The ninth edition of Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange Project, WSICE 84, ended yesterday in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Themed, The Pursuit of Truth (Truth and the National Psyche), it featured a yearly essay competition, which had been a regular event in the cultural exchange. This year’s event saw 84 students, symbolic of Soyinka’s age, writing…
Blind stab … A boomerang of human deeds
The complexities of life cannot be expounded in one piece or its intricate happenstances in a sentence. For this incongruity, some people say life is a comedy that should be laughed at, while others believe it is a paymaster, a boomerang or tragedy and receipts of any of its deeds — good or evil —…
Jero’s metamorphosis and a cleric’s hunger for power
Napoléon Bonaparte, the French statesman, having lost hope in religion, said: “If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.”
The power of collaborating in films
Over the course of the history of cinema, there have been several milestones created by artists who came together to collaborate and create something special. Now, while all of filmmaking is collaborative, what is referenced here particularly is when artists live out the definition....
In Ebonyi, criticism conference takes centrestage
Criticism is rarely a popular genre of literature. But emerging issues in modern narrative makes it important and essential. This age old tradition came to the fore at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State recently, when the Association of Nigerian Authors...
For Rwanda’s Ubumuntu Arts Festival, Kinonso goes crowd-funding
Rarely adopted in the Nigerian art space to raise funds for artistic and cultural projects, Kinonso Koncepts may have broken the ice as the pioneering theatre company to crowd-fund its forthcoming invitational performance in Kigali, Rwanda at the fourth Ubumuntu Arts Festival.
With Isale Eko, Benson retells Lagos chieftaincy story
Long before the coming of colonial masters, the various kingdoms in the country had their leadership structure. They equally had ways by which new kings emerged.In Isale Eko, a play staged to celebrate the 55th anniversary of one of Nigeria’s foremost insurance company, AIICO Insurance Plc.
Let me entertain you
A few years ago I attended a film festival and naturally, ran into a few filmmakers, one of which was a really cerebral director with very artistic and Avant Garde influences from Europe, Third Cinema and German impressionism.
Patrick Diabuah: Create right structure and theatre will generate wealth
To be honest, I love the art of performance, specifically acting on stage. I would say that it is my first attraction, something that I have always wanted to do as a child, but as it might sound the stage found me.
Of demons, ghosts in Yeats: The Only Jealousy of Emer on stage in Lagos
Recently Ireland-based Nigerian actors, Yemi Adenuga, Deji Adenuga, Oluwayomi Ogunyemi, Esosa Ighodaro, Penelope Anyaji-Aniuzu, and Deola Gimbiya, who joined up in Lagos, performed The Only Jealousy of Emer, written by famous Irish writer, William Butler Yeats at Freedom Park, Lagos. It was the presentation of Nigerian Carnival Ireland, a Nigerian-centric culture outfit managed by the…
Made in Nigeria poetry group set to hit Jos
Dike Chukwumerije and his group are set to take the Made in Nigeria Simply Poetry to Jos, Plateau State, after two epic performances in Maiduguri and Yola, with a message of empathy, love and tolerance on the journey to nationhood in order to encourage peace building.
MTNF, BAP bring back ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’
Another run of the critically acclaimed hit musical, Fela and the Kalakuta Queens is back courtesy of the MTN Foundation and Bolanle Austen-Peters Production (BAP).
From Lagos to Jos: Theatre festivals expanding Nigeria’s cultural landscape
As Lagos Theatre Festival (LTF) 2018 drew to a close on Sunday, March 4, in Lagos, Jos Festival of Theatre (JFT), organised by the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Dr. Patrick-Jude Oteh-led Jos Repertoire Theatre (JRT), took off the same day in faraway city of Jos, Plateau State capital. The two festivals…