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13 Dec 2020
A fully developed composition of colonial administration did not take a full character in what would become ‘Nigeria’ until after the 1851 Bombardment of Lagos. The principal basis for the Bombardment was to end slave trade, even though the abolishment had taken place in 1807, and British Naval blockages had taken a position on the…
6 Dec 2020
For many years, Africans have been self-conflicted because of the history it had since experienced from mostly western civilisations. Struggling with the hangover for self-identity and placement in a world distorted from its originality, Africans are left to puzzle up the debris of what is left from history, which is largely a one-sided narrative, as…
2 Dec 2020
The Nigerian-Brazilian History Project has appointed Oludamola Adebowale as its Senior Curator. Oludamola, founder of ASIRI Magazine and The Guardian Life arts and culture contributor will work closely with the project coordinator and senior editors to further the depth, breadth and impact of the Nigerian -Brazilian Public History Project overall aims and objectives. Oludamola O.…
29 Nov 2020
“A society that forgets art risks losing its soul”- Camille Paglia When art travels beyond the realm of expression and into the realm of imposition, only then is its power unravelled. Art is art when it expresses, but art becomes power when it influences. Creative Art can be likened to a master manipulator, the type…
15 Nov 2020
Music in Africa is historically ancient, rich and as diverse as the innumerable tribes and people that make up the continent. In Africa, music is not limited to entertainment, it plays a very important role in religion and culture. Songs and music are used in rituals and religious ceremonies, to pass down stories from generation…
8 Nov 2020
“No culture is older than being human,” these words said by Dike Chukwumerije captures how often we as humans worry about the fading away of our humanity from our limitation on the preservation of African culture. An important structuring of the African culture is formed on an oral tradition established through the use of proverbs…
25 Oct 2020
Agitations, protests and confrontations of any kind have always been part and parcel of the Nigerian system. Way before the country got her independence in 1960, during the colonial era and till now; these actions have either led to a definite change in the system or further sparked a bigger chain of reactions. Back in…
18 Oct 2020
Every society has a belief in something belief in life, belief in death a belief in life after death. These beliefs are instrumental components of culture, and they influence the disposition of a community/people. These principles could be said to be a way to understanding “death” a phenomenon that has since plagued every man and…
11 Oct 2020
The quest for development and growth has been the preoccupation of the human race which has steered to setting up organisations, institutions and structures for these purposes. And so, the Umuada as a matriarchal sect in the Eastern part of Igbo land is one of such and has been in existence longer than imagined. They…
27 Sep 2020
Henna is a historical part of India, Middle Eastern Asia and Africa. Yet, most cultures and religions of the world use henna, all in their unique ways. According to some scholars, henna’s introduction to India is as recent as the 15th century AD. By the 17th century, the barber's wife became responsible for designing the…
20 Sep 2020
Drums are a very essential member of the percussion group of musical instruments. They are normally played by beating with the hand, or with one or two sticks with or without padding. Depending on the class of drum and the type of sound expected, various sticks can be used. They could be wooden sticks, brushes…
Sambian boys
13 Sep 2020
The Sambian people of Papua New Guinea practice one of the most bizarre cultures known to westernisation. So bizarre was this culture that a cultural anthropologist, Gilbert Herdt, described their ritual act of initiation as “ritualised homosexuality.” For clarity, the people of Sambia do not think of this as homosexuality but a ritual to attain…

Guardian Life

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Most of its history and culture is lost as the world progresses through modernisation and migration. However, all hope is not lost as certain cultures have found ways to protect their history through oral traditions, written accounts and cultural practices handed down through generations, one of such being Otjize, the red miracle paste of the…
1 day ago
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A popular fruit choice, there are over 7,000 different apple species and many varieties from sweet red varieties like Red Delicious, Fuji, Gala to tangy green ones. Loaded with many nutrients and antioxidants, apples hold tremendous health benefits, from improving gut health to preventing chronic diseases. Here…
1 day ago
“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack” Coco Chanel Several historical events influenced perceptions that significantly defined the modern-day woman, one of which is the red lipstick. The iconic “red lipstick” has existed for over five thousand years, essentially redefining what characterises the contemporary woman. Though the red lipstick appears small and insignificant, this…
1 day ago
NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant have been honoured on the second anniversary of their death by a bronze sculpture temporarily erected at the helicopter crash site where they died. The bronze statue created by Dan Medina depicts Kobe and Gigi wearing basketball uniforms, staring at each other lovingly as Gigi…
2 days ago
Losing weight takes some consistency.  However, for some people, the results might take longer than expected, and contrary to popular beliefs, it might not be that you're not exercising enough. The truth is that exercising alone might not deliver the full results you want without changing your diet and lifestyle.  How do you fix this?…

Music

3 days ago
FAST-rising Afro-RnB singer, Dimeji Ogaosun, professionally known as Dimi Keye has dropped a soul-stirring extended playlist dubbed, Vibe Sessions.  And within this 5-track EP, the young singer project delves deeper into intimate love plains, creating his strongest body of work so far. With three stellar features from prominent vocalists Nitah, Sai, and Eze, respectively, Dimi Keye…
22 Jan
If the inventors of the guitar – from Antonio Jurado, to Christian Martin, George Beauchamp, among others – were alive today, they would be brimming with smiles
21 Jan
2Baba brings smiles to the faces of fans as the season of love draws closer with the release of his Smile music video.  Smile is a song of promise, as the lyrics are a vow of love to a lover, promising to do all that will keep her smiling. In the video, 2Baba and his…
21 Jan
FAST-rising Afro-fusion chanteuse, Charlotte Fenna, is set to extend her blooming discography with a sophomore extended playlist (EP), dubbed Icy Rain. With the 27-year-old singer set to drop the 5-track project in February, anticipation is rife on whether Charlotte would maintain her stellar sound fusion, and witty song writing that colours her discography. However, the singer…
21 Jan
Grammy-award winning singer Adele has announced the postponement of her Las Vegas residency, scheduled to begin on Friday. Adele made this announcement in an emotional video she shared on Instagram apologizing to her fans for rescheduling the concert dates as her team has been "up against so much." Adele said tearfully, "Hi, listen, I'm so…

Film

3 days ago
Kanye 'Ye' West has called out Netflix, requesting that he does final edits on his Netflix docuseries before it's presented to the masses. Taking to Instagram on Friday, Ye wrote that he would like to ensure all T's are crossed and I's dotted before he green lights the three-part series Jeen-Yuhs. "I'm going to say this…
3 days ago
Stella Damasus has revealed on her Instagram page that her mother has passed on. The 43-year-old actress just celebrated the 11th anniversary of her father’s death in January 2021.  The actress who announced her mother’s death shared a  picture of her mother with a caption that read “This is not goodbye, it’s TILL WE MEET…
21 Jan
Nollywood actor Muyideen Oladapo has set his sight on more academic achievements after bagging his Master's degree from the University of Lagos. Popularly known as Lala in the Yoruba film circle, Oladapo hardly cuts a bookish figure. But his desire for more education has been a life-long dream, he said. "I am not relenting because…
20 Jan
With the weekend only a few days away, now's a better time than ever to get your watch list in order. This weekend, take a fun and worthwhile trip down memory lane with old school Nollywood films that bring to mind the good times.  These are 7 classic Nollywood movies you should binge-watch this weekend,…
19 Jan
Nigerian feature film, Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), has made history as the first Nigerian film to earn an NAACP Image Awards nomination. Directed by the Esiri twins – Arie and Chuko Esiri – and presented by GDN Studios, a subsidiary of The Guardian Group, publishers of The Guardian newspapers, Eyimofe received its historic NAACP…