Artmosphere: The Open Mic with the Bards

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Artmosphere, a leading literary, arts and performance parley curated by WriteHouse Collective has consistently provided the needed ambiance for literary, creative and intellectual empowerment in Nigeria.

WriteHouse Collective, the parent social enterprise for the idea, Artmosphere is pleased to announce its October edition. This edition is a special open mic edition which intends to discover new voices, and talents. It will headlined by two NNLG mentions, Iquo Eke, author of Symphony of Beginning and Chijioke Umu-Nnadi, author of Through the Window of the Sandcastle.

Iquo Eke is a prolific performance poet and the youngest Nigerian long-listed for the NNLG prize. Symphony of Beginning is her debut book, and it can gained critical acclaim as charming and insightful.

Chio Amu Nnadi is the author of Through the Window of a Sandcastle. He has twice been recognized as one of Nigeria’s prolific poets. Described as Nigeria’s Dennis Brutus, Umu Nnadi’s poems are profound.

This edition intends to delve into a serious discourse on the future of the Arts in Nigeria. With intellectuals and young minds expressing their expectations of the arts, we hope that we can discover answers to baffling questions that has relegated the arts to the background of social, political and economic importance.

The mic is open to both young and old minds in this edition.

The November edition of Artmosphere, A Special Open Mic Edition will hold on Saturday, November 19, 2013

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan.

Time: 2pm.

On BBM, Gamecase and $100000 windfall

Morning people, You’re reading a blog post by a proud winner of $100,000. How do you feel? I’m sure you’re feeling really honored, aren’t you? I should be hyperventilating shey? lol.  I woke up this morning to find the good news in my mail. Apparently, all I needed to win was just my email address. My email address won me approximately 165 million, talk about a dope email address.

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osheey! Millonaire! 🙂

Microsoft Corporation World Lottery? Okay. Folks will just sit down in front of their laptop and decide to make their fellow human sad ehn. why? early in the morning? why? who did i offend? *sigh. I know its September and boys are looking for who to scam so they can travel to the village at the end of the year and oppress everyone, but hey, who falls for this sh*t anymore? You have to be creative now. if you really want to scam, get employed by MTN. I sincerely don’t understand what happens to all the airtime on my phone, and GLO too. Unless you can convince me that paying N3000 for 1gb is not a scam.

As predicted in my previous post (view here), barely a week after Apple’s event, RIM is making  BBM available on Android and iphone. The android version would be available on Saturday while the iPhone version will be available on Sunday. You can view details here. I really don’t care, but this has created a lot of buzz so I’ll just leave it out here -___-

Also, I just stumbled on Gamecase, a game controller for iOS7. According to Cnet, The Bluetooth device, which will allegedly have its own battery supply, has dual analog stick support, a directional pad, and four buttons situated below what looks like an on/off switch. On the back, the controller sports an impressive set of dual bumpers and triggers above rubberized grips for a controller layout that seems surprisingly capable when compared with the home console offerings of Microsoft and Sony. Dope yh? I haven’t even downloaded iOS 7. However, it seems the new trend is to post pictures of the new iOS on Instagram and Twitter . I’m not sure I understand the logic behind that.

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iOS 7! tension them 😦

A post was supposed to go up on Monday but a brother hasn’t been in the right state of mind. It took quite a struggle to write this tbh. Have a good day. Stay scheming.

Aftermath Of Apple’s Event plus ‘Twitter Reactions’

The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c launched yesterday. I was going to just come here and write about the launch but I don’t see the point . Every blog, website, newspaper has probably written about that. If you don’t know about the new i Phones then I don’t understand you to be honest. Are you under a rock or something? How are yoy reading this right now? I can’t wrap my head around that. However, just because I’m nice, you can read about that here and here. Rather than write about what you should already know, I’m writing about reactions to the launch. It has been crazy.

Nokia teased Apple for Imitating Lumia With iPhone 5C:

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LOOL. My best reaction tbh

Moreover, there’s this complain that the iphone 5c is too cheap! *sigh* You folks are going to make these girls be like:

Random girl: Is that the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c.

Me: iPhone 5c.

Random girl: mstchhhew…rubbish, You cant even buy 5s, shame on you.

*sigh am I buying the phone because of you. You folks are causin a ruckus with your opinions. I know most  Nigerians like to follow trends even if it’s going to bore a hole in their pockets. steady buying phones because of everything else but the actual features it provides. This world has ended, God hasn’t just notified us yet.

Also, the iPhone 5 owners have suddenly become obsolete since apple discontinued the production of the iPhone 5, though the price has suddenly increased on Amazon. From a Nigerian view point, if you have an iphone 5, you’re in the dark ages. I’m sorry bro. The S4 is still the smartphone of the year, if you have money and you want to splurge on something worthy, the S4 is the phone for you. Gospel truth brethren! However, as an apple fan boy, you can also get one of these new iPhones. but don’t break the bank, if you cant afford the iPhone 5s . Dont kill yourself, just buy the iPhone 5c and relax. Ya dig?  The iPhone 5s is just a little catch-up with very little innovation.

There are are also mixed reactions to the fingerprint scanner and people are linking it to the Illuminati, the Antichrist illuminati. Na wa, everything is Illuminati these days.

Personally, the worst reaction that I saw about the apple event is that someone said “When you can upgrade to iOS 7. Why buy another phone. Izzi just for Kpali?”. I find that very disturbing to be honest. It’s a new phone for Christ sake! Don’t you understand what a new phone means? new features! You can’t do fingerprint sensor if you only upgrade your ios, can you? The struggle to form tech savvy. nah, aint about that life. if you upgrade your iOS, is your phone suddenly going to have colors? Most of the features wont work effectively with your phone, that’s why its a new operating system. What is wrong with you people? it’s not like a laptop that you can just wipe your operating system and install windows 8 and you will be enjoying the full package. You can’t enjoy the new iOS on ‘lesser’ phones. Don’t piss me off.

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*sigh* btw the sensor can recognize multiple fingerprints

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Lol. I’m guessing the A stands for America

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I wonder how true this is

If you like this post, kindly share. I would normally do the whole twitter sharing but i’m working on borrowed time here and I have a meeting. Stop sharing only those posts about how wizkid woke up this morning or how Donjazzy bought a new toothbrush.  Subscribe to my blog, grab the rss feed, show some love…hehe…

Have a good day, Stay scheming.

Introducing: BlackDistrikt 2013 Collection!

BlackDistrikt , a streetwear brand based on design, simplicity and attention to details released their 2013 collection today. The designs include the 3-colour combo, cheetah print trend, typo tee and paint drip. Here are a few photos of models rocking the tees. Dope stuff! I’m definitely coping these. You should too!


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Celebrating the Game-Changers…

Africa’s prestigious business awards, presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards (AABLA) has announced the regional West African finalists for this year’s Awards.
                     
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards, acknowledges the true game-changers in the field of business on the African Continent and countries chosen for this year’s regional ceremonies including Nigeria (West Africa), Rwanda (East Africa) and South Africa.
To be hosted by The Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, the West African round will take place on August 28th with a special post-event CNBC Africa broadcast on September 5th. The winners from each region will automatically become finalists in the grand finale to be hosted in the city of Durban, South Africa, later this year.
Now in its second year, presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards track the achievements of dynamic individuals as the continent itself begins to take its place at the world economic table.
Says Oscar N. Onyema, CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and one of the judges for the West African regional finals: “When CNBC Africa approached me to serve on the panel of judges for the selection of various business leaders in West Africa for the prestigious Awards, I saw it as an opportunity to help project the core values of these individuals to the pan African stage.”
“Going through the rigorous selection process has reinforced my belief that there is no shortcut to durable success and the work ethic, professionalism and business dynamism that this year’s winners have exhibited is very inspiring.  I commend the AABLA’s, presented by johnnie Walker Blue Label, for the diligence they put into the selection process, making it very credible”.
 
The finalist’s for each category in West Africa are:
 
Business Leader of the Year
·         Jean-Louis Ekra – President and Chairman, African Export-Import Bank
·         Segun Agbaje – Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank PLC
·         Andrew Alli – Africa Finance Corporation President and CEO
Business Woman of the Year 2013
·         Arunma Oteh – Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria
·         Biola Adekanbi-Alabi – Managing Director, M-Net Africa Managing Director
·         Sola David-Borha – Chief Executive: Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC
Entrepreneur of the Year 2013
·         Fabrice Sawegnon – Voodoo Group, CEO
·         Tayo Oviosu – Paga Founder, CEO
·         Sim Shagaya – Konga.com Founder, CEO
Young Business Leader of the Year 2013
·         Obinna Ralph Ekezie – Wakanow.com Limited, Founder and Managing Director
·         Jason Njoku – iROKO Partners, CEO and Co-Founder
“Johnnie Walker Blue Label presenting the All Africa Business Leader Awards is a great opportunity to recognise leaders from throughout the continent. This gives the finalists an opportunity to be showcased on a platform like CNBC Africa and also be recognised globally,” says Yunus Suleman, Chairman of KPMG and of the AABLA Judging panel.
For more information, go to http://www.aabla2013.com/ 

Artmosphere August, 2013 Edition: FRESH STYLES

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The quintessential literature and performance monthly parley, Artmosphere, is out with its August edition. The event curated by WriteHouse Collective, a leading social and creative enterprise is poised to improve the reading culture of the country by creating an enjoyable ambience for literature and sundry creative discourse.

This edition of Artmosphere, tagged “Fresh Styles” is an exploration of the works of relatively new voices and those who have deliberately chosen news styles to communicate to their audience. It will also feature a discourse on the challenges facing the creative industry in Nigeria. In the spirit of the theme, the event will be a deviation from the norm as we will be hosting three authors from different generations to not only share their works but also discuss what informed their literary development as writers.

Fresh Styles will play host to prolific writer, film critic and AMAA Awards Judge, Hyginus Ekwauzi– an author who has delved into the deep waters of poetry, prose, theatre and film exploring the complex exchanges of each genre. We will gain from his wealth of experience concerning the challenges of literature.  The event will also host Reward Nsirim, blogger, public health expert and author of the new collection of satiric short stories, “Fresh Air”. Su’eddie Agema, a poet and beacon of the arts and reading culture campaigns emerging from the north of Nigeria will also be at the event.

The anchors of the event will also be considering issues of the Nigerian narrative and how streamlined narrative styles and themes may have improved or strangled the followership of literature. Are creative writing schools and workshops important? Do they sieve the shaft of a writer’s skill, or merely make him a mirror of some other writer? Can our books be as “down to earth” as our films without losing its message, its strength and its market value?

The 8th edition of Artmosphere, Fresh Styles, has been made possible by literary and intellectual friends who are drawn to the bright prospects of a more enlightened, and prosperous society. Organizations like sankofa, iBridge Hub and IReadHope will also be on ground to provide the event with logistic support.

The August edition of Artmosphere tagged “Fresh Styles” will hold on Saturday, August 17, 2013

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan

Time: 3pm-6pm

Guests:

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NB: I have been ‘uber-busy’. There are so many things I plan to do on here but other stuff have taken preference nowadays.  I have even been debating on whether its time to wrap up this blog…This is my attempt at an apology lol. I’ll be back, I just don’t know when.

Artmosphere June, 2013 Edition: City Life

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Artmosphere, a leading literary, arts and performance parley curated by WriteHouse Collective has consistently provided the needed ambience for literary, creative and intellectual empowerment in Nigeria.

This edition of Artmosphere, tagged “City Life” x-rays creative narratives that border on life and living in the cities. The city is not the comfort zone for a lot of people; however people struggle every day to make their city spaces a new home. Some associations of native ideals are formed but are tested by capital, commerce and interest. With the stories of our authors as materials for questioning, a wide range of ideas like rural-urban migration, urban culture as opposed to indigenous culture, infrastructure, environmental reactions to changes, and others, will crop up at the event.

The experiences of Africans in diaspora who are thriving in the global cities of the world with the attendant shocks of self-imposed exile will also be considered.

Eghosa Imasuen, author of the highly acclaimed novel, Fine Boys and Unoma Azuah, literary scholar, novelist and winner of the Ama Ata Aidoo Prize, will be reading from their works at the event. Skilled modern poets, Tosin Gbogi and Tolu Oloruntoba, will read from their poetry collections and also engage the audience on the themed discourse.

This 6th edition of Artmosphere marks two years of providing quality service in creativity and culture through the monthly arts parley.  For the parent social enterprise, WriteHouse, it is a celebration and a challenge to do more for those who look up to us for creative direction. WriteHouse Collective will be launching its online literary, culture and politics magazine, Sakonfa at the event.

The weekly magazine will provide the growing Nigerian reader a vista of interesting short stories, enduring poetry works, book, film and travel reviews. It will also regard the impetus of critical views on governance in the country through its guest column.  Submissions for political essays, creative works, photography and reviews should be sent to:  submissions@sakonfa.com.ng.

Artmosphere is organised by WriteHouse Collective, a creative enterprise, culture and arts firm and supported by Ibridge Hub, a place for people with great ideas to meet, learn and work. This edition is also supported by literary friends across the country.

The June edition of Artmosphere tagged “City Life” will hold by 3pm on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan.

GUESTS:

Eghosa Imaseun

Eghosa Imasuen is a writer and medical doctor who was born in Ibadan but currently lives in Benin with his wife and twin sons. The prolific writer is versed in stories that are realistic and profound. He is the author of  To Saint Patrick, an alternate historical narrative (Novel) about the cause and events that may or may not have conspired towards the Nigerian civil war. He latest offering, Fine Boys, is a story of challenging university life and of real modern city existences.

Eghosa has contributed short stories to many international online platforms, like blackbiro.com and thenewgong.com. He has also posited strongly on socio-political issues at the recent TedX-Ife, a platform meant to inspire solutions to problems in immediate and global communities.

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Unoma Azuah is an editor, literary scholar and writer.  She is a literary colossus with awards such as the Hellman/Hammett award, the Urban Spectrum award, the Leonard Trawick award and the Association of Nigerian Authors/NDDC Flora Nwapa award for her debut novel Sky-high Flames. Her most recent award, The Ama Ata Aidoo Prize, was for Edible Bones, a novel purposefully set on the travails of immigrants in the diaspora.

One of Unoma’s projects has been to explore the political disillusionment suffered by Africans due to corrupt government and their subsequent urge to migrate to the west even when they face alienation and homesickness. These themes are the focus of a poetry anthology called “On Broken Wings,” which she recently edited. Some of her affiliations include the International Resource Network (IRN Africa), a research and network group that focus on sexuality issues in Africa of which she is a board member; co-editor: Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology; co-editor “Outliers” a creative writing and scholarly journal about sexual minority issues in Africa; and Poetry editor of Sentinelnigeria.org. She is also the faculty sponsor of the Delta Sigma Tau: English Honours Society at Lane College

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Tosin Gbogi is the author of the volume of poetry—the tongues of a shattered s-k-y (2012).  He will read from this and two forthcoming volumes: “Where Do Secrets Go When They Die?” and “The Emperor Has Spoken and Other Poems”. A former Arts Editor with Kraft Books, Ibadan, Tosin is of the Department of English Studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Tolu Oloruntoba is a physician and poet, and the publisher of Klorofyl Magazine. He is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, Graffiti Paradise.