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FIVE OF MY FAVORITE NIGERIAN BOOKS

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Books. We’ve all read books, some of us still read novels and some of us don’t even remember the last book we read (I am guilty of this). For most of us, reading is an escape from reality’s boring embrace, it is an adventure we take without moving from our chairs or beds. reading feels better when we are getting our time’s worth in the books we read. we are attracted to the subjects and the vast characters in each book. whether we relate to the characters or not we almost certainly get engulfed in their stories and lives.
It’s literature month at LL, and in honor of the theme, I’m going to make a list of my favorite Nigerian novels and my favorite/stand-out character in each book.

Simbi goes to school.
I’ll start with a book we should all be familiar with, You’d laugh, but, If you did your primary education in Nigeria, you would know Simbi’s story had a vital role to play in our development as lovers of the literary culture. This book’s influence was the foundation for most of our interest in reading books.
Simbi is a girl, Simbi did go to school and she always went early. She followed all the rules, never did any wrong. Simbi passed WAEC, JAMB, NECO and every other obstacle that was placed to not make her gain admission into a university, she graduated with a first class in petroleum engineering and is currently working as a receptionist at a law firm.

Simbi

Ali.
Ali is Simbi’s brother, he loved school too, and he was a talented grass cutter. He had the agile wrist of a lawn tennis professional.
Ali

Akata witch by Nnendi Okorafor
Nnendi Okorafor is an amazing writer, and Akata witch is her best work to me so far. It is a magical story of Sunny, A nigerian-albino, who was born in America, but lives in Nigeria. She was never allowed to go outside into the sun and play; which saddened her most of the time, because, she was a very good athlete and loved playing football. She discovered that she was a witch and struggles to cope with that revelation. She eventually joins a band of other witches to battle a magical criminal.
It is a Great book, with a great plot and great characters.
I do recommend.

Sunny


Purple hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie

I read purple hibiscus when I was arriving at my teenage years and it made me appreciate my parents and how they punished me even more. Adichie has written a series of hits back-to-back and to me this book is her best yet. Purple hibiscus is about Kambili, a fifteen year old girl, who comes from a rich and dysfunctional family. She struggles with school, making friends, religion, and her father, Eugene, most of all. I loved everything about the book, from the character development to it’s style. Chimamanda really did a number here.

Eugene

Eugene is not my favorite character. I just wanted to show you guys, how I imagined his appearance while reading the book.

The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta.
This heartfelt book is about Nnu-ego and her husband Nnaife and Nnu-ego’s plight with child bearing. The novel centers around the necessity for a woman to be fertile, and above all to give birth to sons. The down pouring of neglect that comes with the lack of children and the relief that comes with having children; especially male children.
It was a great book, and even though it was published in 1979, it is still very much relevant today in 2017.

Nnu-ego

The Concubine by Elechi Amadi

I finally got to read this book last year, and I found myself asking why I took so long. This is a tragic tale set in eastern-Nigeria. It is about a beautiful woman, Ihuoma, who only brought death and suffering to every man who became her lover. It is an amazing story, dramatic and tragic. The writing, the plot and the characters make it hard to believe it was a debut novel by Elechi Amadi.

Ihuoma

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thegunnavision.

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Ugonna ‘gunna’ Ikechi, a Toronto-based Nigerian multi-media artist.
 
thegunnavision. functions as a conduit for his visual expressions via a variety of media. His work is based on a sincere visual language that seeks to unify his love for thought-provocation and aesthetic compositions.
1-3. [ vrede.in.pyn ] series
these pieces are about maintaining a sense of personal tranquility despite the conditions of external circumstances. ‘vrede in pyn’ is swahili for ‘peace in pain.’ this series articulates the aim to contrast current situations with juxtaposed emotions, pacified and vulnerable, yet resilient.. going against odds and norms.
 
 
4-5. [ pacif.i ] and [ unbothrd ]
the sense of freedom and peace are very prominent themes in my art, probably as a result of my continual, personal quest for them. these pieces work to depict those sensations.
 
6-7. [ brothr ] series
these drawings were created in accordance with a year-long visual series ‘Brother,’ by photographer Ohi Omo-Eboh of GreenInc., on the versatility of black men.
 
8. [ last summer II ]
this is a photograph eye shot and edited for recording artiste Ojo’s debut Last Summer EP. it really captures the mood and direction of the project.
 
 
9. [ new age prophecy ]
this is a graphic piece for recording artiste Deuce’s debut New Age Prophecy LP. the urgency and context of the album is depicted in the work.
 
 
10. [ the wav.e rid.e ]
i’m coming to terms with the uncertainty and thrill of success here. this piece represents my life in an analogy of my art career, filled with purpose, intent and strife.. focused on my vision, not my rear.
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#theTOOLevent

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Time Of Our Lives 2017 ( #theTOOLevent )

Games x Food x Music
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Time of our life ’17 is an event you don’t wanna miss.It is going to be epic, features a lot of games, music to vibe to, food and lots of drinks, it’s going to be a time to chill, connect with old friends. There’s not much we can say about it now.just come see for yourself
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Brought to you by
Ini Olu , Benz , Iv Fits and theAyoBusari,Oshobisi

 

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Captain Calabar

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The comic is designed to deliver hard graphic action, comic humour, and a touch of the satirical, whilst showcasing the beauty and artsy nature of Nigeria and Africa one issue at a time.

Three dynamic creators, Timehin Akinde, Abasido Akpan, and Joshua Akpan are responsible for CC. As architecture students, they were obsessed with creating something to showcase Nigeria’s artsy settings to the world. Looking at the vastly underdeveloped comic industry in Africa, they found application for design and devised a means to infuse beauty into the story. “Heroes that speak our language!” While both Akpans handled the art, Timehin worked as the chief writer for the series. Art meets storytelling!

Methodically, Akbar Comics plans to unfold a Comicverse laden with heroes of varying cultures and nationalities. Captain Calabar isn’t just a comic, it’s a movement. The goal at Akbar Comics is to create a lasting African comic book universe made by Africans and to redefine the art form whilst opening doors for fellow African creatives.

Issue #1 – Page 2

The first issue of Captain Calabar is already COMPLETE! Comedy, action, art, colours, letters and mild perversion are already on the page and ready to go! However, funding is required for production costs associated with making issues #2 onwards.

Issue #1 – Page 18

To pledge and find out exactly what your funds would be used for visit the link below

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2003961482/captain-calabar

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Embers of Bloom

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Inspired by friendship and the fantasy of becoming someone else through fashion. The film is a visual experience of what finding your self could look like, a momentary realization and escape through emptiness, expressions and metaphors into something different, something that makes you bloom!
Shot in Lagos, Nigeria
“Let’s pretend no one else is here”
Soundtrack Collide by the amazing Mary Akpa from her latest EP ‘Unseen’
Director and Stylist: Daniel Obasi 
D.O. P : Dola Posh
Models : Daberechi Ukoha-Kalu and Ifeoma Nwobu 
Make up: Lauretta Orji
Hair: Austine Afaha
Editor: Robert Matuloko
Designers : Gozel green, Titi belo, FRUCHE, Gogoya
See link to video here
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Insidia

“Insidia” a Latin word for deceit or treachery.

My piece captures the modern interpretation of emotions. Nowadays having feelings is considered as weak. As not having “balls” whereas the main purpose of us being human is our ability to feel. I have tried to capture these emotions in my best light and hope that people who view my work will also be able to feel the same emotions as I, because our emotions are truths, not deceit. –

 

by Aminu, a 17-year-old graphic artist and a photographer. Currently schooling in Babcock university a commercial graphic designer but I always make time for my personal projects.

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Ayo Busari presents: Light Painting

The light shines bright
It illuminates what it touches
People are so used to it
They forget to appreciate the beauty of light
I illuminate
I turn the light to paintings
I do so without paint brushes and a pallet
I will awaken your mind to new world wonders.

 

 

CREDITS:
Painter – Niyi Busari

Poet – Slow_Zeus
Photographer – Ayo Busari

Creative Director – theAyoBusari

SOCIAL MEDIA:-
Twitter – @theayobusari @slow_zeus @Niiyih @hayorb

Instagram – @theayobusari @niyi_busari @slow_zeus @lifeofmohams

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Art by Favour Adesina

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Date completed: December 2015

Name: “Difficult”

Medium: Acrylic paint on Watercolour paper Size: 18”×24”

This project was part of my annual theme: connections, the aim was to show connections through communication and miscommunication between people, while exploring the visual effects of pop-ups and layering of acrylic paint through concepts that centered surrealism.

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Date completed: December 2014

Name: “Eyo Festival Explosion”

Medium: Acrylic paint on watercolour paper

Size: 24”×18”

This art piece was done to explore motion, emotions and vivid colour schemes. I also experimented with colours and how they affect the mood of the person viewing the work. It was inspired by the popular Nigerian cultural Eyo festival that I attended which took place in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

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Date of completion: October 2013

Name: ”Balance in the marketplace”

Medium: Pencil, coloured pencil on paper

Size: 23”×16”

 I drew out market men and women from local markets in Lagos,Nigeria, where they were balancing their goods for sale on their heads. This was to help me practice proportion and shading techniques as well as contrast in colours.

 

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Date of Completion: October 2015

Name: “Things Alike”

Medium: mixed: acrylic watercolour, photographs

Size: 30”×24”

This was the first of 4 projects done under my theme: connections.Exploring contouring with white paint on photograph, and mixing of watercolour and acrylic paints to create different textures; all while showing relationships between colours, themes and ethnic background to convey emotions that allow the viewer interpret the art piece in multiple ways.

Favour Adesina is a Nigerian painter who specialises in the use of acrylic paint and other mediums at times. She currently lives in Canada where she schools and sells her artwork, some of which can be viewed and ordered through her website https://favouradesina.carbonmade.com/

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