Monday, November 29, 2010

Building a bottle house in Abuja (forwarded message)

Please keep your plastic bottles to be turned into affordable housing.

We aim to collect 300,000 bottles to build a two-bedroom house. We hope that this project will encourage others do to the same – thereby providing decent accommodation and cleaning up a major pollutant.

I will be storing the bottles at our home; House 29, Shell Imani Compound, Madeira Street.

Please give me a call if you have a supply of bottles and would like me to collect them: 07057626282.

Katrin Macmillan


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Toni Kan at Infusion 10 - Thu 25th November

Here for the Facebook event page.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fashola at the LSE (from Sahara Reporters)


Friday, November 19, 2010

NOI Polls on Presidential aspirants

NOI Polls canvassed over 1000 people last month to find out what they thought of a selection of Presidential Aspirants.  Find out the results here.


Fashola at the LSE this evening

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, speaks at the LSE this evening (6.30pm).  The title of his talk is "Lagos: confronting change in a global megacity."  Here for more.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cycling from England to Cape Town, via Nigeria

Peter Gostelow is cycling from the UK to Cape Town.  After over year on the road, he has finally reached the epicentre of the universe: Abuja, Nigeria.  Here and here to find out more.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Perceptions of ethnicity in Nigeria

I'd be interested in your comments on this film.  For me, no matter that it is well done, it does little other than repeat the cliches that everyone knows.  That doesn't mean to say the interviewees are not dealing in social truths: the Yoruba thrive on complexity and ambiguity, the Igbo universe centres on trade and money and the Hausa live in a world structured by Islam.  But there is so much more to be said than this.  It would have been more interesting to interview members of smaller ethnic groups, rather than rigorously enforce the triangulation..


Untitled from Jeremy Weate on Vimeo.


Farin Ruwa

Farin Ruwa, originally uploaded by nobodaddy69.


Downstream from Farin Ruwa

Downstream from Farin Ruwa, originally uploaded by nobodaddy69.


Farin Ruwa

Farin Ruwa, originally uploaded by nobodaddy69.
Yesterday, we drove four hours from Abuja to visit the Farin Ruwa waterfall (see a previous blog post). It was a memorable day..


Friday, November 12, 2010

The power of pidgin English

Pidgin English, the lingua franca of West Africa, is finally coming of age.  Formalising pidgin in Nigeria, as I’ve said many times, would have tremendous positive ramifications, in terms of civic enfranchisement and effectiveness of communications.  In terms of education, either using pidgin or local languages has to be the way to go.  The only minor issue I have with the initiative mentioned here is the idea that pidgin can be renamed as “languej”.  Pidgin is pidgin, and no funded-project is going to change that.


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Dead whale on Bar Beach


"Fela!" the musical sued by Carlos Moore

Here (NY TImes) and here (Guardian) for more.


Lagos 12th Book and Art Festival, November 11-14th

FESTIVAL's FULL PROGRAMME (visit the Festival blog here)

The 12th edition of the Lagos Book and Art Festival, LABAF, holds  November 12 through 14 at the National Theatre in Lagos.

The outline of the programme follows:

THURSDAY, Nov. 11:
Publishers' Forum -
This is the pre-festival programme, tagged Publishers’ Forum at Ocean View, Eko Hotel, VI, Lagos - featuring discussions and interactions among publishers on best way to move the publishing industry forward. The morning segment (10am - 2pm) Business  and Interractive session among Key Publishers in Nigeria; and afternoon segment (2pm - 5pm) Interractive session between publishers and the public).

Day 1. FRIDAY, November 12

9am-1pm, Venue: Exhibition, National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos

Opening Glee by Crown Troupe of Africa, featuring dance drama and expressions

(9 am) My Encounter with the Book - Oluboludele Simoyan [author, “The 8th Wonder of The World: Made In Nigeria”

(11am) The Festival Colloquium(I): Theme: Literacy and Independence: Readings, Reviews, and discussions around You Must Set Forth At Dawn — Wole Soyinka; Nigeria: Africa’s failed asset? — Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, In-Dependence — Sarah Ladipo Manyika, To Saint Patrick — Eghosa Imasuen, When Citizen’s Revolt — Ike Okonta

1-2pm: Opening Of Visual Art Exhibition/Live Music Interlude; Drama Skits, Wordslam

3pm-5pm: The Festival Colloquium (II):
Theme: A nation of stories
Readings, Reviews, and discussions around Tenants Of The House- — Wale Okediran,  Just Before Dawn — Kole Omotosho,  Half Of A Yellow Sun —  Chimamanda Adichie,  In My Father’s Country — Adewale Maja Pearce

Day 2, SATURDAY, November 13,

10am Children’s Programme “Talking Books with CATE” – You, Too, Can Write! A roundtable discussion on: ‘The Land of Kalamandahoo’- by Ruby Igwe [for 6-10yrs],‘The Missing Clock’- by Mai Nasara (Adeleke Adeyemi) [for 9-13yrs]

11am: Town Talk: Can a book make you rich? A top notch panel of discussants review the role of books in economic empowerment and the financial dynamics of book publishing from the author’s perspective. Books: The Outlier, by Malcolm Gladwell, Minding Your Business By Leke Alder, 17 Secrets Of High Flying Students, by Fela Durotoye
Musical Interlude/Live Performance

2pm  Writers Angst: Four young authors discuss the pains and joys of writing.

3pm:  Lagos: 2060:What will be the fate of Lagos 100 years after independence? A panel of discussants will be set up to discuss the future of the mega-city and its continued role in inspiring, infuriating and enchanting writers across generations, taking a cue from the Lagos: 2060 project by DADA books.

 Music by: Fatai Rolling Dollar
Festival  Birthday Party For:  Uzor Maxim Uzoatu @50, Patrick Doyle at 50, Taiwo Obe @ 50, Dele Momodu at 50, Odia Ofeimun at 60, Eddie Aderinokun @70, Ambassador Olusola at 75, Fred Agbeyegbe @75, Mabel Segun @80, Chinua Achebe @80 .

Day 3, SUNDAY, November 14

The programme features mainly the CORA renowned project to date the quarterly Art Stampede, which started I June 1991, under the theme: Folklore in Literature, Drama and film. It features a  panel discussion on the presence or absence of folklore influences in the literature and film of our time. Books to discuss include The Adventures of a Sugarcane Man: Femi Osofisan’s adaptation of Fagunwa’s Ireke Onibudo; Praying Mantis By Andre Brink; The Hidden Star, by Kabelo Sello Duiker, Allah Is Not Obliged — Ahmadou Korouma

14. Kiddies Segment: Presentation of works from the Children’s Creativity Workshop. The Green Party – Fun! Fun! Fun!

6pm (Drama Performance: Venue: TERRA KULTURE).
Festival Play: Killing Swamp by Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo, Directed by Wole Oguntokun, Performance by Renegade Theatre for Theatre @Terra, November 2010, to Commemorate 15 Years Of The Death of Ken Saro- Wiwa, writer and environmentalist, who was killed by the state on November 10, 1995

Also, ongoing and already published projects by some of Nigerian writers and friends of the festival over the years would be unveiled during the festival.

Contact: CORA secretary General/Festival Coordinator
Toyin; 08057622415;
[email protected];


Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Lagos Jazz Festival this w/e

Here for more jazz cats.


Monday, November 01, 2010

Sharon Stone in Abuja

Here for more.


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