Arts and Life – Businessday NG https://businessday.ng Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:16:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 185697343 Ariya Repete returns with Omoluabi Special https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/ariya-repete-returns-with-omoluabi-special/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/ariya-repete-returns-with-omoluabi-special/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:16:04 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=496381 Ariya Repete, a talent hunt competition for indigenous Yoruba music, has returned with another edition, tagged Ariya Repete – Omoluabi Special. Initially conceptualized as a platform for budding Fuji artistes, called Fuji to Bam, the showpiece quickly evolved to a spectacle for more indigenous genres, including juju music and Yoruba hip-pop and was on TV […]]]>

Ariya Repete, a talent hunt competition for indigenous Yoruba music, has returned with another edition, tagged Ariya Repete – Omoluabi Special.

Initially conceptualized as a platform for budding Fuji artistes, called Fuji to Bam, the showpiece quickly evolved to a spectacle for more indigenous genres, including juju music and Yoruba hip-pop and was on TV last year as a reality talent show.

Ariya Repete – Omoluabi Special, the eighth edition of the music competition, will celebrate amazing indigenous talents from south western Nigeria. Interested participants are to enter for auditions by recording and posting a short video of themselves singing with the hashtag, #Ariyarepete2020.

‘’Ariya Repete is a very special platform that allows us to showcase and celebrate the very best talents in Nigeria. Over the years, we have been able to delight our consumers with this initiative, as well as, provide some unforgettable memories for a lot of winners and viewers of past editions. We hope to make this edition filled with even more enjoyment,” said Omotunde Adenusi, the portfolio manager, mainstream brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc.

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Sponsored by Goldberg Lager, Ariya Repete is a music platform that has rewarded and empowered many participants. Previous editions have featured performances by A-list Yoruba music acts such as King Sunny Ade, K1 D Ultimate, Sir Shina Peters, Alhaji Alabi Pasuma, Olamide.

This year’s edition will engage Nigerian A-list stars and Goldberg ambassadors, Olamide and Odunlade Adekola. Some of the most respected acts in the music industry will judge the contestants. In addition, this year the fans have the opportunity to join in the elimination of contestants every week. There is a cash prize of N3 million for the winner.

Ariya Repete TV broadcast will commence from November 22, 2020, with exciting episodes to be aired every Sunday at 8 pm on Soundcity TV and ONTV.

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Realness Institute partners Netflix in content development lab for Nigerian movie writers https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/realness-institute-partners-netflix-in-content-development-lab-for-nigerian-movie-writers/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/realness-institute-partners-netflix-in-content-development-lab-for-nigerian-movie-writers/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:11:36 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=496374 Realness Institute and Netflix, global streaming service, have announced a partnership to create an episodic content development laboratory for movie writers in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. Through the partnership, Realness Institute emphasizes its commitment to foster a new wave of storytelling, while Netflix also brings its expertise in episodic content development, production and insight […]]]>

Realness Institute and Netflix, global streaming service, have announced a partnership to create an episodic content development laboratory for movie writers in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

Through the partnership, Realness Institute emphasizes its commitment to foster a new wave of storytelling, while Netflix also brings its expertise in episodic content development, production and insight into global content trends.

“At Netflix, we believe that great stories come from anywhere and be loved everywhere,” says Dorothy Ghettuba, who leads African Original Series in Africa. “We strongly believe that Africa has a wealth of untold stories. As we grow our slate of Originals in Africa, partnerships with organisations like Realness will help us achieve our goal of investing in writers who will bring diverse genres of authentic, local stories that cater for every mood and will ensure our members see their lives reflected on screen.”

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Submissions into the writer’s lab goes live at the end of November 2020 on realness. institute/episodic-lab, and is open to writers with film and TV experience in any genre (fictional or factual) or language. The Lab will select six writers to work on their projects to be developed and commissioned by Netflix. The selected writers will be paid a stipend of $USD2000 per month to participate and are expected to be available full time for a period of three months, from June to September 2021.

Since Realness Institute’s inception in 2015, the Institute has delivered 5 editions of its Screenwriters’ Residency. Recently, it held its first Development Executive Traineeship and Creative Producer Indaba, in which the artistic director of the Africa International Film

Festival (AFRIFF), Chioma Onyenwe was a participant. The Institute will also expand its offering next year to the episodic content space, thereby promoting its mission to empower African storytellers and improve the film industry.

“We had fun shaping the program with the Netflix team. We all share a love for storytelling, and Netflix’s writer-centric approach is very much in line with our ethos”, says Elias Ribeiro, cofounder and creative director of Realness Institute.

According to Mehret Mandefro, veteran Ethiopian broadcaster and Realness Institute’s director of Development and Partnerships, “This program is a response to the dramatically-changing broadcasting ecosystem, which has a very important role to play in building a thriving media ecosystem in local markets and providing episodic creators with distribution opportunities”.

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Voiceless: An enthralling tale of life’s realities https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/voiceless-an-enthralling-tale-of-lifes-realities/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/voiceless-an-enthralling-tale-of-lifes-realities/#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:03:09 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=496370 Now that cinemas have reopened across the country, cinema goers can now reignite their pastime and passion for the big screen, amid captivating blockbuster movie offerings. Moreover, movie directors are back to film locations, studios are busy with productions, and cinemas are gearing up for movie premieres, especially in the coming festive season. Top among […]]]>

Now that cinemas have reopened across the country, cinema goers can now reignite their pastime and passion for the big screen, amid captivating blockbuster movie offerings.

Moreover, movie directors are back to film locations, studios are busy with productions, and cinemas are gearing up for movie premieres, especially in the coming festive season.

Top among the movies premiering is Voiceless, a movie worth watching because of the realities it brings to life.

After months of hard work by the cast and crew, amid the challenges of our time, Voiceless is premiering in cinemas across the country today, November 18, 2020.

The movie premiere offers quality viewing, amid unique unwinding opportunities for cinema goers at the cinemas this weekend and for the rest of the festive season.

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With the professional inputs of three notable Nollywood studios; Native Media, Theatrone Media, and Whitestone Pictures, the much-anticipated movie will live up to the industry, and especially the viewers’ expectations.

Voiceless, an insurgency-inspired romantic-thriller, is an Hausa language feature-length film, which captures the story of the abduction of Chibok girls years back.

Produced by Rogers Ofime, the thrilling and emotion- filled movie is centered on the notorious terrorism in North-eastern Nigeria and inspired by true events.

It tells the story of Salma and Goni, two victims captured by a dreaded terrorist gang. While Goni was forced to work for insurgents as a skilled mechanic, Salma was kidnapped alongside her fellow school girls to serve the group’s lusts and drive home their agenda against western education for girls.

However, amid betrayals and suspicions that make up the abductors’ camp, Goni and Salma find love, strength and the will to survive and escape. But back in the real world, they face another battle for the acceptance of their love.

Speaking on the new movie, Rogers Ofime, executive producer, Voiceless, said, “I always believed there are two roads in life, one of regret and the other of success story. I took the success one, and I am happy I did. For voiceless, we took the road not travelled by many and we are happy we did.

“As you sit down to enjoy the movie, I urge you to take a minute to think quietly, soberly and deeply that there is hope and we can be the change we want. We must not remain voiceless.”

Also commenting on the movie, Robert Peters, director of Voiceless, who is famous for 30 Days in Atlanta, did not hold back his feeling of fulfillment about the project. “I have always wanted to make a film that will give me a better purpose as a filmmaker. So, when the idea of Voiceless was presented to me, I was very interested. We pushed to tell the story even though the odds against us were thirty to one. The story is meaningful, not just because it tells us something about the world we live in, but because it tells us something about ourselves as individuals.” he said.

Speaking further, Peters noted that the movie is the first feature film he has done with the producer, and is the most ambitious project by the team.

“This is a social issue film; even though the story of ‘ Voiceless’ and the exploitation of the characters involved is a shocking one. What attracts me is the more fundamentally tragic question at the heart of their existence and what meaning they will find in this existence”, said Peters explained.

Moreover, he insisted that the Voiceless is a story of young people who just want to live and live in peace.

However, the movie is a creation of Native Media, a TV production company, which sets new standards on content creation for a dynamic TV audience.

In the past 10 years, Native Media has consistently redefined creativity and carried the message globally that original quality content, can and does come out of Nigeria.

On a reason to see the movie, Native Media noted that it is a gripping love story based on actual events, fiction, yet factual.

“Through Salma’s eyes, we see death, betrayals, hope and love in captivity. We also see how society reacts to reintegration and through those eyes, love springs eternal”, Native Media said.

Voiceless was written by Jennifer Agunloye, a one- time winner of the Homevida screen-writing competition and executive director, GIST (Girls Should Thrive Initiative).

It is distributed in cinemas by Filmone Entertainment, renowned for films such as The Wedding Party, The Wedding Party 2, Merry Men 1&2, King of Boys, Living in Bondage: Breaking Free and Sugar Rush, to mention a few.

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Radisson Hotel Group on track for 50% portfolio increase in Nigeria by 2025 https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/radisson-hotel-group-on-track-for-50-portfolio-increase-in-nigeria-by-2025/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/radisson-hotel-group-on-track-for-50-portfolio-increase-in-nigeria-by-2025/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:56:05 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=496345 In line with its ambition of 50 percent portfolio increase in Nigeria by 2025, Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of Radisson Hotel Abuja Gudu, Nigeria, marking the debut of the group’s third brand in the city. The new addition further strengthens the group’s presence in one of its key African markets, bringing its […]]]>

In line with its ambition of 50 percent portfolio increase in Nigeria by 2025, Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of Radisson Hotel Abuja Gudu, Nigeria, marking the debut of the group’s third brand in the city. The new addition further strengthens the group’s presence in one of its key African markets, bringing its Nigerian portfolio to 10 hotels in operation and under development.

As well, the 50 percent portfolio increase is also in support of the Group’s strategic growth ambition of 150 hotels within the next five years across the African continent.

Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria and headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has been designed as a new national capital city to replace Lagos. The hotel, currently under construction and due to open within the next 18 months, is located in Gudu, an established district, which occupies a strategic location just outside Abuja’s city centre and is primarily a residential and premium commercial area.

Erwan Garnier, senior director, development, Africa, Radisson Hotel Group, said, “We are delighted to introduce the fast-growing, upscale, Radisson brand to Abuja with what is set to be a landmark hotel and key contributor to the country’s positive travel and tourism industry. It will perfectly complement our two hotels currently under development in the city, Radisson Collection Abuja ASO Tower, scheduled to open in 2022 and Radisson Blu Abuja City Centre, on track to open its doors in 2024. Beyond Abuja, our expansion strategy in Nigeria focuses on Lagos and Port Harcourt, as well as, the country’s six main state capital cities.”

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Commenting on the group’s development plans in Nigeria, Ramsay Rankoussi, vice president, development, Africa & Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group, said, “In line with our strategic review across the continent and further supporting our ambitions across Africa to reach over 150 hotels within the next five years, Nigeria represents one of our core focus growth markets. I take this opportunity to thank our partner for this new addition and we certainly look forward to further reinforcing our presence across the country in the coming years. We aim to accelerate our presence across Nigeria, predominantly through conversions and new build hotels but also with a diversified offering from business hotels to serviced apartments and mixed-use developments”.

Meanwhile, the 100room hotel will feature world class facilities including various standard room types and suites, furnished with contemporary layered styling and a Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. The design will flow through the hotel’s four restaurants and bars too, from the lobby bar and café and all-day-dining restaurant to the restaurant and pool terraces and business class lounge. The hotel will also feature a fully equipped gym and an outdoor swimming pool, providing guests with a harmonious business and leisure experience.

Also, the meetings and events space of 242 sqm will be made up of three meeting rooms, a boardroom and a pre-assembly area.

Prince Ify Godfrey Ejim, chief operating officer, 1st Impression Investment Company Limited, the hotel’s owning company, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Radisson Hotel Group in introducing the Radisson brand to Abuja, the country’s powerhouse city. With a combination of endless aesthetic beauty and world-class hospitality, together, I believe we will create the city’s must-visit hotel.”

However, Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest hotel groups with nine distinctive hotel brands, and more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development in 120 countries. The Group’s overarching brand promise is Every Moment Matters with a signature Yes I Can! service ethos.

Moreover, the Group’s portfolio includes; Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Radisson Individuals, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, and Prizeotel brought together under one commercial umbrella brand Radisson Hotels

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Beyond accommodation, The Wheatbaker offers premium art https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/beyond-accommodation-the-wheatbaker-offers-premium-art/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/beyond-accommodation-the-wheatbaker-offers-premium-art/#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:45:42 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=492312 ART EXHIBITIONWhen The Wheatbaker opened its doors to the public in October 2011, it committed to offering luxury boutique hotel experience to would-be guests. Staying true to that commitment, the 70-room hotel has overtime become a preferred destination for fortune 500 company executives, other business travelers, as well as, tourists in need of a quiet and […]]]> ART EXHIBITION

When The Wheatbaker opened its doors to the public in October 2011, it committed to offering luxury boutique hotel experience to would-be guests. Staying true to that commitment, the 70-room hotel has overtime become a preferred destination for fortune 500 company executives, other business travelers, as well as, tourists in need of a quiet and exclusive address in the heart of vibrant, and boisterous Lagos.

But while its consistency in hospitality facility, product and service offerings is commendable, the hotel’s sustained support for the arts is laudable by both guests and lovers of art.

Since October 2011, The Wheatbaker has supported art exhibitions, film screenings, dance and poetry performances, fashion shows, music concerts and yearly art auctions in an effort to use its premium hospitality platform to make Lagos one of the hottest African art hubs.

Close to a decade and running, the boutique hotel has hosted over 20 visual art exhibitions that offered each artist between 8-12 weeks to showcase their works. During each of these over 20 past exhibitions, guests have always seen and appreciated the creative ingenuity of the artists through their works on display as part of the spices the hotel offers in addition to its core hospitality offerings.

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To enable the hotel live up to the dream of becoming an art destination, first, the hotel deliberately made its high-profile guests willing to see the arts, and secondly, it encouraged them to become art collectors by buying some of the artworks as souvenirs, especially during its yearly art auction sales at the hotel.

One of the remarkable art events was an exhibition entitled Freedom, which was hosted to mark the hotel’s 5th anniversary in October 2016. The hotel’s management gladly opened the exhibition, which featured 39 paintings and sculptures by Gbenga Offo, as well as, used the exhibition to complement the hotel’s growing art collection of works by leading Nigerian artists including; Peju Alatise, Rom Isichei, Olu Amoda, Mike Omoighe, Duke Asidere and Gerald Chukwuma.

While guests and art lovers alike were commending the hotel’s gallant support for the arts on its 5th anniversary, The Wheatbaker broke record the following year as the only hotel in Africa to house and showcase its permanent art collection to the guests and the public. A pioneer in strategically combining art and hospitality, The Wheatbaker opened its permanent art collection to the public for the first time from November 11, 2017, till the end of the month, showcasing 30 exceptional paintings, sculptures and mixed media works by leading and emerging artists. The works range from contemporary masters such as; Billy Omabegho, Tayo Adenaike and Obiora Anidi, to award-winning artists like; Olu Amoda and Peju Alatise, who represented Nigeria at the Venice Biennale to much acclaim.

“We have always seen art as an integral part of our corporate DNA, allowing our guests to find solace and inspiration from what is displayed on our walls. Before we completed the hotel, we had set aside significant resources for art, and continue to invest in providing an important regular platform for local and international artists through our quarterly exhibitions”, said Mosun Ogunbanjo, director of the Wheatbaker, at the opening of Freedom exhibition.

But on the rationale for promoting the hotel as an art destination, Sandra Obiago, curator of all the exhibitions at the hotel, said: “Through our art and hospitality focus, we have inspired other hotels in Lagos to embrace art as a viable means of bringing local and international visitors closer to the best of Nigerian art and culture”.

Also speaking at a special Art of Collecting event held at the hotel on November 11, 2017, where Okechukwu Enelamah, the then minister for Industry, Trade & Investment, was a special guest, Obiago, founder, SMO Contemporary Art, who has curated the Wheatbaker art events since inception, said, “We are delighted that many hotels are now using art and hospitality to strengthen creativity in Nigeria, and provide an important platform for art and innovation.”

Beyond staying as a guest, you can visit The Wheatbaker any day just to see the artworks or the opening of an exhibition to encounter the artists and ask all your questions. Just tell the guards at the entrance that you are an art connoisseur (that is the password) and the door will open because there is one exhibition going on almost every month.

As expected, towards The Light, a solo exhibition of recent works by Ibe Ananaba, a painter and philosopher, is ongoing at The Wheatbaker, and that is a good reason to visit the hotel.

As well, the exhibition, which features paintings and drawings is grounded in an avant-garde musical track, which encapsulates the rhythm of a generation seeking answers to fundamental questions about identity and equality, democracy, racism and the right to choose who leads us.

It lasts from November 3-December 4, 2020, as the hotel beckons for your visit to enjoy the best of stay and view breathtaking works by an art master.

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Blue Diamond Entertainment restructures ‘Around Naija Reality TV Show’ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/blue-diamond-entertainment-restructures-around-naija-reality-tv-show/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/blue-diamond-entertainment-restructures-around-naija-reality-tv-show/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 10:08:08 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=492004 Blue Diamond Entertainment restructures ‘Around Naija’ reality TV showBlue Diamond Entertainment, organisers of the Around Naija Reality TV Show, has announced the restructuring of the show to align with the present-day realities while ensuring that its top-notch quality is intact. According to the information released by the company, a fresh audition is to be conducted online across the country, in line with the […]]]> Blue Diamond Entertainment restructures ‘Around Naija’ reality TV show

Blue Diamond Entertainment, organisers of the Around Naija Reality TV Show, has announced the restructuring of the show to align with the present-day realities while ensuring that its top-notch quality is intact.

According to the information released by the company, a fresh audition is to be conducted online across the country, in line with the ‘new normal’ of social and physical distancing as stipulated in the COVID-19 protocols.

“The restructuring came as a result of several factors, especially the turbulent security situation across the country which, in 2018, had necessitated that the management stop and rethink the show. We came up with an alternative route wherein, rather than going around the country, which was the original concept, the show will now take place in one location only,” Olumide Adekunbi, president, Blue Diamond Entertainment Ltd, explained.

He further explained that the show would still have 37 participants from all the regions of the country, as originally designed, although the auditions will have to be done afresh.

“This means that everyone who is interested in participating in the show, including those who were shortlisted in 2018 and are still interested, will have to send in fresh applications to be considered for the show,” Adekunbi noted.

“Around Naija is an original reality TV show, a complete shift from the norm of reality TV as known in Nigeria that is intended to entertain, revive and reinvigorate youth consciousness as well as rejig the social and cultural codes that have been deeply eroded on a national scale, while at same time, encouraging local and international tourism,” he said.

The online audition guidelines, published on the company’s website and social media pages, stated the features and prizes to be won in the reality TV show to include the first prize of N10 million and a brand-new car from Innoson Motors, the second prize of N5 million, and the third prize of N2 million.

Also, the guidelines stated that the online auditions for the Around Naija Reality TV Show, billed to start airing daily in the first quarter of 2021, will start on 15 November, 2020 and end on 5 December, 2020.

The company called on interested applicants to go to www.aroundnaija.net for more information about the show.

Blue Diamond Entertainment is a media company that specializes in production of original television content and music promotion. Some of its contents billed to grace the screens soon include Hello Neighbours and Baba Ni Wura, a television comedy series and movie, respectively.

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Megagrowth Nigeria launches ‘The Gist’ web series https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/megagrowth-nigeria-launches-the-gist-web-series/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/megagrowth-nigeria-launches-the-gist-web-series/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2020 15:45:07 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=489973 MEGA GROWTHMega Growth Nigeria, a premium haircare brand has launched a fun new web series called ‘The Gist’. The Gist is exciting, educating, and entertaining new series that tells the story of amazingly strong and beautiful women from all walks of life who let us into their struggles and issues as well as their mega growth […]]]> MEGA GROWTH

Mega Growth Nigeria, a premium haircare brand has launched a fun new web series called ‘The Gist’.

The Gist is exciting, educating, and entertaining new series that tells the story of amazingly strong and beautiful women from all walks of life who let us into their struggles and issues as well as their mega growth moments.

The flagship season of The Gist is hosted by Latasha Ngwube, a seasoned host, renowned journalist, and creative director of About That Curvy Life.

The web series features ten women who talk to the host Latasha about all things; from managing finances during an economic meltdown to finding and owning your voice to post-partum weight and hair loss, switching careers and building and managing a business in Nigeria.

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A few of the guests this season include the author and financial expert, Arese Ugwu, weight-loss expert Bunmi George of Shredder gang, Big brother Nigeria Stars Bambam and Lucy Edet, writer and co-host of ‘I Said What I Said podcast,’ Jola Ayeye, Trichologist and founder of Tresses Salon, Koyinsola Vera Cruz, Yoga instructor and founder of The Yoga Club Lagos, Sandra Patrick, and actress, TV, and event host and co-founder of My Wash N Go, Bolanle Olukanni among others.

New episodes premiere every Wednesday on Mega Growth’s Instagram page.

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Ibe Ananaba goes solo with Towards The Light https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/ibe-ananaba-goes-solo-with-towards-the-light/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/ibe-ananaba-goes-solo-with-towards-the-light/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2020 13:56:36 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=489821 A PAINTINGSince November 3, 2020, Ibe Ananaba, a painter and philosopher, has been thrilling art lovers and collectors with his solo exhibition titled Towards The Light. The exhibition, which opened at Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos and also virtually, features recent paintings and drawings by the artist that are grounded in a musical track and encapsulates […]]]> A PAINTING

Since November 3, 2020, Ibe Ananaba, a painter and philosopher, has been thrilling art lovers and collectors with his solo exhibition titled Towards The Light.

The exhibition, which opened at Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos and also virtually, features recent paintings and drawings by the artist that are grounded in a musical track and encapsulates the rhythm of a generation seeking answers to fundamental questions about identity and equality, democracy, racism and the right to choice and good governance.

The works are worth seeing because Ananaba renders his subjects with deft impressionistic brushstrokes, echoing colourful memories of a liberated time, drawing viewers at the exhibition into rarely visited internal spaces, experiencing renewed joy and peace away from the rush of the noisy, complex lives.

Again, with each portrait, viewers enjoy an inner reverie, which the artist reminds them that they need to guard and find solace in.

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Considering the time we are in, the works bring solace at a time of emotional and political fatigue as we near the end of a very challenging year. While the constraints on our lives in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic are not relenting, and we sustain our support for Nigeria’s inspiring youth movement calling for good governance and an end to police brutality, Annaba’s works remind us to continue to tap into the power of community, and the hope, vitality and pure creative energy of our visionary and impatient youth.

Annaba graduated from the Institute of Management & Technology (IMT) Art School in 1999, with a distinction in Painting, and spent the early part of his career working in advertising, honing his technique and artistry as a fashion illustrator, designer, caricaturist, portraitist, and art director, before becoming a full-time studio artist.

Over the years, Annaba’s art has provided a critical commentary to the state of global and local socio-politics. During the months of the coronavirus lockdown, he kept busy in his studio, a safe cocoon in which music inspired each brushstroke as he painted to drown out the insecurity, the anxiety, the uncertainty, and keep the pandemic at bay. His subjects are presented in strong contrast, with powerful sources of light, which act as sheaves of hope filtering through dark spaces.

His large canvases depict children running across his canvas with arms spread out in full flight, reminding us to give life to dreams of an equitable future. He also paints isolated figures in retreat, waiting, reading, sleeping, thinking, hoping, dreaming, some with their heads doused in furious red colours, demanding more than the status quo. He also renders his subjects with deft impressionistic brushstrokes beckoning us to rediscover our internal peace, away from the rush of our noisy, complex lives. Annaba’s work circles back to the mantra that despite the apparent darkness, we need to keep moving towards the light.

Explaining one of his works featuring at the exhibition, which is entitled ‘Conversation With The Future (Faith In Uncertain Times)’, the artist said, “With the mind as one’s weapon, as well as, control centre, it’s most ideal to load it with some good dose of courage in these uncertain times. The painting articulates my attempt to beam some light in my daughter’s mind that we will get through all this and come out stronger. It is a heart-to-heart message of hope, as I like to view life from an optimistic angle. The animated progression of the poses ultimately leads to the assurance that by strongly holding on to faith, WE SHALL OVERCOME!”

Curated by SMO Contemporary Art, Towards The Light runs from November 3, 2020, to January 10, 2021.

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Rapper King Joel looks forward to working with top female Nigerian artistes https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/rapper-king-joel-looks-forward-to-working-with-top-female-nigerian-artistes/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/rapper-king-joel-looks-forward-to-working-with-top-female-nigerian-artistes/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2020 14:59:12 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=489507 Rapper King Joel looks forward to working with top female Nigeria artistesMulti-talented Nigerian-American rapper, King Joel, says he looks forward to working with some of the brightest female artistes in Nigeria, noting that the female entertainers have surely carved a niche for themselves in their respective choice of genre of music. Speaking on his choice of female artistes to work with, King Joel notes that Nigeria […]]]> Rapper King Joel looks forward to working with top female Nigeria artistes

Multi-talented Nigerian-American rapper, King Joel, says he looks forward to working with some of the brightest female artistes in Nigeria, noting that the female entertainers have surely carved a niche for themselves in their respective choice of genre of music.

Speaking on his choice of female artistes to work with, King Joel notes that Nigeria is blessed with award-winning songstresses that include the likes of Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Niniola, Waje, Omawunmi, Chidinma – to mention but a few.

As such, he says having a collaboration with any of them won’t be a bad idea as it will have a blend of rap sound and Afro Pop as the case may be.

When asked if he has a crush on any of the top female Nigerian artistes at the moment, he says it’s not really so.

“Having a crush? Not really, but definitely I appreciate every artistic qualities they all possess as they have placed the Nigerian music industry across the globe with their distinctive sounds and style of music.”

Artist King Joel is surely one to look out for in the Nigerian music industry and he has plans to get a grip of the western markets too.

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Urban Kitchen set to premiere Season 4 this Saturday https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/urban-kitchen-set-to-premiere-season-4-this-saturday/ https://businessday.ng/arts-and-life/article/urban-kitchen-set-to-premiere-season-4-this-saturday/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:52:31 +0000 https://businessday.ng/?p=488843 Lovers of live TV shows are in for a special thrill as Urban Kitchen launches the Season 4 of its enthralling live culinary and entertainment show. The latest season of the show launches on Saturday November 7, 2020 on 12 television stations across the country, including NTA Ibadan, ITV Benin and Abuja, PRTV Jos, among […]]]>

Lovers of live TV shows are in for a special thrill as Urban Kitchen launches the Season 4 of its enthralling live culinary and entertainment show.

The latest season of the show launches on Saturday November 7, 2020 on 12 television stations across the country, including NTA Ibadan, ITV Benin and Abuja, PRTV Jos, among others.

Produced by Sate TV Studio, in collaboration with Power Oil, the Season 4 of the show is promising more excitement, quality engagements, great personalities, celebrity reviewers, more audience participation, as well as , the resuscitation Bargain Power Challenge, which usually kicks off the excitement.

Urban Kitchen is a live food TV show that teaches viewers how to make meals on a budget, and since 2017 when it launches, it has sustained the teaching, featuring celebrities as reviewers, creating awareness for local chefs, as well as, offering quality entertainment for families and individuals across the country and in others parts of the world.

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Speaking at a media parley heralding the premiere of the Season 4, which held recently at Sate TV Studio, Magodo Estate, Lagos, Omoluku Felix Daodu, creator and producer of the show, noted that Urban Kitchen has grown since its launch in 2017 to become a mustwatch for many food lovers, live TV show enthusiasts, and has even be adopted as part of entertainment offerings highlighting Nigerian culture by some airlines.

He expressed his pleasure over the emergence of Power Oil as the official oil brand of the show, noting further that the brand resonates with quality, healthy living among other appeals expected to impact the show positively.

To ensure a successful season, Daodu noted that Sate TV Studio has also outsourced the production, marketing and other aspects of the show. Also bearing in mind health and safety of the participants and guests, creator and producer of the show assured that the highest safety protocols are in place, with the limiting of production crew and equipment in the studio, insistence on face masks, hand sanitizing and other safety measures in line with social distancing.

Excited over the collaboration, Opeyemi Awojobi, sponsorship head, Tolaram Group, makers of Power Oil, disclosed that the ideals of Urban Kitchen show, which is to encourage quality and healthy cooking yet on budget, resonates with that of Tolaram Group, which is committed to improving quality of life and healthy living by the production of healthy cooking oil and other quality products.

In line with cooking on budget, Awojobi explained that Power Oil comes in different stock keeping units (SKU), especially the affordable sachet, which offers even students the opportunity to buy, use in cooking healthy food, and avoid the unbranded oil that comes with many health risks.

Explaining further on Power Oil’s collaboration in the show, the sponsorship head, Tolaram Group noted that Power Oil would be resuscitating the Bargain Power Challenge, which is the means chefs, who participate in the show, are chosen.

“It will be more engaging this time with Power Oil on board. We will also offer health tips during the show and do lots of giveaways to the audience”, he said.

Like other seasons, the present season will have 26 episodes and will run for six months. It will also be anchored by Chinonso Arubayi as the hostess.

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