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Franklin Ugobude

12 Sep 2021
Today, the Nigerian film industry or Nollywood as it is more commonly referred to, is recognised as one of the biggest in the world. There are star actors, higher production values and the intensely enthusiastic participation of global audiences in the burgeoning film scene in the country. However, these advancements did not occur until recently,…
31 Jan 2021
In Igbo land, masquerades are seen as superior beings. When a masquerade is seen in public, they have to be treated with respect because it is believed that they embody both the spirit and human worlds. There’s also a popular theory that the masquerades spring from the soil, making them higher than man, and regarded…
27 Dec 2020
The year 2020 was a difficult year for a lot of people, and the Nigerian film industry was no exception. Shoots were cancelled, film releases were delayed and now, production companies have to find new and innovative ways to convince their audience to visit the cinemas, in the middle of a pandemic that has threatened…
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…
1 Aug 2020
On Friday, 31st of July, Beyonce released her third visual album "Black Is King" exclusively on the streaming platform, Disney+. The film serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album “The Lion King: The Gift,” a tie-in album curated by the singer for the 2019 remake of “The Lion King” in which she stars…
13 Jul 2020
For a lot of young people, Professor Wole Soyinka was the man with white hair and a white glorious beard who wrote and had a prefix ‘Nobel laureate’ whenever his name seemed to be mentioned in public. However, there’s more to Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka as a person - a lot more than meets the…
5 Jul 2020
On Sunday, Beyoncè announced her visual album Black is King with a one minute trailer posted on her social media pages and her website. The album was inspired by the 2019 version of The Lion King where the singer starred as Nala and produced a soundtrack album for the film. According to a press release…
7 Jun 2020
While staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic isn’t something we’d ordinarily want to do, a lot of us have found creative ways to curb the boredom by creating routines and finding joys in the little things that ordinarily brought us joy before now. So whether it’s trying out new recipes on that YouTube…
10 May 2020
The internet plays home to various lists written by culture writers and local guides on where to have fun in Lagos. The Freedom Park is a recurring place on these listicles with popular travel media startup, The Culture Trip referring to this park as a ‘multi-functional cultural hub’. All of these descriptions accurately talk about…
12 Apr 2020
There's every likelihood that at some point or the other you may have seen one of the videos from the #DontRushChallenge - yes that magical challenge where black women are switching from comfortable to chic with the flick of a makeup brush or, in recent cases, other objects. As with many other internet challenges in…
16 Feb 2020
On February 14th every year, lovers all over the world go out to mark the feast of St Valentine’s, commonly referred to as Valentine’s Day. The celebrations originated from an ancient Roman tradition called Lupercalia where young men stripped naked and ran around spanking young maidens mildly to boost their fertility. When Christianity became the…
18 Aug 2019
Female leaders in Nigeria may not be as widespread as one would expect, but it is not a new concept. In the past, women have taken charge of the affairs of their communities either as chiefs, queens and queen mothers. In most cases, these stories have been hereditary - from a male traditional ruler to…

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