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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A TOAST TO DANIEL AJALA’S CORPS PRECEPTS

A recent video, featuring some of Daniel Awoseni Ajala’s young ballet students, expresses support for the nationwide anti-police brutality protests and returns him to the dance community’s consciousness, months after a viral video of one of his students dancing barefoot in the rain, Okechukwu Uwaezuoke reports DANCE There are six very young ballet dancers, one …

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COLOURFUL GLIMPSES OF NIGERIA’S SARTORIAL HISTORY

A commemorative exhibition, organised by the Lagos-based Terra Kulture in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, seeks to reconstruct the Nigerian identity through the dress codes of its diverse cultural groups in the pre-independence years. Okechukwu Uwaezuoke reports ARTICLES With its lustrous cultural credentials, Terra Kulture seems best positioned – as the …

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AMARACHI OKAFOR AND HER MESSAGE OF INTROSPECTION

With its explicit statement, which swirls around the concept of collective responsibility, the title of Amarachi Okafor’s exhibition resonates with these times, as Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary approaches, Okechukwu Uwaezuoke reports ART-ICLES “Cities are made and built by people – all the people in it, not just some.” Sometimes, not more than a few words …

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