The 2017 edition of ART X Lagos opened on Friday, November 3. Art X Lagos. West Africa’s first international art fair had artists from 15 countries exhibiting their works. Nigerian hyperrealist artist Babajide Olatunji stunned everyone with his tribal mark pastel painting.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is one of the most prominent Northern Nigerian writers in English today. His work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Caine Prize (2013) and Etisalat Prize for Literature (2014). In 2016, he won the NLNG-sponsored Nigeria Prize for Literature for his novel Season of Crimson Blossoms. Kọ́lá Túbọ̀ṣún sits down with him for a conversation about writing, publishing and Northern Nigeria.
It is 20 years since the death of Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, but his music remains a weapon against injustice around the world. At his spiritual home, the New Afrika Shrine, fans keep his memory alive.
In 1958, the African writer had to be coaxed into publication. They were so self-effacing they would rarely recommend their own stories for inclusion in anthologies, claiming “There are others who write better”. But, as Oris Aigbokhaevbolo writes, the African writer today seeks respect and the reputation conferred by publishing.
Kenyan Rich Allela and Nigerian Dapel Kureng collaborate in a stunning but controversial depiction of Mekatilili; a Kenyan heroine known for her courage and trust in the singular course of freedom
Lafarge Africa Plc has cemented its place as one of the major sponsors of literary events on the continent. Lafarge’s fourth Annual Literacy Competition kicked off in Nigeria. The competition involves pupils from public primary schools and aims to promote the standard of English Language.
Nigerian visual artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby is part of the 24 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation grant. Njideka came into limelight last year after winning the $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize. Congratulations Njideka.
Saraba Literary Magazine has consistently produced quality literature from African writers. After nine years of digital publishing Saraba produces its first print magazine, which will be released in October. Congratulations on the remarkable milestone.
Elias Mungora a young Kenyan painter has been featured on a popular HBO series. Through his artwork he seeks to take his audience on a journey. “Let me walk you through the world as I see it, a brush, some paint, a pencil and lets share ideas,” he says.