars by Jen Thorpe (Penguin Random House, USA), Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John