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5 Nigerian major art & photo festivals of 2017

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Absolut creates a better tomorrow through the power of creativity at Art X
2017 saw exhibitions boldly reinforce Nigeria and Africa’s growing credentials on the global contemporary art scene. From the well put together ART X Lagos to Lagos Photo Festival, this year was bursting with creative potential.

Below are our top art events of the year.
1. Art X
The 2017 edition of Art X Lagos was superb. With a surprise visit from His Highness, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Emir of Kano,  Honourable Minister for Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, the fair opened to rave reviews.

Absolut creates a better tomorrow through the power of creativity at Art X

Absolut creates a better tomorrow through the power of creativity at Art X

Art X Lagos 2017 was a great representation of Nigeria and Africa’s growing credentials on the global contemporary art scene.
The
main exhibition floor was home to 14 exhibiting galleries and 65
artists on show including the Nigerian-born, British-based, globally
renowned artist and sculptor Yinka Shonibare MBE; Zanele Muholi (South Africa); Jeremiah Quarshie (Ghana) amongst others.

In addition, four independent artists,  Polly Alakija, Rom Isichei, Lakin Ogunbanwo and Oluseye presented a selection of their works.
In addition to the exhibitions, the programme of events included a series of talks by eminent artists, including Lemi Ghariokwu, the mastermind behind Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti’s album artwork; Ed Keazor; Stacy Hardy from Chimurenga South Africa; and Olu Amoda.
2. Ake Festival

Everything you missed from the Ake festival 2017

Ake Festival took place in Abeokuta (Temitope Adeiye)

West Africa’s international art and book festival, Ake Festival kicked off in the later part of the year in Abeokuta.
This
year’s theme “This F-Word” had conversations focused largely on
creative women doing amazing things both on the African continent and
beyond.

From
Nnedi Okorafor’s mentorship and writing session to talks on
Afrofuturism and science fiction, the fair was everything feminism.

3. Lagos International Poetry Festival

Performers at the Lagos International Poetry Festival

Performers at the Lagos International Poetry Festival
(Instagram)

This year’s theme, ‘Bridges from Walls’ explored the arts’ capacity to unite humanity. This was what was promised and what was certainly delivered at the Lagos International Poetry Festival.
In
what will forever be ingrained in our memories, South African sensation
Koleka Putuma mesmerized the audience with a powerful rendition of
apartheid, racism and slavery while writer, author and performance poet,
Dike Chukwumerije, delivered a powerful poem on Nigeria and tribalism.

4. Lagos Photo Festival

Launched in 2010, Lagos Photo Festival is the first international art festival of photography in Nigeria.
Running
from November 24 to December 15, 2017, the theme throughout the
festival is Regimes Of Truth, explaining ‘pertinent ideas of constructed
realities and the relevance of legitimacy in contemporary art.’
The month-long festival includes exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions and lots more.

5. Lagos Book and Art Festival

Focusing
on the theme: ERUPTIONS: Global FRACTURES & Collective Humanism,
the festival which held on November 6-12 at the Freedom Park, Lagos, was
dedicated to the poet laureate, Professor Niyi Osundare.

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Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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