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Nigerians applaud Beyonce for honouring Fela, Chimamanda at Coachella



Some Nigerians on Twitter have applauded the American music star, Beyonce for paying tribute to Afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and honouring Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie.

Beyonce, who became the first black woman to headline Coachella on Saturday, did so with a two-hour performance and had her band perform a rendition of Fela’s 1976 classic ‘Zombie’.

Fela Kuti was a Nigerian musician and activist, who launched Afro-beat, which then fused American blues, jazz and funk with traditional Yoruba music.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigerians were excited that she decided to honour two Nigerians, alongside other black legends including Nina Simone and Malcolm X.

Nigerian singer, Emma Nyra wrote @emmanyra tweeted, “Beyonce just made me so proud to be who I am. Unapologetically black, female and talented. Our voice matters. She even paid tribute to Fela! I will forever be a fan.”

@Blackdot_Mandy tweeted, “Beyonce just paid a tribute to Afroking and Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti during her Coachella performance. I stan Beyonce Knowles.”

@Erhuwrites wrote, “Who else got chills when they heard Chimamanda’s voice at the end of Beyonce’s glorious performance at Coachella? I still have goose bumps.”

@DrDendere tweeted, “Beyonce is now new level amazing. Chimamanda blasting out during her Coachella performance is life.”

@Ganga_A wrote, “Within Beyonce’s Coachella performance in the little bit where the band was going off, they play Fela Kuti’s Zombie. This is why she is number one, a cultured queen and an unshakeable throne.”

@KLCHII tweeted, “Beyonce really brought Fela to Coachella with that lil hook.”

NAN reports that the ‘irreplaceable’ crooner also featured Chimamanda Adichie’s speech ‘We Should All Be Feminists’, which was sampled on her song ‘Flawless’, at the end of her performance.

Adichie is a multi award winning writer and her second book ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ won the Orange Prize.

Beyonce has been trending since after her performance for the groundbreaking routine, song selections and surprises, including bringing her defunct group ‘Destiny Child’ on stage.

Beyonce performed old classics of the group with former members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; and her husband music power-weight Jay Z.

Meanwhile, NAN reports that Nigeria’s Ayodeji Balogun aka Wizkid is billed to perform at Coachella next weekend on April 21.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. (NAN)

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CBAAC, Covenant varsity partner on cultural heritage



Moses Kadiri

No doubt, culture plays a significant role in all area of human endeavour. Without culture, many societies will be living in isolation.
To this end, the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) in collaboration with Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, recently rolled out drums to celebrate the Cultural Day in grand style, where students were urged to embrace their cultural heritage.
Held at the Lecture Theatre, Covenant University, the event, the second in the series, had as its theme: “Promoting African Cultural Heritage through Education”.
It had participants drawn from the academia and the arts and culture sector, including Covenant University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aderemi Aaron–Anthony Atayero, who was represented by Prof. Paul Idachaba Francis, the Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences, Prof. P. O. Alege, Dr. Augustine Agugua, among others.
Addressing the participants, the Director, Documentation Services, CBAAC, Mrs. Ndidi Aimienwauu who represented the Director-General of CBAAC, Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, said, “This is a very welcome development because more often than not, people erroneously equate culture with antiquities; ancient and archaic,” she said.
Aimienwauu said combining culture with education would go a long way in addressing some of the societal ills plaguing the nation including the role of culture in the lives of the people.
She said: “Any institution of higher learning that does not build the philosophy of her teachings around culture, no matter how rigorous her academic activities, will at best produce students who are morally inept.
“It is on this basis that I want to commend the Vice Chancellor and his team for putting culture at the centre of the academic activities of the Covenant University; for us in CBAAC, this was what inspired and gave impetus to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the centre and the Covenant University.”
On her part, Chairperson, College Week 2018, Dr. Tayo George, who is an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, said culture is an important aspect in every individual endeavour.
She added: “We need to go back to our culture; most of the fundamental teachings emanate from our culture. We must ensure to also carry the younger generation along, and teach them our cultural heritage so that we can have a better society.
“Most of the challenges we are facing in the country today will be a thing of the past if we embrace and teach our children cultural values. We all owe it a responsibility to teach and encourage the younger ones to embrace their culture.
“From now, we should learn to be promoting made in Nigeria goods; we should wear our traditional attire. Let’s absorb our cultural values, the positive aspect, and I am sure the society will be better for it.”
The students were not left out during the cultural day celebration, some of them made local delicacy, while others demonstrate cultural values during a competition which they were only allowed to speak their local languages.
There was also an exhibition by CBAAC where locally made works which showcased the creativity of the Nigerian people.
The works include table mats made of raffia, and raffia footwear, bags made from animal skin, a metal sculptural piece that depicts a Benin Chief showcasing their way of dressing with wrapper and beads, on among others.

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Three artists for 2018 Lagos-Berlin Residencies



The Goethe-Institut Nigeria in the context of its partnership with the Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) in Berlin, the cultural office of local government Berlin Mitte, SAVVY Contemporary Art Space Berlin and the Arthouse Foundation in Lagos, continues with a residency programme for artists and curators from Berlin and Lagos this year.

The selected artists are Ojudun Taiwo Jacob (Nigeria) and Natalia Orendain del Castillo and Jumoke Adeyanju (Germany).
Since its founding in 2015, the aim of “Artist’s and Curator’s Residency//Berlin-Lagos” has been initiated to strengthen the dialogue between Germany and Nigeria.

It provides an individualised offer in order to get an insight into the art and culture scene of the respective city and the partner institutions. They will offer possibilities for exchange, mentoring, making contacts and the presentation of work results.
The first to participate in this project in 2015 was the artist and curator Folakunle Oshun from Lagos, Nigeria. He supported Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh at working on his solo exhibition “No food for the lazy man” at Galerie Wedding.
The following year, performance and video artist Tito Aderemi-Ibitola presented her projects that have been dealing with topics like female identity, gender roles and racism.

“Thanks to the new partner Arthouse Foundation, the residency programme could be set up bilaterally in 2018. For the first time, two artists, living and working in Berlin, have the opportunity to come to Lagos for a six-week stay each in the cultural capital of western Africa.
“Two juries in Germany and Nigeria selected the residency holders among more than 60 applications,” the organisers stated.
Natalia Orendain del Castillo, a Mexican-born visual artist and scenographer, and Jumoke Adeyanju, an all-round-artist, dancer, and poet, will travel to Lagos in autumn. At about the same time, The Nigerian artist Ojudun Taiwo Jacob, will start a three-month residence in

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#BBNaija: Why we didn’t send direct message to Cee-C – Family



Following the eviction session last Sunday, which left the finalists competing for the cash price of N45 million in the Big Brother Naija house, their family members were afforded the chance of sending messages directly to the housemates to encourage them for making it to the final stage of the reality show. But the exception to the rule was Cee-C whose message came from a representative rather than a family member.

Dana, the Personal Assistant to Cee-C’s father, sent Cee-C, widely known as the drama queen of the house, a message on behalf of her family. As expected, this didn’t go unnoticed as it caused huge criticism for her family online, with many of the viewers slamming Cee-C’s family members for not making her message special. Going further, people even accused the family of distancing themselves from the young lady who is a lawyer while she remains in the house.

The bashing has apparently gotten to the family as Cee-C’s sister, Vanessa, issued a statement days ago on why they didn’t send a message directly to her. Taking to Cee-C’s Instagram account, she wrote: “I know some of us would have preferred I did the video. And trust me, I really wanted to. I needed to tell her a whole lot, especially the love from you ALL.

Well, when we were contacted, they requested a selfie video from anybody apart from the family. It was really short notice. “Dana is a family Friend. She was actually part of my bridal train. And We all Know Cee-C has a bad sight. Don’t let no one distract you with non-issue. We totally and (are) fully behind Cee-C.”

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