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Echoes of Makoko in Dear Nigeria, Dear Friends

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Exhibition of recent works by leading contemporary Nigerian artists, Fidelis Odogwu, George Edozie, Alex Nwokolo, Gerry Nnubia, Francis Uduh and Abraham Uyovbisere, opened at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi Lagos, penultimate Saturday.

The show is organised by the Literacy Integration and Formal Education (LIFE) Foundation in collaboration with Alliance Française, and titled Dear Nigeria, Dear Friends, to raise fund for LIFE Foundation’s literacy projects in Makoko, the economically disadvantaged community on the lagoon beside Yaba, Lagos. It features a diversity of Nigerian art.

Founder and president of the LIFE Foundation, Elvira Salleras, notes that in the last two years, with the invaluable support of sponsors and volunteers, they have executed various projects in that community, including rebuilding a primary school, facilitating 2 medical missions, organising seasonal parties, equipping a school library and distributing books, teaching aids and 1,000 pairs of sandals to school children.

 

“The needs of the school-aged children of Makoko community are enormous but I am confident that hope will remain alive and significant progress achieved if we all join hands in support,” she said.

Speaking on Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and the reason for collaborating, Charles Courdent, director of Alliance Française Lagos remarks, “Music, dance, fashion, but also sculpture and painting are ubiquitous in Nigerian cultural universe… We sincerely thank LIFE for bringing this wonderful project alive: they do a fabulous work to give hope to children, by giving shining colours to a dark world!”

Odogwu’s broad oeuvre embraces naturalism and the abstract expressionism of classical African sculpture, known for its geometric and architectonic volumes.

“His success owes much to his ability to balance spatial and sculptural relationships; the beauty of the geometric elements and evocations of natural form, becoming versatile tools for exploring the formal and metaphorical associations connected with African lore and contemporary politics,” the Director of Omenka Gallery, Oliver Enwonwu stated.

Edozie, well known for his mixed media, life-size contemporary sculptures and paintings on canvas, made from the application of oil on cloth and carved with a knife, studied fine and applied arts at the University of Benin where he majored in painting (1996). He has held five solo exhibitions and participated in 109 group exhibitions in Nigeria and abroad. His last solo exhibition ‘Shifting the Paradigm’ hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami Florida, was listed among the four best exhibitions at Art Basel Miami (2014). Edozie’s work is reminiscent of the Fauvists and Post-impressionist painters like Cézanne, Matisse, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

As an artist, Nwokolo adopts an instinctive and methodological system of expression to examine mainly, the technique of creative colouring. His canvases are laced with textural qualities, the paint, applied boldly as a thick impasto, which, worked by deft strokes of the palette knife, accumulates weight as it builds, in repeated planes, into a thick carpet of light and shade. Often incorporating ordinary discarded materials, his recent works explore the urban Nigerian space, environmental sustainability and politics.

Nnubia is, largely, an experimental artist whose technique involves the skillful manipulation of his medium to a liquid viscous flow often assimilating accidental occurrences and temperature adjustments, depending on the effect sought. “Here, the artist offers critical possibilities for painting, and explores the tensions between form and formlessness vital to the tenets of modernism. His recent canvases however, engage the beauty of nature and deep experiences like family and togetherness.”

Uduh works broadly in two styles: a calm academic realism and a more expressive one that draws from the geometric forms of traditional African art. Employing bronze, fibreglass and majorly wood, his deliberate exaggeration of the limbs and torsos of his figures to achieve rhythm and fluidity are vaguely reminiscent of the work of celebrated artist, Ben Enwonwu.

Well known for his studies of the female form, and paintings of the durbar, Uyovbisere’s works can be found in several significant collections in Nigeria and abroad. Typical of his work, is the application of paint in rhythmic manner, clearly defining a highly individual expression. He is also a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) and is well exhibited in Nigeria, Europe and the United States.

Individually, Uyovbisere’s works are strong and offer “a deeper understanding of the artists’ techniques and working methods. Though offering a broad range of styles and media, the artists are united in their support for the economically disadvantaged Makoko community.

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Big Brother Naija: Housemate Ifu Ennada Calls CDQ Scammer

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Housemate in Big Brother Naija 2018, Ifu Ennada has accused popular rapper CDQ of defrauding her in school.

The aspiring actress said this in the house on Monday, adding that the rapper is a mad man.

Ennada told her fellow housemates that she did not only give him a lot of money but sacrificed a lot for him.

She tagged him a fraudster who did not return the favour when he had the opportunity to.

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Vandora, Dee One, Princess, Bitto evicted from BBNaija

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Princess and Bitto, Vandora and Dee One have become the first four housemates to be evicted from the Big Brother Naija reality show.

Big Brother had paired the housemates in strategic partnerships for the duration of their stay in the house, which meant that two people will suffer the consequences of the actions of one person and vice versa.

Dee One received his first warning strike over his insensitive jokes. This, by extension, affected Vandora who is his partner.

Princess and Bitto were also sent packing from the third season of the reality show tagged ‘Double Wahala’.

Apart from the first set of evicted housemates, Khloe and Kbrule were also disqualified from the show on Sunday night.

Both were disqualified after they had received three warning strikes.

Khloe got her second warning strike for using “strong abusive curse words”. This affected Kbrule, who is her strategic partner.

The housemates were extremely emotional and tearful as they were told to leave the house.

The remaining housemates are competing for N45 million on this season’s BBNaija.

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Khloe, Kbrule disqualified from BBNaija

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Khloe and Kbrule, housemates in the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality TV show, have been disqualified from the show.

This makes them the first set of people to leave the show.

Both were disqualified after they got three warning strikes.

Khloe got her second warning strike on Sunday for using “strong abusive curse words”. This affected Kbrule, who is her strategic partner.

Kbrule then got his third warning strike for using “strong threatening words and attempting to physically harm a fellow housemate”.

Dee One also got his first warning strike for his insensitive jokes. This, by extension, affected Vandora who is his strategic partner.

The first eviction show is supposed to hold on Sunday evening.

18 housemates have been put up for eviction except KSquared, who have now been disqualified, and LeoLex.

Big Brother had told housemates that almost all of them had been nominated for possible eviction because of their repeated failure to adhere to the rules of the house.

Since the housemates are in pairs, two of them may possibly be evicted at the weekend during the live show.

 

 

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