African Drums Festival resonates in Abeokuta

For three days last week, rare talent and creativity were on marathon display as the African Drums Festival took centre stage at June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The event, hosted last week by the state government, as part of efforts to reawaken interest in our culture through drums and dance, attracted cultural troupes and drums ensemble, as well as artistes, from different parts of Nigeria and the African continent. It was indeed a showcase of several African drums, namely: Bata, Iya Ilu Bembe, Djembe, Dundun, Bara,…

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Long, traumatic road to getting PhD

Book title: What It Takes Author: Lola Akande Publisher: Krafts Books Limited, Ibadan Number of pages: 317 Year of publication: 2016 Reviewer: Tony Okuyeme Lola Akande’s new novel, What It Takes, is a sad, vivid expose of a typical Nigerian university doctorate programme that gleefully cannibalises the best of its own. It is a story of discouragement of excellent academic pursuit, depicting the prevalence of favouritism, ethnicity, nepotism, corruption, lust, needy culture and other negative tendencies currently ravaging the knowledge industry in Nigeria. It draws attention to the unfortunate entrenchment…

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Najee, Joss Stone for Runway Jazz 2017

Two Grammy award winners, American Saxophonist, Najee and UK Singer-songwriter, Joss Stone, will headline Runway Jazz 2017, with performances from some of Nigeria’s finest entertainers including Waje, Yinka Davies, Dede, Heavy Wind, Tosin Alao, Xerona Duke and the host band, Sweet Sound. Runway Jazz is a unique event that harmonises the classy worlds of jazz music and fashion, designed to showcase our proudly Nigerian (and African) culture and talents in celebration of the International Jazz Day. The International Jazz Day, celebrated on April 30 each year, is dedicated to bringing…

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Happy Days actress, Joanie, dies at 56

US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56. Police said a emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead. The cause is not yet known. Moran also starred in the show’s spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, which began in 1982. She played Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of lead character Richie, reports the BBC.

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I wasn’t born with a silver spoon –Toyin Abraham

Actress, Toyin Aimakhu, now Toyin Abraham while narrating how difficult life was for her while growing up has urged Nigerian youths never to give up on their dreams no matter their difficulties; adding that, although, she had a rough beginning, she is thankful because everything has turned around for good. According to her, she used to dance alongside her brother on the streets for money but now her brother owns one of the biggest dance groups in Nigeria. “Growing up, I didn’t have it smooth; life was difficult and painful….

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Wedding party slayers

Have you attended a Nigerian wedding party recently? If yes, you will readily agree with me that when it comes to Nigerian weddings, guests are not joking with their style game. Nigerian weddings are big, vibrant and exciting. People rarely turn down the opportunity to attend a Nigeria wedding whether it’s holding here in Nigeria or abroad. Nigerian weddings are exceptionally fun packed wedding with incredible wedding decor, an amazing food and drinks menu, a tasty wedding cake and most importantly, wedding guests in their various Aso Ebi styles. Even…

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Mo Abudu: Sophistication defined

Mosunmola Abudu, usually known as Mo Abudu, is a Nigerian talk show host, TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. She went to West Kent College and MidKent College. She has a master’s degree in HR Management from the University of Westminster, London. Abudu is the Executive Producer and host of a TV talk show, Moments with Mo. Guests have included celebrities, Presidents, Nobel Laureates, and the 67th US Secretary-of-State, Hillary Clinton. Mo Abudu launched Ebony Life Television, ’Africa’s first Global Black Multi-Broadcast Entertainment Network’…

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