P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Art http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:05:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Two Nigerian Writers Win Prestigious Literature Prizes http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/25/two-nigerian-writers-win-prestigious-literature-prizes/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/25/two-nigerian-writers-win-prestigious-literature-prizes/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:37:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=231269 Teju Cole

Teju Cole


Teju Cole and Helon Habila have won the 2015 Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes in the fiction category. The duo are joined by seven other writers from across the globe.

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library announced the winners of the Literature Prizes at Yale. The writers, who hail from nine countries, were chosen confidentially in three categories — fiction, non-fiction and drama.

Honoured for their literary achievements as well as their potential, the winners will each receive $150,000 to support their work.

The 2015 winners are: in fiction, Teju Cole, Helon Habila, and Ivan Vladislavić; in non-fiction, Edmund de Waal, Geoff Dyer, and John Jeremiah Sullivan; and in drama, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Helen Edmundson, and Debbie Tucker Green.

Helon Habila

Helon Habila

Cole is the author of two works of fiction Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief. In both of his works, he radically expands the understanding of the Diaspora and the dislocation in the twenty-first century. Born in the United States to Nigerian parents, Cole was raised in Lagos but currently resides in New York City.

Similarly, Habila has authored three novels. The former Arts Editor at Vanguard Newspaper rose to international acclaim after his short story, Love Poems, won the 2001 Caine Prize. The story was excerpted from his first novel, Waiting for an Angel (2002).

His second novel Measuring Time (2007) won the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction.  In 2011, he published his latest novel Oil on Water and edited The Granta Book of the African Short Story.  He is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University.

Watch the 2015 Prize Winner Announcement

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South African writer Andre Brink dies aged 79 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/07/south-african-writer-andre-brink-dies-aged-79/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/07/south-african-writer-andre-brink-dies-aged-79/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 12:13:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=229232 Andre Brink

Andre Brink

Celebrated South African author and outspoken critic of apartheid Andre Brink has died aged 79, local media said Saturday.

He reportedly died overnight Friday to Saturday on board a flight home from Belgium where he had received an honorary doctorate from Belgian Francophone Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL).

Talk Radio 702 quoted his ex-wife Alta Brink confirming he had died Friday evening.

Winner of several book awards and nominated three times for a Nobel prize, Brink was a literature professor at the University of Cape Town.

Among the most widely-known of his works was his 1979 novel “A Dry White Season” which was made into a film starring Marlon Brando.

Born in May 1935 to a magistrate father and an English school teaching mother, he wrote in both English and Afrikaans.

Brink was a key member of the Die Sestigers literary movement of the 1960s that campaigned against the apartheid government using the Afrikaans language.

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Chimamanda, Beyonce collaboration nominated for Grammy Award http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/05/chimamanda-beyonce-collaboration-nominated-for-grammy-award/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/05/chimamanda-beyonce-collaboration-nominated-for-grammy-award/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:18:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=229044 L-R: Beyonce and Chimamanda: nominated for the 57th Grammy Award

L-R: Beyonce and Chimamanda: nominated for the 57th Grammy Award

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, critically acclaimed Nigerian novelist has been nominated for the 57th Grammy Award for her feminist-inspired collaboration with American entertainer Beyonce, on her 2013 track “Flawless.”

Following her TEDx talk on why “We Should All Be Feminists,” Beyonce incorporated the writer’s essay into her single, which further brought more life to her craft.

Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah whose work has been translated into thirty languages, has also appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope.

Adichie​ has also received several awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2007 and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2008.

This nomination for “Album of the Year” with her fellow feminist is just yet another achievement for the writer.

Culled from SaharaReporters

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Why I Opened Film Academy —Helen Paul http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/23/why-i-opened-film-academy-helen-paul/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/23/why-i-opened-film-academy-helen-paul/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:23:54 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223708 Helen Paul-Bamisile, famous female entertainer, shares her success story in this interview with BAYO ADETU

Congratulations on the arrival of your new born baby.

Thank you very much. I feel really blessed. God has been very faithful to me and my household. It was a great privilege and I’m excited about it.

You recently opened Helen Paul Theatre and Films Academy. What informs the decision?

The entertainment industry in Nigeria has no doubt become a force to reckon with nationally and internationally. The film and music sectors have reignited the pride of Nigeria all over the world. All over Africa and globally, Nigerian entertainers are highly respected and regarded as ambassadors worthy of emulation. Besides, in a country where unemployment rate has continued to be on the rise, the entertainment sector has also proved its relevance by providing employment for a reasonable amount of citizens by engaging them in productions and events on daily basis.

•Helen Paul-Bamisile

•Helen Paul-Bamisile

As a result of the boom in the entertainment sector, thousands of youths aspire to make a career in the industry, and this has subsequently given room for many charlatans and half-baked practitioners. It is in view of this that Helen Paul Theatre and Film Academy decides to create a strong, credible and professional platform where aspiring entertainers can acquire their skills in different departments of the entertainment sector under the tutelage of seasoned thespians, and in a structured environment. The academy provides its trainings in accordance with the required standards of the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

How do you effectively combine your multiple roles as PhD student, entertainer, wife, mother and business woman?

I give all the glory to God for giving me a husband that is very understanding and supportive. If I come back to this life, I will pick my husband again and again. The credit goes to him and God. He is a fantastic guy. He has been very supportive. He is my friend, he makes life very easy for me and I pray it continues like that forever. Marriage is not an easy institution. It is the only school where you get a certificate before you begin schooling. That is why I say a big thank you to my husband. He is making it work, not me. It is all about sacrifice.

You also have your fingers on music, comedy, acting, compere?

I’m also a business woman. I have bridal and aso-ebi shops. I’m a proprietress and a columnist. I write for the New Telegraph newspaper every Sunday, and my ministry is still expanding. Very soon, you will get to know about the other things I’m working on. Yes, I’m a jack of all trades-but master of all!

Tell us about how your music career started?

I have always been singing, though not professionally at first. I was a chorister in my church and I have been doing that since childhood. I started it professionally as a back-up singer. I worked with P-Square on their Get Squared album, and many other artistes.

What is the difference between Tatafo and Helen Paul?

Tatafo is that little and inquisitive girl you hear on radio. She is a radio personality. Tatafo wants to know everything, and she asks questions a lot. Most times, she pokes her nose into issues that are none of her business! She uses satire a lot as well. But Helen Paul is the compere, actress, TV personality, singer and comedian. She is also a wife and mother.

Where do you get inspirations for your jokes?

I’m a spontaneous comedian. I look at the things around me to make my jokes. Most times when I’m going on stage, I don’t even have an idea of the jokes to crack, but the moment I see the audience, I flow with them, and the jokes will start rolling in. I interact with my audience. Most of the times, if I’m backstage, I see through. I understand the stage – if it is a proscenium stage, I know the audience will face me directly, if it is an arena stage, the audience will sit round me, so I have to look for a way to move round the stage in such a way that everyone sees me. Sometimes, I get there early to meet people buying tickets, so I observe what they are wearing. I also try to understand if they are from the elite category or ordinary people in the society.

Your comedy is based on everyday life, how are you able to interpret everyday life and crack your audience with laughter?

I do comedy of manners. This is a situation where you entertain and make people laugh, and at the same time, they learn. The easiest way you can educate and entertain people is by talking about issues they can easily relate with.

Why are you in the entertainment industry, passion or fame?

Even as I’m speaking with you now, I don’t refer to myself as a star. I’m just a brand. I see myself as the girl next door; I can walk on the streets when I feel like, stop by the road to buy roasted corn and plantain, name it. Most times, it is people that remind me that I’m a celebrity. What I’m trying to tell you is that fame is neither in my mind or head. I just want to be my natural self, and trust me; fame hasn’t changed anything about me.

Did you really set out to become everything in the entertainment industry or was it by chance?

Well, rather than say it is by chance, I will say it is God, hard work and the fact that I have the right people around me.  Right from childhood, I had always known that I would become a celebrity, but I didn’t know how it was going to happen. I was just a receptionist then, but I was so confident of becoming a star. It was later that I started as a back-up singer and voice-over artiste before the comedy and acting aspects took over. I wouldn’t say my success is by chance. I would rather say that it was God’s plan for me, and I worked relentlessly towards it.

I started as a voice over artist. I was a receptionist at Eko FM Studious and from there, I started doing back-up and voice-over. But when I got into the University of Lagos, I discovered the comedy part of me. I actually went for a show, and the MC did not come, so my friends said I can do it because I’m a funny character. I eventually did it and it was awesome, and from there, people started calling me for shows and the money kept coming in. I had to stick to it and of course met the likes of Ali Baba and others who now enlightened me on the business part of the job.

Who is a successful woman?

A successful woman is not known by the number of material things she has, or how expensive they are, but by the number of lives she has impacted positively.

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Jonathan praises Niyi Osundare, honours him with NNOM Award http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/05/jonathan-praises-niyi-osundare-honours-him-with-nnom-award/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/05/jonathan-praises-niyi-osundare-honours-him-with-nnom-award/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 23:26:04 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221743 L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan presents Professor Niyi Osundare witha certificate

L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan presents Professor Niyi Osundare witha certificate

President Goodluck Jonathan has praised Professor Niyi Osundare for his brilliance, hard work and dedication to art and literature in Nigeria.

Jonathan said this at an award ceremony in honour of Osundare at the Council Chambers, State House Presidential Villa, Abuja where he conferred Osundare with the 2014 Nigerian National Order of Merit Award.

“The Nigerian National Order of Merit Award is the highest and most prestigious honour this nation bestows on its citizens at home and in the Diaspora for creativity as well as intellectual and academic contributions of national and international significance.

“It is encouraging to note that since its establishment, 35years ago, the integrity of this esteemed Award has been preserved through a rigorous and painstaking assessment exercise. In the areas of Science, Engineering/Technology, Medicine, Humanities and other fields of human endeavour, the award standard had never fallen below expectation.

With only one awardee this year, the total number of Nigerians who have been honoured, now stands at 71. This merit-driven evaluation procedure underlying the selection of the winners of the award must be maintained.

“I have no doubt that Professor Niyi Osundare, our awardee this year, meets our nation’s expectation, and like others that have received this prestigious award, will hold high the banner of creativity and intellectual development,” Jonathan said.

L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan, 2014 NNOM Award winner, Prof. Niyi Osundare and his wife

L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan, 2014 NNOM Award winner, Prof. Niyi Osundare and his wife

“There is no doubt also, that the knowledge, expertise and contributions of today’s recipient, will be of immense benefit to our overall development agenda, and in particular, the successful implementation of this administration’s transformation efforts.

“Professor Niyi Osundare, you are today admitted into this very admirable, respected and distinguished class of Nigerians as its 71st member of the body of the Nigerian National Order of Merit Laureates. Congratulations!”

“By your remarkable achievements, you have put our nation on a high global pedestal and made Nigeria proud. I will like to urge you to sustain your interest in writing and research at the present level of excellence, and impart directly and by inspiration, your rich repertoire to all and sundry, especially our upcoming generation.

“Our government will not only study the recommendations in the communiqué of the 7th Annual Forum of the Laureates, we will also continue to support your initiative, efforts and solutions to major problems in our country. The report of the committee on the activities of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) is also being studied by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and recommendations from there will be implemented.

“I had earlier in 2010 approved an increase in the statutory cash prize attached to the award from 5million naira to 10million naira per recipient, with the hope that this award will inspire young generations of researchers to follow the footsteps of awardees.

“I will like to assure you that the Federal Government supports the Endowment Fund of the NNMA and will take necessary steps to strenghten the NNMA. With respect to the NNMA Endowment Fund, Government will prioritize the stipulation of the NNMA Act that the NNMA is to “institute measures designed to promote intellectual and academic excellence among Nigerians for this purpose and shall liaise with academic, professional and research institutions in Nigeria”. Through the office of the SGF, action has already commenced on the proposed NNMA Policy Group and the establishment of the National Research and Development Fund,” Jonathan stated.

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Soyinka pays glowing tribute to Dapo Adelugba http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/29/soyinka-pays-glowing-tribute-to-dapo-adelugba/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/29/soyinka-pays-glowing-tribute-to-dapo-adelugba/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:27:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=221223 And thus, near furtively, he left, the last of the vintage links to Ibadan of the Penkelemes Years. He left quietly, as he lived his life – fusslessly. Slight and willowy, he exuded an irrepressible optimism in the social therapy of theatre, and its autonomous but vulnerable existence as a community in itself, for which no personal sacrifice is excessive.

Dapo Adelugba – “Uncle D” to many – embodied, and lived that credo. He taught it and infused a younger generation with its spirit both by example, and through mentorship. His slight frame belied his energy and intensity in pursuit of this all-consuming mission.

Dapo’s unobtrusive presence was a mask for his creative capacity, loyal to an idea, even to a fault. My mind leaps instantly to a thankless burden he undertook when he pioneered the weekly television drama series after I was thrown into detention during the civil war. Dapo flogged himself nearly death to generate new scripts, edit, adapt and present play upon play – Wale Ogunyemi among his stalwarts.

In between lecture commitments he would rehearse and tape, sometimes late into the night, determined that Orisun Theatre would not go down despite my absence, and despite the depredations of the civil war. When I emerged and watched him at work, ensuring that the next play would go on as scheduled, I could only marvel at his dedication. It seemed a heartless decision to terminate the series, but quality had suffered from the sheer pace and volume of production. Dapo did not demur, though he was pained.

What a sadly nostalgic note on which ‘Uncle D’ has chosen to take his final bow, and exit. Ibadan has again turned violently ‘penkelemessy’. The rampages of the past few days grimly echo the political environment of those nineteen sixties which called into being Orisun Theatre, its mission to puncture social afflatus, gore sacred cows, call power to order, and warn against the turbid present Before the Blackout.

Dapo Adelugba

Dapo Adelugba

Those were the days when parents were threatened, even dismissed from positions, for permitting their children to participate in sketches that ‘abused’ – that is, criticized – the establishment, while the performers were themselves physically harassed and assaulted.

‘Uncle D’, who at the time lived at the opposite end of Ibadan from the university, refused to be intimidated. After rehearsals that often
went late into the night, the day was only beginning. It was the turn of night haunts of Ibadan – Agoji Mayor, Seven Sisters, Risikatu, Total Gardens with their night-song avatars – Black Morocco, Tunde Nightingale and company. But they were hangouts also of the mercenaries of establishment power – still, there it was there that Dapo was equally at home, like a wall gecko stuck into the interstices of the deep night warrens of Ibadan. There we eyeballed and/or engaged the sponsored thugs in light banter till the early hours of the morning. Sometimes it did erupt into violence but today, how
“civilized” it all appears!

I can never forget the day Dapo tracked me down to one of my hideouts and left me open mouthed in bewilderment. I had never known him so angry, so angry that he could not get out the words. Then the strangest transformation – as he tried to splutter out what had so agitated him, he burst into tears. That was even more unsettling. Finally, it all came out. I had just been released after my trial over charges of holding up a radio station, following the government’s announcement of brazenly fictitious electoral results. The general mood – from which I had taken refuge – was all celebratory, yet here
was Dapo in a rage, then tears. His grouse? That I should have placed myself at risk in the first place!

How tame those seasons of fascist thuggery now appear, beside the present culture of executive thuggery and impunity. Uncannily, Dapo Adelugba appears to have quietly responded to his own admonition of the sixties – he has taken himself beyond menace, rage and frustration, leaving us memories, the imperishable asset of humankind….

Dakar, London, Paris, Germany, tours from one end of Nigeria to the other – workshops, sketches, improvisations, adaptations and rounded performances….in pursuit of the elusive, the magical moment of sheer revelation that commences with “Lights Out”, when the numerous elements that go into a dramatic performance hover around an auditorium, then fuse and light up humanity’s darkness. Afterwards, a quiet exit for Risikatu, Agoji Mayor and the restorative sounds of the Tunde Nightingales of the Great Beyond…..yes indeed, ‘Uncle D’ – the Show Must Go On.

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French photographer and Picasso confidant dies http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/french-photographer-and-picasso-confidant-dies/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/15/french-photographer-and-picasso-confidant-dies/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:09:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219812 French photographer Lucien Clergue, a longtime friend of Picasso and a founder of Europe’s largest photography festival, died Saturday at the age of 80, his daughter told AFP.

Anne Clergue said her father, who “fought for photography to be recognised as an art in France,” died in the southern city of Nimes after a long illness.

She said he would be “reunited in heaven” with his old friends Pablo Picasso and French playwright Jean Cocteau.

Lucien Clergue

Lucien Clergue

The best-known works from Clergue were his nude images and landscapes, which led to him being the first photographer to be admitted to the elite Academie Francaise, the guardian of the French language.

Clergue was born in the south of France in Arles and took a precocious interest in the arts that first burst through with his learning the violin at age seven.

But it was his pictures that would get him noticed by the art world.

“His first photos won the enthusiasm of Picasso, with whom he founded an unwavering friendship,” French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin said in a statement.

In 1969 Clergue co-founded Les Rencontres d’Arles, a series of dozens of photo exhibitions that runs from mid-July to mid-September in his hometown and attracts thousands of tourists each year.

“France, the home of photography, has lost one of its greatest ambassadors who carried this art to the four corners of the world,” said former French culture minister Jack Lang.

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David Cameron honours Nigerian for promoting African heritage http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/10/david-cameron-honours-nigerian-for-promoting-african-heritage/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/10/david-cameron-honours-nigerian-for-promoting-african-heritage/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:22:34 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219208 Oladimeji Adisa

Oladimeji Adisa

Oladimeji Adisa, who runs the Osun Foundation, has been honoured by the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron for his work in raising awareness of African culture.

Liverpool-based Adisa was given a Point of Light award for teaching people about African heritage.

Adisa has been running the arts initiative, which hosts a variety of activities such as cookery classes and mask making, for two decades.

David Cameron said Mr Adisa was “doing brilliant work”.

On social media platform, Twitter, Cameron paid tribute to Adisa. “Oladimeji Adisa set up the Osun Foundation to promote African culture in the UK. He wins today’s #PointofLight award #BlackHistoryMonth,” he tweeted @Number10gov.

The foundation has been involved with several high profile cultural performances, including the Queen’s Jubilee and Commonwealth Games.

Mr Adisa has also worked with 500 schools around the UK with the aim of helping people understand Britain’s multicultural society.

He said it was “something special” to be chosen for the award “when there are so many people out there doing great things”.

Point of Light awards recognise outstanding individual volunteers who are inspiring others.

They were developed in partnership with the Point of Light programme in the USA established by President George H. W. Bush.

Adisa who also is the editor-in-chief of magazine “Come To Nigeria” has influenced many in the UK and beyond. He created the publication to highlight the positive aspects of Nigeria including its heritage, culture, fashion, sports, music and business world.

Additional report from BBC

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Jonathan pays tribute to Onobrakpeya on honour by US museum http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/09/jonathan-pays-tribute-to-onobrakpeya-on-honour-by-us-museum/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/09/jonathan-pays-tribute-to-onobrakpeya-on-honour-by-us-museum/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:43:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=219124 Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya

Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya

President Goodluck Jonathan has applauded the honour conferred on Bruce Onobrakpeya, one of Nigeria’s most renowned artists, by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Arts in Washington DC on Friday.

Jonathan, according to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, on Sunday in Abuja, said this in a congratulatory letter to the artist.

The 82-year old sculptor, painter and print-maker was named the Artist Honouree on the occasion of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations, the statement said.

It added that Onobrakpeya also received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Living Human Treasure Award in 2006.

The statement quoted Jonathan as saying Onobrakpeya’s “outstanding and remarkable works over several decades made him worthy of the recognition by one of the most distinguished art institutions in the world.”

“You are indeed a living treasure of Nigeria.

“As a member of the Zaria Art Society when you and your colleagues fused colonial art practice with traditional art-forms and philosophy, you have been the consummate artist.

“Indeed, there is hardly any individual more deserving of recognition at the Smithsonian’s celebration of 50 years of African Art and Culture.

“You have been a catalyst as well as a mentor and inspiration to generations of artists.

“I note that the Washington programme at which you were honoured included an event tagged, ‘Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue.

“This too is apt, for you continue to be at the forefront of dialogue between artistic traditions in Nigeria and around the world.

“Closer to home, your works in the State House Art Collection have given me many moments of meaningful reflection.

“I am sure they have done same for many visitors to the Presidential Villa,” the president was quoted as saying in the letter.

According to the statement, Jonathan declared that the celebrated artist’s works have been a high point of beauty and dignity in the lives of Nigerians.

He prayed that Onobrakpeya would continue to “ennoble the country’s cultural space for many more years.”

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Bronze sculpture sells for nearly $101m at NY auction http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/05/bronze-sculpture-sells-for-nearly-101m-at-ny-auction/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/11/05/bronze-sculpture-sells-for-nearly-101m-at-ny-auction/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:33:32 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=218496 A rare 1950 bronze sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti sold for nearly $101 million at auction in New York late Tuesday.

The sculpture, “Chariot,” is one of the seminal achievements of modern art and Sotheby’s had valued it at more than $100 million.

Selling for $100.97 million, it depicts a goddess frozen in motion and was considered a beacon of hope for the post-World War generation.

The record for a Giacometti work of art at auction is $104.3 million, paid for “Homme qui marche I” at Sotheby’s in 2010.

The identity of the buyer was not immediately known. The sculpture has been in the same private collection for four decades.

“Chariot” was the most expensive valued lot in a week of auctions at Sotheby’s and rival Christie’s, which began Tuesday and last until November 12.

Alberto Giacometti's Chariot sold for $101million

Alberto Giacometti’s Chariot sold for $101million

Also on Tuesday, Amedeo Modigliani’s small sculpture “Tete” smashed pre-sale expectations by selling for $70.7 million. Sotheby’s said the price was an auction record for the artist.

Dating from 1911-12, it is one in a series of rare sculptures carved from blocks of stone scavenged from construction sites across Paris.

It had been valued at $45 million.

“The market is rediscovering sculpture and they are now among the most desirable works of art,” said Simon Shaw, Sotheby’s co-head of impressionist and modern art.

A third highlight of Sotheby’s sale was Vincent van Gogh’s “Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies,” which fetched $61.77 million, surpassing its pre-sale estimate of $30-50 million.

The artist painted it three months before his death.

Christie’s and Sotheby’s are auctioning around $1.7 billion worth of impressionist and modern, post-war and contemporary art over the next week.

The world record for the most expensive piece of art sold at auction was a Francis Bacon triptych — “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” — which sold for $142.4 million at Christie’s last year.

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Carniriv 2014 will be best carnival ever, says Sam Dede http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/carniriv-2014-will-be-best-carnival-ever-says-sam-dede/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/30/carniriv-2014-will-be-best-carnival-ever-says-sam-dede/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:00:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=217888 L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo all of RSTDA

L-R, Deinbofa Era, Dr. Sam Dede & Deacon Vincent Erinwo all of RSTDA

The Director General and CEO of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, Dr Sam Dede has said that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, the Port Harcourt Carnival is set to go down in history as the most colourful and memorable carnival event ever witnessed on the African continent in recent times.

Dede, an award winning actor and lecturer, gave the hint at a media interactive forum held in Port Harcourt to announce the 2014 edition of the carnival which is scheduled to hold from the 14 to 20 of December in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

According to him, an estimated number of over five hundred thousand participants made up of residents, tourists, fun lovers and representatives of corporate bodies will converge in Port Harcourt during the one-week long carnival, with daily business exchanges running into several millions. He also revealed that the carnival is repackaged to deliver value and cement Port Harcourt’s reputation as a foremost tourist city in Africa.

“Because of the traditional high influx of carnival lovers to our city during our annual showpiece event, we have put in place adequate security measures to ensure the protection of lives and property during the entire duration of the carnival. We are also working with other stakeholders in the health and other key sectors to ensure that we create a conducive environment for our visitors,” Dede said.

Deacon Vincent Erinwo, Mandy Stewart of the Treasure Base Band and Chris Anani of the RSTDA at Carniriv press briefing

Deacon Vincent Erinwo, Mandy Stewart of the Treasure Base Band and Chris Anani of the RSTDA at Carniriv press briefing

He also spoke about the technical innovation of the 2014 edition of the carnival. “This year, we are set to introduce our state-of-the-art performance stage spanning 140 feet and reputed as the biggest of its kind in Africa. The stage has the capacity to hold a large collection of performers at once and withstand heavy duty
equipments and stage accessories. The stage will also be deployed for the first time for the benefit of sponsors in the areas of branding and related purposes,” he explained.

In response to media enquiry, Dede provided insights to the commercial opportunities available for the 2014 edition of the Port Harcourt carnival. “We have opened up the carnival for commercial exploitation from interested corporate bodies by packaging at least 12 signature carnival events into stand-alone brands for category
sponsorships. Each category sponsor is entitled to multiple levels of commercial and non-commercial exploitations such as publicity, speaking opportunities, branding, the distribution of company mementos and other forms of corporate canvassing,” he said.

Chairman of the Board of Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, RSTDA, Deacon Vincent Erinwo assured that the RSTDA will judiciously expend every fund released by the government for the purpose of the carnival, reiterating that the carnival is a project that is dear to the heart of the government and people of the state.

“We at the RSTDA have being given a matching order not only to put the scare funds to the best use but to also seek for sponsorship and collaboration from both corporate and non-corporate organisations to make the carnival a self sustaining annual exercise in line with the vision of the state government,’ he said.

Deacon Erinwo also promised that the 2014 edition of Carniriv, which is themed as the ‘One Love, One People’ edition will be remembered for its organisation, audience management and satisfaction.

“We will exceed the expectation of our guests and indigenes alike with the quality of world class performers and chart toppers that will grace our events for one week. I will urge interested carnival lovers from both far and near to make early preparations in terms of visa secure and other travel arrangements in order to witness the world-class fiesta that awaits them from the 14th to 20th of December this year,” he said.

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Tatafo Opens Film Academy http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/17/tatafo-opens-film-academy/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/17/tatafo-opens-film-academy/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:26:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216445 Versatile entertainer, Helen Paul, also known as Tatafo, has opened a multi-million naira films school named Helen Paul Theatre and Films Academy.

The institution is located along College Road, Ogba, Lagos. The Glo ambassador said the opening of the academy is a dream come true, having nurtured the ambition from childhood.

She described the school as a world of total film and theatre productions, while explaining that her effort is geared towards contributing her own quota to the development of the entertainment sector, and education in general.

•Helen Paul

•Helen Paul

“Right from childhood, I have always looked forward to a day like this –when I will float a school that will help build a better society devoid of charlatans. For some years now, this project has been in the making, and I thank God that it has finally come to stay,” Helen said.

Helen, who is currently running her Ph.D programme in Theatre Arts at the University of Lagos, Akoka, said her academy has been fully equipped with modern facilities that will aid easy learning and consequently make her students rub shoulders with their counterparts anywhere in the world.

Some of the courses offers include Cinematography, Acting, Video Editing, Photography, Dance, Basic Presentation, Costuming & Sewing, Hair Styling, Sound Engineering and Graphics Design.  Aside being a co-host of Jara, a popular programme of M-Net’s Africa Magic, Helen currently presents radio show on Naija 102.7 FM and Metro 97.7 FM. She is also a columnist with the New Telegraph newspaper.

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Nobel Literature Prize to be announced Thursday http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/06/nobel-literature-prize-to-be-announced-thursday/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/06/nobel-literature-prize-to-be-announced-thursday/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:57:19 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214867 Professor Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Literature Prize in 1986

Professor Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Literature Prize in 1986

The winner of the Nobel Literature Prize will be announced on Thursday, October 9, the Swedish Academy said on Monday.

Its permanent secretary Peter Englund will make the much-awaited announcement in Stockholm at 1:00 pm (1100 GMT).

The date for the literature prize is revealed only a few days in advance but is generally the first Thursday of Nobel week, while the dates for the other prizes are known several months ahead of time.

The Nobel season kicked off Monday with the announcement of the medicine prize, and will be followed by the physics prize on Tuesday and chemistry on Wednesday.

The peace prize winner is scheduled to be announced on Friday, and the economics prize on Monday, October 13.

In line with tradition, the Swedish academy gave no indication of its choice for the literature prize.

It never reveals the names it is considering, and its deliberations are sealed for 50 years.

This year’s favourites include often touted Japanese author Haruki Murakami — with betting agent Ladbrokes offering 5/1 odds — and Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich, another regular favourite among Nobel pundits.

Stockholm-based literary critics also suggested it was time for the academy to award an African writer such as Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o or the Somali author Nuruddin Farah.

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Thieves steal $7.6 mn Degas painting from Cyprus pensioner http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/thieves-steal-7-6-mn-degas-painting-from-cyprus-pensioner/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/09/30/thieves-steal-7-6-mn-degas-painting-from-cyprus-pensioner/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:12:11 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=213990 Thieves have stolen a painting by French master Edgar Degas valued at six million euros ($7.6 million) from the home of a 70-year old Greek Cypriot, Cyprus police said on Tuesday.

The painting, entitled “Ballerina adjusting her slipper”, was taken on Monday from the home in the island’s second city Limassol and was not insured, a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Art theft is rare in Cyprus and it is believed to be one of the most valuable paintings ever stolen on the Mediterranean island.

Stolen: 'Ballerina adjusting her slipper' by Edgar Degas in 1885

Stolen: ‘Ballerina adjusting her slipper’ by Edgar Degas in 1885

The thieves also made off with other items — seven gold watches and three gold opera glasses — worth a total of 157,000 euros ($200,000).

Police said they had arrested a 44-year old Greek Cypriot in connection with the case and were seeking two other suspects — a South African and a Russian. It is believed the trio knew the victim.

Degas (1834-1917) is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism.

The French artist is famous for his paintings, sculptures and drawings, more than half of which depict dancers.

The 61 x 47 centimetre (24 x 18.5 inch) painting that the thieves stole is one of a number of studies that Degas made between 1873 and 1874 of dancers adjusting their shoes, shown in different poses and from different angles.

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Lucky Esene Shines in Malaysia http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/21/lucky-esene-shines-in-malaysia/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/21/lucky-esene-shines-in-malaysia/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:21 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207959 Daniels Ekugo

Nigerian scriptwriter, Lucky Esene has emerged category winner at the just concluded Malaysia Film Feathers Awards, MFF Awards.

•Lucky Esene

•Lucky Esene

Lucky won ‘The Best Local Scriptwriter Award’ and thanked God for the inspiration. He was also full of praises for King Asu, his mentor who tutored him in creative art.

“I’m proudly Nigerian with love for the Yoruba culture. I so much respect, honour and appreciate this culture which influences my aspirations and experience. I believe I can express myself better in telling our stories through that medium. It took me two years of research and writing to get my scripts ready,” said Lucky who also claim that growing up in Lagos also influences his work.

MFF Awards holds July every year as part of the series of events leading to 31 August Independence holiday in Malaysia.

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2,000 young Nigerians trained in German Language http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/28/2000-young-nigerians-trained-in-german-language/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/28/2000-young-nigerians-trained-in-german-language/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:24:44 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204877 Marc-Andre Schmachtel Photo: Google+

Marc-Andre Schmachtel
Photo: Google+

The Director of Goethe Institute in Nigeria, Marc-Andre Schmachtel, on Monday said the institute has trained 2, 000 young Nigerians in German Language since its inception in 2011.

Schmachtel told the NAN in Lagos that there had also been a growing interest of Nigerians in learning the language.

“Between year 2011 and 2013, there has been an increase in the number of young Nigerians that sought training in the speaking of German Language from the institute.

“Within this period, there was an increase in their number from a 10 to 15 per cent.

“There are already more indications from state governments and parents wanting their children to come to the institute to learn German Language,” he said.

Schmactel said Nigerians’ knowledge of the language would assist them in studying and working in Germany.

He noted that the institute would introduce the learning of German language to some secondary schools in Lagos State in September as a pilot project.

He attributed the growing interest in learning the Language to the present free education opportunities in Germany.

“These young Nigerians and their parents seem to have realised the high cost of getting education in the US and UK today.

“They have started going to places where their education financial requirements are low compared with what presently obtains in the US and UK,” he said.

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Tributes from friends and foes as Soyinka turns 80 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/13/tributes-from-friends-and-foes-as-soyinka-turns-80/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/13/tributes-from-friends-and-foes-as-soyinka-turns-80/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:08:27 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202773 Nigeria’s literary icon Wole Soyinka turned 80 on Sunday, with friends and foes alike paying tribute to the first African to win the Nobel literature prize.

Dozens of literary and artistic events have been staged across the country over 80 days leading up to the birthday of the poet, novelist, playwright and social activist, whose works often satirised Nigeria’s society and harshly criticised corrupt and inept leaders.

But such is Soyinka’s popularity and stature that many of the targets of his criticism put aside past differences to honour the man who, with his trademark white afro and matching bushy goatee, is a beloved figure in Africa’s most populous nation.

Professor Wole Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka

President Goodluck Jonathan praised his ardent critic in a statement on Saturday, hailing Soyinka’s “life-long dedication and indefatigable commitment to using his acclaimed genius and talents, not only in the service of the arts, but also for the promotion of democracy, good governance and respect for human rights in Nigeria, Africa and beyond”.

Former dictator General Yakubu Gowon, who jailed Soyinka for some two years during Nigeria’s 1967-70 civil war, paid respect by attending a lecture in Soyinka’s hometown of Abeokuta on Friday.

Soyinka, who looks several decades younger than his age, sprang to his feet and warmly embraced his former jailer as soon as he entered the lecture hall, sparking applause from the audience.

“I have come to Abeokuta for the sake of this particular man, to honour him,” said Gowon, who imprisoned the writer on suspicion of support for his rival in the 1967 standoff that eventually led Nigeria to a 30-month civil war in which an estimated one million people died, mostly of disease and starvation.

The birthday events honouring Soyinka are due to culminate on Monday with a visit to his secluded forest residence in Abeokuta, the capital of southwestern Ogun State, and a presentation of one of his plays.

Born into an Anglican family on 13 July 1934, in Abeokuta, Soyinka cut his literary teeth in the 1950s at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university, where he studied English literature.

He also studied literature at the University of Leeds.

The poet, novelist and playwright has around 30 published works to his name, most of which satirise Nigerian society and which have made him a darling of the critics.

“Soyinka, a literary giant, is God’s gift to Nigeria in particular, Africa and the world at large. His style is inimitable,” Dare Ademola, a literary critic, told AFP.

Chima Anyadike, head of the English department at the Obafemi Awolowo University where Soyinka last taught in Nigeria, said: “Soyinka is a great writer of his time.”

In announcing his Nobel in 1986, the Swedish Academy praised Soyinka for “your versatile writings (in which) you have been able to synthesise a very rich heritage from your own country, ancient myths and old traditions, with literary legacies and traditions of European culture”.

It also hailed him for “your own genuine and impressive creativity as an artist, a master of language, and your commitment as a dramatist and writer of poetry and prose to problems of general and deep significance for man, modern or ancient”.

A harsh critic of military, corrupt or inept governments, Soyinka fled Nigeria during the regime of General Sani Abacha in the 1990s when the government hounded critics including journalists and academics.

A hunter, connoisseur of wines and notoriously private, Soyinka hasn’t let his advanced age dull his social activism. In January 2012, he joined activists in street protests against President Jonathan after the government hiked the pump price of fuel.

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Exclusive: Wole Soyinka reflects on his life at 80 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/13/exclusive-wole-soyinka-reflects-on-his-life-at-80/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/13/exclusive-wole-soyinka-reflects-on-his-life-at-80/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:33:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202763 Prof. Wole Soyinka

Prof. Wole Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka gives a broader view of his life at 80 in a scintillating interview with the TheNEWS. It’s a must watch and must see! The Nobel Laureate speaks on death, his view about life and the future.

He also speaks on how his childhood in Ake Abeokuta moulded his life in this interview with TheNEWS magazine team led by Kunle Ajibade.

Click here to see it all:

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Campaigners push for Japan to win Nobel Peace Prize http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/12/campaigners-push-for-japan-to-win-nobel-peace-prize/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/12/campaigners-push-for-japan-to-win-nobel-peace-prize/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:43:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202654 Japanese

Campaigners are pushing for Japan’s population to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in a nod to the country’s long-held pacifism, even as Tokyo controversially expands the scope of the military in a move that has sparked protests at home.

By Friday, the group had amassed a support petition with more than 150,000 names, and organisers say Japan’s 128-million residents are now among the possible candidates for the prestigious award.

But even if the odds are slim — there are hundreds of candidates — the message is just as important, said 37-year-old housewife Naoko Takasu, who came up with the plan.

It was not possible to nominate Japan’s pacifist constitution — put in place after the end of World War II — so activists moved to get the peace-loving population on the prize list instead.

“The idea came to me when I was watching a TV report about the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the European Union,” she told AFP.

“Good initiatives can win the prize — that’s what I learned from the news. And that made me think about Article 9 (of the constitution)… If we succeed and win the prize, that would be a great way to share its ideals.”

Japan’s constitution — specifically Article 9 — renounces war and abandons the use of force to settle international disputes, a point embraced by many Japanese and a symbol of the country’s peaceful image in much of the world.

But last week, Tokyo loosened the bonds on its powerful military, proclaiming the right to go into battle in defence of allies, in a highly controversial shift.

Conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet formally endorsed a reinterpretation of the rules that have banned the use of armed force except in very narrowly-defined circumstances.

Abe has sought to play down fears the move could ultimately see Japan dragged into battle to defend allies, or wage war itself.

But it has sparked a backlash at home and drawn angry missives from neighbouring China, which regularly criticises Tokyo’s militaristic past.

“It is thanks to Article 9 that Japan has never been in a war for over 69 years,” said Yoshiaki Ishigaki, a member of the committee behind the push.

“This decision is totally against our constitution, we should maintain the article and share it with all nations to achieve world peace.”

Ishigaki and other activists gathered recommendation letters from dozens of academics at home and abroad to submit to the Nobel committee.

At least half Japan’s population opposes a more aggressive military stance, according to recent newspaper polls.

Hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of people have turned out to protest against the change at various demonstrations over recent weeks.

“War destroys everything, that’s what I have believed since 1945,” said 80-year-old Tsuneo Hoshino, who lost an uncle in World War II.

“I am the head of nursery school — these children should never be soldiers.”

The names of the 2014 Nobel Laureates will be announced in October.

Last year the peace prize went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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UFUK Foundation honours Prince Yemisi Shyllon, others http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/11/ufuk-foundation-honours-prince-yemisi-shyllon-others/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/11/ufuk-foundation-honours-prince-yemisi-shyllon-others/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:19:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=202487 PRINCE YEMI SHYLON


Quintessential art collector, Prince Yemisi Shyllon was among nine Nigerians honoured by the UFUK Dialogue Foundation at the 2014 edition of the organisation’s Peace and Dialogue Award which was held on Thursday evening at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

The art collector who is the founder of Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF), a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to promote the appreciation and study of Nigerian arts and artists, making the collection available to museums, educational institutions, and scholars was presented with Culture Award. The UFUK Foundation recognised Shyllon for using art as a platform for promoting peace and international relations.

Specifically, the Turkish Foundation gave the award to Prince Shyllon for facilitating and packaging 10 Nigerian artists to exhibit with their Turkish counterparts in the last African Union summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.



The exhibition was part of one year touring exhibition of the artistes to Turkey and three cities in the United States of America. Also honoured by the Foundation was Femi Adesina, President, Nigeria Guild of Editors.

He was honoured for using his columns to ventilate wide perspective of opinions which, according to the Foundation, promotes unity and serve as a platform of dialogue between the north, south, east and western part of the country.

Most Reverend Ignatius Kaigama, President, Conference of Catholic Bishop of Nigeria and Professor Isaq Oloyede, Secretary General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs were also honored.



The two religious leaders were honoured for their contributions in fostering dialogue in religious societies and encouraging their followers to work on dialogue and peace.

Others presented with award at the ceremony included Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Fund; Dr. Joseph Golwa, Secretary General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and the President of Federation of Muslim Women Societies of Nigeria among others.

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