Arts

Facebook, Instagram spotlight 10 leading content creators in Africa

Meta, the company that owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, among other products and services, has announced the launch of ‘Creators of Tomorrow‘, a new campaign  that celebrates emerging talents from around the world who are inspiring a new movement of creative content online. The campaign spotlights creators in Sub-Saharan Africa from East Africa, Southern Africa and Francophone Africa. The selected …

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Italians advise on how African countries can recover stolen cultural property

BonelliErede, a leading international law firm, and Italia Africa Business Week (IABW), a commercial and business forum whose goal is to facilitate sharing economic, commercial and financial knowledge between Africa and Italy, recently held a webinar on the restitution of cultural property to African states. It was the latest in a series of webinars organised by BonelliErede and focused on: …

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Nigeria’s Adire Carnival Vienna 2022 – Special report

After a two-year break, the Adire Carnival returned with a bang to the Austrian capital city of Vienna this year. The festival celebrates Adire textile made in southwestern Nigeria by women who use a variety of resist-dyeing techniques. Oluyemi Ogundele* writes about the festival, its history and what it seeks to accomplish—— The Adire Carnival, a Nigerian cultural festival, was …

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Nigeria, Germany to sign agreement for return of Benin bronzes in Berlin

An agreement between the governments of Germany and Nigeria on the return of the Benin artefacts in German museums to Nigeria will be signed on Friday in Berlin. The historic signing of the ‘Joint Declaration on the Return of the Benin Bronzes and Bilateral Museum Cooperation between Germany and Nigeria’ is the culmination of years of agitation for the return …

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Nigeria praises Germany over return of Benin Artefacts

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed between Nigeria and Germany in Abuja on Wednesday, as a major step toward the repatriation of hundreds of Benin Bronzes from Germany next year. The Minister, who spoke when he received the German government delegation that came to Nigeria for the signing of …

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Germany-based Nigerian artist to address global women conference

Dr Vivian Chioma Timothy, a Germany-based Nigerian artist, will speak at the 2021 World Summit on Women and Girls. The event, which commemorates the United Nations International Day of the Girl, takes place on Thursday 28 October 2021. The self-taught, multiple award-winning artist will join global leaders such as Ms Coleiro Preca, former President of Malta; Hajia Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang, …

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Nigeria’s central government to take possession of returning Benin Bronzes – Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday said the Federal Government will be responsible for taking possession of the 1,130 Benin bronzes to be returned by Germany. “The Federal Government is aware of the widely reported controversy on who will take possession of the Benin bronzes when they are returned from Germany,” Mr Mohammed said on Saturday …

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Nigerian delegation visits Berlin over return of Benin artefacts

A powerful Nigerian delegation visited Berlin on Wednesday, 7 July 2021, to pursue the return of the famous Benin bronze heads and other cultural artefacts that were pillaged from that country in the 19th Century during a punitive expedition of the British Army. Led by Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the delegation included Mr Godwin Obaseki, the Governor …

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Germany names date to return Nigerian artefacts

Germany has agreed to return all Benin artefacts by 2022. The artefacts are those taken from the Benin Royal Court following the British incursion in 1849. This was announced on Tuesday at a press briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The event was attended by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; and the German delegation. …

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German museums to return looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria

The artefacts are mostly from the British looting of the ancient Kingdom of Benin in the 19th century. Now German museums have now agreed to return the art treasures to Nigeria following years of demands for restitution —- German museums are to return the art treasures of the Benin bronzes considered as looted property to Nigeria next year. This was …

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Mexico returns stolen artefact to Nigeria

The Nigerian Government on Thursday received a stolen Ile-Ife artefact from Mexico.  Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama received the artwork from the Charge D’affaires of the Nigerian mission in Mexico, Yakubu Dadu. “Presented with an ancient bronze sculpture by Dr. Yakubu Dadu, Chargé Affaires of The Nigerian Embassy in Mexico,” the minister tweeted on his official handle. “This Ife …

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Facebook launches campaign to support Kenya’s creative industry

Facebook and Creatives Garage launch #RealpeopleRealstories, a campaign that supports the Creative industry. Through its partnership with Creatives Garage, Facebook aims to support the creative industry in Kenya by providing a platform where they can amplify their work and inspire others NAIROBI, Kenya, November 4, 2020/ — Facebook and Creatives Garage launched #RealpeopleRealstories – a campaign that showcases the stories …

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Germany makes burning foreign flags a jailable offence

German officials have described the law as a necessary measure, saying the sole aim of burning flags is to “stir up hatred, anger and aggression.” But one party said it interfered with citizens’ freedom of expression. German parliament on 14 May passed a law making the burning of flags from the EU or foreign countries a punishable offence. Under the …

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African startup launches education platform to encourage women entrepreneurship

The multifunctional online subscription site offers tried-and-tested creative crafting lesson plans, teaching resources and business acumen CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 28, 2020/ — A Cape Town-based startup, Creative Crafting Club bridges the gap between entrepreneurship for stay-at-home parents and education for tots-to-tweens. The multifunctional online subscription site offers tried-and-tested creative crafting lesson plans, teaching resources and business acumen for …

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Akon signs deal for the construction of futuristic city in Senegal

Senegalese-American artist and businessman Alioune Badara Thiam alias Akon has signed an agreement with the Senegalese government for the construction of a “futuristic city” in Mbodiene, near Mbour. The “Dakar Sustainable City” project, a technological marvel of a city that will run on futuristic tech such as cryptocurrency and renewable energy, is to support tourism in Senegal by attracting visitors …

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Nigerian art work bought for $1.4m in London

  A painting by the artist considered to be the father of Nigerian modernism has been bought for $1.4 million (£1.1million) at an auction in London after the owners googled the artist’s signature, BBC reported on Wednesday. Ben Enwonwu’s “Christine”, painted in 1971 in Lagos, had been in the home of the family of the owner of the painter since …

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