Monday, 28 September 2015

Seyi Shay set to feature in Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria

Recently, Seyi Shay uploaded a photo on her instagram page captioned "Can't wait for this picture plus more from 'The Corruption of Eve' to be featured in October at the International photo festival which will be held in Lagos this year!!!! Don't miss it!!" she also tagged the official instagram accounts of the African Artists Foundation and the Lagos Photo Festival in this post. 
With a long list of activities that have continued to put people on the edge of their seats so far, one can only wonder what photos Seyi Shay will be unveiling to the world on the largest photo festival in Nigeria. Well she has hinted us with one of the photos (above), we'll just have to wait and see what this epic collection will look like.

British Council welcomes British artist, Laura Aldridge, to Nigeria as it launches its cultural season in Abuja

Simon Shercliff, British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria arriving the  event

The British Council has welcomed Laura Aldridge, British artist, popularly known for her works across art forms such as photography, screen print, ceramics, fabrics and cement, to Nigeria for the Go Woman Go! project.
In advance of the workshops, the official launch of the UK/Nigeria 2015—16 season in Abuja, saw many arts entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and creatives alongside government and other private sector guests gather at the British Council office, in Maitaima, Abuja on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
Go Woman Go! is the first project in the programme which spans September 2015—April 2016 to take place in Abuja.

Guinness excites football fans as BPL gets underway …Launches ‘Every Minute Made of Black,’


L-R: Ex, Super Eagles Player, Mr. Mutiu Adepoju; Marketing Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc., Mr. Gavin Pike; Legal Director Guinness Nigeria Plc., Mr. Rotimi Odusola and Ex, International Super Falcons of Nigeria, Ms. Ann Chiejine at the launch event of Every Minute Made Of Black…recently

Guinness is once again demonstrating its commitment to football. In fulfillment of its promise to provide more exciting times to football fans, Guinness Nigeria Plc., has launched an exciting marketing campaign  tagged ‘Every Minute Made Of Black’.
Activated across Nigeria, Every Minute Made of Black football consumer promotion has been conceived to reward loyal football fans and give them an intense experience that represents the bold, iconic beer.  
Speaking at the media launch, Brand Guinness Senior Brand Manager, Guinness Nigeria Plc., Kunle Faloye  said, “We have a great property with our broadcast sponsorship of the Barclays Premier League on DSTV and we want to leverage the opportunity to engage fans at home, bars and viewing centers, giving them a stake in the game and the chance to win great prizes. This is truly an innovative promotion, and we hope that our consumers will find it to be fun and an interesting way to watch the BPL games.”

Johnnie Walker launches “Joy Will Take You Further” as new campaign brand ...Unveils Don Jazzy as the Joy Ambassador for the Campaign

L-R: GM, Diageo Brands Nigeria, Mr. Neil Comerford; Head of Reserve, Mr. Joe Nazzal; Head of Marketing, Diageo Brands Nigeria, Ms. Adenike Adebola; Joy Ambassador, Johnnie Walker, Don Jazzy and Corporate Relations Director, Guinness, Mr. Sesan Sobowale at the launch of Johnnie Walker ‘JOY WILL TAKE YOU FURTHER’ Campaign in Lagos…Last week

Don Jazzy

As a way of encouraging millions of Nigerians across the country to celebrate success at every phase of life, Johnnie Walker, the foremost premium Scotch whisky in the world from the stables of Diageo Brands, today unveiled its largest ever global marketing campaign tagged “Joy Will Take You Further”.
 Activated in more than 50 countries simultaneously, Johnnie Walker’s “Joy Will Take You Further” campaign will reach over 350million consumers around the world within the first weeks of launch, urging everyone to recognize and celebrate personal progress they achieve on their walk to success.
Graced by Industry Heads, Chief Executives, Top Management Personnel, Newspaper Editors amongst other extraordinary achievers who share the brand’s view of how happiness in life is a fuel for success, Johnnie Walker celebrated top 100 dynamic individuals who have demonstrated the value in celebrating every step on their walk to achieving their goals, hosting them to a spectacular event held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

CORA/Arterial Network, Nigeria Elects New Steering Committee Members

 On Sunday 13th September 2015, CORA/Arterial Network Nigeria held its 3rd General Assembly where members reflected on the Network's state of affairs in Nigeria. Members also reviewed preparations for the Nigerian delegation to the 2015 Arterial Network African Creative Economy Conference and the 5th Biennial Meeting scheduled for Yaounde, Cameroon in October.
The highpoint of the General Assembly was the election of a new National Steering Committee. The newly elected Steering Committee members are:
1. Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo - Chairperson (re-elected for the second term)  
2. Bolanle Olatunde  - Deputy Chairperson
3. Sola Alamutu   -  Treasurer (re-elected for the second term)
4. Sulayman Deji Etiwe - Financial Secretary (re-elected for the second term)
5. Samuel Osaze - Media and Communication (re-elected for the second term on SC; immediate past Cultural Policy Officer)
6. Malaika Toyo - Cultural Policy Officer (re-elected for the second term; immediate past Media and Comm Officer)
7. Jerry Adesewo - Federal Capital Territoty (FCT) Representative
8. Victor Nwokocha - Port Harcourt Representative

Artwatch Africa Ambassadors seek justice for owners of bombed music Studio in Ouagadougou * Artwatch Africa presents ‘RIGHT TO LIFE’ musical video in Lagos

Members of the ‘Artwatch Africa Ambassadors for Creative Expressions’ have condemned the attack on Studio Abazon of Burkinabe top rapper and revolutionary artiste, Serges Martin Bambara aka Smokey. The attack occurred in the morning hours of Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
This was revealed in a statement made available to Newswatch Times by the Chair, CORA-Arterial Network, Nigeria, Jahman Anikulapo. The attack, according to the statement, was reportedly carried out by members of the RSP, otherwise known as the ‘Presidential Guard,’ led by General Gilbert Diendere, the leader of the military junta that seized power in the country recently.
Newswatch Times learnt that Smokey is the leader of a popular socio-political movement called “BALAI CITOYEN” (The Citizens’ Broom), which led the revolt against the dictatorial actions of former President Blaise Compraore. The popular revolt forced Compraore to resign and flee the country on October 31, 2014. General Diendere was number two man to Compraore, and his leadership of the RSP had targeted Smokey and members of ‘The Citizens’ Broom,” whom they perceived as enemies of the ousted Compraore.
“Studio Abazon, according to rights activists in Ouga, was rocket-bombed by members of the RSP. According to report, the well-equipped studio, which is the hub of young and aspiring musicians in Ouga, was damaged beyond repair, which confirm the suspicion that it was an orchestrated attack on the artiste, who in recent years has become the rallying voice for the politically decimated angry and idealistic young Burkinabe,” it explained

Policies, economists’ recommendations ruining Nigeria’s economy -Boyo

Renowned economist, Mr. Henry Boyo has agreed with Dr. Jimanze Ego-Alowes that economists are truly assassins despite the fact that he is also one.
Boyo made this admonition at the book presentation "Economists as Assassins: the Nigerian connection" authored by Ego-Alowes held in Lagos recently.
While allaying his fears on the damage economists have done to the nation, Boyo said, "The Nigeria economy has suffered as a result of the policies and recommendations of economists. It is impossible to believe that the government borrows back its own money and we live in a country where inflation continues to abide, in spite of resources and facilities or infrastructure we should counter for development. The reason this book is a success is because journalists are not well conversant with what the economy should be. For example, they have celebrated failures in the past, they continue to tell Nigerians that it would make sense for government to borrow money. They also continue to tell Nigerians that it is possible for naira to depreciate even when we had resources. They continue to tell us that it is possible to remove fuel subsidy without improving the value of the exchange rate and they say this with all conviction. Unfortunately, they are lying and that summarizes the veracity of what Jimanze has said in the book."

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Fraudsters manufacture fake Coca Cola

These photos of how fraudsters manufacturing Coca Cola has gone viral.
Although the location is still unclear, the scammers who have been in the system of manufacturing these fake drinks are not relenting.
The photos speak tons of anomalies and poisonous, which has made the general public to be cautioned in watching what they drink.

Pope Francis greets the crowd outside the White House

Pope Francis greets the crowd outside the White House on his way to the next event with Bishops, Priests, Religious and Laity of the Church including all men and women of goodwill.

Victor Yakubu's photo.

CKN expresses gratitude to his family, friends and fans over his release

A couple of minutes ago, he wrote this on Facebook: "MULTITUDES OF GRATITUDE..I wish to use this medium to thank all friends and fans too numerous to mention across the globe who stood by me through thick and thin via prayers,campaigns, text messages, phone calls etc all these days..I also wish to thank my colleagues in the media,those on Facebook,Twitter,bb whose unrelented campaigns for my release surprised even those that kept me under lock and key..I also wish to thank my counsels especially Barr Ebun Olu Adegboruwa for their efforts at getting me released..My utmost gratitude also goes to the members of my immediate and extended families that stood by me like rock of gilbrata..Finally I wish to thank my creator for the gift of life and the strength to overcome..MAY GOD MEET YOU ALL AT THE POINT OF YOUR NEEDS..AM BACK TO MY BEATS..NOTHING HAS CHANGED..IKENGA CKN."



‎Troops‬ Capture ‪#BokoHaram‬ Leaders And ‪Weaponry‬, Rescued More ‪#Women‬

Operation ‪#‎LafiyaDole‬; ‪#‎Troops‬ Capture ‪#‎BokoHaram‬ Leaders And ‪#‎Weaponry‬, Rescued More ‪#‎Women‬ And ‪#‎Children‬,
Sahara Reporters's photo. READ MORE…
Sahara Reporters's photo.


Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience earlier today visited Ikenne Ogun State on a condolence visit to the Awolowo family on the death of Chief Mrs. Hannah Dideolu Awolowo

Tony Nwajei's photo.

Buhari cuts 2015 independence anniversary cost

From Premium Times
The Federal Government is to expend N70 million for the 55th Independence anniversary celebrations slated to commence on September 25, in line with its cost-saving policy.

Viola Davis Makes History As 1st African-American Woman To Win An Emmy For Outstanding Lead

Viola Davis Makes History As 1st African-American Woman To Win An Emmy For Outstanding Lead.


."The committee noted that liquidity withdrawals following the implementation of the treasury single account, elongation of the tenure of state governments’ loans as well as loans to the oil and gas sectors could aggravate liquidity conditions in banks and impair their financial intermediation role, thus affecting economic growth, unless some actions were immediately taken to ease liquidity conditions in the markets,”

Monday, 21 September 2015

Former Editor-In-Chief National Mirror Steve Ayorinde, others make Gov Ambode 23-man Commissioners' list

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, today, Monday, September 21, 2015, presented the list of would-be cabinet members to the House of Assembly for screening.
The Clerk of the House, Mr. Ganiyu Abiru,  read the names on the floor to members.
The Governor is requesting for the screening and approval of 36 persons with 23 as Commissioners and 13 as Special Advisers.
Amongst the names are six former cabinet members from the Babatunde Raji Fashola administration, including former Commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal, former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, former Special Adviser, Central Business District, Folarin Coker, former Special Adviser Commerce and Industry, Seye Oladejo, former Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson and former Special Adviser Rural Development, Babatunde Hunpe.
Governor Ambode had made good his promise at the inaugural address to inject new blood on merit and professionalism as the new list depicts.
It is made up of top technocrats, politicians and strategists.
The Governor named a relatively young cabinet with the likes of Mrs. Yetunde Onabolu, Fela Bank-Olemoh, Akinyemi Ashade, a partner in KPMG, former Managing Director, National Mirror, Steve Ayorinde, Alhaja Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, a pharmacist, Kehinde Joseph and Prof. Ademola Abass, a professor of Law, whose ages range between 39 and 47 years.
Other names include Dr. Akintola Benson, former Special Adviser, Political and Legislative Powers Bureau, Dr. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, Dr. Mohammed Akinkunmi, former member, House of Representatives, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, Dr. Femi Onanuga, CEO of LAMATA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, Arch. Wasiu Anifowoshe, former member, House of Assembly, Mrs. Lola Akande, Agboola Dabiri, Ganiu Okanlomo Sanni, Anofi Elegushi, Rotimi Ogunleye, Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, Femi Odubiyi, Alhaji Musiliu Folami, Adeniji Kazeem, Adeyemi Labinjo, Toyin Suarau, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Deji Tinubu, Mrs. Mudirat Giwanson and former Chairman Ejigbo LCDA, Kehinde Bamigbetan.
The screening of the list is expected to commence immediately after the Sallah holidays while cleared cabinet members would likely be sworn in to resume the task of governance by Monday, October 5, 2015.
Source: Yes International Magazine


Veteran actor Victor Olaotan receives lifetime honour

Victor Olaotan
 Last weekend, Saturday, September 12, 2015, veteran Nigerian actor Victor Olaotan was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at this year’s International Achievement Recognitions Awards held at the Hilton Hotel Dockland in Rotherhithe southeast London.
Popular for his leading role in the film Tinsel Town, Mr Olaotan, 63, was recognised alongside other entertainment veterans on the night. Among them were: veteran photographer James Barnor and actress Ellen Thomas, with all three being honoured for their contributions to the arts and entertainment industry.
Hold every year, the International Achievement Recognitions Awards was established to encourage young and upcoming artists, entertainers, fashionistas and musicians. This year’s event handed out awards in over 10 categories, rewarding those who have contributed to the growth and development in their industries.

In ‘Lagos Open Range 1’ artists showcase Lagos in aesthetic forms

The opening of the maiden edition of photography exhibition, ‘Lagos Open Range 1’, took place on September 12, 2015 at Goethe-Institut Nigeria, City Hall Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island.
Curated by a renowned Nigerian photographer Abraham Oghobase, video artist Jude Anogwih and supported by Goethe-Institut Nigeria, artists participating in ‘Lagos Open Range 1’ include Aderemi Adegbite, Enitan Adebowale, Tunji Lana, Charles Otuke Ologeh, Logor Oluwamuyiwa, Andrew Esiebo, Rahima Gambo and Jeremiah Ikongio.
We learnt that the exhibition is primarily conceived to promote a new form of collaboration and presentation of photographs.

2015 MUSON set to celebrate excellence, Festival begins Oct. 14, presents dance workshop, classical concert, visual arts exhibition, Jesus Christ Super Star et al

The management of the Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) hereby invites the general public to join them to celebrate the 2015 MUSON Festival.

With the theme: “Celebrating the School of Music – the Arts through Young Nigerian Eyes,” the selection of that theme for this year’s Festival, according to its organizers, is designed to draw attention to the significant progress that the school has made since its inception first as a Basic School in 1969 and more especially, since the Diploma School came on stream in 2005.
Giving more explanation on the theme, Chairman, 2015 Festival Planning Committee, Arc Kitoyi Ibare-Akinsan, said the choice of the theme draws attention to the contribution of the school, its current students and its alumni have made at MUSON’s core activities, concerts and annual Festival programme, over the past decade.

Evening of music and stage play at MTN Foundation celebrates 10th anniversarywith fanfare * unveils MTNF Documentary and Commemorative View Book

Ada Dike (Me)
It was an evening filled with music, stage performance, fun, laughter and celebration on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 when MTN Foundation (MTNF) celebrated its 10th year anniversary of restoring hope to many families and communities in Nigeria.
Themed: “A Decade of Impact... New Hopes, Possibilities”, the event held at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko, Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, was an exciting one as some MUSON Music Scholars (Beneficiaries of MTNF Programme) opened the stage by entertaining the audience with a brilliant performance that illustrated the good works MTNF is doing to alleviate the suffering of the masses. The plays ended when a parent invited his family and friends to rejoice with him after one of his children told him that MTNF has awarded her a scholarship to study in a tertiary institution.
There was no dull moment as Vintage Band thrilled the audience with good music, followed by MTN project Fame Season Winner 7, Geoffrey Oji, who electrified the audience that was wowed at his performance.
 In his welcome address, the Chairman, MTNF, Prince Adelusi-Adeluyi (OFR), began saying that September 15, is a special date in the world as it is also a date MTNF is going into a new decade of making impact in people’s lives.

Different photos of Late HID Awolowo

Different photos of Late HID Awolowo with notable Nigerians. Source: Bello Abdulrasheed Afolabi
Late HID Awolowo with former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo

Late HID Awolowo with the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yomi Osinbajo and his wife, who is  Mama's grand daughter
Late HID Awolowo with former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Late HID Awolowo with thePresident of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari

Breaking: Ex-Minister of Finance, Olu Falae, kidnapped

Olu FalaeA former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae, has been kidnapped, Channels TV is reporting.
Mr. Falae, 76, the report said, was abducted from his farm in Ondo state.
Details of the incident are still sketchy.
Mr. Falae, 76, was also Nigeria’s former minister of finance.
Since his retirement from service, the former minister had lived in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Details later…
Source: Premium Times

US Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nigerian author makes Booker Prize shortlist

A US Pulitzer Prize-winner and two British authors are among the six writers shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize.
Tom McCarthy and Sunjeev Sahota are on the list alongside Pulitzer winner Anne Tyler and fellow US writer Hanya Yanagihara, plus Jamaican Marlon James and Nigeria's Chigozie Obioma.
Australian author Richard Flanagan won last year's prize for his wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
The winner is announced on 13 October.
The shortlist of authors and titles is as follows:

Solomon Ogbonna pledges to resurrect Onicha Igbo-Eze cultural festivals

Undoubtedly, The Igbo have continued to stun the world with their laudable industrialism and intellectualism but of course, so many of their sons and daughters had jettisoned their cultural heritage occasioned by the emergence of Christianity, this, a cultural activist, Chief Solomon Ogbonna, pledged to bring to order by ensuring the resurrection of Onicha Igbo-Eze three key traditional festivals.
Onicha Igbo-Eze area of Enugu State is without being sycophant one significant city in Igbo land that reached in undiluted Cultural festivals at the era when African culture and traditions are being appreciated and portrayed in good manner as the city had many notable festivals that usually attract tourists from various spheres of life among which were Ere-Nkpo, Yam and Aju festival respectively.

Buhari regrets that Mrs Awolowo did not live to see his regime emulate her husband

Buhari regrets that Mrs Awolowo did not live to see his regime emulate her husband - See more at:
Source: Nigerian Watch


Femi Adesina's photo.Femi Adesina's photo.Femi Adesina's photo. President Muhammadu Buhari receives the Dein of Agbor Kingdom, HRM Benjamin Ikechuku Keagborekuzi I on Sunday night at the President residence in Aso Villa Abuja.