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Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke announces first stage project

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BLOC PARTY frontman Kele Okereke has announced his theatre debut in Leave The Remain.
Okereke has announced his first stage project, which will see him scoring the new play, which is directed by Robby Graham, alongside Matt Jones.
The production, which opens in Hammersmith , UK in January, follows the story of a young gay couple suddenly faced with an uncertain future.
The story is “told through a mixture of music, drama and movement” and the Streets Been Talkin’ hitmaker drew from his own experiences while creating the soundtrack to the play.
He said: “Leave to Remain is the story of what happens when a marriage forces two very different families to come together.
“For the music for this project I took cues from the records that my parents would play in our house when I was growing up, West African high-life music, and I tried to combine those sounds with the electronic dance music I hear in clubs today.
“It was important to me to make something that represented the meeting of two very different worlds.”
The show will feature Olivier Award nominated actor Tyrone Huntley in the lead role of “Obi”, with the full cast to be announced shortly.
The musical features songs such as Not The Drugs Talking, which gives off a similar vibe to the electro-rock sound in Okereke’s debut solo album and Bloc Party’s Intimacy.
The musician and his boyfriend of almost 10 years became fathers to a daughter in 2016 and he knows that gay couples can provide as much love as a traditional family setup.
He said: said: “I don’t feel it’s my role to explain myself to people or explain how I live my life. There will be some people who don’t get it. There are always going to be people that will have a problem with you and you don’t have to go round appeasing them.
“You just have to do you in the best way you can. That’s what I’m going to instill in my daughter.”

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The Catholic Church in Aguleri – The History

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St Joseph Caholic Church, Aguleri

 

“Wherever the water goes it brings health, and life teems wherever the river flows” (Ezekiel 47:9; see also John 4:14).

The first Catholic missionaries arrived at Onitsha in Eastern Nigeria in 1885 through water navigation of the great River Niger. By 1888 Father Joseph Lutz the leader of the Holy Ghost Missionaries at Onitsha had celebrated the first Holy Mass at Aguleri , and started to pay regular visits to the town through water navigation of the Anambra River – a tributary of River Niger. Aguleri became a parish in its own right with a resident priest in 1891, the first of its kind in Eastern Nigeria after Onitsha. Aguleri is the birth place of Nigeria’s most revered pious priest, Blessed Iwene Tansi. Aguleri was also the last place Father Tansi worked as Parish Priest. It was from Aguleri, his hometown that Father Tansi was sent to England by Archbishop Charles Heerey and became a Trappist Monk.
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“If you don’t respect the past, you have no future” (An African Proverb)

In May 1888, the first visit of Rev. Fr. Joseph Emile Lutz, C.S.Sp. with his missionary entourage to Aguleri. They were received by Onyekomeli Ogbuanyinya Idigo. Later the same year, a mission station was established at Aguleri.
On May 27, 1890, Fr. Lutz paid a formal visit to Aguleri Mission Station and led in the Eucharistic celebration for the formal opening of the new station.
On June 1, 1890, Fr. Lutz and Fr. Joseph Bubendorf (C.S.Sp.) visited the town again and went to choose a new site two kilometres north of the town for the nascent mission station at Eziagulu Aguleri.
On August 2, 1890, Brother Herman C.S.Sp. started to build a mission house at the new site. This was the birth of the Aguleri Christian Village later called Mbito or Ugwu Ndi Uka (Nduka). The mission organization at Eziagulu was “imported” wholesale into the Christian Village like the one at Onitsha. It became a testing ground for the practice of the Christian virtue of charity, as well as a centre for the formal study of catechism and craftwork for self-sustenance of the new converts.
In May 1891, Fr. R. Pawlers C.S.Sp. was appointed the first Aguleri Parish Priest. He was assisted by Fr. Joseph Reling C.S.Sp. This was how Aguleri Parish started. The Parish centenary was celebrated in 1991. The Christian Village (Ndi Uka) which was officially commissioned in 1891 still remains the Parish headquarter and the mother-parish of the neighbouring towns and parishes that were formerly under the Old Aguleri Parish.
On December 3, 1891 the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Onyekomeli Ogbuanyinya Idigo (along with six of his children), was baptized by Fr. Lutz and was given the name Joseph.
Towards the end of 1889 a school was established at Eziagulu Aguleri; later it got its permanent building and a permanent site in the Christian Village and became formally organised as St. Joseph’s School Aguleri in 1894. That is the present St. Raphael’s Primary School (also called Premier Primary School), Otu-Ocha (Ameze Aguleri).
In 1895 a befitting Church was built at the Christian Village Aguleri, and was extended two years later in 1897, an evidence of rapid growth.

 

Visitors paddling across the Omabala River, Anambra State, with support from local fishermen

In 1914 a more permanent Church was built. This is the present Parish Hall east of the St. Joseph’s Church Aguleri which was opened in April 1940.
In 1920 Father Lejeune constructed the St. Joseph’s Father’s House (Presbytery) measuring 22 by 10 metres. It was then an architectural master-piece and attracted the admiration of all and sundry.
In 1928, the famous St. Paul’s Seminary Igbariam was resettled at the Aguleri Christian Village (Ugwu-Ndi-Uka), though for a brief period. After the closure of the Igbariam Seminary in 1928, the Rev. Fathers and seminarians who were pulled out from there were resettled at the Aguleri Christian Village. The leaders were Fathers R. Dally and Flanigan. They came over with nine seminarians including Obelagu, Nwanegbo, Tansi, Nweze, Metu, and four others. Michael Tansi, was the procurator. Thinking that they will establish at Aguleri Christian Village, they planned for expansion by cutting down the coffee and tangerine plantations. However, they were later to learn that Onitsha was their destination.
The Father Joseph’s Memorial High School came to be built on that very site in the Christian Village, Aguleri that was meant for the building of the St. Paul’s Seminary after its closure at Igbariam.
Father Joseph’s Memorial High School Aguleri, although is said to have been founded in 1960, the school had a long history of evolution. It started first, as a Preliminary Training College (PTC) in 1956–1957, became Elementary College (ETC) in 1958–1959, and finally, a full-fledged secondary school in 1960. The Christian Village (Ugwu-Ndi-Uka) Aguleri where the school is situated has continued to help the school maintain its Catholic character and tradition in spite of the many years of Government Take-Over of Church Owned Schools after the Nigeria-Biafra War in1970. The Christian Village environment still gives the school a special prestige and solid Catholic foundation.
In 1937 the foundation for the present Church (St. Joseph’s Church) was laid at the Christian Village in memory and in respect for the missionaries who were buried at the cemetery there and not at Ameze (that is, Obiagu Aguleri) – as the people had wanted.
Four Rev. Fathers (Rita, Bubendorf, Engasse, and Müller) were buried at the Aguleri Christian Village cemetery. Father Joseph Thomas Delaney, the most beloved of the missionary priests and who solely through his efforts that the present St. Joseph’s Church was built, was after his death, buried in the Church. The Church and Father Joseph’s High School were named after him by the Aguleri people in appreciation of his enduring legacy in the town. On his body stands today St. Joseph’s Church, Aguleri.
In 1949 Father Michael Iwene Tansi became the Parish Priest of Aguleri. It was like a home-coming for him since he was a native of the town, was brought up and educated early in life in the Aguleri Christian Village.

A view of Aguleri forest from a plateau

BLESSED CYPRIAN IWENE TANSI was BEATIFIED By POPE JOHN PAUL II on 22 March, 1998 at Oba, Nigeria.

It is on record that at its highest water mark in the mid 1950s, Aguleri Parish comprised about 60 mission stations, including all the towns and villages along Anambra River Valley – stretching to the present Anambra and Enugu states as well as to some towns in the neighbouring Kogi and Benue States of Nigeria.

BLESSED CYPRIAN IWENE TANSI

Aguleri Town Parishes

St. Joseph’s Parish, Aguleri.
St. Francis’ Parish, Ivite Aguleri.
St. Mary’s Parish, Ugwunadegbe, Aguleri.
St. Paul’s Parish, Enugu-Otu/Mkpunando, Aguleri.
St. Mary’s Independent Station, Eziagulu-Otu, Aguleri.

 

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Davido, Pogba jam in Dubai

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Nigeria’s singer Davido met with Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba in Dubai on Friday, the day Pogba was also seen with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi.
Davido appears to be familiar with Pogba’s family as he had also in August jammed with Paul’s twin brother, Mathias at a party.

It was not clear what Paul Pogba and Davido discussed during their rendezvous. But Pogba, who is also a singer, did a small video with Davido, that has been trending.
Pogba missed Manchester derby between City and Manchester United last week Sunday. He also missed Nations League match between Netherlands and France on Friday, because of injury.
Here are Pogba and Davido in a video tweeted by Man United in Pidgin:

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Yerwa’s Gidan Kwallo — Maiduguri’s Local Football Cinemas

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By Bashir Ahmed

Last night while day dreaming and allowing my thoughts to wander, a satisfied smile appeared on my face. One would be forgiven, if they assumed I was reminiscing about some past love interest or that I was silently relishing plans to celebrate large sums of money which were just paid to my account (I wish).
Unfortunately (I think the word “fortunately” would be more appropriate here), I was smiling because I remembered my days hopping from one local football cinema to another in the ancient city of Maiduguri.
Though I visited Maiduguri only sparingly while growing up, these were usually short trips, lasting no more than a day or two, to attend weddings, pay condolences etc. It wasn’t until I was granted admission to the University of Maiduguri (UniMaid) in 2001, that I finally got the chance to explore the city. And boy, do I have experiences to share about this once peaceful and glorious land. I hope to share more of such experiences here as the ‘spirit leads’ but this piece is purely about the city’s legendary local football cinemas.

 

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Chicago Mayoral Candidate Amara Enyia on Kanye West & Chance the Rapper Bringing ‘Optimism’ to Her Campaign

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Chance The Rapper shakes hands with Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia speak during a news conference at City Hall 

Amara Enyia, a self-described activist whose parents emigrated from Nigeria, announced her candidacy for mayor of Chicago last month, joining a crowded race that includes at least 15 other candidates, including key figures in the Chicago political spectrum.
It’s not the first time Enyia, director of Austin’s Chamber of Commerce, has run for political office. Back in 2015, she also ran for mayor but dropped out early on in the race. “We started with no name recognition because I hadn’t been in public office before and not even in public life really,” Enyia tells Billboard.
This time around, it’s quite the opposite. With the support of Chicago natives and music stars Chance the Rapper and Kanye West, who have officially endorsed the West Side resident, Enyia wants another chance at becoming the next mayor of Chicago.
Both Chance and West have appeared at Enyia’s “pull up” rallies throughout the city of Chicago in the past weeks.
“If you’re willing to see what this city could be, you will vote for Amara,” Chance said at Enyia’s candidacy announcement on Oct. 16.
While West hasn’t been vocal about his support, he’s donated a total of $200,000 to Enyia’s campaign, even after tweeting he was “distancing himself from politics” following a meeting with President Trump at the White House and reports of his involvement in conservative commentator Candace Owens’ “Blexit” campaign.
“I’m very thankful and welcoming of Chance and Kanye’s involvement,” Enyia says, while adding that the musicians bring “optimism” to her mayoral run.
But first things first: To be able to replace current mayor Rahm Emanuel, Enyia still needs to collect enough signatures for her name to actually be on the ballot for the Feb. 26 elections in Chicago. The deadline to file the signatures is Nov. 26.
In an interview with Billboard, the mayoral hopeful talks about her vision for Chicago and explains what role Chance and Kanye play in her campaign and the overall political landscape.

You ran for mayor in 2015. What motivated you to give it another shot?
It was my first time running for office in 2015 and there were a lot of hard lessons learned then. But I always said that the only way I would run again is if I had that same level of conviction about what needed to happen in Chicago, what could be done and what could be changed in that particular office. And so, that’s why I’m running again.

How are you different from the other candidates who want to be mayor of Chicago?
I’m probably the only candidate who has both the top government level experience but still deeply connected to the community and to the grassroots. That’s quite unique. What it means is that I’m able to engage in the policy space for the city but my policy is informed by being connected to what’s happening in people’s day-to-day lives. We’re in an environment where people want to see themselves in the people who represent them and not just some disconnected person who is making decisions for them but someone who they can relate to.

It’s clear that like Chance and Kanye, you love Chicago. What are other shared commonalities you have with these music stars?
The common thread between the three of us is a vision for Chicago. What was refreshing about both Chance and Kanye is that they can actually envision what we can do to make this city even better. To have celebrity endorsements is great but when they’re substantive, even better. Chance in particular has demonstrated his commitment to Chicago in some tangible ways. On many of the same issues we’ve organized in the same spaces even though we hadn’t met formally. For example, he has been part of the education equity efforts and donated a million dollars to CPS. I was organizing for the mental health movement years ago when they were closing mental health clinics and he recently donated to expand mental health resources in Chicago. So, these are tangible steps that have been taken that show what he is committed to.
And with Kanye, it’s the same. He’s from Chicago, he grew up here and he sees how we can actually move the economy. What does it look like to create job? what does it look like to address this issue of homelessness? He has these big ideas and for me, when anyone demonstrates an interest in helping their hometown, we should pay attention to that.

How were those initial conversations with Kanye and Chance? What was your reaction when you heard Kanye wanted to speak with you?
Actually, he called me directly. It was sort of out of the blue with Kanye in particular. He called and said, “this is Kanye West,” and I was like “oh.” He wanted to FaceTime me because he wanted me to know that it was actually him and not a prank. But, I took his word for it and told him that we could talk over the phone. This was when he was talking about moving back to the Chicago area and he said that my name kept coming up in different conversations because of my work and what I was doing. So, he wanted to meet and talk about Chicago and how we could move the city forward. It was a good conversation and that’s how it all began. When we actually met, it was very refreshing being able to talk with someone who doesn’t have these limitations about what we can do in the city. It was incredibly refreshing being able to talk to someone who is a creator and there are no limitations about what he can envision and create.
Chance, on the other hand, said he had been a fan of mine for a long time and that he rocks with me and wants to talk about the vision for Chicago. I had been a fan of his from afar as well and after we met, we just clicked.

What role do these musicians have in your campaign?
Our campaign is really about expanding the electorate. It’s our responsibility to make sure that not only the likely voters come out to vote but the people who have never had faith in the process. Chance and Kanye reach an audience that traditionally has not been as engaged. There’s an optimism that they bring. Both of them have come out of the arts community and so we’ve talked about ways to expand access to art programs. We’ve talked about what it looks like for everyone in the Chicago Public Schools district to have access to programs that enrich the quality of the educational experience. I know in Kanye’s case, he’s talked about bringing his factories here to actually manufacture his products in Chicago, that’s huge from an economic development perspective but also it shows what investing locally can do to bolster employment and to bolster the economic environment in the city.

Has having celebrity endorsements brought any sort of criticism to your campaign or pushback from opponents or supporters? Particularly your relationship with Kanye because of his recent controversial visits to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump.
I definitely had a conversation about it with Kanye. We talked about my platform and his views as it relates to the president. He made it very clear to me in our conversation that he doesn’t support the president’s views or policies, what he supports is the idea that we should be willing to engage everyone in dialogue. That we should always keep lines of communication open and opportunities for understanding people who might have different beliefs and different perspectives from us. And I can get with that. The other thing is that he has been very supportive of our platform. We talked about all of the big platform issues as it relates to the economy, education, housing in Chicago and he said that he believes our platform is the only platform that is right for Chicago, for who we are and who we can be as a city.

Do you think musicians should be involved in politics or raise their voice when it comes to politics?
I think that artists are the lifeblood of any movement and so I think even in the political space there is a role for artists to play. For them to bring more people into the process or an event to get people to pay attention is absolutely crucial. If Chance is the reason why you’re paying attention to these elections, great! If Kanye is the reason why you’re paying attention to what’s happening in Chicago, fantastic! Whatever it takes to get them there. Many people didn’t get involved in politics until we had our current president. And that’s what it took for them to be shaken and become active. Chance and Kanye’s presence in the campaign has opened up the mayoral elections to a whole new genre of people who had not been engaged before.

What are some issues you want to tackle as mayor of Chicago?
The reality of Chicago is that wealthy and more affluent communities have benefited and, unfortunately, it’s happened at the expense of more challenged communities who have largely been ignored, overlooked or simply pushed aside when it comes to decisions about how resources are allocated and how our approach to education is. Without having a lens of equity, you can’t make policy that is actually beneficial or at least that doesn’t harm those very people. We’re bringing an equity lens to decision-making and we’re also bringing the community’s voice into decision-making — which is a lot different than just including voices of those who are politically-connected or those who have the money to buy political clout.

What do people outside of Chicago still don’t understand about the city?
It’s a very complex city. The way things are so entrenched that it stifles a lot of innovation, which is unfortunate because it’s such a wonderful city. That’s why these elections are so important because we’re breaking away from that. We had 22 years of incumbent Richard M. Daley, then we’ve had six years under the current mayor who came out of the White House so he had the glitz and glamour of the Obama administration. The dynamics are completely different now. This is the first time that we have an open field and if you see how things are playing out, you’ll see that it’s almost like a verdict of the city’s past and the city’s future.

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Fola Sheva: ‘My biggest dream is to show vulnerability’

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With hip-hop style but inspired by Coldplay, this Nigerian-born musician uses his songs to tell personal tales

MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE: Fola Sheva’s debut album When The World Turns Story has a strong focus on storytelling, although the musician also likes to add to his narratives with interesting videos

FOLARIN AYENI, popularly known as Fola Sheva, is a storyteller. He makes music that’s all about personal experiences; whether it be his own story, or someone else’s. It’s always a story.
Take his most recent offering – his first studio album, When The World Turns Story. He explains that each track within it is someone’s story.
He says: “Every single person has a story. So, on my album each individual track details a story – from a first-person point of view, second person point of view and so on. It’s all themed around stories.”
While most of his music is sourced from within, he also lives vicariously off other people.
He tells me that an experience doesn’t necessarily have to be his own for him to be able to embody that story. He tells Life & Style: “For example, if you’re talking about the pain behind the horrific act of rape. I haven’t been raped nor raped anyone, but if someone I know goes through that pain, I feel it too, and it becomes my experience just as much as it is theirs.”
Sheva goes on to talk about how he paints his own narrative with his music.
His music will always come with a message. And that’s where he believes he stands out from the rest.
He believes there’s nothing wrong with a good up-tempo song, even if it’s one without much meaning, but he personally has a way he wants to project his work.
Speaking about interpretations within the art of music, he explains that his music videos often tell a different story than his lyrics.
“The good thing about music is that the audio gives you one image, and the visuals can give an entirely different idea than what you imagined while listening to the track.
“Sometimes, the visuals act as an aid to the music. Things you didn’t understand about the song become clearer once you see the video.”
Take his latest single Breathe, for example, a track that’s all about love. He says: “We all love love, don’t we?
“So, the track is all about love, about getting her attention, about expressing feelings for each other.
“As for the video, we had a concept, of wanting a cool feeling instead of a warm feeling.
“So, you see a lot of cool tones like blue. You see me, and the artist being featured, but the video is centred around a girl.
“But even still when it comes to any sort of artform, I try to leave it open to people’s interpretations.”
Moving on to musical style, he explains that his music would lean toward being described as R’n’B and hip-hop.
But it’s not typical of these styles, he explains.
“I like writing hooks and verses. I like rapping. But my biggest dream as far as music is concerned is to show vulnerability.
“For me, it’s always being honest. Whether someone can relate to it or not, it’s about a listener saying, ‘Oh yes, this makes sense’.”
Another thing he hopes for from his listeners is that they listen to whatever he says, whatever he represents – whether that be his lyrics, his stories and even his flaws.
“It’s alright to make mistakes. To be yourself. I want people to know that,” he says.
When it comes to music, Sheva does not want to do what everyone else is doing. Hailing from Nigeria where Afrobeats is the main genre of music, he wants to remain different from the pack.
Asked if he has taken influence from his Nigerian origin, he says he’s still in the process of discovering his influences.
“I was born in Nigeria but spent a lot of time in UK, so I’ve been impacted a variety of sounds and styles. But really it shouldn’t matter where you’re from. Music is just music, even if you don’t understand the language it’s sung in.”
Talking about is inspirations, he listed Dido and Coldplay among his biggest influences. Insofar as a personal role model, his mum takes that title.
He says: “A single mum, hustling and bustling, just being a great support system.”
Sheva, a lawyer by profession, found that when he wanted to follow his dreams of making music, his mother stood with him, and for that she remains his biggest inspiration.

 

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Mr Eazi launches empowering initiative for African creatives

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DAYS AFTER the release of Mr Eazi’s mixtape Life Is Eazi – Vol.2: Lagos To London the Afropop star launched ‘emPawa’’ within Africa – a new initiative set up with one goal; finding the continents next batch of superstars.
The mission is simple, to uncover independent, emerging, talented artists and to provide them with the resources and exposure to launch their own careers.

TALENT SEARCH: Mr. Eazi

By partnering up with key figures in the music scene, Eazi intends to equip the artists with the tools, in-depth industry knowledge, network contacts and the funds to enable candidates to not only achieve their full potential but to also give them the independence to become music entrepreneurs. emPawa is inspired by tech accelerators like 88mph.ac and 440.ng, which Eazi participated in back in 2014.
Speaking on the programme, Mr. Eazi said: “All it took for me to start my career was a video that cost me $1000; a career that has allowed me to tour the world, own a business and employ over 100 people inhouse and outhouse.
“I have funded four videos for artists in the past two years which has created immense opportunities for them. One of those artists was recently nominated for a BET award so this is ultimately the real motivation behind this cause – providing opportunities for emerging artists as well as mentoring them to have the knowledge to become music entrepreneurs like myself”.
HOW IT WORKS
Candidates will be encouraged to submit their work online via Instagram, to be considered and evaluated by Eazi and industry experts. The deadline for submissions is Saturday December 15 2018 and Mr Eazi will then pick 100 artists who will each receive a grant of $3000US.
This funding will be used to produce 100 music videos with a production crew across Africa. From the 100 finalists, 10 will then be picked to fly to South Africa with Mr Eazi to partake in a 3-week incubator programme mentored by popstar Raye and renowned producer Diplo amongst other keys names within the industry. Candidates will also have the opportunity to record their song in a state-of-the-art recording studio and will shoot their video with a professional film crew.
From these 10 finalists, a further few will be selected by Mr Eazi to perform at ‘Ghana Party in the Park’ in London (2019). These artists will take to the stage alongside Eazi and other superstars. This initiative comes from the strong belief that there is wealth in undiscovered talent.
The idea is that with the right collaboration, investment, and experience a handful of artists will have the opportunity to gain exposure and guidance to break into the music industry. In the near future, Eazi aims to open this programme to candidates across the UK and the US.

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Nigerian Leader seeks revival of textile industry

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the commitment of his administration to revive the ‘good old days’ when the cotton and textile industry employed hundreds of thousands of Nigerians.
Receiving the CEO of Vlisco Group, David Suddens, at the Presidential Villa, on Friday, President Buhari welcomed the proposed investment of $200 million by the company in Nigeria, which will, in turn, create 700,000 jobs.
”I am very much aware of your company’s effort especially your investments in the textile industry, and it is one area that we are trying to develop because it will create employment and boost agriculture. To get cotton to grow again in the country is like going back to the good old days when the textile industry used to employ more than hundreds of thousands of people.
”I am very excited about the prospects of reviving the industry because it will keep farmers busy, create employment which brings more security, help the economy, transfer of technology and of course we have a large market to absorb the products,” the President said.
President Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to forging a stronger economic partnership with the Netherlands, assuring the Dutch investor that the Nigerian authorities will continue to do the utmost to keep smugglers at bay at borders.
Asia to Africa Switch
In his remarks, Suddens told the President that the 172-year-old company plans to use cotton grown in Nigeria for production.
”I want a new strategy that brings Vlisco manufacturing to Nigeria. I want to change the supply chain from Asia to Nigeria. For the total supply chain for cotton, textile and garment industry from weaving, spinning, printing to retail, we want to use Nigeria cotton and we have already started to encourage the creative industries in the country to find a voice and give them a platform across the world.
”I am convinced that it is time for the textile industry to move from Asia to Africa, ” he said.
Also speaking, the Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Robert Petri told President Buhari that the company’s visit was a follow-up to his successful visit to the Netherlands in July, during which he met with Chief Executive Officers of Dutch companies.
”Also during that visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between our two countries seeking more intensified cooperation. After that visit, there were more successive visits by top Dutch officials to Nigeria. This shows that we are seriously committed to furthering our collaboration,” Petri said.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie breaks the gender mould

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Born in 1977, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the key global-feminism advocates. She is a prolific young writer who achieved remarkable success with her books in English. She won many prestigious awards and scholarships, and her critically-acclaimed titles received good reviews from several international critics and authors. She is also one of the most popular and renowned African authors and her work has been translated into over 30 languages.

Adichie’s bibliography entails three novels and one short story collection. She is not only an excellent author, but also a key speaker at many international conferences and lectures that addresses women’s issues and feminism. The Arabic edition of her book titled ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ was recently published by ‘Rewayat’, an imprint of Kalimat Group (KG). It is a short and flawless book, an eloquently-argued essay adapted from the 2013 TEDx talk of the same title, which addressed Africa’s key issues.

Translated by Lamis Bin Hafez, Adichie’s essay addresses feminism and the hurdles that prevent women from getting their rights. Through simple yet powerful prose, she succeeded in addressing the most important issues that women face from around the world, particularly in Africa.

The Ted talk began with a story of her childhood friend Okoloma Maduewesi, who was a person whom she could really argue and laugh with, and truly talk to. He died in the notorious Sosoliso plane crash in Nigeria in December of 2005. He was also the first person to call her a ‘feminist,’ and it wasn’t meant as a compliment. She was 14 years old then and unaware of what the word meant. Today, she defines that as a defining moment that ignited her thoughts about women and the struggles they faced. Particularly because women in the African continent suffered many hardships, often berated by men and do not play any active role in the community. Ever since, she developed a vision: to be an instrumental voice that defends women’s rights and act on behalf of all suppressed and marginalised women, playing an exceptional role in defending women at global cultural platforms.

Substantiating the defence of women’s rights, Adichie wrote another book titled ‘Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions’. The Arabic edition of the book was recently published by Rewayat. The book is a powerful statement on feminism and entails 15 recommendations written as a letter to a childhood friend, who asked her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Adichie gives invaluable suggestions supported by facts and detailed information about the right way to empower daughters and enable her to become a strong, independent woman.

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Missing African Mona Lisa painting resurfaces

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The Nigerian Mona Lisa, a painting lost for more than 40 years and found in a London flat in February, is being exhibited in Nigeria for the first time since it disappeared.
“Tutu”, an art work by Nigeria’s best-known modern artist, Ben Enwonwu, was painted in 1974. It appeared at an art show in Lagos the following year, but its whereabouts after that were unknown, until it re-surfaced in north London.
The owners – who wished to remain anonymous – had called in Giles Peppiatt, an expert in modern and contemporary African art at the London auction house Bonhams, to identify their painting. He recognized Enwonwu’s portrait.

African Mona Lisa: Long-lost portrait of Nigerian princess remains a mystery

“It was discovered by myself on a pretty routine valuation call to look at a work by Ben Enwonwu,” said Giles Peppiatt, director of contemporary African art at Bonhams. “I didn’t know what I was going to see. I turned up, and it was this amazing painting. We’d had no inkling ‘Tutu’ was there.
How it got there remains a bit of a mystery, Peppiatt said.
“All the family that owned it know is that it was owned by their father, who had business interests in Nigeria. He traveled and picked it up in the late or mid-70s.”
The family put the portrait up for sale, and it was auctioned for 1.2 million pounds ($1.57 million) in February to an anonymous buyer. The sale made it the highest-valued work of Nigerian modern art sold at auction.
“Tutu” was loaned to the Art X Lagos fair, held from Friday to Sunday, by Access Bank, the organizers said in a statement. Peppiatt said Access arranged the loan but is not the painting’s owner.
“‘Tutu’ is referred to as the African ‘Mona Lisa’ by virtue of this disappearance and re-emergence, and it is the first work of a modern Nigerian artist to sell for over a million pounds,” said Tokini Peterside, the art fair’s founder.
The original Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, was stolen from the Louvre in 1911. The thief, Vincenzo Peruggia, eventually took it to Italy, where it was recovered and in 1914 returned to the Louvre.
The Nigerian painting is a portrait of Adetutu Ademiluyi, a grand-daughter of a traditional ruler from the Yoruba ethnic group. It holds special significance in Nigeria as a symbol of national reconciliation after the 1967-70 Biafran War.
Enwonwu painted three versions of the portrait. One is in a private collection in Lagos, while Peppiatt is hunting the third in Washington D.C., the expert said. Prints first made in the 1970s have been in circulation ever since and the images are familiar to many Nigerians. Enwonwu died in 1994.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Odogwu family on the death of Chief Sunny Odogwu, the Ide Ahaba of Asaba.
President Buhari also extends heartfelt condolences to the good people of Asaba and the Government of Delta State on the passage of their illustrious son and respected elder statesman.
The President joins them in honouring the memory of the versatile businessman, who remarkably contributed to the socio-economic development of his immediate community, state and the nation, drawing from his extensive experience as an accomplished industrialist, entrepreneur, publisher and philanthropist.
The President affirms that through his vast business networks, range of skills and perspectives, the late Chief Odogwu demonstrated deep understanding and commitment in empowering indigenous businesses, encouraging entrepreneurship and creating thousands of employment opportunities for Nigerians.
President Buhari prays almighty God to comfort the family, friends and business associates of the deceased, and grant his soul eternal rest.

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