“THE WIVES” opens Today @ Muson Centre

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The Play will definitely be worth your time & money.
The play focuses on the intriguing character called Chief Theophilus Gbadegeshin Olowookere, his sister and his three wives, Angela, Cecilia and Tobi.
“In The Wives, the question of ‘Whether a man keep his most cherished secrets forever?’ is the central theme of the play. There lies a sordid little secret and no one wants to talk about it. It is a dark comedy rich in sensuality and scathing humour.”

Starring : Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Jide Kosoko, Iretiola Doyle, Lala Akindoju, Toyin Oshinnaike and Debola Williams.

Full Schedule below;

Date: Thursday 9th ( Today ), Friday 10th ( Tomorrow) & Saturday 11th October 2014
Venue: Agip Recital Hall Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos

Date: Friday 10th October 2014
Time: 7PM
Venue: Agip Recital Hall Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos

Date: Saturday 11th October 2014
Time: 3PM & 6PM (Command Performance)
Venue: Agip Recital Hall Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos

Ticket Prices
Regular: N5000
VIP: N7,500

Tickets available at Terra Kulture for bulk tickets and group bookings please call /text 08026881046 or send an e-mail to admin@tmihp.com

PAWSTUDIOS PRESENTS AHMED YERIMA’S “THE WIVES”

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PAWSTUDIOS, producers of the BRITISH COUNCIL Lagos Theatre Festival 2014invites you to a stage play titled The Wives written by Professor Ahmed Yerima and directed by Kenneth Uphopho.

Venue: TerraKulture, Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street, V/Island, Lagos.
Date: Saturday 6th September 2014.
Time: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm.
Tickets 3500,5000

Our star studded array of Actors include Cool FM OAP Kayla Oniwo, Songstress EVAEZI, Red Carpet Xtra Oola Heavens and Odenike from Ojos in tha House.

The story is about Chief Theophilous Gbadegeshin and his three Wives and Sister.

“I miss you broad mi, tell mama and papa that I will join them….but not so soon sha!”…….Auntimi( Gbadegeshin’s Sister)

The Play focuses on incest, murder, inheritance fraud and polygamy amd will keep you enthralled from the start to finish

“We have continually excelled at putting Nigerian Stage Productions back on the map locally and this play will not be different” says Kenneth Uphopho Director of The Wives

PAWSTUDIOS the production company responsible for the show have been in the business of staging plays for over 10 years .

Supported by Majmua Theatre

THESPIAN FAMILY THEATRE PRESENTS: “THE LION AND THE JEWEL” AND “THE TRIALS OF BROTHER JERO”

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Live in Lagos this July and August in celebration of Wole Soyinka at 80. Thespian Family Theatre presents The Lion and Jewel, and The Trails of Brother Jero.

Interview with a Photographer: Jtimdal on Photo Naija

Friend of the African Renaissance and all-round great guy Timothy Aideloje had an interview with Photo Naija. So, what did he have to say about his passion – photography?

PROFILE

Company Name / Trade Name
Jtimdal Photography

Name of Interviewed Photographer
Timothy Aideloje

Photographer’s Website
http://www.kaine.pro/test (site under construction)

Photographer’s Phone Number
+2347031806932

Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/jtimdalphotography

Twitter Handle
@jtimdal

Photography Specialty and background
Landscape, Portrait, Weddings, Events, Theater, Travel, Fashion etc.

Your Location and Coverage Area as A Photographer?
Lagos and Abuja

How long have you been a Photographer?
3 years

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When did you first become interested in photography?
From a Young age I’ve always been fascinated by Cameras and Photography.

Who were the first artists who inspired you?
Kelechi Amadi Obi and Shola Animashaun.

What do you love most about being a photographer, and what do you find to be the most challenging aspect of the job
Being a Photographer has been a wonderful experience for me as it has taken me to places and made me meet people of different tribes and most of all made me understand and appreciate the values attached to various cultures. The most challenging part of Photography for me is the ever growing need to buy gear and equipment which in most cases are very expensive and sometimes not so easy to lay hands on, another challenging aspect and I believe most Photographers can relate to this and which is trying to strike a balance with a client to pay for your services.

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Do you think about Photography in todays society, and what do you think the Industry’s near future looks like?
Photography in today’s society creates an atmosphere for Photographers to express themselves through their works in terms of how they portray their immediate environment. The Industry’s near future looks very bright for the present and future generation to come due to the rapid rise in demand for photography coverage in the everyday aspect of life and style.

Any words of wisdom for the up-and-comers?
Never limit yourself, Explore all options.

Would you like to take up a Photography Apprentice?
Yes

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BMB Wedding Fair, Lagos.

THE BEST IN LIFE IS FREE! THE BEST MOMENTS IRREPLACEABLE!

So why not capture and relive those precious moments with timeless pictures and priceless pixels!

Leading Nigerian photography outfit BMB Hive presents: the BMB RAIN PACKAGE. How does it work? It is simple: give your wedding photography coverage FOR FREE.

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Visit the Rain Package page on the BMB site and book a free wedding coverage.

Like we said, simple!

New Music from Naija: LSMK in “LoveLove” and “Welcome to the World”

LSMK is an up and coming artiste of the R&B, rap and alternative genre. A Lagos based crooner of eclectic music. His previous works include the self produced All The Women and Roll Up produced by Fiz (@_Fizzz_).

Follow him on Twitter ( @_lsmk_) and Instagram (LSMK)

Welcome To The World is a ballad/rap hybrid about a child’s destiny unfolding as he or she is brought into the world. This is produced by LSMK and Fiz. LoveLove is a graphic interpretation of Love and Obsession exploring contextual themes such as fashion, drugs, regret, lust and so on. Produced by LSMK. Be sure to be enlightened as you listen. ENJOY!

Click here to listen to or download LoveLove

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Click here to listen to or download Welcome to the World

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Beautiful Faces: Memories from Lagos 2013 Carnival:

Photographer Timothy Aideloje caught some of the beautiful faces from the carnival crazy crowd in Lagos. Check out some of these priceless smiles. All photos courtesy Timothy Aideloje (@jtimidal).

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Memories from Lagos 2013 Carnival: a Photo Experience

The Lagos 2013 carnival was a blast, an experience only good old Lasgidi can deliver. We’ve got pictures to feed your eyes and nostalgia, so gorge away. All images were captured by photographer Timothy Aideloje (@jtimdal) who was kind to share his photo experience of the carnival with African Renaissance Theatre & Ent.

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The silver Lagosian

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We would have liked to title this ‘blue dancer’, but erm…

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Who would like to get tickled by those feather-fingers?

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There is only one thing you must do at every carnival, go craaazy!

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This guy is cool and he knows it!

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The purple gang.

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In Nigeria this is what we call, “go down low”

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We’ll say it again, every carnival, go crazy!

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Now here’s a different way to hang out.

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They say staring at the colour green increases your creativity. Well, these ladies certainly amplify that effect.

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Even secondary school students got in on the fun. No class today, headmaster.

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Cool carnival stunts.

HENCH: the Man, the Rapper, the Poet

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Sornen Ukoh is HENCH. Born and raised in Jos,Plateau State, this budding hip hop, spoken word and freestyle artist chose a career in music and liberal arts after graduating from Lead City University Ibadan where he studied Politics and International Relations. Inspired by top notch Nigerian acts such as MI Abaga, Mode 9, Jesse Jags and Ice Prince Zamani, Hench carves an artistic path for himself fusing golden age rap styles with imaginative poetry rendered over moving rythimic instrumentals. Hench is an avid reader, movie buff and art enthusiast who describes his artistic influences as “too many to list and forever evolving”. Currently focused on a mixtape project titled “Escape From Jay Town”, Hench lives in Lagos city.

Femi Amogunla: My Name, My Identity

From the groundbreaking 30 Nigeria House project, a young voice in traditional Yoruba poetry, evoking the rhythms of timeless wisdom, sings itself into the okan (heart) of African poetry. His name is Femi Amogunla.

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Femi on NTA hilltop, Ile Ife, Osun state, for location check. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

The man, the poet
Femi Amogunla is an actor, spoken word and voice-over artist based in Ibadan, Nigeria. He studied English Language at the Obafemi Awolowo University, after which he proceeded to the Royal Arts Academy for a Diploma in Acting where he graduated as the best acting student. Performance is one word with many meanings for Femi; many of them, he loves.

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Femi at Oranmiyan park, Ile Ife. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

His project
In June of 2012 Femi was selected as one of 30 award winners for the prestigious 30 Nigeria House project, an initiative of Theatre Royal Stratford East and New World Nigeria. His project has seen Femi develop a spoken word piece titled: My Name, My Identity.

The poem My Name, My Identity focuses on the beauty of Yoruba culture as captured in the significance of a name, in this case, Femi’s name. In the Yoruba belief system, what you are called and how you are called goes a long way to affect what you turn out to be.

The narrator of the poem insists that he should be called by his name, the way it should be; not as an abbreviation or as a nickname because, it is believed that ‘whatever’ you are called has a meaning.

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Poetry makers. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

The poet draws on personal examples of the challenges that he has faced when it comes to his name, and draws on how he has been able to keep bearing his name despite these.

The poem also goes ahead to show the challenges of holding on to this culture of naming in a fast changing world that seems to impose its change on one. The narrator refuses any version of his name, and takes pride in what he’s called, drawing from the Yoruba culture and history.

Rendered in English, this poem has a universal appeal, yet it is sprinkled with local Yoruba language, the poet calls the audience to a different language, to a different culture. It also makes use of accepted codes of culture like music.Finally, it educates others about African lives, African pride and the struggle of the African past.

The Making of: My Name, My Identity

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On set: Mayowa Olajide, Femi and Elujoba Folusho. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope

Filming the Project
Speaking about the filming of this poetic piece Femi notes the project exposed him to “varied experiences”. Shot in locations in Ile Ife, Osun State, the project took about three months to go through the lifecycle of pre-production to production to post-production. In order to fully capture the resonance of the poetry, audio was done separately from the shoot and as the poet puts it “that alone was hard work”.

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There is music in poetry, there is dance in words. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope

This being the first video shoot of his poetry, Femi says with a reminiscent smile, “I learnt so many lessons from the experience. It is one that I would gladly repeat. Now, I look forward to more recordings of my work”.

Crew
Sometimes it can take an entire village to see a project such as this grow from seed to fruition, that makes nothing more encouraging than working with a crew who give the best to the task.

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On set: Folusho (left), Femi (center) and Mayowa (right)

Speaking of the crew Femi says: “my director, Imole Adisa who is also the creative director of The Masque Troupe did a wonderful job. The bata dancer Folusho Elujoba is a force to reckon with. Also the effort of the cinematographer, Mayowa Olajide, who also doubled as the editor cannot be over emphasised. My costumier was Soji Gbelekale, so you know where the colourful traditional attires came from. The words all flow into one lovely poem and that’s thanks to Temitayo Olofinlua, the content director; she took the idea from the first draft and transformed it into a great poem.

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Folusho in motion. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

Challenges
Nothing beats the stories of challenges we face during the production of a work of art. Femi shared some with us:

“While leaving for location, I told my wife I should be home in four – maximum five – days. This was because I had everything set – or so I thought. My location manager and I kept exchanging mails and all of that to be sure we won’t be spending more than a week.

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Director Imole Adisa (left) giving directions to Femi (center) and Folusho (right). Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

When I got to Ile-Ife, the first challenge I had was getting appropriate time for rehearsals as the drummer, my director and even my cinematographer all had unexpected issues to attend to. We kept scheduling and re-scheduling until we got it done after three days. The first thing we did was to do the audio session. We booked an all-night session and that was tedious. One person did the drumming. There were three different drums. So imagine, each sound after the other. It was demanding. I had to do the recitation every time he picked an entirely different drum.

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The throat and the earth, they must be made wet with wine. Photo by Ogunniyi Temitope.

After two days, we headed for location somewhere in front of the Oni of Ife’s palace only to be sent away by someone who claimed to be in charge of the place. Meanwhile my location manager had spoken to someone who also presented himself as being in charge of the place. All the shots we had before the intervention had to be cancelled. It was quite difficult getting a place to use eventually but in the end, it all went well”.

A poet’s gratitude
The work at last a reality; the video completed and many lessons learnt, Femi considers himself “a better poet… hopefully” emerging from this unforgettable adventure. Expressing his joy and gratitude Femi says “Thanks to everyone for making this a reality. The amazing crew. The Theatre Royal Stratford East and 30 Nigeria House for the opportunity. The other 29 lucky winners. Let’s change our world, one word, one poem, one play, at a time.”

If like us you are eager to see, hear and resonate more with Femi and his world of expressions, the poet assured us his works – in video, audio and text formats – will soon be accessible via his website: http://www.ogbenifemi.com

Find out more about the 30 Nigeria House project here.. A.R.T is proud to be part of one of the projects under 30 Nigeria House, find out more here.