Call for Entries: LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2019

Deadline: June 19, 2019
The LensCulture Art Photography Awards aim to recognize and reward visionary artists using photographic processes and images. Running for the second year, the Awards give photographers the platform to express their creativity and experimentation with the photographic medium.
Organizers are looking to receive original entries shaped by entrants’ unique vision and skills in different categories ranging from prints made for gallery walls, to sculptural objects and totally new forms and formats.
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Photography Contest Opens in Minna

Yesterday Friday, a photography competition for secondary schools in Niger state opened in Minna.
The contest, which will end today, is organized by the Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation - Minna, and sponsored by Mr. AbdulBerqy Ebbo, the D.G – ICT of Niger state. The contest requires participants to creatively take outdoor shots of given locations in a specified period and submit both soft and hard copies for assessment. All photos entered for the competition will be exhibited before winners are announced.   Prizes for winners of the contest include Nikon D80 plus N50,000 cash for the first prize winner, N70,000 cash for the second prize winner, and N50,000 cash for the third place winner. At a brief opening ceremony held at the Foundation’s headquarters located at Hilltop School Minna, the Founder, BM Dzukogi said the contest was organized to support the creativity of secondary school students. AbdulBerky Ebbo, the sponsor of the contest took the contestant through a short Master class in…

Travelogue | Aburi lures you with her large heart | The Arts-Muse Fair

According to estimates, Ghana’s population is 'just' 29.4 million. Ghana is therefore small, compared to Nigeria, but she is able to do big things that positively impact not only on her neighbours or the West African sub-regional space but up to the continental level. Her hosting of the headquarters of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA), with it a diplomatic status to boot, readily comes to mind. No town in Ghana probably holds enough significance and nostalgia for Nigerians like Aburi, located in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This beautiful hillside town, with arguably the best weather in Ghana owing to its altitude, was in February 1967, the host of a last ditched effort by Ghana and other countries to save Nigeria from an imminent civil war that sadly went on to cause the loss of over a million lives. Although the agreement reached at this meeting, famously called the Aburi Accord, could not stop the war, Ghana's efforts, including using her resources to try to sa…

Travelogue ~ My Journey into Kongi’s forest by Adamu Usman Garko

The night before the trip I didn't sleep a wink, perhaps I found a stranger in me and he wasn't feminine. I couldn't close my eyes, not because I didn't want to, but thoughts of morning's arrival kept my eyes bereft of sleep. I prayed and when I get tired of praying, I would gingerly go outside peeping through the window, my mind in awe of how I made it among the eighty four finalists from all over Nigeria who would breath for four days in Lagos and in the Abeokuta home of Nigeria's only Noble Laureate as participants of the 2018 Wole Soyinka’s International Cultural Exchange programme held annually to marks his birthday.
As the night steadily opened into morning, I saw how owls made night a solace for their songs and how everything died for a new birth. Although I'm used to staying late at night before going to bed, this was the first time I vainly stayed awake for the whole night, waiting for morning, because when it was morning, dream would come alive in…

Call for applications ~ UBA Foundation National Essay Competition 2018

UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, invites applications from Senior Secondary school students in Nigeria for 2018 UBA Foundation National Essay Competition.
The competition which is a follow up on the Foundation’s Read Africa Initiative, provides a competitive platform to develop the intellectual and writing abilities of senior secondary school students in Nigeria. The competition has been held annually since 2011 with students challenged to write on different engaging topics to test their writing and cognitive skills.
ESSAY TOPIC: What Is The Biggest Environmental Issue You Think Your Generation Will Face? How Can It Be Avoided And How Can It Be Solved?
PRIZES TO BE WON: 1ST PRIZE: N2,000,000 or its local currency equivalent towards university tuition/ fees 2ND PRIZE: N1,500,000 or its local currency equivalent towards university tuition/ fees 3RD PRIZE: N1,000,000 or its local currency equivalent towards university tuition/ fees
OTHER BENEFIT: Winners will g…

Call for application ~ The Arts-Muse Fair Creative Writing Workshop 2018

The Arts-Muse Fair calls for application for the first edition of its Creative Writing Workshop.  The workshop will hold on the 30th of October at the Niger State Book & Other Intellectual Resources Development Agency, Minna, Niger state, Nigeria.
It will comprise of a Poetry session to be facilitated by Saddiq M Dzukogi, and a Creative nonfiction writing session to be facilitated by Amatesiro Dore.
Both sessions will hold simultaneously at different halls and so applicants can only apply for one. Each class will take only 20 participants. 
The event will open with an Open Mic session before workshops begin.
Applicants are required to send writing samples alongside a short bio. Those applying for the Poetry workshop should send 2-5 poems to: with subject line "Poetry Workshop". Those applying for the Creative Nonfiction workshop should submit two samples of their work with subject line "Creative Nonfiction Workshop" to the s…

Call for submission | Third Chinua Achebe Essay/Poetry Anthology

The Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Anambra State Chapter, invites poems and essays from writers across the world in collaboration with the Anambra State Library, for the Third edition of Chinua Achebe Anthology of Poetry and Essay.
The anthology will be unveiled at the grand finale of the third edition of the 'Chinua Achebe Literary Festival' tagged: "Remembering Chinua Achebe: A Commemoration of A Literary Star". This annual festival with its third edition as a literary event was initiated to honour, celebrate and learn from the life, works of the Literary Star, late Prof. Chinua Achebe, and recognize his great achievements and legacies.
The festival which started in 2016, will hold on the 16th of November 2018 at the auditorium hall of the Prof. the Kenneth Dike Central E-Library Awka, Anambra State.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submission is FREEEntrants can submit as many entries as they wish.Essay or Poetry MUST be in the memory of Achebe, and may focus on…