Sunday, 28 May 2017

Race Against Time With Abbas' Print-painting canvas

Period, events and technological changes in visual communication, coalesces into artist, Kelani Abbas' new body of sculptural collage and print-painting technique.
 For an unprecedented five-month long, Abbas showed the works as If I Could Save Time, at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos. Basically inspired by his upbringing in a family of printing press profession, the body of work pushes

Foiling Exchange Of Change With Fashakin

Under utilised Old kobo coin depicted in metal foil by Michael Fashakin
Toned in social and economic hues, a body of work  by artist, Michael Fashakin, shown as Exchange of Change at Yusuf Grillo Gallery, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Lagos, revisits the lost monetary value of Nigeria’s currency. Exuding quite a documentary value, the wall pieces refresh memory of prudency as the artist employs large-size coins in metal foils, representing old denomination of kobo coins such as, 10, 25, 5 as well as

Saturday, 27 May 2017

African Cinematography Festival ‘debuts’ in Nigeria

As the hub of African motion picture industry, Nigeria is set to play host to what gas benn described as “first-ever Africa Cinematography Festival of Training, Production enhancement, Workshop Conference, Networking and Technology Expo.”
 It's a week-long event scheduled for the last quarter of the year in Lagos, Contemporary issues in filmmaking, networking, business opportunities and the general film economy which have impacted on the works of filmmakers, actors, film marketers, industry

Fragile diaspora art market challenge for Africa-based artists.

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From the record sale of a painting by late expressionis, Jean-Michel Basquiat; to the magical rise in Njideka Akunyili Crosby's art market value; and total sales of over 78 lots at Sotheby's debut art auction of modern and Contemporary African art, the dynamics of art market has exposed a frightened fragility of most artists based in Africa.

 For artists of African descents, these three separate sales provide a possible categorisation of who sells what (at where?), and not necessarily based on critical appreciation. It seemed that art value of most African artists based at home, is not insulated from the geographical barrier that has hounded great talents - across professions - who practise outside the powerful economies of Europe and the U.S.

  Whoever believed that art was the only opportunity where creative professionals of Africa base could

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Jowhor Ile’s And After Many Days Wins 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Out of the three shortlisted finalists for 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature, a book titled And After Many Days, by Nigerian writer, Jowhor Ile has been announced as the winner.  
 Published in Nigeria by Kachifo Limited, the winning book, which gets £15,000 for Ile, defeated Jacqui L’Ange (South Africa) The Seed Thief (Umuzi Publishers, South Africa); and Julie Iromuanya (Nigeria) Mr & Mrs Doctor (Coffee House Press, USA).

  Ahead of announcing a winner, The jury, led by Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila explained that

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Moji Olaiya (27 February 1975 – 17 May 2017).

Moji Olaiya

Actress, Moji Olaiya emerged into stardom when she featured in  Super Story, a TV soap of Wale Adenuga. Production. Earlier, Adenuga had discovered her in a small role when she acted alongside star actress, Bukky Wright in a film directed by Abbey Lanre.
  Olaiya, the niece of legendary Nigerian musician, Victor Olaiya, was in 2003 nominated for the Reel Award Best Supporting Actress of the Year, and she won the Best New Actress Award.
  As at the period of her death on May 17, 2017 - from cardiac arrest in Canada two months after childbirth - the actress who converted from Christianity to Islam had 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Modern, contemporary African artists converge for 18th Arthouse auction

Lot 61, from the May 2017 Arthouse auction
When West Africa's premier auction house, Arthouse Contemporary opens its previews for the 18th edition, the strength of African art market will again be celebrated.
 The preview is scheduled for Sunday 21 while the auction sales hold on Monday May 22, 2017 at Kia Motor Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos and will showcase works of some of the leading masters in Africa's modern and contemporary art.
 Among such artists considered as modern masters are Ben Enwonwu, Erhabor Emokpae, Ben Osawe, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Abayomi Barber, David Dale,