Sunday, 12 July 2020

Today, FG hands over National Arts Theatre to CBN, Bankers' Committee

National Theatre, Lagos.
A major shift in the culture sector took place few hours ago as the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed led the federal government delegation in the handing over of the National Arts Theatre complex, Iganmu, Lagos to the CBN and the Bankers’ Committee.

In attendance, according to sources from the government were the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare; the CEO, Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy and other top officials in the state government.

Actor, Jimmy Johnson of 'The Village Headmaster' (1940-2020)

 Jimmy Johnson. Pic: c/o Voice of Nigeria..
Actor and broadcaster, Jimmy Johnson who died on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 would be remembered for two historic parts in Nigeria’s cultural space.

 Johnson was a member of the revered Mbari Artistes and Writers Club, formed at the University of Ibadan in the early 1960s. The group, in the post independence Nigeria served as fountain from which the new generation of creative professionals benefited. Members of the Mbari Club, among others include Wole Soyinka, Ulli Beier (German linguist), Chinua Achebe, Uche Okeke, Christopher Okigbo, Mabel Segun, J.P Clark, Christopher Kolade, Lindsay Barrett, Demas Nwoko, Tunji Oyelana, Jimi Solanke and Bruce Onobrakpeya.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

For UK's national gallery, Odutola captures White Teeth author, Smith

Portrait of author, Zadie Smith tagged 'A Love Letter To Black Britain' by Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Nigerian-born artist, Toyin  Ojih-Odutola's strokes in portraiture go to the National Portrait Gallery, London, U.K. And the sitter, a big novelist: Zadie Smith, author of the popular novel White Teeth.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Okon, Arthur others get Britain's Turner Prize £10,000 bursaries

Ima-Abasi Okon. Pic: Photo: Georgia Lucas-Going.

Europe-based Nigerian artist, Ima-Abasi Okon, has been listed among 2020 Turner Prize recipients of £10,000 bursaries. Also on the list is Liz Johnson Artur, a Ghanaian-Russian artist.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Report on creative industry will get 'full implementation', FG assures

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
One month and two weeks after the Federal Government inaugurated the Post-Covid-19 Initiatives Committee on the Creative Industry, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has assured that Federal Government will fully implement the contents.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Uwa Usen (May 12, 1963-June 30, 2020)

Uwa Usen.

Former President, Society of. Nigerian Artists (SNA), Uwa Usen died in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, in the evening of Tuesday, June 30 2020. Usen's death was confirmed Wednesday evening by his colleague at University of Uyo,  Prof Best Ochigbo shortly after SNA, Lagos posted the news on its Facebook page.

EUR 20,000 Henrike Grohs Art Awards for African artist

'Urhobo Posts', among the sculptures on display at the controversial  Christie's auction, in Paris on Monday.

With Covid-19 pandemic  disrupting activities, Goethe-Institut has announced
cancelation of its 2020 Henrike Grohs Art Award ceremony in Dakar, Senegal.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Congo Mask, 'stolen' Nigerian sculptures swell over Eur 1million auction sales

Songye Mask of Republic of Congo, sold for EUR 420,400. 

With total sales of EUR 1,396,900, including buyer’s premium for 26 lots, Christie's auction defiantly sold, among others, alleged stolen Nigerian artefacts yesterday.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Against Nigeria's objection, sales of 'stolen' artefacts go ahead in Paris

Pair of Igbo Statues Attributed To The Master Of Awka Couple, Nri-Awka Region, Nigeria. Pic: From Christie's website.
Today, some allegedly stolen artefacts of Nigerian origin are heading for sales in Paris, France, despite several efforts to stop the auctioning.

Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), under the Ministry of Information and Culture, as well as some art scholars in the diaspora have raised alarm over the auction house, Christie's legitimacy to sell the artefacts. In fact, the NCMM, in a letter dated June 17, 2020, has asked Christie's to stop the scheduled sales.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

LagosPhoto20 of 'Rapid Response Restitution'

'Minimal Republics', one of the exhibits at LagosPhoto 2019 described as the artificial nature of borders.PIC: C/O AAF.
The eleventh edition of yearly LagosPhoto Festival themed 'Rapid Response Restitution', is a concept developed by Azu Nwagbogu and Dr. Clémentine Deliss, with Guest Curator, Dr. Oluwatoyin Sogbesan.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Ezeigwe's painterly Beast Of No Nation for political class

Napoleon, 2019, oil on canvas, 91.4 x 66.1cm
In late controversial musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti's musical content, artist Ikechukwu Ezeigwe derives inspiration for his paintings.

Ezeigwe's solo art exhibition titled Beast Of No Nation, virtually showing till June 29, 2020, courtesy of Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi Lagos, places leaders, across the world, on the spots of responsible privilege. It is of note that Ezeigwe is making his first major solo exhibition after winning the grand prize of ‘Next of Kin’ 2019 art competition organised by Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Lagos.

Over 30 artists converged on Sharjah for Art in the Age of Anxiety

Art in the Age of Anxiety, 2020. Installation view: Sharjah Art Foundation. Photo: Danko Stjepanovic
After over three months of break, in the wake of curtailing spread of COVID-19 pandemic, Sharjah Art Foundation  (SAF), in UAE has reopened for select venues.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Boris Johnson celebrates Nigerian teen artist

Mariam Ayolola Kaka
British Prime Minster, Boris Johnson has celebrated Nigerian teen girl, Mariam Ayolola Kaka, a 15-year-old student of Olabisi Onabanjo University International School, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, for emerging the overall winner of a global art competition.