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The Day My Father Came to School

          I couldn’t imagine worse news. I spent the night and all of the next day trying to suppress the thoughts of the inevitable: the faces of my classmates when they heard about mud huts, all my lies exposed, the painful jokes afterward. Each time I remembered, my body squirmed as […]

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Dangerous Love of Woman To Woman

          Embracing My Shadow: Growing up Lesbian in Nigeria by Unoma Azuah; Beaten Track Publishing; 2020; 218pp It takes tremendous courage for a Nigerian woman to engage in an open love affair with another woman. The act of damning all consequences to write about lesbian love, even in fiction, is almost […]

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ART CRITICISM AND AFRICA

                  In 1995, an initiative was launched in the UK, to set up AICA sections in Anglophone African countries. This ambition was prompted by the International Committee of AICA (International Art Critics Association), in order to expand AICA’s global reach as a UNESCO NGO and to reassess […]

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Dis Lagos: A Visual Narrative of Hope

          Lagos will continue to be explored by artists because it throws up energies, celebrates continuum and contradicts itself in many ways. The city, as an epicenter of African cosmopolitan tropes brings to fore a civility that stretches beyond the postcolonial, a subversiveness of the urbane and an assertiveness of the […]

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AfroBEAT and RHYTHMS

          In the face and cultural threat of the new definition AFROBEATS, it is necessary and urgent to reclaim the original nomenclature of AFROBEAT. In this age of social media and free self-expression, we run the risk of re-branding by people who don’t know and understand; aided by gullible bandwagon followers […]

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Netflix: More Than A Film Maker’s Meal Ticket

In a bid to escape the competition at home, Netflix is beginning to focus on market expansion abroad. This head-start against fellow competitors like Disney+, Comcast’s Peacock, and AT&T’s HBO Max for the video streaming soul of the African continent was expected. It is a five-year project that started in 2015, with blockbusters such as […]

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‘The Film’ As Champion of Social Consciousness

          There are many factors, some age-old, others more recent, that have firmly entrenched the medium of film as the most potent medium that affects and alters social consciousness. To begin with, we are now in the age of infotainment, where information and entertainment have become inseparable; an age in which […]

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Coronavirus Compels Postponement of iREP Festival

The yearly gathering of cineastes in Lagos, focused on screening documentary films, will not happen on the usual dates this year. The opening of the iREPRESENT INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL has been postponed from tomorrow and the festival itself has been pushed forward indefinitely. So, yesterday  evening, there was no ice-breaker screening of Supo Shasore’s Journey […]

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The true story behind the whimsical film Goodbye Christopher Robin

One of the first books I recall owning was a red cloth-bound copy of Winnie-the-Pooh, with a map of the Hundred Acre Wood where all the stories happened, marked: “Drawn by me and Mr Shepard helped”…..Click here to read full article

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The Myth of the Starving Artist and Other Misconceptions about Creativity

Art for art’s sake was a creed of the 20th century bohemians, and on the surface, it sounds like a good idea. We should not create work that is functional or commercial, the argument goes, but rather because it is an end in itself. After all, what kind of creative would confess to wanting to make […]

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