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Call For Ideas | Africa Writes 2018 | Royal African Society

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The Royal African Society’s annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora returns to the British Library! Every year we showcase established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend.
Call for Ideas §Do you represent an author that you think would be perfect for Africa Writes? §Are you buzzing with an idea for a book launch or workshop that you would love to see at the festival? §Do you have an idea for a performance event or panel discussion?
From the seeds of an idea to a fully-fledged plan, we would like to invite you to submit whatever ideas you might have, to influence and help create the festival in 2018. The submissions will be then reviewed by our advisory group, to work towards shaping the programme for Africa Writes 2018. This in turn, will inform our applications to secure funding for the festival to take plac…

Call For Participation | 2018 Global ZEISS Photography Award | ZEISS & WPO

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Applications for participation are invited from ambitious Photographers cross the world to present their works for 2018 ZEISS photography awards. The theme of the award is “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories”
The focus of the theme "Seeing Beyond - Untold Stories" requires photographers to present a strong series of 5 to 10 images that look beyond the ordinary and every day.
Participants are required to look and understand the theme: “Untold Stories” from broadest perspectives. This could mean the work that explores a familiar theme told from a different perspective or it could address an issue that has previously had little attention.
All forms of photography are welcome and judges are specifically looking for series of works that have a strong narrative. The "Untold Story" that the photographer presents must be visually clear in the submitted images.
This competition provides an opportunity for professional photographers and ambitious amateurs to showcase their talent …

News || 36th Annual Convention Of Nigerian Authors Begins Today || The Arts-Muse Fair

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Writers in Nigeria head to Makurdi, Benue State today for the 36th Annual International Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). The 3-day gathering will have Professor Sale Abdu Kwami of Gombe State University as keynote Speaker on the theme: Canons, Prizes and Boundaries: African Writers and African Writings in World Literature.
According to the programme of events released by the ANA national body, events will start with arrival of delegates at Royal Choice Inn, Lobi Quarters, Makurdi on today. There will be a welcome Cocktail and Festival of Life celebration in the evening at IBB Square by 7:10pm.
The Grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday 27 October at Benue State College of Health Sciences Auditorium by 10:00am. The opening ceremony would be followed by Book Chats, Book exhibition as well as Bold Scholar Talk.
On the same day, delegates will embark on excursion to various places of interest within Makurdi and environs by 3:00pm. The Convention play and cultu…

News || Invisible-Borders Project Team Visits Niger State || The Arts-Muse Fair

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The Invisible-Borders project team was in Minna, Niger state on tour of documenting interesting people and places in Minna. The team visited the the Hilltop Creative Arts Foundation and had a mentoring session with teenagers at the Foundation's Art Centre located at Hilltop school. Musa MC, a mentor at the Art Centre writes about the interaction between the teenagers of the Centre and the artists of the Invisible-Borders project team. 
The Hilltop Creative Arts Foundation  Minna, on Sunday played host to a group of artists  from the Invisible-Borders project a non-governmental organization founded by Nigerian photographer Emeka Okereke.
The group, led by Innocent Ekejiuba had since last year been engaged in the project of touring Africa by road and documenting the peculiarities of different states of these countries using photography and film.  A total of 16 selected states around Nigeria were visited last year in the project tagged “Borders within”.  The artists’, who said their mo…

Call For Entry |2017 Ken Egbas Prize For Festival Poetry Calabar | PIN & EPF

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Poets in Nigeria (PIN) in collaboration with Festival Poetry Foundation (FPF) Calabar invites entries from Nigerian poets whose ages are between 12 and 30 years and also resident in Nigeria for the inaugural edition of Ken Egbas Prize for Festival Poetry.
The prize is sponsored by Mr. Ken Egbas, a former Special Adviser, Strategic Planning, Cross River State as a contribution to the promotion of our cultural heritage, black pride and environmental consciousness.
Order of the Prize Five hundred thousand naira (₦500,000) has been earmarked to run the award for consecutive five years. Prizes will be awarded in the following orders: • 1st Prize: ₦40,000 • 2nd Prize: ₦20,000 • 3rd Prize: ₦10,000
Eligibility To qualify for the competition, an entrant must be a Nigerian poet and resident in Nigeria. He or she must also be between 12 and 30 years of age.
Entry Guidelines • Entries must revolve around cultural heritage, black pride and environmental consciousness. • An entrant is entitled to a single e…

News | Abuja Writers Forum Hosts 3 Writers | The Arts-Muse Fair

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The Abuja Writers Forum (AWF) will this Saturday, October 28 host the Editor-in-Chief of the Blueprint newspaper, Hajiya Zainab Suleiman Okino alongside Olumide Olaniyan and Sidney Okwoche at Aso Hall of Nanet Suites, Ekiti House, Abuja.
A release signed by the Forum’s Public Relations Officer, Edith Yassin, said Hajiya Zainab Okino is expected to give a talk on the “challenge of newspaper publishing in Northern Nigeria, the social media and creating space for literature” at the October edition of the Guest Writers Forum.
Mrs. Okino is a seasoned journalist, columnist and currently the Editor-in-Chief with the BluePrint Newspapers, Abuja.
Olumide Olaniyan is a development specialist, an author, satirist, public speaker, and an award winning poet. Olaniyan is the author of the poetry book Lucidity of Absurdity, published in 2017. He was the winner of Mandela Day Poetry Competition in 2016. He also has several short stories to his credit.
Sidney Okwoche is a dynamic rock musician, guitaris…

News | Nigeria Photographer Wins 'Women Photograph' Mentor-ship | The Arts-Muse Fair

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Women Photograph, an initiative that launched earlier this year to elevate the voices of female visual journalists across the world has released a list of twenty-two female photographers for its first class of mentees for 2017-2018.

Amongst the selected mentees is Fati Abubakar, a Nigerian photographer famous for her photo documentary of the Boko Haram insurrection in Borno state. Under her ‘Bits of Borno’ series, Fati Abubakar has documented the effect of the crisis on the people of Borno state while also highlighting the resilience of the people in impacted by the conflict.

The mentoring program will pair 22 industry leaders (11 photographers and 11 photo editors) with 22 early-career photojournalists over the course of a year. Mentors include editors from National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and photographers who are the recipients of Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, and World Press Photo awards.

Women Photograph received more than 600 applications fro…

Discourse | The Contributions Of Indigenous Languages In Promoting Literature In Northern Nigeria – The Nupe Language Experience By Isyaku Bala Ibrahim (Part II) | The Arts-Muse Fair

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1. Current Efforts This can be explained as any other development of the language that is none religious that are purely academic and literary. i.The Writers’ efforts - Since year 2005, new nerve of creative art brew into Northern Nigeria, specifically in Niger State thereby repositioning itself as the literary hub of the country. Book activities were energized and momentum increased. In a bid to responds to this hype, I wrote, collaborated, translated and published the following books in an effort to further promote development Nupe language literature: a.Eganmaganzhi Nupe (Nupe Proverbs – over a thousand proverbs with English translation and explanations), 2009. b.Prof. Mohammad Kuta Yahaya’s play – Ignorance is a Disease was also translated and acted into Nupe Language book (Rakpebo Batán Wun Yi ò) and film respectively in 2012, it was collaboration between me and lat  Sadisu Mohammad, a Nupe Filmmaker. c.Translated into Nupe language BM Dzukogi’s Sex is Beautiful titled Cìn Sà, 2017.

Feature || 2017 Nobel Prize For Literature: How Fair Was The Swedish Academy To Ngugi Wa Thiongo? By Abubakar Akote || The Arts-Muse Fair

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English writer, Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Buried Giant, Never Let Me Go, and The Remains of the Day, was recently named by the Swedish Academy as the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. Announcing the winner, the Academy, said of him, “he has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of the world…If you mix Jane Austen and Kafka, you have Kazuo Ishiguro’s work.” Although this year’s announcement was not greeted with a global shock as last year’s when it was awarded to a songwriter, Bob Dylan, it was no less shocking to many Africans who bandied the speculation that Kenyan writer; Ngugi Wa Thiongo was set to win the Prize this year. Even as there were doubts by some pundits of Ngugi’s chance of winning the prize largely because his writings were seen to be anti-west, it was still being expected that the Prize would be his to pick. The Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, Professor Sara Danius, in an interview with journalists said Ishiguro's writing styl…

News || This Is Not Africa - Chinese Museum Removes Racist Photographs || The Arts-Muse Fair

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A Chinese museum has removed photographs which compare African people to animals from a controversial exhibition after being accused of racism, the curators said Friday. 

According to the ArtDaily, social media users in Africa had led outrage over the montages, including one showing an open-mouthed African child alongside a monkey in the same pose, and another showing a black adult man baring his teeth alongside a photograph of a lion. 

Following the complaints, a dozen offending works were removed from the exhibition called "This is Africa", which has been showing for three weeks at the Hubei Provincial Museum, in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. 

"To show our goodwill and sincerity, we have replaced the photos that our African friends find shocking," curator Wang Yuejun told AFP. 

The exhibition contained 150 images by photographer Yu Huiping, who has visited Africa many times and "greatly loves" the continent, said Wang. 

In creating his collection the ph…