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CORA visits the Hay Festival.

Posted by Don DADA on May 31, 2012 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Hay Festival opened today with its 25th edition in the book town of Hay on Wye in South Wales.

CORA's Ayodele Arigbabu and Jahman Anikulapo are repaying a visit from Hay Festival's Maggie Robertson and Penny Compton, who attended the 13th Lagos Book & Art Festival last November.

With over 800 events, the Hay Festival has been described by Bill Clinton as the 'Woodstock of the mind,' Hay 'celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking.'

 

 Ayo sends in some photos taken during the build up to the festival. Stay with this blog for more photo updates of the festival which runs till the 10th of June.

Hay really is a town of books with numerous bookshops ranging from the quaint to the modern. This sign is at the main pedestrian access to the festival site which remains one of the beautiful fields you pass through on the way to the town for most of the year, but is transformed into a behive of activity for the ten days of the festival.




The flowers all seemed to spring out in concert for the festival, lots of lovely garden spots to hang out with friends in between festival event venues.

The 'Sound Castle', late night music venue for the festival, being set up.

The Sound Castle is actually just a marquee venue, but so named after the town's Norman castle, on which grounds its set up. The castle has an interesting history which can be found here: http://www.hay-on-wye.co.uk/tourism/history.asp alongside a brief history of Hay on Wye.

New Books Nigeria: A Conversation with Prof. Akin Adesokan

Posted by Samuel Osaze on May 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)


LifeHouse Reading: A Conversation with Prof. Akin Adesokan organised by CORA ( Committee for Relevant Art)

Venue: The LifeHouse, 33, Sinari Daranijo Street VI, Lagos.

Date: Monday, May 28, 2012.

Time: 6:00 PM

Akin Adesokan, author of Roots in the Sky, will read from his recent published fiction and from South of the Still River, a novel in progress. He will also discuss issues pertaining to the global circulation of African and other postcolonial authors, literary publishing and the culture of prestige, and his current work on Lagos.

Adesokan’s works include Roots in the Sky, a novel, and Postcolonial Artists and Global Aesthetics, a scholarly study. His most recent essays and fictions have appeared in AGNI, Chimurenga, Screen, Mail & Guardian, and CityScapes. He is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington, and writes a column for Premium Times, the Abuja-based daily.

If you are a lover of vintage literary discourses, this is the place to be. Dont miss out!

 


Fuel Subsidy Removal- Government should reinstate the condition for resumption of the national conversation.

Posted by Don DADA on January 11, 2012 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) notes with concern the national strike which has grounded the country for some two days now and has severely impacted economic activities all over the country. We note with even more concern reports of the use of lethal force by overzealous security operatives which has resulted in the death of some protesters in Lagos and Kano. It is on account of such sad, avoidable fallouts that CORA has always preferred the path of national consensus through conversations and debates. Indeed, it is in order to increase the space and capacity for popular participation in national conversations that we have placed literacy at the top of our organisational agenda. Afterall, the nation building project is, at core, a series of conversations. In our view, the current situation cannot support any enlightened and productive dialogue – not on the subject of fuel subsidy removal nor indeed national development. When a town hall meeting on the subject held in Lagos at the end of last year, we had noted with commendation what appeared to be the prelude to just such a dialogue. At that meeting, the issues were already being formulated for the real conversation to take off. Government, represented by two Ministers and the CBN Governor, put out figures to demonstrate why the subsidy was not sustainable in the medium term and how, in any case, the subsidy system had become so wracked with corruption that it was no longer benefiting the Nigerian people. Representatives of the organised labour and civil society were also strident in pointing out government failure in curbing such corruption, including the failure in institution-building through the empowerment of the PPPRA to play its roles in this regard (PPPRA itself was a child of previous conversations like this in the past) and the lack of any real evidence of government commitment to prudent application of the financial gains of the proposed removal, having regard to the over-bloated government running costs. Two things became clear at that meeting – government needed to engage the citizens more with a view to building trust and taking their suggestions into consideration. It also required some time to do these. It is in this regard that the sudden announcement of the removal of subsidy on fuel on New Year day was not just precipitate, but also counter-productive. Government must now return to the path of dialogue through the reinstatement of the condition for same. It is also hoped that our people will continue to maintain a peaceful posture even as they press for their demands on government for a listening ear. This is too important by functionaries on both sides to reduce to an ego trip. Let the conversation continue.

For: Central Working Committee, Committee for Relevant Art

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Deji Toye                                                       Toyin Akinosho

How LABAF 2011 lit up Freedom Park

Posted by Samuel Osaze on November 29, 2011 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

-Terh Agbedeh

The annual Lagos Book and Art Festival, LABAF, which is in its 13th year and is run by the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA, took place from November 18 to 20, 2011. The theme for the 2011 edition was ‘I Vote to Read: The Book and the Voice of the People’.

The festival started on Friday, November 18 at Freedom Park, with a session with children called My Encounter with the Book and The Festival Colloquium.

My Encounter with the Book featured Prof. Babawale (Director General of CBAAC). He gave a motivational talk to children and thus opened the kiddies’ segment of the festival.

The Festival Colloquium, was in two parts and had two themes, ‘Documenting the Governance Challenges: Africa in the Eyes of the Other’ and ‘Arrested Development: Why Can’t ‘They’ Get It Right?’ featuring readings, reviews and discussions on key books. Books discussed include A Swamp Full of Dollars by Michael Peel, Dinner with Mugabe by Heidi Holland and A Continent for the Taking by Howard French for the first session. The second session had books like; The State of Africa by Martin Meredith, Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink by John Campbell and It’s Our Turn to Eat by Michaela Wrong.

Day one closed with ‘How Familiar is this Town? The City as a Key Character in the Fictional Narratives of the Continent’ and featured readings, reviews and discussions around the books; Good Morning Comrades(Luanda, Angola) by Ondjaki, The Yacoubian Building (Cairo, Egypt) by Alaa Al Aswany, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives(Ibadan, Nigeria), Tropical Fish (Entebbe, Uganda) by Doreen Baigana and Under The Brown Rusted Roofs (Ibadan, Nigeria) by Abimbola Adelakun.

CORA is grateful to all its partners and sponsors for making a success of one of the most important book events in the country.

CORA was founded in June 1991 with the MISSION to create an enabling environment for the flourishing of the contemporary arts of Nigeria and to increase human capacity of the continent. VISION is to make Culture the Prime Investment Destination for the Country and the Continent by 2018.

see pictures here.      

LABAF Publishers' Forum tracks the book in the age of the microchip

Posted by Samuel Osaze on November 29, 2011 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (1)

-Terh Agbedeh

The Publishers’ Forum, which is part of the 13th Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) organized by the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) took place on Thursday, November 17 at the Goethe-Institut, City Hall, Lagos. Since the forum started last year it has functioned as a pre festival event bringing publishers together to discuss their challenges and how they can surmount them.

The second in the series this year’s edition had the theme: ‘The Book in the Age of the Microchip’. Three speakers discussed sub themes derived from the theme in a hall filled with established and aspiring publishers.

The first to speak was Mr. Bamidele Sanusi of Best Technologies Limited, a company based in Ibadan, Oyo State. He did justice to the topic: ‘Optimising digital platforms in book editing, design and production.’ In what turned out to be a very interactive session with those in attendance making useful contributions to the discussion. The talk centered on how to move from the traditional way of producing books to the digital way outlining the many formats in which online publishing can be done. The conclusion was that the world is going digital and everyone in publishing who hoped to stay relevant must jump on the bandwagon.

Next to speak was Mr. Kazeem Muritala, a web developer with Wayne and Malcolm Inc. He spoke on the topic: ‘Optimising digital platforms for book distribution, marketing and sales’. Apart from talking about the differences between the traditional way of selling books, Muritala also talked about securing digital data particularly in book form.

The third discussion was led by Mr. Deji Toye, who is an enterprise lawyer and member of CORA. Titled; ‘E-business opportunities for the publishing industry’, it dwelt on best practices in the publishing industry worldwide, particularly in Canada and the United States and was based on the Value Chain Analysis theory by Michael Porter. He described the activities that take place in a business and related them to an analysis of the competitive strength of the business. In this case publishing of books. It was indeed an incisive paper which challenged the young people about the opportunities in the existing publishing houses. It also called on them to sit down and create a niche if they hope to go far in business.

The forum gave way to a cocktail which had two publishers speak on the topic: ‘Wooing the Mass Market’.

CORA was founded in June 1991 with the MISSION to create an enabling environment for the flourishing of the contemporary arts of Nigeria and to increase human capacity of the continent. VISION is to make Culture the Prime Investment Destination for the Country and the Continent by 2018.

The festival is supported by Vanguard Media Limited, Guardian Newspapers, TV Continental, Top Radio, Homestead Publishing/Waka About, Century Energy Services, Z-Mirage, Freedom Park, Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas Limited, British Council, Pillar Oil, Platform Petroleum, Renegade theatre, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation and Goethe-Institut, amongst others.

CORA is grateful to all its partners and sponsors for making a success of one of the most important book events in the country.

see picture here.

How the 13th LABAF took off at Freedom Park

Posted by Samuel Osaze on November 29, 2011 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

-Terh Agbedeh

The annual Lagos Book and Art Festival, LABAF, which is in its 13th year and is run by the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), started on Friday, November 18 to and will come to an end on Sunday, November 20. The theme for this year’s edition is ‘I Vote to Read: The Book and the Voice of the People’.

Professor Tunde Babawale, who is the director general of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), declared the festival open at Freedom Park, Lagos on Friday morning. He also regaled the many children who attended from schools around Lagos with tales of his encounter with the book. He encouraged them to read if they hoped to gain knowledge and become people of influence in the society. He read a passage from D.O. Fagunwa’s book, ‘Ogboju Ode ninu Igbo Irunmale’ (The Forest of a Thousand Demons), which he said is his favourite and told the children that it was the first book he ever read.

Professor Babawale moderated the first of the Festival Colloquia with the theme: ‘Documenting the Governance Challenges: Africa in the Eyes of the Other’. Books considered were ‘A Swamp Full of Dollars’ by Michael Peel, ‘Dinner with Mugabe’ by Heidi Holland and ‘A Continent for the Taking’ by Howard French. Those on the panel included: theatre director, Wole Oguntokun; Mr. Tunji Ladna, who was at a time a consultant with the World Bank; Miss Lanre Sasore, who works with the United Nations, among others.

The second session was moderated by Chief Keith Richards, the managing director of Promasidor and it had books like; ‘The State of Africa’ by Martin Meredith, ‘Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink’ by John Campbell and ‘It’s Our Turn to Eat’ by Michaela Wrong. Panellists included: Oguntokun, Niran Okewole, Adeniji and Ogui.

Activities on the first day closed with ‘How Familiar is this Town? The City as a Key Character in the Fictional Narratives of the Continent’. The moderator for this discussion was Mrs. Yemisi Fadahunsi. Together with a panel including the poet, Dagga Tolar; journalist and editor, Derin Ajao; actor, Lola Akindoju and Ugwomah Adegoke of the Lifehouse they delved into the books; ‘Good Morning Comrades’ (Luanda, Angola) by Ondjaki, ‘The Yacoubian Building’ (Cairo, Egypt) by Alaa Al Aswany, ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’(Ibadan, Nigeria), ‘Tropical Fish’ (Entebbe, Uganda) by Doreen Baigana and ‘Under The Brown Rusted Roofs’ (Ibadan, Nigeria).

The festival continued till Sunday the 20th of November and had stands where guests could buy books, a children segment with activities including creative writing tips, green creativity workshop, games and so much more.

CORA was founded in June 1991 with the MISSION to create an enabling environment for the flourishing of the contemporary arts of Nigeria and to increase human capacity of the continent. VISION is to make Culture the Prime Investment Destination for the Country and the Continent by 2018.

The festival is supported by Vanguard Media Limited, Guardian Newspapers, TV Continental, Top Radio, Homestead Publishing/Waka About, Century Energy Services, Z-Mirage, Freedom Park, Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas Limited, British Council, Pillar Oil, Platform Petroleum, Renegade theatre, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation and Goethe-Institut, amongst others.

CORA is grateful to all its partners and sponsors for making a success of one of the most important book events in the country.

LABAF: In Celebration of the Creative Spirit

Posted by Samuel Osaze on November 29, 2011 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

-Terh Agbedeh

On Saturday 19th November 2011, from 6p.m. to 10p.m, the art loving community in Lagos gathered at Freedom Park to celebrate culture icons who have shaped the country’s art landscape. Tagged The Festival Birthday Feast: A Celebration of the Creative Spirit, it was a significant event in this year’s annual Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF).

The icons be celebrated in the Festival Birthday Feast included Fatai Rolling Dollar, Chukwuemeka Ike, Benson Idonije, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Lindsay Barret and Sunmi Smart-Cole. Others were Charly Boy, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joke Silva, Yeni Kuti, Tunde Babawale, Femi Akintunde-Johnson, Sola Olorunyomi, Duke Asidere and Remi Raji.

In its 13th year LABAF was declared open on Friday by Professor Tunde Babawale, who is the director of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC).

‘Do Not Resuscitate’, an art exhibition, which was part of the festival, had already started. Curated by Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo, who also exhibited, other exhibiting artists included: Jelili Atiku, Angela Isiuwe, Aderemi Adegbite, Tolu Aliki, Iquo Eke and Bob-Nosa Uwagboe. It was a social gathering that provided an opportunity to discuss how recent security threats and continuous economic conditions can be used to reform and be the catalyst we need to take decisions about moving our society forward.

Before the Festival Birthday Feast, there was a Town Talk with the theme: The Book in the Knowledge Economy which featured Miss Femi Atilade, Mr. Femi Aisida, Mr. Dayo Adegoke, Mr, Toyin Akinosho as panellist. Mr. Bayo Akinpelu was the moderator.

Sunday the 20th of November opened with the Art House Forum: Art of the Biography, which featured reviews and discussions from noon to 3p.m. Also on that day the Art Stampede with the theme, The Nigerian Abroad: Fictional Accounts of the Immigrant Experience began at 2p.m. All events for the festival took place at Freedom Park except for the pre event Publishers' Forum, which took place at the City Hall office of the Goethe-Institut.

There was much to see and enjoy at the festival that is referred to as the biggest culture picnic on the continent. It was an event for all members of the family as there was something for everyone, hundreds of books, entertainment and avenues to network. It was indeed a celebration not to be missed by anyone is interested in the arts.

CORA was founded in June 1991 with the MISSION to create an enabling environment for the flourishing of the contemporary arts of Nigeria and to increase human capacity of the continent. VISION is to make Culture the Prime Investment Destination for the Country and the Continent by 2018.

The festival is supported by Vanguard Media Limited, Guardian Newspapers, TV Continental, Top Radio, Homestead Publishing/Waka About, Century Energy Services, Z-Mirage, Freedom Park, Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas Limited, British Council, Pillar Oil, Platform Petroleum, Renegade theatre, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation and Goethe-Institut, amongst others.

CORA is grateful to all its partners and sponsors for making a success of one of the most important book events in the country.

-Terh Agbedeh

On Saturday 19th November 2011, from 6p.m. to 10p.m, the art loving community in Lagos gathered at Freedom Park to celebrate culture icons who have shaped the country’s art landscape. Tagged The Festival Birthday Feast: A Celebration of the Creative Spirit, it was a significant event in this year’s annual Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF).

The icons be celebrated in the Festival Birthday Feast included Fatai Rolling Dollar, Chukwuemeka Ike, Benson Idonije, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Lindsay Barret and Sunmi Smart-Cole. Others were Charly Boy, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joke Silva, Yeni Kuti, Tunde Babawale, Femi Akintunde-Johnson, Sola Olorunyomi, Duke Asidere and Remi Raji.

In its 13th year LABAF was declared open on Friday by Professor Tunde Babawale, who is the director of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC).

‘Do Not Resuscitate’, an art exhibition, which was part of the festival, had already started. Curated by Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo, who also exhibited, other exhibiting artists included: Jelili Atiku, Angela Isiuwe, Aderemi Adegbite, Tolu Aliki, Iquo Eke and Bob-Nosa Uwagboe. It was a social gathering that provided an opportunity to discuss how recent security threats and continuous economic conditions can be used to reform and be the catalyst we need to take decisions about moving our society forward.

Before the Festival Birthday Feast, there was a Town Talk with the theme: The Book in the Knowledge Economy which featured Miss Femi Atilade, Mr. Femi Aisida, Mr. Dayo Adegoke, Mr, Toyin Akinosho as panellist. Mr. Bayo Akinpelu was the moderator.

Sunday the 20th of November opened with the Art House Forum: Art of the Biography, which featured reviews and discussions from noon to 3p.m. Also on that day the Art Stampede with the theme, The Nigerian Abroad: Fictional Accounts of the Immigrant Experience began at 2p.m. All events for the festival took place at Freedom Park except for the pre event Publishers' Forum, which took place at the City Hall office of the Goethe-Institut.

There was much to see and enjoy at the festival that is referred to as the biggest culture picnic on the continent. It was an event for all members of the family as there was something for everyone, hundreds of books, entertainment and avenues to network. It was indeed a celebration not to be missed by anyone is interested in the arts.

CORA was founded in June 1991 with the MISSION to create an enabling environment for the flourishing of the contemporary arts of Nigeria and to increase human capacity of the continent. VISION is to make Culture the Prime Investment Destination for the Country and the Continent by 2018.

The festival is supported by Vanguard Media Limited, Guardian Newspapers, TV Continental, Top Radio, Homestead Publishing/Waka About, Century Energy Services, Z-Mirage, Freedom Park, Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas Limited, British Council, Pillar Oil, Platform Petroleum, Renegade theatre, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation and Goethe-Institut, amongst others.

CORA is grateful to all its partners and sponsors for making a success of one of the most important book events in the country.

 

Do Not Resuscitate: Fine Art and LABAF

Posted by jahman Anikulapo on November 17, 2011 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 Do Not Resuscitate…

A Harvest of Shared Dreams and Journeys

 By Jahman Anikulapo

Yes, as Programme Chairman for the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA, and ostensibly theaccounting officer for the programming content of the Lagos Book and Arts Festival, LABAF, I, on behalf of the festival’s working committee, plead guiltyto the oft-repeated accusation that the Visual Arts had often appearedshortchanged in the Festival’s overall scheme.

  We have been here13 times, and we have garnered almost as many knocks for always subjugating theFine Arts; sometimes making this critical segment of the festival appear likean afterthought in the festival’s programming vision.

  Of course, theFestival itself -- by the design of its birth -- is biased to Literature andBook-related events.

  True Confession: At conception in 1999, LABAF started in our minds as a Book Fair, at most acelebration of the Written Word as an essential of the core objective of “facilitating the growth of the human capital resources of the nation”. Perhapsthis was because the festival itself -- though a response to the national call for celebration of Creativity as expressed in the Federal Government’sdeclaration (now regrettably abandoned) of every September 14 as National Creativity Day -- was largely inspired by the legendary personage of the fatherof contemporary African novel, Prof Chinua Achebe, in whose honour thedeclaration was made that year, 1999.

But hold it there!!! Andthis is a digression….

  Guilty as we wouldreadily plead in CORA, we could still boldly say that the VISUAL ARTS was NOT –even at the outset -- completely out of our projections as a key content of thefestival. Though we thought more strongly in terms of LITERATURE, we always hadthe Visual Arts as a necessary partner in the Festival twin-dimensional content– Book and Art.

  CORA inparticular, has always been strong in identifying with the cause of the FineArts, afterall, two of the founding members of the organisation are FineArtists –  painter and arts writer, Tunde Olanipekun aka Lampex, who ran Baffles Gallery, one of the most active exhibition centres of its time in the 90s; and painter, art historian, now a professor of art history, Chika Okeke.The other founding members who are no less very strong friends of the Fine Artsare: the founding President of CORA, actor, TV producer  Yomi Layinka; theMagazine designer, Production Sub-editor, Jossy Ogbuanoh and the EarthScientist, Arts columnist, Toyin Akinosho, who is chief visioner of CORA.

    Over the years, and in fact since its birth in June 1991, which happened to belocated in the often referenced ‘golden era’ of Visual Arts boom (the late 80sthrough mid 90s), CORA has been part of the discourse around the vocation of FineArts, including being a constant presence at many of the programmes of the thenvery active Society of Nigerian Artists, SNA. CORA had also served as witnessto and promoter of (and to an extent, facilitator of) the emergence of some ofthe Art Schools (which semantically means the Fine Arts departments of tertiaryinstitutions) that have come to be constantly present on the Visual Arts scenein the last decade and a half – Auchi, Nsukka, Ife, Yaba, Zaria, Benin andothers.

  On occasions, CORA had also discussed issues around Visual Arts at some editions of its quarterly Art Stampede (some odd near 150 now). And more importantly, many of thesupporters of the CORA as an institution, and as well participants in many ofits programmes are Visual Artists, who have indeed been quite active even inaspects of organisations of the various programme initiatives.

  And to boot, atleast  three of the CORA 18-member Board of Governors/Patrons/Trustees are Fine Artists – the sculptor/painter, Ndidi Dike; the metal sculptor/artteacher, Olu Amoda; and the painter/poet, Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo (who I shallfurther referenced later in this reflection). Three other members are ArtCollectors of immense reputation – Chief Frank Okonta, president of the ArtGallerists Association of Nigeria, AGAN; Chief Sammy Olagbaju, the banker,collector, who, with Chief Okonta is on the board of the Visual ArtsAssociation of Nigeria, VASON; and Ambassador Olusegun Olusola, an avid patronof the arts and founder of the Ajubulu Moniya Gallery.


 Back to LABAF and the Visual Arts…


 So, I was saying that theVisual arts had always been part of the Programme projections of the three-dayfestival. I recall that on our 6th anniversary in 2004, we indeed collaboratedwith the Lagos chapter of the Society of Nigerian Artists, SNA, led by thepainter, art teacher, Kunle Adeyemi, and had a rewarding Visual Arts segmentthat featured two giant works by the legendary Bruce Onabrakpeya at thefestival then held at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos. Since then, we havebeen collaborating with diverse studios to stage remarkable Fine Arts show atthe festival.

    At LABAF,our Children segment always featured a robust session of visual arts workshopin painting, drawing and textile making for the young ones, often facilitatedby the volunteer trainer, Wale Asubiojo and his friends under the supervisionof founder of Children and  the Environment, CATE, Sola Alamutu.


  Yet another quick digression: 


  The project coordinator (who deservingly can be called the Festival Director) for thisedition, Ayo Arigbabu, is an Architect and Graphic Designer, who is also aco-founder of the Cartons and Comic Carnival, 3C, which until the last twoeditions was always part of the Festival programme. There is also Uche Nwosu,the painter/Art critic, whose reassuring smile we love to always recall.

    Well, so much forredemption of CORA’s credit as a Visual Arts-loving organisation.


 Visual Arts and the LABAF…


 Over the years, wehave worked with the ArtZero on about two editions with the ceramicist AtoArinze as coordinator; we worked with the Photographers Association of Nigeria,PAN led by Tam Fiofori to mount a collection of photographs that includedtimeless headgear images of the octogenarian, JD Ojeikhere; we worked with the Undergraduate Visual Arts Organisation that presented works of students fromtertiary institutions that were in competition in its yearly show. We havealways worked with the National Gallery of Arts, NGA, which has been verysupportive of our programes including extending sponsorship to aspects of ourprogrammes aside from helping with exhibition facilities. We have had aremarkable collaboration with the ‘conceptionist’ Jelili Atiku and hisscientist-artist partner, Washington Ubah and a couple of their comrades tostage post-modernist exhibitions.

  Jelili Atiku has indeed been a revealation in the life of the LABAF; he is known to come up withconcepts and installations that I must confess sometimes confound some of us inthe organising team, but which always turned up to be crowd-pulling at thefestival. I recall the Media in Chain installation; Agbo Ragoperforming installation; the Poorman in chain installation – staged atdifferent editions of the festival.


 And now to the present…


 On the Edge Studio had always been dream-sharers of the CORA. We have had robust engagements overthe years in the discourse of contemporary arts.  We subscribe to theideal that our contemporary arts must move beyond the extant norms, beyond thefamiliar to new ideas that interrogate the time-tested (hopefully nottime-worn) tradition of painting, sculpting and general art practice that wehave all been weaned on.

   CORA hadalways identified the Studio run by the couple Uche Edochie and Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo as game-changers (permit the cliché;). And their usual out-of-boxproduction and exhibition concepts over time have always proved this. Even inour private sessions at the CORA, we often acknowledged that the On the EdgeStudio and its promoters represent the spirit of the inventive, adventurist andprogressive culture producers that CORA greatly admirers and is willing to beidentified with.

  Now, it would beclear why Nkechi Nwosu Igbo was unanimously voted into the Board of Governors of the CORA. And why we continue to find her a most resourceful and worthy allyin our vision to make the Culture the prime Economic destination by 2018; and make the Arts contribute its destined quota to helping to grow the humancapital resources of Nigeria.

  2010 was when thevery first note of this progressive collaboration manifested so strongly. Theexhibition mounted in the small exhibition hall of the Aina Onabolu Building atthe National Gallery of Art remains a reference point in exhibition circle.Last year’s festival witnessed another fruitful session; and that is what hasspurred us to ask Nkechi and on the Edge studio to do it again and again.

    Inthis harvest season, you will be privileged once gain to share of the beauty ofour artistic worldview in ‘DO NOT RESUSCITATE’ describes by the curator,Nwosu-Igbo as “a social gathering that hopes to discuss how recent securitythreats and continuous economic conditions can be used to reform and be thecatalyst we need to take decisions about finally moving our society forward.”

  A site-specificconceptual show, taking its life from the political and cultural history of thefestival venue, Freedom Park, it reflects on History, Memory, and Identity through the Video art, found objects, Installations, Poetry, paintings,performances, and open air discussions featuring Jelili Atiku (ofcourse), Angela isiuwe, Aderemi adegbite, Tolu Aliki, Iquo Eke, Bob-Nosa Uwagboe, and yes, yes, Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo, who, of course, is the Curator.

Welcome…

 Jahman Anikulapo

 

DO NOT RESUSCITATE... EXHIBITION AT LABAF 2011

Posted by jahman Anikulapo on November 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Notes from the curator’s jotter

"Do Not Resuscitate" functions as a social gathering that hopes to explore how artisticinterventions can be used to reform or be the catalyst needed to take decisionsabout finally moving our society forward especially with the recent securitythreats and continuous economic conditions.

Taking its meaning from the legal order written by patient orhealth care power of attorney where a patient requests that he would not acceptCPR or be put on life support if their heart stops, the exhibition seeks topropose ideas on how to let go of some old pains, regrets and anger of whatNigeria is at 51, either “vocally agreeing” to use these pains positivelyor  letting them die a natural death.  Featuring individual projects,this site-specific conceptual show, taking its life from the political andcultural history of the festival venue, Freedom Park. It reflects on History,Memory, and Identity through the video art, found objects, installations,Poetry, paintings, performances, and open air discussions.

Aderemi Adegbite’s video, Ghetto Games, lies on the philosophy of a ghetto which is “all for one and one for all”. Hecaptures a highly narrative one-minute story that catapults the viewer to theghetto in one loop. The image of the scantily-dressed boy playing badmintonwith his makeshift bat and ball stays with you for a long time.

Tolu Aliki’s We Are Patient People is veryunambiguous and seeks to present new habits of engaging the disorders of ourtimes by preaching tolerance as the only way. He believes that even with theoverload of social ailments, we can all still find significant andpersistent techniques to relate peacefully.

Jelili Atiku’s Rawson’s Boat depicts thecritical role of public performance as a far-reaching means of communicationand hopes to boost new guidelines in political performance for contemporaryNigerian Art.  His visual commentary on the politics of the event ofJanuary 12th 1897 when Rear-admiral Harry Rawson and his crew landedin Benin city to capture the Benin King, loot thousands of Benin artifacts anddestroy the city, elicits a national pride that the viewer doesn’t know theypossess. More than a century later, the spectators could find themselvesactually pitying the thieves and letting healing start.

Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo’s I Am Still Nkechi continues to portray her favorite role as a Nigerian citizen. Known for herwork on Identity and Educating the Nigerian child, Nwosu-Igbo likens Nigeria(who even after her 51st independence celebrations) to the shy andnaïve bride on her wedding night who just lies on her back and is expected totake all the prodding. In her set-installations the artist invites the viewersto ponder on the flexibility of identities while looking at self and alsonational personality.

Bob-Nosa Uwagboe’s Occupy Nigeria tells astory of an imaginary musician who walks through the global phenomenon, thatstarted from Occupy Wall Street, offering hope and jobs to the all the citizensprotesting against corruption and elitist greed with his music. The paintingsreveal the brilliance and vision of this elusive artist who is arguably one ofthe strongest new voices in today’s art scene. The works here, like all Uwagboe’s anxieties, are both disturbingly honest and echoes the globaleconomic inequalities.

Iquo Eke’s emotive recitals usually take the shape of an art happening where shetypically engages her audience by soliciting for choruses and chats toaccompany her music and poetry. Cleansing, her poem forthis exhibition, promises to deliver the same response and excitement. She saysthat herpoetry ‘is rich in imagery and explores depths of experiences encompassingStruggles, Pain, Passion, womanhood and indeed the hope for a better tomorrow’.

DoNot Resuscitate is a heartening narrative that takes the shape of anexhibition, with all six cultural practitioners serving as advocates for humanrights. This socially profound show looks to set models of engagement andcollaboration between artists and audience, as a new Nigeria hoverstomorrow...hopefully

 

NkechiNwosu-Igbo

MildRed Studios

Lagos,2011

 

 

 




Exhibiting Artists

 

NKECHI NWOSU-IGBO

Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo's art shows manifests her personal desire to see hercountry, Nigeria achieve a new identity in the fast changing world politicaland economic realities . Her art is optimistic and practical, and this isobvious in her ‘Persons of interest’ series. The first installation titled “TheOily Bride” aptly represents Nigeria at 51. Oil is symbolically seenleaking out of cage. “Dead on Arrival” is the otherinstallation in this LABAF 2011 showthat reflects on  how Nigerians candecide to stop reliving past pains and start thinking of ways to move thesociety forward.


ADEREMI ADEGBITE

Born onFebruary 28, 1982, Adegbite is a young filmmaker and a photographer. Histhought about filmmaking and photography is similar to his poetry. As a  poet, he “believes in the rhythm of light inresonance with the figure”; and this is what he also documents with his cameralens. The rhyme of time and nature is the essence of his creative enterprise.  Aderemi’s second film, Ghetto Games won “In My Backyard Category Award” at theOne Minutes Africa video competition in Egypt. His exhibitions include Lagos on a Sane-day (Photography),African Artists’ Foundation/Etisalat Amateur Photography Exhibition at CivicCenter, Lagos,  February 2011; Lagos, Youthful Useful (Photography) atCreative Wall Voices – Inter-cultural Online Exhibition featuring 17 Artistsfrom 13 countries, June 27 – July 27, 2011; Ghetto Games (Video Art)at One Minutes Africa at Townhouse GalleryCairo, Egypt , Oct 2 -5 2011; GhettoGames (Video Art) at One Minutes Foundation’s “Africa One Minute Series” at major galleries and museums inAmsterdam, Netherlands, November 2011; YouthfulUseful (Photography) – Lagos Photo Festival by African Artists’ Foundationat Eko Hotel Oct 8 – Nov 7, 2011, Lagos; and Ghettoration (DocumentaryFilm)  International Film & BroadcastAcademy/ Goethe-Institut Nigeria –In-Short Film Festival, Lagos, Oct 13-15, 2011.  

    TOLU ALIKI

 

 Bornon February 7, 1976, Tolu, a self-trained painter, earned B.A in MassCommunication in 2006 from Olabisi Onabanjo University, OgunState. He participated in the 2011 Art Auction of Terra Kulture AuctionHouse. His solo exhibitions include "Intimate Moments" at NikeArt Gallery, Lekki, Lagos 2001;  ''Evolution'' at Colorida ArtGallery, Lisbon, Portugal (2010); ''Coloursof Passion'' at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos(2009). His group exhibitions include  "Timeless" 10th annualpastel exhibition at Mydrim Gallery, Lagos (2010); Olokun Art Festival exhibitionin Lagos, (2010);  ''Thresholds'' at ProteaHotel Westwood, Ikoyi, (2010);  ''Generational Statement'' atThought Pyramid Art Gallery, Abuja, (2008); "OctoberRain", Society of Nigerian Artist group exhibition at NationalMuseum, Lagos,( 2009);  ''Art Expo Nigeria''at National Museum, Lagos, (2008);  ''Art Expo Nigeria'' at NationalMuseum, Lagos, (2008);  ''A New Page'', an annual pastelexhibition at Mydrim Gallery, Lagos; and 2008 ''Art on the Mainland''at National Gallery of Arts, Lagos, (2008). Tolu Aliki work in several media,but with a flair for Acrylic and Oil Pastel. Most of his works have foundgreatest expression when addressing the concept of passion; Love, Music, familyand everyday social interactions. He lives in Lagos where he continues to paintin his private studio. He is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artist (SNA).

 

IQUO DIANA-ABASI EKE

 

Born on January 22, 1980, Iquo, holder of a BSC in Industrial Relationsand Personnel Management, is a Writer, Actress and Performance poet who rendersher words to the accompaniment of instruments such as traditional drums, fluteand/or strings.

As a Poet, she has performed on various platforms including WordSlam– Goethe Institut, Lagos 2008,2009, 2011, PLAY poetry Festival; 2009, 2010, TheLagos Black Heritage Festival 2010, The Lagos Poetry Festival,National Theater 2006, 2007, Poetry Potter, 2008 and Wordand Sound etc.  Iquo'swriting, especially her poetry is rich in imagery and explores depths ofexperiences encompassing life’s struggles, pain, passion, womanhood and indeedthe trials of the griots of this age.

  Her writings have beenpublished in anthologies and newspapers over the years in Nigeria. She residesin Lagos where her creativity also finds expression in CROCHETPLUS, a concernthat deals with handcrafting footwear, bags and other accessories using theancient craft of Crochet.

  She is currently working on herfirst collection of poetry, as well as a collection of short fiction. She ismarried with children.

JELILI ATIKU

 

Born in September 27, 1968 in Ejigbo Lagos, Nigeria Jelili ATIKU, earned BA (Fine Arts) atthe Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and MA (Visual Arts) from  University ofLagos.  He is a reputed multimedia (sculptor,video and performance) and political artist with concerns for human rights andjustice. Through drawing, installationsculpture, photography, video and live art performance, he strives to helpviewers understand the world and expanding their understanding and experiences,so that they could activate and renew their lives and environments. Since 2009, he has beeninvolved in an ongoing performance project, ‘In the Red’, which usesred as a symbol of life, suffering, danger and violence. In 2008/2009, his performance video, Victimof Political Assassination was showcased in Video Library section ofRencontres Internationales in Paris, Berlin and Madrid. He also featured at theGeisai 12 Contemporary Art Fair,Tokyo – Japan (2009); 16thFestival International D’Art Video de Casablanca, Morocco (2009); Old News #6; Malmo, Lagos and Copenhagen(2009/2010) and Freedom to Create Prize,Singapore (2009). Recently, he participated in the International Video Art Festival in Yorkshire, UK: VAF1: From Africa (2011). Similarly, his videos, RedBug was among works screened in Woodland at the Kurt Schwitters SummerSchool, Merzbarn Estate, Lake District, UK (July 23, 2011); Hail Thy Name was screened in  WƆbƆle kutu wƆkpe: Cultures in confluence,Goethe Institut, Accra, Ghana (0ctober 11-29, 2011). He also participated in CinemarcheVideo Art Festival, ScarboroughIndoor Market, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK (October 22, 2001); and Protest ArtInternational Festival held in Harare, Zimbabwe 92011), where he enacted a performancetitled Red Flag in collaboration with Fisani Nkomo (October 28,2011). He presently teaches sculpture at the Dept. of Art and IndustrialDesign, Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos, Nigeria.

 

BOB-NOSAUWAGBOE

 

Born on November 26, 1974 in Benin City,Edo State, Uwagboe has a National and Higher Diploma from Auchi Polytechnic,Edo State, with further training at Enebeli Arts Studio, Benin City. His workis largely influenced by Jean-Michel Basquia, Wasily Kandisky. He is a fulltime studio artist in Lagos.  He has participatedin many exhibitions including Lagos StateCouncil for Art and Culture Art Exhibition for Nigeria Artist in 2001; Treasure of our time, Pendulum ArtGallery;  3rd National Creative Water ColourArt Workshop and Exhibition, Ososo Cultural Centre, Edo State; Final year Exhibition, “2004 set, Auchi Polytechnic,Auchi, Edo State; NYSC Art Exhibition,“Beyond Limit” , Council for Art and Culture, Abuja, 2006;  ATouring Exhibition of Contemporary Africa Art/Children, 2005. Othersinclude Creative writing by Kambani Arts,London, held in Abuja; 2006; TheSpanish Embassy Art Competition/Exhibition for selected Nigerian Artists;2007, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja; NigeriaBreweries Art Competition/Exhibition – “TheUnbreakable Nigeria Spirit” Civic Centre, Lagos, 2008; Africanice (Mural Exhibition). CBAAC,  National Theatre, Lagos, 2008; Recent works by Bob-Nosa Uwagboe – PanAfrican University (VI Campus) Lagos 2009; BeyondFiguration at Omenka Gallery, Lagos, 2009; French Women Association Lagos Art Exhibition at African ArtistFoundation (AAF), 2009; The Last PictureShow VI / Maison Du parti Douala; 2009, Collocation5 Art Exhibition, Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja, 2009.   

 

 

 

The Green Festival 6 [Friday 18th toSunday 20th November 2011]

Posted by jahman Anikulapo on November 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)


THEME: I VOTE TO READ! TheBook & The Voice of The People

Each day 3,000 children die of Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Concerned by these statistics, some authors ofchildren’s literature decided to focus their writings on this number one causeof death in children in Africa.

Whilst researching onChildren Books of the Festival forthis year’s LABAF, CATE, being an organizationthat promotes health matters amongst young people, observed this trend anddecided that, this year’s Talking Books with CATE should showcase some authors whoseworks focus, or touch on Malaria, as well as give children themselves, aplatform to ‘voice’ out their viewpoint on the subject matter.

The winner andtwo runners-up of the 2011 Nigeria Prize for Literature will also be part ofthis segment; to read and give CreativeWriting Tips to the young participants,whilst all six shortlisted writers would have an interactive session withthem on the final day of the event.

In line with the Federal Government’srecent campaign on the need to teach young people financial and entrepreneurialskills, we are including sessions onFinancial Literacy and Leadership.

In addition, we will have our regular Green Creativity workshops for Children,the idea of which is to encourage participants to develop and showcase theircreative skills in writing, dance-drama and the visual arts, using Multimedia.The workshops will be recorded and featured as a documentary at the Festival.We are also bringing back the GreenCreativity Workshops for Toddlers.

For the first time, we are planning fourworkshops for adults, three Teachers’Workshops; the first one where participants would betaught ‘how to put together an ideal classroom setting for effective learningto take place’, the second to ‘get teachers inspired and excited aboutreading’, and the third, ‘strategies to use whilst working with challengingchildren’. The fourth is an adult Writers’Workshop, which will have abeginner’s and master class for those interested in writing fiction for youngpeople.

TheGreen Festival is held to mark the National Creativity Day and UN Child RightsDay.

Below are the details:

DAY 1 – Friday 18thNov.

A. 9.30 am – 10.30am   My Encounter with the Book – Prof. Tunde Babawale, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Black and African Arts andCivilization (CBAAC) - a motivationaltalk to kids that kicks open the Festival.

B. 10.45am-11.15am – TheFestival Tour – a tour round the standsand festival activities by students and teachers with the Green Guest of Honour.

C. 11.30pm – 2.30pm —  GreenCreativity Workshops 1 – I Vote To Read!   [Ages 8-16yrs]

I Vote To Read! – in Words                

I Vote To Read! – in Pictures

I Vote To Read! – in Dance-Drama

D. 12noon – 2pm  Teachers’ Workshop  1 –I Vote To Read!                           

- Teaching Creative Writing to Children                                                                      

- Making Mini-Books with Children

Facilitated by Juyin Odeleye, Abbey Publishing –representatives in West Africa for AccuCut Educational, USA

E. 12noon – 2pm: Teachers’ Workshop 2 - I Vote To Read! – ‘Behavioural Management in the Classroom’.                

Facilitatedby Ibukun Aisida

 

DAY 2 – Saturday19th Nov. 

 

A. 10am – 10.30am  My Encounter with the Book  – Austin Avuru (Petroleum Geologist and Author/ManagingDirector, Seplat Petroleum).

B.10.40am – 11.30am  Talking Books with CATE1: (i) Malaria Stories - ‘CanBooks Help Kids Win the Malaria War?’- Readings, Reviews, Discussions around:a) ‘One Little Mosquito’- by Ndidi Enemor, b)‘The Yellow Mosquito Net’– by Fatima Akilu, c) ‘The Missing Clock’-by Adeleke Adeyemi, d) ‘Headsand Tales’– by Yemi Sanusi and e) ‘Cate Saves The Ikopi Rainforest’- by Sola Alamutu & Peju Dawodu.

Moderated by Iquo Eke.

 

10.40am – 11.30am  Talking Books with CATE 2: (ii) Financial Literacy - ‘Can Books Make Your Kids Rich?’- empowering young people for financialmanagement by teaching them to be “responsible spenders and motivated saversusing books!” using ‘Money Sense for Kids&Teens’ by Osas Ojo-Osagie and ‘Financial Freedom for Youth’ by Ogbo Awoke-Ogbo. Facilitated by the Authors.

 

11.40am – 2pm  Talking Books with CATE3: (iii) Leadership Talk  -‘IVote To Read’ – promoting a reading culture by equipping children andyoung people with entrepreneurial skills using a) Film Screening of ‘The UltimateGift’ by Jim Stovall

b) Roundtable Discussions around Dr. Ben Carson’s ‘Think Big’.

[Children session facilitated by Ibukun Aisida], [Teenssession facilitated by Bitebo Gogo], [Youths session facilitated by MaggieRobertson].

 

 

C. 11am – 4pm  Green Creativity Workshops 2- I Vote To Read! [Ages 3–7yrs]

D. 2.10pm – 5pm  GreenCreativity Workshops 3- I Vote To Read!  [Ages 8-16yrs]

a) 2.10pm – 2.40pm  Creative Writing Tips - byAyodele Olofintuade,  Runner Up  of the 2011 Nig. Prize for Literature

b) 2.45 – 5pm Workshops:

I Vote To Read! – in Words

I Vote To Read! – in Pictures

I Vote To Read! in Dance-Drama  

E. 1pm – 3pm  Teachers’ Workshop 2 - I Vote To Read!                                       

- Inspiring Reading in Teachers.     Facilitated by Gillian Parker - RAW

F. 3 – 5pm  Writers’ Workshop 1[for young adults] - I Vote To Read! – by Ayodele Olofintuade

- Writing for Children

 

DAY 3- Sunday 20th Nov.

 

A. 12.15pm –1.15pm  Green Creativity Workshops 4 – [Round-Up for 3yrs -7yrs and 8-16yrs]

I Vote To Read! –in Words

I Vote To Read! – in Pictures

I Vote To Read! – in Dance     

B. 1.30pm – 2pm Presentation ofactivities from the Green Creativity Workshops

C. 2.15pm - 3.15pm - The Green Spelling Bee - A contestto encourage children to learn environment-related words where the winneremerges as The Green Spelling Champ ofThe Festival.  Moderated by Ayodele Olofintuade and Bitebo Gogo.

C. 3.30pm- 4.00pm Talking Books with CATE 4: Creative Writing Tips -  by Adeleke Adeyemi - Winner of the 2011 Nig.Prize for Literature

D. 4.00pm -5.00pm    The Green Party T– Fun! Fun! Fun!

 

Dress Code: SHADES OF GREEN

 


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