Twenty eight artistes will showcase their works at the maiden edition of the Queen Moremi Art Exhibition to be organized by Alexis Galleries and the House of Oduduwa Foundation.
The exhibition with the theme: “View from the Masters”, would be in honour of the legendary Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA).
It would hold in June at Alexis Galleries, Victoria Island.
Another edition of the exhibition would also take place in London, New York, Dubai and Lebanon.
Speaking at a media briefing, the ambassador for Queen Moremi Ajasoro Initiative, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, said that the exhibition was initiated to keep the legacy of Queen Moremi Ajasoro alive.
“Her story is that of leadership and what makes it unique is that she was a woman who took a bold step to save children and women.
“She was a sacrificial leader willing to give everything up for her children and followers,” she said.
Also at the briefing was Patty Chidiac-Mastrogiannis, the founder and the director of Alexis Galleries.
She said that the Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, would lead others to appreciate the works of the 28 artistes at the exhibition.
“The Ooni will be present to open the exhibition because the show belongs to his legacy.
“Ooni is interested in the story of Queen Moremi Ajasoro because it encourages selfless leadership,” the director said.
She also said that it was a one of its kind exhibition in Nigeria.
“The story of Moremi Ajasoro will be told through visual arts and this will assist us to tell the great story of whom she was.”
She said that Alexis Galleries believed in giving back to the society and that part of the proceeds from the exhibition would go to an NGO of the Ooni’s choice in Ile-Ife.
“Part of the remaining proceeds will also go to young artistes in the Fine Arts Department of the Obafemi Awolowo University, who are struggling to pay their tuitions,” she said.
Other artistes present at the media briefing expressed gladness that they would be part of the exhibition.
They said that they were looking forward to seeing more of such exhibitions because such would help to tell stories of people with heroic deedse better.
Gerry Nnumbia, an artiste, said that visual arts projected messages stronger than any other form of art.
“A piece of art, when visualized tells a permanent story which resonates in our mind.
“It could have been dramatized or sung, but its effect will never be like that of visual arts,” he said.
Another artiste, Sam Ovraiti, said that visual artistes saw things differently based on their thought process and imagination.
“Creativity grows with new ideas and inspiration. I will be looking at Queen Moremi Ajasoro from the aspect of the woman in contemporary times.
He called on leaders in the country to emulate Queen Moremi Ajasoro, who during her lifetime; stood out for the sake of generations unborn.
“We want to show our society that there is a need for good and selfless leadership. There is the need to concentrate on the reason for the exhibition itself which is selfless leadership,” Ovraiti said.
Some of the artistes that would showcase their art works at the exhibition are: renowned painter and sculptor, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kolade Oshinowo, Reuben Ugbine, Chinwe Uwatse, Sam Ovraiti, Gerry Nnumbia, Ayo Arinze, Bunmi Babatunde, amongst others.
Stress: Comedy has become palliatives – Koffi
Comedy is a veritable tool to reduce tension and improve the health of the people, a renowned comedian, Idowu Nuel, (a.k.a Koffi), said on Wednesday.
“At present in Nigeria as it is in some other climes, there is tense economic atmosphere which is adversely affecting people physically, mentally and financially.
“People’s health is declining due to stress and pressure.
He said that laughing regularly would keep one relaxed in spite of harsh economic condition.
According to Koffi, doctors now advise patients to laugh more to reduce tension.
He advised upcoming comedians to choose their words carefully when cracking jokes, adding that they should use satires with caution.
“In the past, cartoon strips in newspapers served as sarcasm and satire and it was well understood and accepted.
“Lately, people are more sensitive and take everything personal; so I personally don’t even try to get entangled in satires.
“As much as I like to deliver intelligent materials, I know the boundaries; hence, I advise others to tread with caution,” he said.
He advised the youth not to relent in efforts to strive toward perfection in the careers.
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BBNaija: Enkay apologises for ‘maltreating’ Cindy
Recently evicted Big Brother Naija, pepper Dem housemate, Nkechinyere Ede popularly known as Enkay has tendered an apology to fans over her actions towards Cindy while in the Big brother House.
Nigeria News Agency, reports that Cindy had approached Enkay to join her in a Ludo game, but Enkay refused and instead chose to play alone.
Fans described Enkays action as `condescending” and did not take kindly.
She tendered the apology in a live video shared via her Instagram handle @Eukay on Tuesday saying she was not a condescending person.
NAN reports that during the eviction which held on Sunday, Enkay told Ebuka Uchendu-Obi, the host of the show that she love Cindy very much and they were jolly good friends.
The 25 years old fashion designer explained that she did not intentionally reject or look down on Cindy while in the house as being perceived by fans of the show.
“My attitude to Cindy was just a misunderstanding, it was absolutely nothing personal.
“I am not a condescending person, I will never look down on anyone, I am as humble as I can be.
“I apologise to anyone that felt I did try to look down on Cindy,”she said.
The incident won fans sympathy votes for Cindy to the detriment of Enkay, who was evicted on Sunday, scoring the lowest votes of 0.88% .
Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split
Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split
Hollywood Celebrity couple,Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have both ended their six years relationship joining the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year.
The oscar winner was recently spotted holding hands with singer Sela Vave outside of a nightclub in West Hollywood.
The duo had been together since 2013, though they never officially confirmed their relationship
Kattie Holmes revealeed that she doesn’t really care about what Jamie does with his life as they haven’t been together for months now.
The former couple started dating back in 2013 ,a year after she ended her marriage to Tom Cruise.
The duo kept their relationship away from the prying eyes of the public.
Even though they tried keeping their relationship away from the public, it was a known fact they were in an exclusive relationship.
However,the Celebrity couple finally appeared together in public for the first time at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammys Gala in New York in 2018, and they walked a red carpet together for the first time at the Met Ball in May.
Meanwhile, Foxx had in June said that things were “,going swimmingly” and the couple were making long distance work, though that’s clearly not the case anymore.
They have frequently shut down engagement rumors over the years, and will now go their separate ways.
They join the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi
COSON advises youths to take advantage of creative industry
The Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Mr Tony Okoroji, on Tuesday urged youths to take advantage of the creative industry by being more innovative with the contents of their productions.
“The younger generation needs to have the courage to be more creative in other to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the commission to protect intellectual property.
“The NCC will implement the law to its best, but it takes on the individual’s creative person to use the law of the commission to make sure that they develop their life.
“I urge the younger generation therefore, to use the facilities set up to improve on their creativity and push their career to the next level,” he said.
The chairman said that Nigerian music and films were increasingly becoming more competitive in the international community with diverse blend of culture that makes up Nigeria coupled with the unique style of afromusic that makes the Nigerian entertainment industry attractive to foreigners.
Okoroji, who said that the entertainment industry had become a major money spinner for the Nigerian economy, urged the NCC to remain focused in the protection of intellectual property.
“My prayer for NCC is that they find the courage to continue to do what is right so as to encourage quality creative contents capable of growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
“I am dreaming and praying for a commission that is completely focused on the interest of the stakeholders, musicians, writers and actors.
“This will allow for speedy development in the entertainment sector which will have a ripple effect in the Nigeria nation as a whole,” Okoroji said.