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ArtX: A tale of how Lagos housed Africa’s largest Art Exhibition

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ArtX: When Lagos housed one of the largest Art Exhibition in Africa and it was artistic. Enjoy the read.

Days have gone by and the beautiful memories of art, conversations, meet-ups, body languages as well as lectures during ArtX 2018 remains pleasurable. My experience balanced all activities outlined above and more. Importantly, the event held from November 2 – 4 at Civic Center, Lagos.

I chose to visit on Saturday, 3rd November 2018 which meant that I traveled from outside the state on a Friday and return on a Sunday. For every ‘good unplanned factor’, I got to Lagos by 1 am Saturday morning. Yet, my exhibition started taking its shape from the relative silence, brightening, and cleanliness of Berger Park, to the artistic contents of the wall across the roads that I plied. Busy, crowdy and noisy Lagos gave way to my first hall of the art showroom. It was a tired day but amazing one.

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Because sleep is a form and a source of art, it was relieving moments that gave strength. This strength fueled my zeal for the reason that I came into Lagos, ArtX. By 12 pm I was walking the hallways of Civic Centre, lined with pieces of works from galleries. Some works were hanging, laid down, televised and even shown on 3D cameras. Everywhere I turned, reminds me of how creative human minds can exceed.

Though the exhibition timed 10 am I was still an early bird and by 5.30 pm when I took my leave, people were still coming in, in their numbers. My most priced moment was seeing “Tutu”, an artwork by Nigeria’s best-known modern artist, Ben Enwonwu, painted in 1974. It was a welcoming showpiece. Enwonwu painted three versions of the portrait. One is in a private collection in Lagos, while Peppiatt is hunting the third in Washington.

The painting entitled “Tutu”, an artwork by late Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu, is pictured at the Art X Lagos fair. Reuters

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Music brought me back to reality and Yinka Shonibare’s was my next stop. Using African craft to tell a European story is rare and Yinka did not disappoint. With 18 stands representing different foreign and African art galleries, an art lover, wouldn’t get enough of the works displayed.

Children were not left out as I witnessed the attentiveness that a group of them gave their tour guide/instructor. They murmured words at some works, asked questions on some while they merely enjoyed the pleasant view that many others had to offer. A particular child with her mum kept asking about a piece of work while her mum patiently dished out the basic content of the piece in words that the little admirer can understand. Such a sight to see.

After a walk around, I dropped by the restaurant place to grab a snack and drink but importantly meet new people. I met an interesting lady who is a doctor and a documentary photographer. We conversed on how just a few people get to have the same career and passion. We shared our insight on the day’s event and we took professional pictures.

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An art lecture organised by the event on Contemporary Art was next. The guest, an Art Critic Writer, and an Art Professor shared from their wealth of knowledge on how the media is unprepared for an Art Specific Reporting and the quality of university education. Both, as was discussed, affect the way Nigerians absorb and perceive the concept and quality of Art. They recommended that art should be projected just as much as other sectors like fashion, gets massive attention.

They touched on the scarcity of female art journalist, child art specialty, art academic protégé, art and science, old and new art reviewers, art and politics, art publicity; art, Biafra and Nigeria, art as a continuum for humanity and much more.

In all, I will remember ArtX 2018 for telling an Art Story in Lagos.

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Eurasia Group: Buhari to win by 60%

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Going by the February 7 report of New York-based global research and political risk solutions firm Eurasia Group, President Muhammadu Buhari will win Saturday’s election by 60 percent.

The group, which undertakes investment partnerships, consultancy, and risk advisory responsibilities in about 100 countries, said the odds against Buhari’s main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have positioned the incumbent to retain his seat.

It identified the odds as the divided support being enjoyed by the former vice president from key elements in the rival party.

Such elements, according to the Eurasia Group, would rather exert their energies and resources on the battle to retain their seats in their various constituencies.

The group listed such actors as the governors in the PDP-controlled states and the Director-General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, Senator Bukola Saraki, who is battling to retain his seat in the upper chamber as the representative of the Kwara Central Senatorial Zone.

The report said: “As we have previously noted, key actors in Atiku’s camp – including his campaign’s Director -General Bukola Saraki, key powerbroker Governor Nyesom Wike of the oil-rich Rivers State, and Southeast governors from his PDP – had been disengaged from his election campaign.

“Wike was annoyed by Atiku’s failure to consult him on key decisions, Saraki remains distracted by a tough Senate reelection battle in Kwara State, and the Southeast governors are hampered by many conflicting motivations, including their own lack of political clout (which makes them reluctant to overtly challenge the federal government) and their wariness of Atiku’s running mate Peter Obi, a former governor of the southeastern Anambra State who they view as a political outsider.

“The lack of enthusiasm on the part of some PDP governors is a problem for Atiku because these officials control significant discretionary funds at the state level (known as “security votes”) that are easier to access without triggering graft concerns.

“They can also leverage strong relationships with security, judicial, and election officers in their respective states. Governors are thus critical to mobilizing voter turnout on Election Day.

“With 23 in office compared to the PDP’s 12, the APC already has an edge; unmotivated PDP governors will only reinforce that advantage by making it harder for the opposition to mobilize and sustain voter support on Election Day.”

Two APC governors, Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Benue State counterpart Samuel Ortom, defected to the PDP last year. But the governors are battling to win their states for their new parties.

On the edge the incumbent has over Atiku, the Eurasia Group said President Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) has a widespread political structure to boost voter mobilization and solidify Buhari’s advantage.

The group noted that the heightened anxiety triggered by the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Buhari was not enough to turn the table against the incumbent.
CJN Onnoghen was suspended by the President on January 25 following allegations on false declaration of assets against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB). The CCB has since charged the CJN before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Justice Onnoghen is expected to submit his response to the charges against him to the National Judicial Council (NJC) today.

The group ruled out the possibility of protests against Buhari’s victory.

It said: “These trends support our view that widespread violence is unlikely following the 16 February vote. We have repeatedly argued that Atiku’s voters do not match Buhari’s in passion and are unlikely to risk their lives on the streets for him.

“Though Buhari’s decision to suspend the Chief Justice triggered widespread criticism and stoked passions (along with fears about a more Buhari second term), many voters blame the judiciary for not moving quickly to force CJN Onnoghen’s resignation after he admitted he had violated rules regarding declaration of assets.

Thus should Atiku lose, as we expect, there will be few motivated stakeholders to encourage or instigate serious violence. Instead, we expect PDP governors to quickly turn their attention to fighting to retain their own jobs in the state elections on March 2.”

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Mental Health: Women should have sex regularly – Expert

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A psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri, has advised married women to have regular sex with their spouses in order to prevent depression and gain happiness.

Kadiri, the Medical Director of Pinnacle Medical Services gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to her, sex is not just to nourish a woman’s body, but it is also beneficial to her mental health.

“As women, there is need for us to make our spouses our best friends if we want to be mentally healthy.

“Studies have shown that women who have more active sex and in long term relationships were less likely to be depressed than women who went without sex.

“So, more sex is important and essential. It is a remedy to curing women from having persistent headache.

“Low sexual drive, which leads to depression, should be looked into. A woman can be depressed when that sexual drive that she used to have is no more there.

“Frequent active sex can play good roles toward women’s sense of well being and quality of life,’’ Kadiri said.

She explained that sex was not just for procreation and to have children, adding that it could create bonding, good companionship and sound sleep.

Kadiri, popularly called ‘celebrity shrink’, urged women dealing with depression to frequently indulge in sex, while boosting their self-esteem.

She also advised women who are over-weight to also involve in active sex, saying doing so will boost endorphins which are happy hormones.

“The happy hormones will make them lose some calories as well as sleep better.

”Orgasms trigger the release of endorphins which are happy hormones secreted by the brain that act as effective painkillers,’’ she said.

She added that sex was not only beneficial to the men, but especially to women because it was capable of freeing them from stress.

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2019 Election: Man divorces wife on political grounds

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A man identified as Abdullahi Yadau, has divorced his wife after they clashed over the politics of the 2019 presidential election.in central Nigeria’s Plateau state.

Abdullahi, who resides in Jos Plateau state, told the BBC Hausa that he had divorced his wife, Hafsat Suleiman, after she kept asserting that “President Muhammadu Buhari will be reelected in 2019.”

According to him, her staunch support for President Buhari had been a source of quarrel between them.

Yadua said with the consent of his parents, he decided to divorce her according to the Sharia legal system.

The BBC Hausa reported that it has been trying to reach Hafsat to get her own side of the divorce story but to no avail.

However her cousin, Ibrahim Suleiman, who spoke to BBC Hausa about what had happened between the couple vowed that “she would not return to his (Yadau’s) home.”

President Muhammadu Buhari’s major challenger is former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar who bears the presidential flag of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

BBC Hausa

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Michelle Obama is America’s most admired woman

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Former US first lady Michelle Obama has ended Hillary Clinton’s 17-year run as America’s most admired woman.

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Mrs Clinton, ex-presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady, came third in the annual Gallup poll, with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey in second.

The Queen finished in the top 10 for the 50th time, Gallup said.

Former President Barack Obama was most admired man for the 11th year in a row. President Donald Trump finished second for the fourth consecutive year.

The poll has been carried out every year since 1946, with the exception of 1976.

The 1,025 adults surveyed were asked to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world whom they admire the most.

Most Admired Woman
Michelle Obama – 15%
Oprah Winfrey – 5%
Hillary Clinton – 4%
Melania Trump – 4%
Queen Elizabeth II – 2%

Most Admired Man
Barack Obama – 19%
Donald Trump – 13%
George W Bush – 2%
Pope Francis – 2%
Bill Gates 1%
Figures: Gallup

Mrs Clinton, a former US Democratic senator and secretary of state who ran for the White House in 2016, has come top of the list 22 times including the past 17 years in a row.

Although Oprah Winfrey has never finished top she has been second on 14 occasions.

If Mr Obama comes top again next year he will tie with the record holder – former president Dwight Eisenhower who won the most admired man title 12 times, Gallup said.

Mr Trump is, so far, one of only two presidents not to have won the title while in office, the other being Gerald Ford.

Gallup said the survey, which was carried out between 3-12 December, had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

BBC

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