Alaafin declares OPC leader, Adams, as new Aare Ona Kankanfo

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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has picked Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) national coordinator, Gani Adams, as the 15th Aare Onakankafo of Yorubaland.

Adams pick came 19 years after demise of Presidential candidate of defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), Moshood Abiola, who was the last person to assume the office in 1988.

The office, regarded as the Chief of Army Staff for Yorubaland, was introduced King Ajagbo, who ruled the defunct Oyo empire for over 700 years ago.

In a statement by Adams’ media aide, Segun Akanni, said that the monarch announced Adams choice in a letter sent to him from the Oba’s palace.

He said: “GOD has done it. Thanks and honor be to Almighty GOD, the creator of Heaven and Earth. As from today Sunday 15th, October 2017, that man with many Chieftaincy titles, the National Coordinator of OPC has been selected as the 15th Aare one Kankanfo for Yorubaland.”

Aare Ona Kakanfo was a title given to the generalissimo, the war general during the old Oyo Empire. An Aare Ona Kakanfo would lead battles, fight wars, mobilise and train “soldiers” and conquer the enemies.

It would be recalled that the introduction of the title was informed by the need to fortify the ancient, pre-colonial army of the old Oyo Empire which at one time could boast of over 100,000 horsemen.

Also, in recent times, the selection seem to have been informed by other considerations the chief of which is the acceptability of the leader among a large section of the people of the South West and such a leader being accepted as worthy Yoruba leadership by other nationalities in Nigeria.

Ambode unveils Fela’s 25ft statue, harps on his human rights struggles By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

As part of the activities to mark 20th anniversary of late Afrobeat Music icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s demise, Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has unveiled a 25 feet statue of him, just as he described the late Afrobeat legend as one who fought for liberation of the masses.

Ambode added that the late Fela voluntarily turned his back on comfort and privilege but took his saxophone as a weapon to liberate the masses from neo-colonialism and bad governance in the continent.

The governor unveiled the Liberation Statue on Sunday in honour of Fela erected at Allen Roundabout in Ikeja with a human right activist, Femi Falana, veteran Nollywood actor, Pa Olu Jacobs and his wife, Joke Silva; Fela’s first manager, Chief Benson Idonije and members of late Fela’s family including Yemi Ransome-Kuti (Head of family), Seun Kuti, Kunle Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Motunrayo Kuti, Dotun Olukoye Ransome-Kuti.

He noted that one unique quality of the late music icon was that he used his platform, art, to agitate for social and human rights, for the masses, just as he challenged government and citizens to explore development through social and economic activities that are rooted in African values.

While insisting that the spirit of Fela was still alive as a movement of social consciousness and justice against oppression, the Governor said the late legend made the world sit up and take notice of the energy of African art and music, adding that he will forever be accorded his position in the global hall of fame of artistes.

“The phenomenon that the world knows as “Fela” was deeply rooted in the evolution of Lagos State. The story of music, art, entertainment and tourism in Lagos and Nigeria cannot be told without an eloquent mention of the “Abami eda”.

“On this day, October 15th, which would have been Fela’s 79th birthday, the government and people of Lagos State celebrate ‘’Fela’’ with the unveiling of this Liberation Statue.  It has been 20 years since he passed on but the memories he left us with remain evergreen. Today we celebrate a man who voluntarily turned his back on a life of comfort and privilege, and took up his saxophone as a weapon to fight for the liberation of our people from neo-colonialism and bad governance.

“This “Liberation” statue is not an image of Fela but a symbol of Fela’s philosophy. This artwork was created as a form of respect and remembrance to this legend; what he stood for and fought for with his music; his mythology; struggle for freedom; fight for human dignity; social consciousness; courage and Pan-Africanism,” the Governor added.

Responding on behalf of the family, Fela’s daughter and social commentator, Yeni Kuti commended the state government for coming up with such a monument to recognize and honour their father.

She said: “Before people on social media will start to say the Fela has no head or it has no hand and so on, it is art and before you abuse us, let me answer quickly. It is art. How an artist feels is how he feels because if he had put a head and the head did not look like Fela, everybody will say the head did not look like Fela so now you cannot abuse the head because it is not even there.

“The artist has said it is a spirit and when Fela was alive, he hated statues and so I think this effigy is a good representation of what Fela would have wanted because he did not like statues and that is why at the Museum you will notice that there is no statue of Fela. Everybody wants to do his statue and I have fought against it. So, this one I can accept it and so I want to thank the artist who designed it and also thank the governor for recognizing Fela in a big way.”

Osinbajo, Saraki assure creative industry of adequate support

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The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, have hailed the creativity and ingenuity of Nigerian artistes which they have deployed to project the image of the country, even as they assured them of adequate support to improve the industry.

They gave the assurance after watching a grand performance of the cultural troupe, Wakaa the Musical, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, with minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed and others.

Osinbajo, who described the event as trilling hinted that he had never seen such performance before, describing it as absolutely incredible and wonderful.

The producer of the theatre group and Chief Executive of Terra Culture, Bolanle Austen-Peters, while welcoming guests to the occasion said it was the group’s way of promoting creativity in the industry among Nigerian youths.

“Art is still taking the back stage in the country but we are prepared to boost it greatly due to the diversification drive of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“This industry is not what to be ashamed of and the youths  can really make a living out it in spite of what one studied in school. We need to look at the kind of education that we give to our young people so that they can be self- employed and increase their financial status,’’ the lawyer-turned artiste added.

On the message of Wakaa, Austen-Peters, said it was a satire and a message of hope, depicting the triumph of good over evil, also of love.

While commending the sponsors, she stressed that the need for the country’s industrialists and philanthropists to put their money where the message is.

Austen-Peters said that the measure was to encourage more artistes and those in the creative industry to produce higher quality of products to be displayed outside the country.

Ambode to unveil 20ft Awolowo statue

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The Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, would by next Tuesday unveil a new iconic statue of the late sage and first premier of defunct Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, barely 30 years he passed away.

According to the government, the imposing bust located on Obafemi Awolowo way by the Lagos Television (LTV) junction in Ikeja, is a befitting replacement to the old statue that was removed from the Allen Avenue round-about.

Standing at 20 feet, the new Awo bust will be unveiled by the governor  and other notable dignitaries across the State, to re-echo the values the late nationalist stood for.

The unveiling ceremony is also expected to be witnessed by members of the Awolowo family and those who believe in his school of thought, Awoists, across the country, with minimal traffic disruption between 11am and 12noon on Tuesday.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, in a statement on Saturday, hinted that the ceremony will reinforce Ambode’s commitment to acknowledging the contributions of patriots whose deeds and ideals were instrumental to making South-West region especially Lagos, a formidable political and intellectual force within Nigeria.

”It has always been Ambode’s desire to honour patriots and nationalists like Obafemi Awolowo whose impeccable record and immense contribution to regional and national development inspired new generation of brilliant and forward-looking politicians like the Governor himself,” Ayorinde said.

He added that erecting the bust on same road that was named after the former Premier of Western region several years ago and beside the television station that was the first to be owned by a state government was a unique way to keep Awo legacy alive in the state.

Designed and produced by Hamza Atta, the Awo bust symbolizes and projects his true value and reminds visitors and history enthusiast about the legacy of the foremost statesman.

Awolowo was the first Premier of Western Region after playing a key role in Nigeria’s Independence in 1960. He led what was regarded as the most efficient Civil Service in West-Africa, which led to the transformation of major sectors in Nigeria especially the Western region.

As the Asiwaju Omo Oodua, Awolowo integrated and seamlessly developed the then Western Region through the construction of modern and sustainable infrastructure and industries which expanded trade and improved the economy of the region.

His free education scheme in the region, which was first of its kind in Africa, remains a point of reference till date. And it was his ingenuity that led to development of Nigeria’s first industrial complex and commercial housing estate in Ikeja and Ibadan which has remained a sustainable driver of the region’s economy.

His contributions towards responsive governance in the then Western Region, particularly Lagos, remain one of the bedrock of the state development.

Nigeria is proud of its arts, entertainers-Osinbajo

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The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said Nigeria is very  proud of its arts and entertainment industry, where talented Nigerians have continued to showcase their skills and exceed world-class standards.

Osinbajo noted that the industry has indeed proven clearly that without anybody, even government coming to their aid, they can hold their own.

Osinbajo, who made the claim while receiving cast of how to write a letter essay blank Wakaa: The Musical, led by Bolanle Austen-Peters, Producer and Director and Bimbo Manuel, an actor, on Friday, at the Presidential Villa, added that the Buhari administration would lend its support in whatever way we are able.

Recalling that he had seen some of the performances of the group, the Vice President noted that it’s absolutely amazing, extremely professional.

He commending the work of Nigerian actors, artists and performance especially in the creative industry, stressing, we don’t even need to compare ourselves. The Nigerian entertainment industry is in a class by itself. Absolutely incredible, real talent. There is no real comparison to what our people are doing.

Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, who was also at the meeting said Wakaa Musical performance which has been staged in several places including London, has writing Nigeria’s name in gold locally and internationally.

Austen-Peters commended the Vice President for receiving the group in the Presidential Villa, noting that such a gesture at short notice was very encouraging, “it shows we are doing something.”

Osinbajo has been invited as Special Guest of Honour at a Command Performance of Wakaa on October 2, 2017, during the grand finale of the 9-day performance of the musical in Abuja.

dial a teacher homework help Wakaa: The Musical is a play about the trials, successes and experiences of 6 young graduates with varied backgrounds, revealing the struggles and challenges of young Nigerians at home and abroad. It is a production of BAPS Productions.

Ogun former governor mourns veteran actor, Faleti,

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Ogun state former Governor, Gbenga Daniel, has expressed shock at the passing on of veteran actor, Adebayo Faleti, describing him as a rare gem; an uncommon individual.
Faleti, a renowned custodian of Yoruba culture and foremost playwright who translated Nigeria’s National Anthem into Yoruba, passed on barely 24 hours ago at age 86.
Daniel in a condolence message to the Faleti’s on Monday signed his Media Officer,  Ayo Giwa, said the elder statesman was a man of many parts who equally excelled in his career as a poet, journalists, writer, translator, broadcaster and TV exponent.
According to the former governor, the late octogenarian had always been in the forefront of promoting culture especially Yoruba traditions and values.
He said: “His undying passion for the development and uplift of Yoruba values could only be described in the superlatives. He was a celebrated artist and an astute administrator.
“Late Chief Adebayo’ s death was a great loss to the nation particularly the entire Yorubaland but his life and works will continue to be reference points in our national history,” Daniel added.
According to his Faleti’s son, Adeniyi , the poet and veteran actor, who translated the National Anthem into Yoruba died in his residence yesterday.

Art X Lagos 2017 set to converge Africa’s leading art icons in Lagos By Ada Dike

From Friday 3rd November to Sunday 5th November 2017, The Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, will host the second edition of the annual art fair, ART X Lagos.

This was announced by TP-Collective.

It was gathered that some Africa’s most sought-after established and emerging artists, and leading galleries would be there including prestigious galleries such as Art House – The Space (Nigeria), SMO Contemporary (Nigeria), Stevenson Gallery (South Africa), Gallery 1957 (Ghana) and Tafeta (United Kingdom), amongst others.

It would be recalled that the debut edition of ART X Lagos last year, saw 65 artists, drawn from 10 countries in Africa, present works of art across various mediums including painting, sculpture, illustration and photography.

Special projects included live art installations, and performances that combined music with visual art. During its three-day run, over 5,000 visitors attended the art fair, spanning art lovers, enthusiasts, collectors and international observers.

Building on the success of its maiden edition, and continuing with its objective to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and the diaspora, the presenting galleries have been chosen by a Selection Committee led by Advisory Board members, the renowned Senegalese curator, art critic and cultural consultant, N’Goné Fall and one of Nigeria’s most respected art collectors and leading commercial lawyers, Femi Lijadu,. The 2017 art fair will also feature curated projects, and a talks program, curated by Missla Libsekal, an independent cultural producer and the founder of Another Africa.

According to its organiser, a live art and music performance featuring Africa’s most talented rising artists, as well as interactive projects curated by A Whitespace Creative Agency will proceed the art fair.

Speaking at the announcement of  Dissertation Assistance Newsletter Com the fair recently, Art Essay Help ART X Lagos founder and Director of TP-Collective, Tokini Peterside, said, the fair aimed to promote African art.

Our debut art fair in 2016 was an exciting and exhilarating experience that validated our decision to cr

eate this vital platform for the growth and increased visibility of African artists and galleries. We are incredibly proud of our achievement, which culminated in visits by over 5,000 visitors to the Civic Centre over three days, to see the works of Africa’s most inspiring artists,” he said.

“This would have been impossible without the phenomen


al support of the galleries, sponsors and partners, who took a huge leap of faith and committed to support us fr

om ground zero, for which we are most grateful. In just four months’ time, we will be opening the doors to the ART X Lagos art fair, and we look forward once again to welcoming a vast and varied local and international audience as we seek to reinforce Lagos’ position as an emergent cultural capital on our continent,” Peterside added. ART X Lagos was founded by Tokini Peterside, while its executive team is also supported by an Advisory Board comprised of – Labi Ogunbiyi, Dudun Peterside, Evelyn Oputu, Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman, Femi Lijadu, Jess Castellote, Junaid Dikko, N’Goné Fall and Reni Folawiyo. homework help judaism ART X Lagos 2017 is made possible by the generous, committed support of its sponsors, which includes thus far – Access Bank (Gold Sponsor); Absolut (Silver Sponsor); Stanbic IBTC Pensions, Seven Up and Anap Jets (Bronze Sponsors).

Actor unveils campaign poster for Anambra gubernatorial election

By Ada Dike

The internet was agog with the news of Nollywood declaring his interest to contest for the upcoming Anambra Sate gubernatorial election.

The actor, today posted a poster on his Instagram handle.

“My name is Yul Edochie, and I’m running for Governor of Anambra state 2017,” he declared, but he did not disclose the party he belonged to.

“We need a new brand of leaders who will put the masses first. The older ones have failed us for too long….They have come to THE LAST BUS STOP!!!” he added.

Actor Ernest Asuzu says he’s back and better in Nollywood Helping Writing Essay By Ada Dike

One of Nollywood actors, Ernest Asuzu, who suffered from stroke some years back and later recovered, said he’s back and better to move the industry forward.

The actor, who said that he is back to the industry as a different person, also revealed that the stroke he suffered from was not a natural thing.

He said that another actor got jealous of his rising profile and inflicted him with it. He also the industry of being evil.

The Nollywood actor was in high spirit and enthusiastic about his return to the film industry and emphasised that he had handed over his ordeal to God.

He frowned at the way things are being done in the industry, claiming that some practitioners depend on charms and are wicked with the way they treat people.

He suffered from stroke some years ago, but planned to make a new tremendous mark as a good Christian in the industry.

He also revealed how a man of God gave him a gift of a sports utility vehicle when he was down with stroke.

Singing Senator Melaye, welcomes dancing Senator Adeleke to senate

By Ada Dike

Shortly after the swearing in of the Senator representing Osun West,  Ademola Adeleke, at the Upper Chamber in Abuja yesterday, he was seen in  a picture exchanging pleasantries with the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.

While Adeleke’s scintillating dance steps endeared him to the hearts of many young Nigerians that watched his video where he was celebrating his victory last after last Saturday’s election, Melaye is known as a good dancer and singer, whose track, “Aje Kun iya” is still making waves in Lagos and online.