UNESCO Inscribes Reggae Into World Heritage List

Bob Marley: Reggae’s acclaimed exponent The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has added Jamaican reggae, Georgian wrestling and Japanese Raiho-shin rituals, among six new elements to its list of “intangible heritage” for the world to treasure. The UN cultural agency said the listings were meant to further improve the visibility of often little-known and understood arts traditions. The Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is meeting until December 1 in Mauritius, inscribing new elements to its much coveted-list A lot of music lovers were…

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Big War Breaks @ NCC, DG In Hiding

• As Staff Say He Must Go   Federal Secretariat, Abuja went on “fire” on Friday, September 21, 2018 as the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) protested against the administrative style of the Commission’s Director General, Mr. Afam Ezekude, asking for his “immediate sack, prosecution and imprisonment.” The staff’s protest which brought activities in the premises to a standstill was informed by what they described as the high-handed approach of the D G to matters concerning them as well as the functions of…

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Lagos State Gov. Hosts 11-Yr.-Old Hyperrealist Artist, Pledges Educational Aid

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with 11-year old hyperrealist artist, Kareem Waris Olamilekan (2nd left) and his Parents, Mr Mutiu and Mrs Zainab Kareem during Waris visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday hosted an 11-year-old hyperrealist artist, Kareem Waris Olamilekan who drew a stunning portrait of French President, Emmanuel Macron in just two hours on the spot during the President’s visit to the new Afrika Shrine in Lagos. Governor Ambode,…

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Bolatito Ibitola Wins 2018 ‘Art X Prize With Access’

R-L: Amaechi Okobi of Access Bank, Bolatito Ibitola, winner, and Tokini Peter side, founder, Art X West Africa’s renowned art fair, Art X Lagos and Access Bank have announced Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola as the winner of the 2018 edition of Art X Prize with Access, instituted to recognize and support emerging visual artists in Nigeria. Bolatito was chosen from a pool of several dozen applicants by a jury of five renowned artists comprising pioneering artist, Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya; Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare MBE; highly regarded visual artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Honorary…

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Chimamanda, the Global Voice

By James Eze Like smoke, curling skywards to announce the presence of fire, Chimamanda Adichie has continued to rise and force a re-think of the place of women in Africa and the world. Before her, there was Ahibe Ugbabe, the first female king of the Igbo. There was Queen Amina of Zaria and there was Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. But these figures belong to another age. Adichie is a phenomenon playing out before our eyes. She belongs to us! We have seen her, spoken to her and taken a selfie with her.…

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Favour Proudly Nigerian, Flies African Flag in Brazil

Favour does her thing with the troup For all you may care, one Nigerian gospel music artiste is making her country proud in a very distant land. Favour Ndukwe is her name and she is currently based in far away Brazil in the South American country where she is teaching African way of life, particularly dance, dressing and language. Ndukwe, who released her first album, ‘Beautiful God’ in 2010, has a unique African background which was first recognised by a Brazillin goverment school, Escola  de Prefeture, Emef Vereadora Anna Lambetge…

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Non-profit Foundation Gears Up For First Essay Writing Competition In Bayelsa‎

The maiden edition of the Robert Sunday Iworiso Essay Writing competition for senior secondary schools in Bayelsa State will hold on August 22 and 23, 2017 at the Ijaw National Academy in Kaiama. The competition is being organized by a non-profit organization, the Robert Sunday Iworiso Foundation in conjunction with ‎the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Bayelsa State Chapter and the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education. At a press conference in Yenagoa‎ to formally announce the competition, a director of the foundation, ‎ Chief John Iworiso explained that the essay…

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