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Andela appoints Omowale David-Ashiru as country director

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Andela has appointed Omowale David-Ashiru as its Nigeria country director.
She succeeded Seni Suleyman, who was appointed the vice president of Andela’s global operations in April.
As the country director, Omowale will be responsible for leading Andela Nigeria, a rapidly growing team of 500+ people, and ensuring that the organization continues to advance its objectives of developing Africa’s future technology leaders.

Before joining Andela, Omowale’s professional experience spanned almost two decades in management consulting and entrepreneurship. During her eleven years at Accenture, she grew to become a seasoned Management Consultant and Certified Project Manager.
Omowale then transitioned into entrepreneurship, launching a fashion retail company, which she managed for eight years. Her experience managing complex projects for global technology and financial services companies, combined with her entrepreneurial mindset, makes Omowale the right leader for Andela Nigeria.
“Everything I’ve done before now feels like a preparation for this role,” says Omowale, “and I’m excited to join this wonderful team of highly motivated individuals who are investing their skills and effort into advancing opportunity and potential in Nigeria and the continent at large.”
Seni Sulyman, Andela’s Vice President of Global Operations and previous Country Director, Nigeria, shared his excitement about Nigeria’s new Country Director: “Omowale has the right mix of relevant experiences in leadership, management and entrepreneurship to lead the next phase of Andela Nigeria’s growth,” he said, “and I’m particularly excited because she shares the same values and aspirations as Andelans.”
He continued, “Andela Nigeria, our first office in Africa, is rapidly growing, and I have complete confidence in Omowale’s ability to lead the team as we continue to scale.”
Omowale obtained a First Class B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ibadan. In her own words, she has a deep passion for people, is an avid reader and loves adventure. Omowale joined Andela on September 3rd, 2018.

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Dotun Adebayo on parenting: “It was all worth it”

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The journalist discusses his fatherly duties in this week’s column.

I WENT to my last ever parents’ evening last week. I didn’t even consider it was the final one until I got there and had to go from table to table to have a one-on-one, or rather two-on-one, with my daughter and her various teachers.
Until then, it hadn’t crossed my mind, which is surprising, that this was a milestone, the end of an era as far as my role as a father is concerned.
By the summer, my younger daughter will have passed her A-levels (no pressure, but there’s a reason it’s called “A” level) with the requisite grades and I will no longer be a number, I’ll be a free man. No more school runs, no more netball matches, no more parents’ evenings… no more.
And, particularly, no more teachers regarding you with a withering look of disdain as they tell you that your daughter’s predicted grade is less than the A* that you, your wife, your wife’s mother and your entire family expect her to get.
I don’t want to blow my own horn, but me and the missus have done a grand job on our daughters’ education and yet this teacher made me feel 10 inches tall… ’bout my daughter ain’t predicted to get to Oxford with flying colours. I’d like to see this lickle raas tell me that to my face, instead of staring out of the window on the other side of the room as he spoke to me.
Like it’s the parents’ fault that kids nowadays prefer Stormzy to Shakespeare and would rather read about the Kardashians’ exes than some virgin queen of England in history. I can’t even blow my own saxophone, but now that the schooling is nearly done I should be boggling like Chaka Demus & Pliers to Murder She Wrote.
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Not only that, me and the missus should be booking ourselves on one of those Caribbean cruises that is now all the rage with the black middle classes.
I should be eating lobster every morning for breakfast and having caviar for tea at The Savoy with all the available income we shall have with no more school fees to pay. Yes, school fees. I mean, I don’t mean to blow my own trombone, but we are not wealthy people. We simply decided long ago to work every hour God sends for our children.
As you done know already, our children need a little more love in life because of all the challenges they are going to face, whether they like it or not. And there’s not a damn thing you can do to protect them from that beyond educating them. If you are not willing to work 24/7 to give them the education you can’t afford, you have to face the consequences – a price I was unwilling to pay.
It’s not a sacrifice, it has been a pleasure. I have done no more than a father is supposed to. But just when I thought the hard bit was done, my wife tells me that I should cancel all plans for my retirement until my daughters have graduated from university, and for goodness knows how long after that, to ensure that they have achieved their full potential. As she points out, we’ve already invested so much time and energy, not to talk of money, on our daughters’ education that it would be madness not to see the entire parental commitment through.
She’s right, of course, about the time and energy. We had to fight to get them into the right nursery let alone the right school. This is where the journey begins, and unless you do your research, as my wife did, you will not know which nursery returns the largest number of prime ministers in your catchment area.
Be honest, would you prefer your child to go to the kindergarten Prince William sends his son to or to the kindergarten that the coward who shot up all those people at the mosques in New Zealand went to?
When I put it like that, you realise how important it is not to leave your children’s education to fate. Oh, and by the way, you’ll find that there’s a long queue to get into one of those two nurseries. Guess which one?
Talking of that gunman, you’ve got to hand it to the New Zealand authorities and the way they have made him look a complete loser. They must have searched the whole country to nd the biggest and tallest policemen to stand on either side of the shooter for his court appearance.
He was diminished so much that he just looked like a short fat white guy in the middle of two kiwi giants. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, they blurred out his face on the video footage so that the bloke doesn’t have the privilege to sneer on camera, let alone leer.
And, the greatest indignity of all, they made him wear nothing but a pillowcase. Or was it a rice sack? Even without seeing his face he looked like a complete waste of human space. I beg the authorities in New Zealand to force him to wear that pillowcase at every public appearance.
If for no other reason than to ensure that no other short fat white guys try to big themselves up with a racist terror attack. Talking of blowing their own trumpet, the public humiliation really works.
I mean, you don’t find any other idiots going on a plane with explosives in their backsides any more do you? Not since the underpants bomber, Umar Farouk Abdul-mutallab, blew up his own arse.

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China to Build Cultural Center in Anambra

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By Daniel Scott Ofoneme
China has indicated a strong interest to build a cultural center in Anambra State.
This was revealed during a courtesy visit by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zou Pingian on the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia on Tuesday.
The proposed cultural center will accommodate a theater and other facilities that will facilitate a cultural exchange between Anambra and China.
In his remarks, the Chinese Envoy thanked the Governor for the warm reception given to him and his team and commended him for making Anambra an investor friendly environment for business and tourism.
He acknowledged that the Governor is working and commended the contributions of Anambra business men to the development of the Chinese business environment, stating that China had moved up 36 places in the global ranking for ease of doing business.
Ambassador Pingjian assured of the readiness of the Chinese Government to reciprocate the favour by ensuring that Anambra receives the necessary assistance it requires especially with regards to foreign direct investment from China, technological and cultural exchange and other bilateral relationships as the Chinese and the Anambra state Government share the same vision of creating a friendly business environment.
Responding to the Ambassador’s remarks, Governor Obiano welcomed the Chinese delegation to the State, describing the relationship between the State and the Chinese Government as cordial.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to the Umueri Airport City project in partnership with the Chinese company Sinoking Limited revealing that the state Government has agreed as part of negotiations to construct one of the double runways needed by the airport while the Chinese company put finishing touches to their plan.
He expressed regret that the seizure of the drone brought into the country by the Chinese aviation company for the aerial survey of the airport site by the Nigerian Customs Service had pegged progress on the project back by one whole year and expressed optimism that with its recent release, the Chinese would hasten up on the project to douse the anxiety that the delayed had created among the people.
Governor Obiano also informed the Chinese envoy that the state is partnering with different Chinese companies on different road and erosion projects and expressed hope that the technological and cultural exchange would bring more benefits to the State.
He informed the Ambassador that he had written the Chinese Consular General, requesting the Chinese Government to set up a consular office in the State as most of the visa applications made by Nigerians come from Ndi-Anambra, pointing out that the State and the Chinese Government would enjoy more robust relationship if a consular office were located in the state.
Governor Obiano further drew the attention of the Chinese delegation to the rising tourism industry of the State and called for more interest from the Chinese businesses in exploring the huge potentials of the sector.
Earlier in her opening remarks the Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Arts,Culture and Tourism, Mrs Sally Mbanefo had thanked the Chinese Ambassador for inviting the State officially to the Chinese New Year celebration 2019 in Abuja and for the numerous relationship ties enjoyed by the ministry, especially in the area of cultural exchange.

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Winning Sunday with The Young Netpreneur for the Week :Ken Nwadiogbu @kennwadiogbu

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Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994) is a Nigerian born Multidisciplinary Artist, popularly known as KenArt, whose practice is primarily centered around hyper-realistic drawings and works on paper.
Nwadiogbu believes that the society speaks- This voice inspires his art, which evaluates, interrogates and challenges socio-political structures and issues within the society. In his reply to this society, he is able to inspire one or two people to also re-valuate their socio-political structures as we know it. The desire to change his society and the way people think is what drives him to create art every day. Gender equality, African cultures, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Nwadiogbu was born in Lagos, Nigeria and holds a B.Sc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His art career started in the university, and with no formal training, has pushed him to become one of the most interesting young contemporary artists from Nigeria, creating works that question life- calling out some of the problems and becoming very grounded in human consciousness..

Nwadiogbu has been featured in lots of local and international group exhibitions and fairs, including the Insanity exhibition, sponsored by Frot Foundation, in Omenka Gallery, Nigeria; the TMC’s It’s Not Furniture, curated by Winifred Okpapi; the Artyrama’s group exhibition curated by Mr Jess Castellote; Art X Lagos, sponsored by Artyrama Gallery, in Lagos, Nigeria; the Moniker Art Fair, sponsored by Creative Debuts, in Brooklyn, NYC; the Anti-Trump show organised in UK; the Afriuture Exhibition by Ramati Art Africa in association with Commonwealth Africa Summit, in Toronto, Canada; amongst many others. He has been televised and publicized on different platforms like Guardian Life, Tush Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Candid Magazine, Bored Panda, BBC, CNN, and more as well as inspiring and encouraging young creatives through public speaking appearances like TEDx. He co-founded Artists Connect NG, the largest Nigerian artist gathering that took place at Lekki Leisure Lake, in Lagos, Nigeria.

To Nwadiogbu, Art is indeed timeless, it is his solace and hiding place, a safe haven he has found to be devoid of restrictions, boxes and boundaries.

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Marvel adds Danai Gurira to Avengers poster after backlash

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The actress who starred in Black Panther, the studio’s highest-grossing film, was not named alongside the rest of the pictured cast members in the original version of the advert.

 

MARVEL HAS added Danai Gurira to the top of the Avengers: Endgame poster after fans expressed their outrage that she was the only featured star not given top-billing.
Gurira, who plays Okoye in Black Panther, was pictured on the poster alongside other characters from the Avengers including Captain America (Chris Evans), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but her name was listed at the bottom.
The Zimbabwean-American actress is the only member of the Black Panther cast and the only black woman on the poster.

Fans were quick to point out that Gurira’s name had not been positioned at the top, with some initially thinking hers had been omitted altogether.
“You guys really dropped the ball with this by omitting Danai Gurira’s name. I understand black women are always the afterthought but for a movie this big?? On your poster? Seriously,” one film fan said on Twitter.
“Black Panther star Danai Gurira is the only actor pictured whose name isn’t billed at the top. Her image is larger than some actors who do get that billing. The only one from the franchise’s best and most profitable movie, and yet? @MarvelStudios, this isn’t difficult. Fix this,” Jamil Smith, a senior writer at Rolling Stone tweeted.
Hours after first revealing the new promotional poster, Marvel added Gurira’s name.
It said: “She should have been up there all this time.”
The incident has led some fans to believe that Gurira’s role in the film could be less significant than previously thought and that she may only be on the poster to help Marvel pull in audiences.

“We know Okoye on the poster is token Wakandan representation but the least you can do is put Danai Gurira’s name up top like everyone else’s. Pay your diversity tax,” writer Nichole Perkins said.
Director Matthew A Cherry tweeted: “Wow, Black Twitter shamed Marvel into adding Danai’s name on the poster. Now I done seen it all on this app.”

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Meet the skin doctor : DR IFEOMA Ejikeme

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Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme knows the secrets to looking radiant – and shares her wisdom with Life & Style

DR IFEOMA Ejikeme, an NHS medical consultant and highly experienced aesthetic medicine doctor, has achieved more in her 34 years than most of us could hope to in a lifetime.
Medical director of the Adonia Clinic, Dr Ejikeme has travelled the globe for extensive training in medicine, including a postdoctoral fellowship in head and neck surgery.
As well as being a highly trained aesthetics doctor, she is currently an honorary lecturer on the aesthetic medicine masters degree at Queen Mary’s University and has published medical papers widely nationally and internationally. She holds two surgical patents and has been involved in leading health policy internationally.
Life & Style managed to catch up with Dr Ifeoma at her warm and welcoming Adonia Clinic to discuss skin care needs and to dispel some of those “black skin is hard to treat” myths…
Life & Style: How long have you been a doctor?
Dr Ejikeme: I’ve been a doctor since 2007.
Life & Style: Do you have treatments at the clinic specifically for black skin?
Dr Ejikeme: Not necessarily for black skin, but it’s the way in which it is done. All skin types can have treatments such as chemical peels or laser, but it is the type of chemical peel or the type of laser that you choose for black skin that’s important. I have specifically thought of every technology that I have that can be used safely on black skin. I’ve gone the extra mile to figure out what works, and I’ve tried it on myself because I want to have the best skin, too. Almost all technologies can be used on black skin, but there may be some precautions you need to take both before and after.
Life & Style: Why do people find black skin so difficult to treat?
Dr Ejikeme: Black skin is not difficult to treat, that’s the biggest misconception. The problem is, in the UK for example, you’re being trained on skin of the general population so in most cases all the examples are on Caucasian skin. If you were trained on black skin you would know, but unfortunately, historically that’s how training is done, the same with many other professions. Black skin is not difficult to treat, you just need to know how to treat it.
Life & Style: What’s the biggest skincare complaint among black people?
Dr Ejikeme: Pigmentation, that’s the number one, but can be caused by many different things including spots, the wrong products, after pregnancy and oil-producing glands.
Oil is like the enemy, it’s good because it keeps your skin nice and dewy, but it also causes pigmentation, irritation and inflammation.
The other is hair loss. With hair loss for women there are some conditions that are more common in people of colour, so loss of hair in the central part of the crown, which is nothing to do with hairstyles, and then there’s traction alopecia, which is to do with hairstyles.

Life & Style: What advice would you give for dealing with hyper pigmentation?
Dr Ejikeme: Have a look at the products you are putting on your skin and have a conversation with someone who knows about hyperpigmentation, like myself.
It’s not difficult, it’s just about following a set of treatments and putting on the right products that are made for your skin type. Also, be flexible with your products, something that worked in your 20s might not work in your 30s, something that your friend uses certainly won’t be beneficial for you. Black skin isn’t uniform, not everybody is the same, so there is not one specific product.
Life & Style: What products are best to treat hyper pigmentation?
Dr Ejikeme: Number one is Tyrosinase Inhibitor. You’ve got a pathway to produce melanin and there are many different steps. It’s a substance that blocks part of the pathway.
It doesn’t whiten the skin, it just stops pigment being deposited in an abnormal way, so a treatment or product that has that in it, which can be chemical peels, or at-home products. If you can tolerate it, a retinol is fantastic for black skin because it helps blend the pigment cells throughout so you get a more even skin tone but has to be in the right preparation.
ZO do a great one and vitamin C is great for all skin types, but if you have oily skin or your skin is not at the right place it can give you breakouts, so you need to slowly add the vitamin C once you have a good skincare routine going.
Life & Style: What high street brands would you recommend?
Dr Ejikeme: Specifically for black skin, the Kane and Austin 10 per cent glycolic in my opinion is one of the best high street brand glycolics. That’s for face and body, which is great to smooth the skin and even out the skin tone. They also do pads, which are amazing.
The other brand is Rodial. Their glycolic is really good, too.
Glycolics are great at giving you the appearance of smaller pores and making them look refined, evening out the skin tone, and helping with shaving bumps.
Life & Style: What’s your favourite treatment?
Dr Ejikeme: I really love to do chemical peels. I love to do beautification injections as well, by looking at someone’s face and determining where to place what. I get the most satisfaction when someone comes in with bad acne or really bad pigmentation and I take them to the point where they no longer need to wear makeup.


To book a consultation with Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme visit adoniamedicalclinic.co.uk

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Sophie Okonedo receives CBE from the Queen

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The acclaimed actress has been recognised for her contributions to drama

SOPHIE OKONEDO has been awarded a CBE (commander of the order of the British Empire) for services to drama by the Queen.
The actress received the honour at Buckingham Palace  and looked extremely happy as she briefly chatted with the Queen and collected the honour.
The 50-year-old previously received an OBE.
The Oscar-nominated actress, who is currently starring in TV series Flack and has recently completed a run as Cleopatra in the National Theatre production of Antony and Cleopatra, is known for her extensive work both on screen and on stage.
In November she was crowned best actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina, the wife of Rwandan hotel manager and humanitarian Paul, earned her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress, making her the second black female Briton to be shortlisted in the category.
Speaking after receiving the award for her performance as Cleopatra, Okonedo told the Evening Standard: “It’s completely thrilling because this is one of my favourite jobs ever.
“To get an award for something you are having a ball doing is a real buzz.”

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Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85

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FASHION ICON and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld has reportedly died, at the age of 85.
Various reports in France claim the passing of the German fashion designer, artist and photographer, stating that he died following a period of illness over the last two weeks.
Rumours of his health began after missing two of Chanel’s haute couture shows in Paris on January 22.
At the time, the label said: “Mr Lagerfeld, artistic director of Chanel, who was feeling tired, asked Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house, to represent him.”
The German designer began his career as an assistant to Pierre Balmain in 1955, before joining Chanel in 1983 where he spent 36 years at the Parisian fashion house. He also was creative director for Italian brand Fendi as well as his own fashion label.

 

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Sherrie Silver’s star continues to shine

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Last week in Rome, Sherrie Silver shared the podium with Pope Francis and the Prime Minister of Italy.Rwandan born-choreographer and actress Sherrie Silver is continuing to blaze the trail with key milestones that have shaped her career, the latest being appointment as United Nations’ Advocate for Rural Youth.
The U.K-based actress and choreographer, still basking in the successes of Childish Gambino’s “This is America” song which she choreographed, was named a rural youth advocate by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) last week in Rome, Italy, where she shared the podium with Pope Francis and the Prime Minister of Italy.

The 24-year-old bubbly actress and dancer, whose dance skills have earned her international celebrity status, expressed her delight to be appointed to the role, stating that she has always aspired to be more than just an entertainer, but someone who can use her influence to be a voice for young people all over the world.
Accepting her appointment on February 14, Silver reiterated her connection to her country Rwanda and the African continent, despite growing up in London where she has lived since she was five, pointing out that young people in developing countries know what they need, but they’re not heard.

Silver, still reveling in big wins at the Grammy Awards and MTV Video Awards, despite Childish Gambino boycotting the Grammies, said in her acceptance speech that hailing from a background of farmers in Rwanda, agriculture is closer to her and that during her tenure she will focus on ensuring that the dreams and ambitions of young people in rural areas are supported.
“There are 1.2 billion young people across the world, 660 million of them live in rural areas and these numbers are growing. But my generation is much more likely to be unemployed than all the generations and when we do have jobs, they pay very badly and we end up among the working poor,” she said.
“Young people in the developing countries know what they need but they are not being heard. We need equal access to education, technology, land distribution, good governance and a fair economic system,” she said, adding that ‘young people are determined and have the energy’.

She was named an Advocate for rural youth during the IFAD annual meeting of member states during which she made a call-to-action to leaders and the international community to invest in rural you
“I am inviting you to come together and stand on the right side of history by investing more in resources in Agriculture and in young rural people, and the communities where they live,” Silver said in her acceptance speech, adding that rural youth are innovative and ready to take risk.

“We need you to act now… I am challenging everyone in this room and all over the world,” she said in her speech.
She said that in different countries like Cameroon where IFAD has supported young people to start self-sustaining projects, amazing things have been achieved.
Charlotte Salford, the associate Vice-President of External Relations and Governance Department at IFAD, said that the international agency is delighted to have Silver on board, saying that she will use her talent and status to reach millions of youth.
“Dance and music are great unifiers. They help young people to express themselves and unite groups of people across cultures and countries,” she said.
Silver is IFAD’s first-ever advocate for rural youth and will champion the ‘Our future is here’ youth-led campaign which seeks to leverage on the energy and creativity of young people to increase awareness on the need to invest in agriculture to avert global hunger.
According to IFAD, an investment of $180 billion is needed to fight hunger in rural areas where it, alongside poverty, youth unemployment and forced migration continue to have an impact on populations.
Silver, who is already running her humanitarian and charity initiatives in Rwanda, Nigeria and Uganda, among other countries, will focus on ensuring that the role of the youth is prominent and recognised.
With her star continuing to rise since her major breakthrough in the movie “Africa United” in 2010, Silver says that apart from her causes and new role, she intends to make more movies but at the same time continue with her dance and choreography roles which come naturally to her since she loves to dance.

In a recent interview she intimated how she encountered skin complexes in school in the UK where she was urged to ‘lighten up a bit” because she was too dark. She turned down the suggestions and embraced her black skin and decided to stay true to her roots.
Annually she travels to Rwanda to carry out her humanitarian activities and visit friends and family. She has since become a YouTube sensation with her dance tutorials.
Commenting about the ceremony in Rome in which she accepted the advocacy role, Silver revealed that she was nervous before delivering her speech especially speaking before an audience that included different heads of state and the Pope but from the look of things, she did just great.

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Winning Sunday with Creative /Visual Artist ,Kingsley Ayogu @ the Ayogu Kingsley digital gallery Space. : The Young Netpreneur for the Week.

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Art steps beyond the realms of being just an illustration when the piece which has been created holds a narrative. This depth of artistic expression can be achieved through diving into the abundant ocean of human emotion, a depth achieved by 23-year-old artist Ayogu Kingsley Ifeanyichukwu. He accomplishes this depth not only through the photographic precision of his oil paintings, but through the scenes captured within his work.

Born September 23rd 1994, and originating from Aji Igboeze North L.G.A. Enugu, Nigeria, he is a Mastermind NCE holder in Painting and Graphics, Certified by Enugu State College of Education. He is one of the leading figures of the Hyperrealist movement, an artistic style that can often be mistaken as photography at first glance. Ayogu Kingsley treats his paintings as poetry which captivates the viewer and inundates you in emotion. His art appeals to the conscience of the people whom experience his work. His paintings allow you to find compassion within yourself; they act as a trigger to tap into human solidarity.
Kingsley achieves this intensity through the stunning, lens-like detail applied to his work. Every blemish, scar or intricate feature he adds to his paintings help express the truth in his work. Majority of his work depicts his subjects in uncomfortable situations; situations with a wide spectrum of displayed emotion through tears, despair and affinity. The viewer of his pieces is compelled to feel connected to the paintings, searching for ways to console or free the subject from distress. His paintings endorse unity and human empathy, bridging a relationship between his work and his viewers.

When putting paint to canvas Kingsley, examines nuances of the human figure. The facial structure is a key element he explores in his work. The movement of muscles, hair and even sweat are components of his art that make his pieces so dynamic. The way he paints shows that he understands the human figure at a superior level, possessing the ability to recreate a figure and manipulate it to convey a vivid message.

Ayogu Kingsley is an excellent example of African artists momentously excelling in the current art landscape . The large demand for his work attests to his superb artistic talent. The passion and sensitivity in his art connect uniquely with each individual.

Kingsley’s individual style of painting has earned him recognition through awards and in exhibitions from local and international art cognisors and establishments such as:

AWARDS
Finalist Spanish visual Art competition.

Winner Talent for Praize Music and Art Competition 2015.

Winner Best Experiment Artist at LIMCAF 2016.

Group leader at Enugu State Art Schools Mural Workshop, organized by Alliance Francaise 2017.

Winner Vin Martin Ilo Award at LIMCAF 2017
EXHIBITION
Spanish Visual Art Competition Grand Finale 2015.

Talent for Praize Music and Art Competition Grand Finale 2015.

LIMCAF Zonal Exhibition 2016.

LIMCAF Grand finale 2016.

The Sojourner Art Exhibition 2017(Initiated & Curated by Ayogu Kingsley for FAAE, ESCET).
MAEZOE Art First Lagos 2017.

Not Seen but Felt debut solo Exhibition 2017.

LIMCAF Enugu Zonal Exhibition.

LIMCAF Grand Finale Exhibition 2017.

Moniker Art Fair, Brooklyn New York 2018
PRESS
– Who Are The Real Hyperrealist On Instagram?

newwavemagazine.com – Ayogu Kingsley digital gallery space

thepresidentialhustle.com – The Extraordinary Paintings of Kingsley Ayogu – A Nigerian Presidential Hustler.

creativedebuts.co.uk – Kingsley Ayogu

thesparkng.com – Kingsley Ayogu Ifeanyichukwu – Fine Art, Hyperrealism

ratatatainment.com – Ayogu Kingsley Ifeanyichukwu – Artist

blueprintafric.com – Ooni of Ife accepts Painting by South East Artist, Ayogu Kingsley.

somtochukwu.com – Ayogu Kingsley. A Creative Fine Artist Has A Plan For The Future

– Save The Children: Ayogu Kingsley’s Valley Painting Wins Vin Martin Ilo Prize at Limcaf 2017

mymajicdc.com – Nigerian Painter’s Realistic Portraits Might Give You All The Feels

kanyinulia.com – This Nigerian Artist Is Just Too Good His Paintings Look So Real

globalgrind.cassiuslife.com – Nigerian Painter’s Realistic Portraits Might Give You All The Feels

gossip.naija.ng – Nigerian artist becomes internet sensation with his paintings which look very real

naijagbedu.com – Meet This Young Nigerian Artiste @ayogukingsleyfineart -His Paintings Look So Real

BBC Africa – Ayogu Kingsley: E bidoro m na nwata na-ese ihe

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Tomi Adeyemi shortlisted for Waterstones book prize

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TOMI ADEYEMI has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.
The author has been shortlisted in the ‘older fiction’ category for her acclaimed fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone.
Taking to social media to share the news, she tweeted: “thank you to @Waterstones and to every single bookseller who’s shared CBB with the UK!! so many readers there have touched my heart ???? i’m eternally grateful for all the amazing work you do!”
The Nigerian-American writer is listed alongside authors and illustrators including Sophie Anderson, Jessica Love and Onjali Q. Raúf.
Waterstones’ children’s buyer Florentyna Martin said: “Children’s books are firmly at the heart of our shops. Knowledge of their local communities, and the pleasure in recommending the best books to their customers, gives our booksellers a unique and pivotal role in championing new talent. Now, more than ever before, there is real playfulness and creativity noticeable in children’s books.
“This year’s list showcases an exploration of wide topics including world-folklore, black history, mental health, refugees and the world around us, through dynamic forms of poetry, fables and sweeping fantasies. It is a truly enthralling time for children’s writing, and our booksellers have keenly chosen shortlists that they are inspired to share with readers and, in doing so, recognise the creators who will shape the future of children’s stories.”
Celebrating its 15th year, the prize is open to authors’ first or second book (or third in the illustration category. The winner of each category will receive £2,000 and one overall winner – chosen from the three category winners – will be given an additional £3,000 at a ceremony at Waterstones Piccadilly on 21st March.
James Daunt, m.d. at Waterstones, said: “We are immediately proud of our children’s book prize. It has chosen unfailingly wonderful books and in so doing propelled the careers of a succession of exceptional authors. Who knows how many might otherwise not have achieved such success? The prize is the work of our booksellers and represents Waterstones at its very best.”
See the full shortlist below:
Illustrated Books
The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Løvlie (Little Tiger Press)
Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond (HarperCollins)
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Penguin)
The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth (Pavilion)
Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love (Walker Books)
100 Dogs by Michael Whaite (Penguin)
Younger Fiction:
The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
The Train To Impossible Places by P.G. Bell (Usborne)
Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy (Scholastic)
The Mystery Of The Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz (Head of Zeus)
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf (Hachette Children’s)
The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd (Templar)
Older Fiction:
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont)
Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (MacMillan Children’s Books)
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (Europa Editions)
The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton (Little Tiger Press)
Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy (Head of Zeus)
Boy 87 by Ele Fountain (Pushkin)

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DR IFEOMA Ejikeme, an NHS medical consultant and highly experienced aesthetic medicine doctor, has achieved more in her 34 years than most of us could hope to in a lifetime.
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ENTER NIGERIA Winning Sunday with The Young Netpreneur for the Week :Ken Nwadiogbu @kennwadio

 

Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994) is a Nigerian born Multidisciplinary Artist, popularly known as KenArt, whose practice is primarily centered around hyper-realistic drawings and works on paper.
Nwadiogbu believes that the society speaks- This voice inspires his art, which evaluates, interrogates and challenges socio-political structures and issues within the society. In his reply to this society, he is able to inspire one or two people to also re-valuate their socio-political structures as we know it. The desire to change his society and the way people think is what drives him to create art every day. Gender equality, African cultures, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Nwadiogbu was born in Lagos, Nigeria and holds a B.Sc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His art career started in the university, and with no formal training, has pushed him to become one of the most interesting young contemporary artists from Nigeria, creating works that question life- calling out some of the problems and becoming very grounded in human consciousness..
Nwadiogbu has been featured in lots of local and international group exhibitions and fairs, including the Insanity exhibition, sponsored by Frot Foundation, in Omenka Gallery, Nigeria; the TMC’s It’s Not Furniture, curated by Winifred Okpapi; the Artyrama’s group exhibition curated by Mr Jess Castellote; Art X Lagos, sponsored by Artyrama Gallery, in Lagos, Nigeria; the Moniker Art Fair, sponsored by Creative Debuts, in Brooklyn, NYC; the Anti-Trump show organised in UK; the Afriuture Exhibition by Ramati Art Africa in association with Commonwealth Africa Summit, in Toronto, Canada; amongst many others. He has been televised and publicized on different platforms like Guardian Life, Tush Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Candid Magazine, Bored Panda, BBC, CNN, and more as well as inspiring and encouraging young creatives through public speaking appearances like TEDx. He co-founded Artists Connect NG, the largest Nigerian artist gathering that took place at Lekki Leisure Lake, in Lagos, Nigeria.
To Nwadiogbu, Art is indeed timeless, it is his solace and hiding place, a safe haven he has found to be devoid of restrictions, boxes and boundaries.

 


 

 

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