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Our friends at Victoria Holdings Media are looking for creative minds to work with. It just may be something that catches your fancy. Check it out:

VictoriaH Media

VictoriaH Media is a social platform that connects continents. We share news on events and creative works from different parts of the world. We invite you to be a part of our multicultural website.

Our aim is to create a social platform for the world to share information from a range of perspectives to encourage varied exploration and promotion of culture.

We are looking for interns, content providers and talented guest contributors who are passionate about culture, literature, fashion, entertainment, travel, food, and lifestyle. Entries from all continents are welcome.

There’s a place for everyone… Whether you are a poet, playwright, gymnast or just a passionate writer. Send us your work and we’ll put it in the right category.

Here are a few suggestions

Culture: cultural awareness from different parts of the world. This covers cultural practices, festivals, history and dance, to name a few.

Entertainment: entertainment news is one of the catchiest subjects in the world. Let us know who the best artists are in your country and why. From time to time we will profile celebs from all over the world.

Food: food is loved by many. We’d love to know what you think about food, recipes and world food culture

Literature: prose, plays, love letters, odes. You can also share your art work for public interpretation… Or send in your own interpretation.

Fashion: Tell us about fashion in your country. Best shopping spots, dress code and fashion tip. We are also happy to profile upcoming fashion designers.

Beauty: Send us beauty tips, traditional products and their uses. Tell us what you think about the word beauty.

Photography: Tell your story with photography. Share fascinating photos from all over the world.

People: This section covers life and wellbeing. Travel tips, Relationships, legal advice, discussions and more.

Vcity TV: Make shows of all of the above and we’ll air it.

Please contact us if you’re interested in possible contribution or internship by sending your entries or CV to victoria_city@ymail.com

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Have You Heard About the 30 Nigeria House project?

What is 30 Nigeria House project?
30 Nigeria House (30NH) project is a legacy project aimed at making significant investment in the works of 30 young talented artists of Nigerian descent, as a means of developing the arts, culture and entertainment industries.

This groundbreaking project, an initiative of New World Nigeria in collaboration with leading UK theater company Theatre Royal Stratford East, has brought to surface stellar young talent in various fields of the arts in Nigeria and the UK. The 30 award winners (23 British-Nigerians and 7 Nigerians) are a diverse blend of emerging and established artists – actors, singers, dancers, poets, filmmakers and more.

Through the project, Theatre Royal Stratford East and New World Nigeria are supporting the artists with awards of £3000, thus making a major contribution to the development of their original creative works, ranging from film, to music, to theatre. Through the 30NH project, the young artists have made noteworthy contributions to the artistic communities in South Africa and UK.

54 Silhouettes by Africa Ukoh
Among the winners is young Nigerian writer Africa Ukoh, whose award winning play 54 Silhouettes was selected under the theatre category. A.R.T is currently developing 54 Silhouettes for theatrical performance.

The play tells the story of a struggling Nigerian actor in Hollywood who gets the chance to star in a blockbuster film but, upon discovering the film to be merely a stereotypical and derogatory portrayal of his country and continent, he finds himself at odds with the very same forces that would bring him success, as he fights to preserve the dignity of his African identity.

54 Silhouettes won the first runner-up prize in the 2011 BBC African performance competition. Listen to the BBC World Service broadcast of the play here and find out more about Africa Ukoh’s project here.

The Vision
Our dream for this project is to use theatre as an art form for promoting and empowering not only a positive image for Africa but a complete one as well. The expanse of the African story deserves to be told in its rich entirety.

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30NH reflects Nigeria’s recognition of its dynamically talented people and the importance of supporting its creative industries and talented people. A.R.T is excited to be working on this 30NH project and aspire to bring nothing less than a terrific theatrical experience to the African continent. The journey has only just begun.

Visit the 30 Nigeria House project page on the Theatre Royal Stratford East website to find out more.

Contact information
Do you believe in the power of African arts? We would love you to be a part of this project! To find out more on how you can get involved email us at: artheaterent@gmail.com

You can also visit our contact page or call +234 803 620 7841 or +234 818 663 0223.

A.R.T’s Drama Education Project (2013)

A.R.T’s Drama Education Project is a fun-based educational programme targeted primarily at students of Literature in English at senior secondary school level, expanding to involve students of the arts and the senior secondary school students in general.

Theatre education program

At The School for the Gifted, a student reads along with our actors. (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

The goals are simple:

1. To provide a practical base for the studies of Literature in English in senior secondary schools, thus broadening the literary experience.
2. To aid students in their preparations for Literature in English examinations, such as the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
3. To promote reading culture and actively involve teenagers by, not only encouraging, but, engaging them in reading performances of plays.
4. To ignite the creativity and imagination of the younger generations through fun-based learning.

The problem
Theatre performances in Nigeria (and indeed most parts of Africa) are very limited. Out of the 36 states only a few can claim to play host to theatre shows, and these come few and far in between.

Not only does this situation deny the young ones a vital artistic and cultural experience, it means that for their literary studies, as far as drama texts are concerned, these students do not get to see the plays they are studying come to life on a stage.

High school students

Young and impressionable, the future. (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

A play, as is often said in the world of theatre and literature, is dead until it has been performed on stage, having the life of theatre breathed into its corpse of words. Though it may seem subtle, the impact a lack or total absence of theatrical performances has on the academic and creative development of teenagers can be far reaching.

Very often some, if not most, of these students don’t study the plays – and other literature texts in prose and poetry as well. They make do with summaries which are usually only read days or a few weeks prior to the exam. This dangerous trend continues at the University level.

Drama Education Project
What we do, and hope to keep doing, through the Drama Education Project is bring a new dimension to literary education as a necessary and effective addition to the programme which the secondary schools already provide.

This was first experimented with in 2010 when three of our current administrators, who then were final year students of theatre arts from the University of Abuja, performed Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Bansi is Dead in 2 secondary schools in Abuja.

Our Drama Education Project comes in two packages: a reading performance (or staged reading) of the plays and/or a staged performance of the play.

So far this year
We put together a team of young, talented actors and took a reading performance of the play Sons and Daughters by Ghanaian playwright J.C De Graft to 2 secondary schools in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory: Suzz Tenderly Secondary School and The School for the Gifted.

The warm reception we got from both schools was not only encouraging, but provided the ideal environment for the performer-audience interaction required for the project to be truly enjoyable.

Reading interaction

Our actors read as students from Suzz Tenderly Secondary School pay close attention. (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

At The School for the Gifted we were even joined by two students who took part in the reading with our team of actors.

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At the School for the Gifted, two students, Chidima Akoja (left) and Femi Afolabi (right), joined our actors to take part in the reading performance. (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

Fun-based learning
The simple point is to engage the active minds of these young ones in a fun and educational way outside the standard methods of the classroom. Reading is fun; ask any active reader and they will tell you the thrill of a good book equals that of any blockbuster movie.

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A.R.T actors Michael Arrey (left) and Sade Adeosun (right) try, not too successful, to stifle some laughs while reading. (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

However teenagers have more than enough things distracting them, so it is essential to remind them that amidst the excitement of Facebooking, video game playing and movie watching, reading is also fun.

Perhaps the coolest thing about teenagers is, though at first they are reticent and recline from active involvement, once you can break through that barrier you get to see how alive and interesting even the most introverted of them are. Each brimming with vivacity in his or her own unique way.

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A student from Suzz Tenderly Secondary School strikes a pose for the camera (left), while another manages a shy smile (right). (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

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A student beams with joy as the play is read. (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

J.C De Graft’s Sons and Daughter’s is compulsory reading for students who will be attempting Literature in English in the upcoming Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations. It was good to get feedback from both students and staff on how the reading performance augmented their understanding and enjoyment of the drama text.

post production

A student (left) commented on how voice modulations renewed her experience of the play. Mr Abba Joseph (right) the Literature in English teacher at the School for the Gifted congratulates the actors after the reading. (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

Perhaps the one disappointment was our inability to include Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet which is also compulsory reading under the same examinations. However, our vision for the Drama Education Project is to provide a performance (staged and reading) of every drama text which the senior secondary school students will be engaged with through different examinations. Tough though it may be, it will be worth it when achieved.

cast and staff

Left – right: Williams Obasi, Adebye Martha, Olawumi Temitayo, Michael Arrey Tabe-Ebob, Mrs. Amaka Akpom, Mr. Malachi Hosea, Sade Adeosun, Adegoke Adewumi, Jiki Jenifar, Ibukun Olofun. (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

A.R.T's team of actors

The cast after the reading performance at Suzz Tenderly Secondary School. (Photo: Wale Ayeni)

It was a fun, heartwarming experience and we can’t wait to go at it again! A.R.T sends its best wishes to all students who are currently partaking in the upcoming West African and Nigerian examinations. Go get em kids!

Pictures from the Resurrection Laughter Easter Show in Abuja

Easter was a blast with the Resurrection Laughter show! Top comedic talent in Abuja gave the audience at the sold out event enough laughs to last them till next Easter. Check out some pictures from the event.

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The host Mc Bluetooth at the red carpet which was covered by Urban Reality TV. (Photo credit: Villagesquare)

Audience at show

Guests at the show were given a little red carpet celebrity treatment. (Photo credit: Villagesquare)

host and comedian

Mc Bluetooth and an artist being interviewed. (Photo credit: Villagesquare)

comedian performing

The man himself, Mc Bluetooth, opened the show with some rib cracking, laugh-till-you-throw-your-legs-in-the-air jokes. (Photo credit: Villagesquare)

comedians talent in Abuja

Comedians D2 (left) and Warri Connection (right). (Photo credit: Villagesquare)

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Comedians Jubilee (left) and Orolee (right). (Photo credit: Villagesquare)

hip hop breakdancing

The very talented dance group Magic Steppers thrilled the audience with some exciting moves. (Photo credit: Villagesquare)

celebrity attendance

Amongst the audience were renowned artists in Nigerian stand-up comedy. Seen here in the face cap is 6 Foot Plus. (Photo credit: Villagesquare)

Comedienne and musician

The audience kept getting entertained with more and more talented acts. (Photo credit: Villagesquare)

Abuja artists

Gully Ryder (left) and God Mouth (right). (Photo credit: Villagesquare)