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Nigerian artist, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby makes 2019 Time’s ‘100 Next’ list



Acclaimed global artist, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby has been profiled in the 2019 Time Magazine ‘100 Next’ list.

Time’s ‘100 Next’ is an annual listicle of the 100 influential people in the world who are actively contributing to change the world through their craft.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Akunyili-Crosby is the daughter of the late Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

In a blurb describing her, journalist Madeleine Carlisle wrote, “Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s works have sold for millions at auctions.

“But in 2018, it was possible to see one at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art free of charge—you didn’t even have to go inside.

“The visual artist was only the second person to be chosen to create a mural on the walls of the museum itself, which was visible from Grand Avenue’s sidewalk.

“It featured brightly coloured scenes of domestic life: in one section, a woman rests her elbow on a table, seemingly deep in thought.

“Akunyili Crosby—who moved to the U.S. from Nigeria in her teens—is known for such scenes, some of which are autobiographical and incorporate references to both countries,” Carlisle wrote.

In her words, Akunyili-Crosby told TIME, “I’m really looking at how [Nigeria and the U.S.] are complex hybrid spaces.”

NAN reports that in 2018, she made history after selling a painting of hers for the sum of N1.2 billion.

She recently won a MacArthur Genius Grant which set her N225 million richer.

Her iconic Bush Babies painting was sold by Sotheby’s for N1.2 billion.

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Dance Group advises members on proper dressing



The President, Dance Guild of Nigeria (GOND), Mr Victor Thompson, has advised members of the guild to be mindful of their dressing.

Thompson told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos, that young dancers should appreciate the difference between work and public dress sense.

According to him, just as in any other professions there are some ills found among dance practitioners, which the guild is battling with.

“Some of the ills are plaiting of hair, wearing earrings and tattoo by men, irregular and indecent dressing, among others.

“It is one of those things that the guild is still dealing with in the industry.

“We always tell them that there is a great difference between, work and public dress code.

“On the stage, a whole lot of things are allowed and that is for the stage. When you finish from the stage, you go back to your public dress sense.

“That is why you will not see me walk around with plaited hair and earrings in public. l should represent the positive aspect of a dancer which the guild stands for,” he said.

Thompson said that indecent dress sense had implications on young dancers, as there were certain places they could not enter to discuss the dance business.

He said any indecent dancer should engage a manager, who should appear for him and discuss business on their behalf.

Thompson said that they had always told young dancers that once they finish from the stage, it was expected of them to dress respectfully and decently in public.

According to him, I am not saying that hair plaiting and some dressing are wrong but if that is how the dancer wants to appear, he/she may not be welcomed in some corporate settings.

At a recent Dance Summit organised by the Lagos State Chapter of the Dance Guild, a professional dancer, Muyiwa Osinaike, popularly known as Yourba Ambassador, said Nigerian dancers should seek knowledge to improve their skills.

According to him, knowledge is very important for them to be professional dancers in truth.

”It is a pity that there is no specialised institution for dance in Nigeria. You can only study Theatre Arts and major in Dance.

”Dancers should go the extra mile to acquire in Dance Science, Dance Management and Dance Marketing, among others.

Osinaike said that they should strive for professionalism as dancers.

Dr Cornel-Best Onyekaba, a Senior Lecturer, Creative Arts Department, University of Lagos, said that dancers should look responsible in the way they dress and conduct themselves in public.

According to him, nobody will like to discuss serious business with them if they do not package themselves well.

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Veteran musician, Chris Hanen of ‘Ozigizaga fame’ is dead



Veteran singer, Chris Hanen, popularly known for his hit track, ‘Ozigizaga’, has died at age 60.

The singer whose real name was Christian Aghanenu and popularly known in the 90s died after a brief illness.

The death of the renowned singer was announced by Former chairman of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Tony Okoroji, on his Facebook page on Wednesday Dec. 4. I just received with shock the news of the passing on of the great Ozigizaga exponent, Chris Hanen.

“Chris was a very talented and committed musician who worked with me closely on several projects in our days at EMI record.

“Last year, Chris Hanen was at the funeral of Moses of Flyxx and Mozzyz fame. He was also at COSON House for the celebrated funeral of Rub-A-Dub Master, Ras Kimono.

“Chris was a very humble and easy-going person who will be terribly missed by all of us in the music industry who knew him.

“May the soul of Chris ‘Ozigizaga’ Hannen rest in peace” Okoroji wrote.

Chris Hanen became famous in the 1990s after the release of his debut album, `Turning Point.’

He worked with several music stars in the 1990s like Bright Chimezie, Tony Okoroji, Stella Monye, Onyeka Onwuenu, Chris Mba and many others.

The soft-spoken singer shot into limelight after the release of his debut album `Turning Point’ in 1990.

But his fame and fortune began to dwindle shortly after he dropped his sophomore album, ‘New Dawn’ in 1991.

He faded off the music scene subsequently and remained out of the public radar ever since.

At the peak of his career, he worked with the likes of Bright Chimezie, Tony Okoroji, Stella Monye, Onyeka Onwuenu, Chris Mba and many others.

He started out as a DJ and performed for famous Nigerian musicians.

In an interview published in 2005, the late singer was quoted as saying, “I started my apprenticeship by following musicians, playing for them and eventually I did my album.

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We need more investments, not fashion weeks, says Nigerian Designer



Ace designer, Bayo Oke-Lawal, has called for more direct investment in Nigerian fashion industry to grow the sector.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Creative Director of leading brand, The Orange Culture, expressed dissatisfaction at banks and other corporate bodies taking the easy route of organising fashion events.

Orange Culture was selected in 2015 by Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy for their first ever LVMH prize as one of the 20 finalists selected from over 1221 brands all over the world in Paris.

It was also selected by L’Uomo Vogue and GQ Italia to present at The Latest Fashion Buzz in Florence and then by The International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative.

According to Oke-Lawal, events such as fashion weeks, frequently organised by banks were welcome but the industry needs growth-directed investments in certain areas.

NAN recalls that in the just concluded Fashion Week season, at least four banks hosted their own Fashion Week shows, designer meet ups and pushed conversations.

These events, although fun, had limited designers to showcasing their products and networking without tackling the investments needed to transform the cottage-level industry into billion-dollar movements.

Speaking via his twitter handle, @TheOrangenerd, Oke-Lawal advised corporate bodies, especially brands to assist the industry holistically.

“Nigerian banks, what the fashion industry does not need is more fashion weeks!

“The fashion industry needs so much more support in clothing manufacturing, fashion education, labour acquisition.

“We also need help in textile manufacturing especially developing our indigenous techniques and creating sustainable fabric creation spaces.

“Grants for designers not loans with high interests, all the flight money to bring in designers you do not need, could be given as grants to Nigerian designers.

“And the list is absolutely endless. It is so hard working as a designer in Nigeria! People will never understand just how difficult it is.

“So, if banks really want to help, stop wasting money flying designers in from countries that would never fly us out and work on funding platforms that are developing the industry or invest directly in the industry,” he said.

His tweets sparked a conversation on social media among designers who agreed with him.

They added that the corporate world had not taken time to understand the peculiarities of the Nigerian fashion industry.

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Expert urges dancers to seek knowledge to improve skills







Lagos, Dec.5, 2019 A professional dancer, Muyiwa Osinaike, has advised Nigerian dancers to seek knowledge that will  help them improve on their skills.

Osinaike gave the advice late on Wednesday at The Lagos Dance Summit (TLDS) 2019 organised by the Guild of Nigerian Dancers (GOND), Lagos State Chapter, in Lagos.


According to him, knowledge is very important for them to become professional dancers


He said, “It is a pity that that there is no specialised institution for dancing in Nigeria.

“One reads Theatre Arts in the universities and majors in Dance.


“’Dancers should go the extra mile of acquiring knowledge in Dance Science, Dance Management and Dance marketing.


“’Dancers need to know the directives of their bodies while performing and understand the problems of a dancer which are: the knee and ankle issues,” he said.


Osinaike said that they should seek professionalism as dancers and performers.

He said that dance was an essential tool for media communication, adding that if one communicates properly with dance, it could take one far.


Also, Dr Cornel-Best Onyekaba of the University of Lagos said that dancers should look responsible by dressing decently and conducting themselves with dignity in the public.


Onyekaba, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Creative Art, said that nobody would like to discuss serious business with dancers if they did not package themselves well.


He said that they should also acquire marketing spirit, adding that they should be ready to submit themselves to managerial structure.

Hilary Johnson and the Gang at the event.


Similarly, Ms Ugo Obiayo, the chairman of GOND, Lagos Chapter, said that the summit introduced to the dance and creative industry would be an annual programme.


“It will act as the magnifying lens to look into matters affecting dance as a practice, the practitioners in relation to their responses to evolving demands.


“It will also see how dance can come to be reckoned with in the creative industry,” she said.


According to her, dance as an art, is one of the most unique theatre elements used during productions for interpretation, beautification and communication.


Obiayo said that dance as a profession should be capable of standing alongside its contemporaries such as: comedy, drama, music, fashion and painting.


The GOND president, Mr Victor Thompson, said that it was time for dancers to repackage their arts for the future.


He said that the days and platforms were changing, and as such, dancers needed to change and move with the trend.


Thompson said that the summit had provided an opportunity for dancers to discuss issues pertaining to them.


He added that they should be encouraged to go ahead and do what they know how to do best.


The Nigeria News Agency   reports that there were dancing and musical performances by Oworo and Bariga Dance Communities  as well as by  Hilary Johnson and The Gang and others 

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Go for skills to be self-reliant, Sculptor urges graduates



A sculptor, Mr Efiok Effiong, has urged the youth, especially graduates, to acquire skills in different areas to be self-reliant and add value to the society through job creation.

Effiong made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Kula, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers.

He said that with the unavailability of white-collar jobs for all employable graduates, skills acquisition was necessary to be economically independent.

“Youths that are graduates need to look beyond their formal education and be engaged in different skills that can enable them to feed themselves and meet other needs.

“Irrespective of the qualification you have in the University, Polytechnic and Colleges, there is need to be skilled and add value to it,” he said.

The sculptor called on the three tiers of government to provide opportunities for the youth to be trained in different skills.

“Sculpture has taken me round to different countries to work, and by God’s grace, I do not beg to eat or take care of myself.

“Some of us could be engaged in the training of youths in different skills and distract so many of the idle youths from the temptation of partaking in atrocities,” he said.

The sculptor said he was in Kula to mould a lion for his host and that was already an attraction in the community.

He said communities, aside government, could establish sculpture gardens as recreational centers for tourism and generate revenue.

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Burna Boy leads Apple’s 2019 top 10 streamed songs



Afro-fusion artist, Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, has topped the 2019 list of Apple Music most streamed artists.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the data, recently released by Apple Music, featured Artists in sub Sahara Africa whose songs were streamed via the platform.

In the heavyweight list, Burna Boy had five songs leaving the other five top slots to other artists including Davido, Wizkid, Joeboy and Rema.

Burna Boy’s songs ‘On the low’, ‘Gbona’, ‘Dangote’ and ‘Anybody’ occupied top five alongside his heavy collaboration with Zlatan ‘Killin Dem’.

The Grammy-Nominated artist has had a stellar year, leading in every musical front culminating in his 2020 Grammy nomination in the World Music category alongside Angelique Kidjo.

The list also featured Joeboy’s ‘Baby’. The young artist has been on a steady rise since the release of this song. The Empawa artist just released his new album, ‘Love and Light’.

NAN reports that Rema was another young artist that made the list with his song, ‘Dumebi’. The catchy tune garnered air play in the first half of the year and shifted same enthusiasts to streaming platforms.

Wizkid, Beyonce and Blue Ivy’s collaboration, ‘Brown Skin Girl’ was the number one motivation song for black women around the world. This showed in its streaming numbers on Apple Music.

David ‘Davido’ Adeleke appeared twice on the list in two interesting collaborations.

The first, ‘Blow My Mind’ with Chris Brown and ‘One Ticket’ with Kizz Daniel. Both songs have remained fan favourite till date.

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