HOPE, OMOOBA SHYLLON SEES, IN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES

For Africa’s leading renowned art collector Omooba Yemisi Shyllon, it’s not all gloom and doom in the visual arts scene. The future glimmers with opportunities and promise, he tells Okechukwu Uwaezuoke ART-ICLES Here is the first rule before Omooba Yemisi Shyllon’s stately presence: the interviewer, poised with his pen and notebook, must have his wits …

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A WHIFF OF DOTUN POPOOLA’S METALLIC ACTIVISM

Metal-sculptor Dotun Popoola, known for his successful career in turning metal scraps into priceless sculptures, is set to regale aficionados with 13 works in his long-anticipated solo outing. Okechukwu Uwaezuoke writes ART-ICLES “Against all odds,” should be Dotun Popoola’s Metala’s real mantra. Conceived about a year ago, this solo exhibition, which opens on Saturday, December …

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IN A NOD TO THESE DESPERATE TIMES, LIMCAF OPTS FOR A WEBINAR

Unable to physically host its much looked-forward-to grand finale and awards night this year, the organisers of the Life in My City Art Festival have embraced an online option for the festival’s this year’s edition, which holds on Saturday, December 12. Okechukwu Uwaezuoke reports ART-ICLES For all its legendary resilience as Nigeria’s longest-running art event, …

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MUSING AT CROSSROADS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Two Abuja-based artists, Obi Nwaegbe and Chinedu Onuigbo relive their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdown in an exhibition that opens in the federal capital city on December 3, Okechukwu Uwaezuoke reports ART-ICLES Even with its troubles, Obi Nwaegbe believes the year 2020 deserves a memorable ending. Indeed, something undeniably befuddling about the year evokes …

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AN ARTIST AND HIS DIRGE FOR A STOLEN CHILDHOOD

Cameroonian artist William Tan Njepe (a. k. a. Twilliam) is inspired by the painful memories, which were dredged up from what he calls his “stolen” childhood years, and references his native Bamileké cultural traditions. Okechukwu Uwaezuoke writes ARTICLES Short dread-locked hair, a singlet top that could have once laid claim to being immaculate white and …

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