Friday, March 25, 2011

Siji - Ijo (sizzling official video)

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Nigeria Amnesty Ushahidi project

Interesting implementation of Ushahidi to track the Nigerian Amnesty Programme here.

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Community Guide on monitoring the April elections

Excellent guide from Stakeholder Democracy Network here.  Spread the word!

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Ayoola Gbolahan at ARC

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Friday, March 18, 2011

RAW - appeal for book donations and volunteers

RAW promotes literacy development and creative writing in Nigeria.

The RAW Book Drive is a community project within Abuja.  Each week, volunteers will drive to a public space within a community in Abuja and spend some time reading short books, encouraging storytelling and playing games. Families from that community will be welcomed to come along and enjoy it all for free.

We need your support and donations:
  • Books for children, young people and adults as well as picture books. Books should be in good condition and in English.
  • Games/Toys: If you have some board games or toys that you no longer need, please donate them to RAW.
  • Rugs/cushions/bean bags: in reasonable condition.

This is part of RAW’s initiative to inspire a love of books, overcoming the difficulties in areas where there is little or no access to books and to encourage families to support their kids reading.

How to Donate
Books and games donations can dropped off at: No.18, Usuma Street, off Gana Street or collected from wherever you are. Please encourage friends and colleagues to get involved, collections can also be arranged from offices/compounds.


If you would like to donate your books and games, or register your interest in volunteering, please email: gillianparker3@yahoo.co.uk / call: +234 (0)7060514007. For more information on RAW, click here.

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Sexing up Nigerian history

An excellent article here by leading Nigerian military history Max Siollun on the pressing need to make Nigerian history sexy.  Without a robust collective understanding of history, how can a society move forwards?

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The first primary school in Northern Nigeria

From Olly Owen: Attached is a picture of the first primary school in Northern Nigeria, founded in 1865 under Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther, and thus representing the beginnings of boko learning and english literacy north of the Niger.

It stands in the grounds of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Lokoja, Kogi State, and is still a working primary school, under the control of government. 
Here for more pix.

As a historic monument and a working school, I hope you'll agree that this building is in need of both sympathetic material restoration, and support as a working institution.

If you have any ideas or suggestions as to how this issue could be highlighted or furthered, there are people on ground in Lokoja who are interested, and I can help to link up.
owen.olly@googlemail.com

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Introducing Ankara Press

Ankara Press is a fresh new voice publishing romantic fiction for the African market. We believe that today’s African woman deserves a romance that reflects the full richness her life. We want to showcase the modern African woman in all her strength and complexity while giving her the tools to shape her own destiny. In our stories, independent, capable women meet handsome, charming men who will respect their choices.

 We are seeking strong, original voices who can tell fast-paced and engaging stories. We want scenarios that discard dangerous notions of male dominance, control and manipulation. Above all, we want writers who will allow African women to see the best version of themselves in print.

 If you think you are just such a writer, contact Chinelo Onwualu at: AnkaraSubmissions@gmail.com for submission guidelines.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

The NN24 VP Debate..

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Friday, March 11, 2011

On the umblerra (if you've not heard it yet)..

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Kemi Adegoke at TEDxEuston...

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jude Anogwih at CCA Lagos, Wed, 16th March, 6.30-8pm

















Artist and curator Jude Anogwih offers an insight into the contemporary art scene in Lagos, introducing a series of projects and artists currently working in one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in Africa. Anogwih works as a curator at  CCA Lagos, a contemporary art centre in Nigeria. He is also a founding member and coordinator of Video Art Network, Lagos.

The talk is followed by a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of working across different continents and contexts. Chaired by Alessio Antoniolli (Director of Gasworks and Triangle Network), the panel includes Jude Anogwih, Kerryn Greenberg (Assistant Curator Tate Modern) and Albert Potrony (London-based artist who has recently completed a residency at CCA Lagos).

Jude Anogwih is participating in a curatorial residency exchange initiated by Tate Modern in collaboration with Gasworks and supported by the World Collections Programme. This exchange forms part of the Level 2 exhibitions programme at Tate Modern and will result in a collaborative exhibition curated by Jude Anogwih and Kerryn Greenberg at CCA Lagos and Tate Modern later this year.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Making Aid Effective

Nice interview here with my buddy Lai Yahaya on CNN here.

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50 Inspirational African Feminists

On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, the African Women's Development Fund lists 50 inspirational African feminists here.  Of course, as well as the publisher of Cassava Republic Press, Bibi is also one of the leading African feminist scholars on the continent...

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Women Rule event this Saturday in Lagos


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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Sefi Atta's new play comes to Lagos, Sunday March 6

A TERRA KULTURE 2011 PRODUCTION
The Cost of Living, a play


Terra Kulture is pleased to announce that The Cost of Living will premiere on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 3pm and 6pm and will be performed thereafter every Sunday in March 2011 at the same times.


Written by Sefi Atta and directed by Nick Monu, The Cost of Living is a one-act play about a bungled kidnapping during which an American hostage and his Nigerian abductor learn about the value of life.


The cast and crew include actors Frank Adekunle Macaulay and Toyin Oshinaike, costume and set designer Simone Monu, and assistant director Bayo Abifarin.


The Cost of Living is produced by Terra Kulture, Sefi Atta and Monu and Monu Productions, and is sponsored by Guaranty Trust Bank and Murtala Muhammed Foundation. Stage props are provided by Julius Berger Nigeria and promotional support is provided by Sesema PR.


For further information please contact office@monuandmonu.com and sefiatta@yahoo.com

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