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Neglect of culture responsible for failure of devt agenda – Mohammed



The Minister of Information and Culture, Alahaji Lai Mohammed has said that the neglect of culture is responsible for the failure of development agenda of many countries.


He also said that it was the importance of culture to economic development that informed Mohammadu Buhari-led administration’s focus on creative industries.


Mohammed stated, this in his welcome address at the opening ceremony of the Annual Roundtable on Cultural Orientation (ARTCO), organised by National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) and held in Benin City, the Edo State capital. Commending NICO for the idea behind the programme, the Minister who was represented by the Director Entertainment and Creative Services of the Ministry, Augustus Babajide Ajibola, said the theme was in in line with the policy thrust of this administration.


He added that the timing of the event was appropriate, especially at this moment the government is committed to the diversification of Nigerian economy. “I commend the Institute for this wonderful initiative. It is in line with the policy thrust of this administration. Culture is a major pillar of sustainable development.


This is why neglect or non-recognition of culture is responsible for the failure of development agenda of many countries. It is imperative that we see culture as the veritable catalyst for sustainable development. The policy of this government is geared towards creative industries as harbingers of change and to create a value chain of wealth creation and alleviation of poverty,” Mohammed said.


According to him, “it was in respect of this that culture was recently granted the pioneer status under the Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) Act No 22 of 1971 cap 117 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 (IDITRA). This means that any direct foreign investment or an inflow that is up to One Hundred Million Naira (N 100, 000, 000) attracts an immediate tax rebate and holiday of three years.”


The Executive Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, represented by the State’s Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero, said that without culture no nation or human being will have identity.


According to him, the new direction for any country to make it big in modern time is culture and tourism, “because culture is way of life of the people passed on from one generation to the other. Tourism is a cultural heritage that remains  all the time and will never dry.” He added that culture should be treated as a viable aspect of Nigerian economy.


“Culture can create enormous wealth for a nation just like oil. Let us treat culture as our new oil. Culture should be boosted very seriously.


This informed why we give culture prominence in Edo State. We interface with many cultures to create sustainable cultural diplomacy. Please before you go find time to visit some cultural and tourist sites and attractions in Edo State. You will enjoy them,” he said.


In his remarks, the Acting Executive Secretary, NICO, Mr Louis Eriomala, said ARTCO was an intellectual platform designed by NICO to bring together scholars, interest groups, stakeholders to exchange ideas on specific topical issues.


He also said that the choice of the 2018 theme, Mainstreaming Culture in the Nation’s Economic Agenda was fashioned out to enhance the contribution of culture to the Nigerian Gross Domestic Product and sustainable Development.


“ARTCO is an intellectual platform designed by NICO to bring together scholars, interest groups, stakeholders to exchange ideas on specific topical issues and to make recommendations that would impact on government policies and their execution. The theme of the 2018 edition is Mainstreaming Culture in the Nation’s Economic Agenda.


Our decision to choose this theme was because of the critical importance of culture to economic development. Culture can enhance GDP, gone are the days we see culture as dance, drama and music,” Eriomala said.

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Stella Uzo: Savvy fashionista




When the creme de la creme of social media fashion are mentioned, the name Stella Uzo of ‘J’adore Fashion’ will not be far from their lips. It is not rocket science really; her blog is crawling with some of the most “out of this world” styling choices. Her wardrobe engineering skills are off the charts and for this she has the following of all and sundry that have a passion for all things fashion.

Because her style is edgy, fun, flirty and often sexy, she has an eclectic following of over 139, 000 on Instagram as there is always something for everyone no matter your styling preference. She obviously loves to experiment with prints, patterns, colours and shoe designs as is evident in her clothing pieces.


Born in Enugu State, Nigeria where she lived until she was 14 years old, she currently has a Bachelors’ degree in Nursing and a Masters in Business Administration. She is married with a son. Stella has a soft spot for florals, black and white, lace, tulle, skater dresses and peplum (tops and skirts). Her all time soft spot is for shoes which she admits that she refuses to count. She has confessed however, that her husband doesn’t understand why she has to accumulate so many shoes. One of our favourite looks of her is in this peonies print prom dress with a nude belt and neon sandals. We also love her in black and white tulle as she ends up looking so sweet and flirty all at once.


Watch out Stella, as we will not stop stalking you whenever you step out.

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Edgy work looks for 9 to 5 chic



We’ve noticed that most new organisations and upscale corporate companies are drifting from the normal suit and tie to sophisticated casual-corporate style. Except for strict work dress codes for banks, insurance companies or oil companies that require a certain colour and strict adherence to the dress code, most corporate organisations are allowing their workers to push the boundaries of work fashion with edgy outfits. With that, the work chic can be the centre of attention if she knows how to work her way through!


Take for instance, if Mondays aren’t colourful, make it colourful through your outfit and attitude. Nothing beats a bright, cheerful and confident look on a Monday morning! Simple styles too are classic if you know how to complement your look.


You can bring a bit of sexy to work by knowing how to style an extra crop top hanging in your wardrobe to give you that edgy but sophisticated work look and never leave the house without a statement shoe!

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40 years after, stakeholders extol Duro Ladipo’s legacies




Forty years after his demise, the memories of the world-acclaimed dramatist, composer and actor, the late Duro Ladipo (December 18, 1931 to March 11, 1978) reverberated last week in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
This time, it was at a one-day colloquium on his enduring legacies, organised in collaboration with the family of the Yoruba cultural icon to commemorate the 40 years of his death at the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), Abere in Osun State.
The colloquium was entitled: “40 Years: Reflections on the Legacies of Duro Ladipo (1931-1978).”

The objective of the colloquium, according to the organisers, was to reflect on the legacies of Duro Ladipo’s life, works and impact on contemporary film industry.
“It is also meant to appeal to the policy makers and stakeholders alike to priotise the use of indigenous languages in our various national life,” they added.
While setting the tone of the colloquium attended by tradition rulers, members of the academia, top government functionaries, members of theater family, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of CBCIU.

Former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, lauded the matriarch of the Duro-Ladipo’s dynasty, the personification of the legendary amazon of Yoruba history, Moremi, and the embodiment of Duro-Ladipo artistic legacy, Chief Abiodun Duro Ladipo a.k.a. Oya Oriri.
He described her as a good symbol of womanhood, a champion of pristine family and cultural values and a role model exemplar.

According to him, the CBCIU was established early in 2009, as category II UNESCO affiliate along the Institute for African Culture and International Understanding (IACIU), Abeokuta.
Oyinlola, however, hinted that the colloquium was part of celebration of the contribution of Late Duro Ladipo, the iconic theatre art practitioner, composer and playwright to the promotion of Yoruba cultural heritage and advancement of humanity.
The event, he noted, therefore, negates the classical statement of William Shakespeare in Julius Caesar that, “the evil that men do lives after them, and the good are interred in their bone.”

Since the death of the foremost dramatist in March 1978, no evil thought or discourse has been directed towards him till date. I thank God and humanity for the mercy, favour and posthumous honour bestowed on this cultural ambassador.
If history is our guide, I recall that an event similar to this was organised in 2008, exactly 30 years after the death of late Duro Ladipo, at the premier university, the University of Ibadan. At this event, there was a public presentation of a book, “Duro Ladipo: The Thunder-God on Stage,” published by IFANET.

The book written by Remi Raji-Oyelade, Sola Olorunyomi and Abiodun Ladipo, the former governor pointed out, was an archival documentation of the nature, aesthetics and dramaturgy of Ladipo’s plays.
While extolling the virtues of the late theatre icon, Oyinlola said this and similar events were organized across the globe as a recognition of the noble contributions of Duro Ladipo to the development of theatre and culture in Nigeria, and African continent.
He recalled that the creativity and critical thinking of Ladipo made him to stand out among his contemporaries such as late Hubert Ogunde and late Kola Ogunmola, who were also professional theatre practitioners.

“What I can say about late Duro Ladipo is that he usually went for what he knew was good for him and always strove hard to attain his goal and he would not relent until this was done,” he noted.
He also said the event was relevant to the contemporary cultural discourses which have been redirecting attention to the restoration of African heritage as the contribution of the continent to the contemporary cultural renaissance across the globe.

Scholars and linguists, he noted, had argued that the only way to kill a culture or exterminate a people is to take away their language from them, saying this statement reveals the significance of language in human society.
According to him, one of the ways to prevent a language from becoming endangered or moribund is through persistent use in literary and non-literary communication, and this was exactly what Ladipo had done with Yoruba language in all his major plays such as Oba Koso, Oba Moro and Moremi, among others.

He said: “The features of culture are always present in all of the plays of late Duro Ladipo. His plays always carry the weight of his culture. His most popular play, Oba Koso, attests to all these features in his plays. He paid much attention to the significance of language in the promotion of culture of a people and sustainable national development.

“These plays were performed in Yoruba language with communicative competence for Yoruba and non-Yoruba audience. The use of Yoruba for the performance of these plays does not reduce the reception of his plays, particularly Oba Koso beyond the shores of Nigeria.
“The dramaturgy and language aesthetics of Duro Ladipo’s plays encouraged some white culture enthusiasts such as Ulli Beier to embark on the translation and transliteration of Duro Ladipo’s Oba Koso and some other plays into English, the language of wider communication.”

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