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Articles by Sabo Kpade

28 Apr 2019
In the closing pages of his instructive biography, “Kill The Black One First”, Michael Fuller, 60, is asked by an archivist:
14 Apr 2019
The fourth edition of Sotheby’s auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art was held in its London offices this April. It included 44 works by artists from across the continent totaling £2.3 million. Of the 75 lots offered this year by the American owned company, over 90% were new to auction. The big sell of…
24 Mar 2019
This year’s auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art at Bonhams in London was an impressive harvest. It was also preceded by a three day free exhibition of the works on sale. The auction is a marketplace like any other but one uncelebrated aspect of such sales is the single opportunity to see rare works…
10 Mar 2019
Last year, Nigeria’s master-novelist, Ben Okri found new relevance by adapting Albert Camus’ “The Outsider” for London’s Coronet Theatre. While his poems were the most persuasive...
24 Feb 2019
The characters in Emmanuel Iduma’s “A Stranger’s Pose” (2018, Cassava Republic Press) drift in and out of the reader’s focus like apparitions.
10 Feb 2019
What does it mean to memorialise ideas in a society? And how does making built form contribute to that? Can anything be ritualised and turned into a monument in the 21 century? These are some of the lofty questions explored in “Making Memory”, the new exhibition of seven projects by the celebrated British-Ghanaian architect, Sir…
23 Dec 2018
The Rise Of Duncan Mighty With five full length albums to his name, including 2016’s “The Certificate”, Duncan Mighty was still Port Harcourt’s best kept secret having avoided the flash and pop of the music industry in Lagos. “Fake Love” his collaboration with Wizkid reintroduced his inimitable singing, peerless writing and old highlife pedigree to…
2 Dec 2018
Four years into her husband’s first term as the 44th president of the United States of America, Michelle Obama was only then coming to grips with her position as a First Lady whose power she described thus: “A curious thing, as soft and undefined as the role itself”. She had no executive authority, did not…
11 Nov 2018
The Royal African Society’s Film Africa festival now in its 8th year, is held annually across various cinemas in London. It presents a fair summary of promising and recognized...
28 Oct 2018
The London Literature Festival which now in its 12th edition, aims to mirror the English capital’s image as a multicultural hotspot and hodge-podge.
14 Oct 2018
Every art fair is a marketplace like any other, and with annual editions in London, Marrakech and New York, the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair...
30 Sep 2018
A standing ovation on press night is not a common feature in London’s theatre world. But it seemed like the very least the audience at Trafalgar Studios could...