Saturday, 30 January 2021

Three generations of evergreen Nigerian vocalists

Queen Salawa Abeni, Pic: c/o the artiste.

AS much as clear voice can be linked to successful musical career, not all vocalists of great pitching always make success of every song. However, it's important to recognise those musicians or singers, across genres and languages, whose natural vocalist chords have been of tremendous boost to the Nigerian music industry.

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Heritage ruins of western Nigerian states' cinema chain

A high-rise building currently replaces the demolished iconic Casino Cinema, Alagomeji, Lagos. Pic: by Tajudeen Sowole.

IT started as a story of potential superpower in regional African cinema business, but ended up as economic, cultural and heritage colossal loss. Within a period of two and half decades, the cinema chain business owned by Wemabod Estates Limited, a subsidiary of Odu'a Investment Company Limited crashed.

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

From 'Ajorin' artists, fresh metal lifts contemporary art

A section of the Ajorin; Dancemetalphor exhibition at Thought Pyramid. Pic: c/o of the gallery.

As the Nigerian art environment prepares to step into the third decade of the 21st century, the future beckons in a shift for metal art.

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Traditional African culture of non-royal women leadership in 21st century

Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief Alaba Lawson. Pic: NACCIMA.

FROM ancient era, the role of women in African community development has been sparsely documented. It appeared that only women who had the advantage of hereditary royal structure in leadership ascendancy have enjoyed more documentation compared to non-monarch female leaders.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

How Oloidi exposed link between artists, pre-independence nationalists


Prof Ola Oloidi, during his lecture at Grillo Pavilion 2012. Pic: c/o Yusuf Grillo Pavilion.

PROF Ola Oloidi (1944-2020), was an Art historian of great repute at University of Nigeria (UNN), Usukka, Enugu State. His contribution to the enrichment of Africa’s visual culture space will keep enduring.  Oloidi died on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Among Oloidi’s many public lectures outside his academia practice was the historic one he delivered at the fourth edition of Yusuf Grillo Pavilion, in April 2012. The event was an edition dedicated to the celebration of Prof Uche Okeke’s art.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Ajueshi's plans for young professionals in art management skills

Jeff Ajueshi, Founder/Artistic Director of Thought Pyramid Art Centre Abuja and Lagos. Pic: c/o Thought Pyramid.

ART galleries in Nigeria, like most parts of the world, are the fountains from which the passions of artists, collectors, curators and other professionals in the visual culture economy get watered. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Against suspicion, curators struggle in post-independence Nigeria

Godwin Adesoye's 'New Market' (oil and charcoal on canvas, 5ft x 4ft, 2015). Pic: c/o Translucent S.I.

DURING 60 years of post-independence Nigeria, curatorial practice was hardly active in mainstream exhibition circuits. Strangely too, some artists in Nigeria, still do not agree that artistic presentation requires critical input from a professional not involved in the creation of their art; they view curators through the prism of suspicion. 

Saturday, 26 September 2020

At 60, Ayoade shows 'Faces and Figures', celebrates with 'twin sister' Nigeria

Uncertainty (alcohol ink on yupo paper, 2019), by Mukaila Ayoade. Pic: c/o the artist.   

FROM working in Lagos, Nigeria, to his current base in Chicago, U.S., artist Mukaila Ayoade brings into a single space his oeuvre of over 30 years.

Ayoade, whose mastery in collage painting covered quite some art appreciation grounds in Nigeria before his relocation to the US, opens a solo show titled Expressions: Faces and Figures Collection on October 1, 2020 at Bridgeport Art Center, West 35th Street Chicago Illinois. The exhibition of about 45 works marks the artist's 60th birthday and also serves as his contribution to six decades celebration of Nigeria's independence anniversary.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Self-reporting by celebrities killing gossip news media

Actress, Idowu Philips.
Pic: c/o Translucent S.I. Communication.

AS the new media space provides more freedom for everyone to publish their story, gossip journalism may be heading towards extinction. Most vulnerable are celebrity reporting desks of established news media organisations in Africa.

Friday, 11 September 2020

In Suowari's monochrome strokes, beauty, fashion blossom

  Ama' (ink and acrylic on paper, 5 x 8ft, 2020) by Jacqueline Suowari. Pic: from the artist.

DESPITE being the oldest form of art, figurative painting has been defined differently by each generation of artists across cultures. In the unfolding world of 21st century contemporary art that is giving figurative painting diverse tones, Jacqueline Suowari is one of such artists, whose brushstroke and ballpoint of fluidity are in romantic flow with monochromatic contents.

Friday, 4 September 2020

Future of Fuji music against past golden four decades

Founder of Fuji music, Chief  (Dr) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister (February 9, 1948-December 16, 2010). Pic: c/o of Siki Oluyole Records.
AS a teenage boy, growing up in Mushin, a Lagos suburb of the 1970s, the unfolding interest of the people in modern traditional music was, subconsciously, observed. Irrespective of what religion anyone belonged, it was impossible not to notice how every dawn period in the month of Ramadan included the 'Ajisari' culture, a musical known then as 'Were.'

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Remembering Dr Adadevoh with '93 Days' of proudly Nigerian courage

Patrick Sawyer (Keppy Ekpeyoung) in '93 Days'. Pic: c/o Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions..

As Nigerians, today, remember Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, a frontline medic who stopped the deadly Ebola disease from spreading in the country, the film that recaptures the tragic story comes as a major memory till date.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Thought Pyramid celebrates contemporary masters

Directors of Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Ovie Omatsoka and Jeff Ajueshi. Pic: c/o the gallery.

Exiting the first two decades of 21st century, art in Nigeria will step into a new dawn, specifically from next year. A select group of artists under Thought Pyramid Art Centre-led new project are getting set to boost their pioneering antecedence in full-time studio  practice.