Fashion, Celebrity Gist

Nigerian collector hopes to boost local pride in artistic heritage

Nigerian art collector Yemisi Shyllon wants to see works created by Nigerian artists and the country’s historical artefacts receive the same recognition at home as they are increasingly attracting overseas.

After amassing a personal collection of 7,000 artworks over the last 44 years, which includes a piece dating back to the 9th century, the 68-year-old lawyer last year donated 1,000 pieces to the museum of Lagos’s Pan-Atlantic University.

CBN takes over National Theatre to create 1 million jobs

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the aegis of the Bankers’ has taken over the National Arts Theatre Complex at Iganmu Lagos to renovate it for maximum utility and benefit.

This was contained in a tweet by the Presidential Aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, on his official Twitter handle on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

In the tweet, Tolu Ogunlesi said, ‘the renovation of the theatre complex is to redevelop it for more income generation.

Style-conscious Africans turn compulsory masks into fashion accessories

Nigerian fashion designer Sefiya Diejomaoh likes to wear bright, bold clothes to match her personality. She believes a global pandemic should not get in the way of her sense of style.

The mask she wears, which has become compulsory attire as Nigeria tries to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, is the centrepiece of her ensemble. Gold-coloured and studded with sparkling diamante jewels, it matches her floor-length dress.

FG approves ₦7b to support the creative industry

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, says the Federal Government through Bank of Industry (BoI) has approved facility of about seven billion naira under its creative industry group.

Ahmed declared this at the Greeners Business-to-Business Annual National Economic Dialogue 2020 held in Abuja.

The economic dialogue has a theme “Positioning Nigeria’s Creative Industry as Growth Engine of Africa Continental Trade Agreement (AFCTA)”.

Information Ministry ready to bring back Stolen Artifacts

The Minister Of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that the Federal government is fully ready to bring back stolen historical artifacts that were stolen and moved out of the country during colonial era.

The minister disclosed this statement by his representative Mr. Augustine Eta during the open ceremony of the National Gallery of Arts’s Solo Exhibition of the Art works of Mr. Joseph Alufa Igbinovia and also unveiling of his book title “Festac ‘77, Unmasking the Unsung Hero” in Benin, Edo State, Southern Nigeria.

EFCC boss admonishes youths on crime

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has advised the Nigerian youths never to allow evil thoughts penetrate their hearts.

Magu gave the charge while delivering a lecture at the 2019 Batch B Orientation Course held at the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, orientation camp ground, Iseyin in Oyo State, Voice of Nigeria reports.

Nollywood: Scholar calls for creation of Film Villages

A university lecturer, Dr Rasheedah Liman, has called for the establishment of Film Villages in different zones of the country to ensure ease of shooting movies by filmmakers.

Liman, Head of Department of Theatre and Performing Arts, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Saturday.

She spoke on the sidelines of a capacity building workshop for members of staff of North-West Zone of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).

Oil hinders development of Nigeria’s creative industry

The President, Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL), Prof. Olu Obafemi, said Nigeria’s dependence on oil as major source of revenue had hindered the development of its rich creative industry.

Obafemi, who is a Professor of English at the University of Ilorin, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of a two-day empowerment programme for young filmmakers in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun.

The event was organised by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to enable participants grow viable ventures in the movie industry.

R Kelly and Sony-owned RCA record label end ties

US singer R Kelly and the Sony-owned RCA record label have ended their working relationship, US media report.

Variety website quoted a source as saying no official announcement of the decision was planned.

The reported split follows decades of sexual abuse allegations brought against the 52-year-old Grammy-winning artist, all of which he denies.

The allegations were the subject of a documentary, Surviving R Kelly, released earlier this month.

Michael Jackson’s Tour Jacket for Auction

Michael Jackson’s black “Bad” jacket that the singer wore on his first solo tour is going up for auction in November and could fetch up to $100,000.

Julien’s Auctions said on Friday that the jacket, which Jackson signed on the back with a silver permanent marker, was worn throughout the singer’s “Bad” world concert tour from 1987-89.

The jacket, with multiple zippers, straps and buckles, is one of the late singer’s most iconic costume pieces alongside his red and black leather “Thriller” music video jacket that sold for $1.8 million at auction in 2011.