Tuesday, December 3, 2013

THEY ARE BACK! Grease - The Naija Mix, on December 7 and 8, at the NUC Auditorium, Maitama, Abuja

If you missed the first edition of this great show put together last August by a group of creative, highly motivated, energetic young artists (they sing, they dance with gusto!), then you have another chance this weekend. 

GREASE: THE NAIJA MIX is happening here in Abuja on December 7 and 8, 2013. Tickets at 1000 for children, 3000 regular, and 5000 VIP.

GREASE THE NAIJA MIX IS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY: Insidetrack Abuja (which provide free publicity for the show) Cool Fm, Wazobia Fm, Nigeria Info, Mama Cass, DrumSticks, Goldfish Entertainment, Iblog and Cognito Studios.

For more details about the group:
Twitter: @krumpstudios   , @isysdrain
Official hash tag - (#Grease:The Naija Mix)
Facebook:  facebook/the krump dance studios
Enquiries call: 07035686227,  08064388746

Here are exclusive photos of various scenes from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX which was held at the NUC Auditiorium, Maitama, Abuja, on August 24, 2013. The well-attended event featured about a dozen of Abuja's most creative dancers and singers. It was produced by The Krump Dance Studios, with the aim of showcasing the talents of these young people while making an income to support their artistic dreams...

 A scene from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX.
Photo by Araceli
 A scene from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX.
Photo by Araceli
 A scene from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX.
Photo by Araceli

 A scene from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX.
Photo by Araceli

 A scene from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX.
Photo by Araceli

 A scene from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX.
Photo by Araceli

 A scene from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX.
Photo by Araceli

 A scene from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX.
Photo by Araceli

 A scene from the dance musical GREASE - THE NAIJA MIX.
Photo by Araceli

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Fall Bazaar at the American International School of Abuja - on December 7

The Parents and Teachers Association of the American International School of Abuja invites you to their annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Time is from 11am to 4pm. Venue is at the American International School of Abuja, Durumi. Contact pta@aisabuja.com or call Julia at 08032950607 for more details...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Shop till you drop at Fusion Lifestyle Shopping Event and Food Fair, on December 1

Here's good news for those who love shopping!

A quarterly shopping event called Fusion Lifestyle takes places in Abuja on December 1, 2013.

To mark the 4th year anniversary of the event, the organizers are planning to make it truly special. Four lucky participants will win free stands at all the company’s events in 2014 and 4 lucky guests will win N20,000 worth of shopping vouchers. There will be free gifts for the first 50 people to walk in the door and other great prizes such as clothes, accessories, food and dessert vouchers and more!

The event will feature over 80 vendors retailing fashion and accessories, homeware, health and beauty products/services, kids stuff and other specialized lifestyle services. Popular Lagos-based designer, Nikki Khiran of Nukki Khiran Couture will be showcasing her latest designs for the first time in at the Abuja fair. This is all to say a big thank you for all the support over the years.

Venue: BMO Events Arena, River Plate Park, Ahmadu Bello Way, Wuse 2, Abuja from 12PM – 7PM.

International Day Celebrations at ICS - on Saturday, November 30

The International Community School in Abuja is celebrating International Day on Saturday, November 30, at 11 to 2pm. You are invited to have a taste of foods from different continents at their new site at Plot 75, Off Citec Road, Dakibiyu, Abuja, Nigeria

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Study in France for free! TOTAL EPNG/French Embassy in Nigeria Scholarship Program - call for application

TOTAL EPNG/French Embassy in Nigeria Scholarship program
(culled from Institut Francais Nigeria https://www.facebook.com/institutfrancais.nigeria)

In 2012, the French Embassy in Nigeria and the TOTAL E&P Nigeria Limited Group decided to create a scholarship programme for high-level Nigerian students to study in France.

For the 2014/2015 academic year, 5 full scholarships will be awarded.

- Political Science
- Economics
- Management
- Finance
- Taxation
- International Law

You must send your scholarship application to studyinginfrance@hotmail.fr by 09/12/2013

Week-long documentary film festival at Institut Francais Nigeria

A week-long documentary film festival commenced yesterday, November 25, at the Institut Francaise (French Institute), located at No.52 Libreville Street, off Aminu Kano Street, Wuse 2, Abuja. Daily showing at 7pm.


You may click on the pic above to get a clearer view of the schedule and synopsis of the films to be shown, or you may visit http://www.institutfr-nigeria.org for all information (summaries, trailers, etc.).

IN LAGOS: Afropolitan Vibes at Freedom Park on Friday, November 29

All details at https://www.facebook.com/afropolitanvibes

Monday, November 25, 2013

IN ABUJA: Christmas Carols and Bazaar by LISCOA on 8th December 2013

The Ladies' International Social Club of Abuja is organising a Bazaar with Christmas Carols on Sunday, 8th of December 2013, at 4pm, at BluCabana Restaurant and Cafe, Mabushi District, Abuja.

You can get tickets at the the BluCabana reception at 1000 naira for adults and 500 naira for children.

All proceeds will go to charity.

Interested vendors of Christmas items at the bazaar may contact them at liscoabuja@gmail.com.

The Ladies’ International Social Club of Abuja is a non-political, non-religious, non-profitable organization established for women from the International community residing in and around Abuja.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

TODAY NOV 24 IN ABUJA: Charity Bazaar and Food Fair at the Embassy of the Philippines in Maitama

The Abuja Chapter of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ladies Foundation (DFALF) of the Philippines is organising a Charity Bazaar and Food Fair on Sunday, 24th November 2013, at the Embassy of the Philippines in Abuja.

Time is from 10am onwards.

Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

IN ABUJA: Alderwood Land Bazaar

Alderwood Land Daycare and Preschool is having a bazaar on 1st December 2013 at 7B Port Novo Street, Off Aminu Kano Street, Wuse II, Abuja. From 11am to 5pm. Free entrance. For more details, please call 0807 1829991. (Source: Abuja Expats)

Monday, November 18, 2013

IN ABUJA: An Exhibition by Contemporary Nigerian Artists on 24th November 2013

You are invited to the ART IN THE HOUSE, AN EXHIBITION BY CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA ARTISTS on Sunday, 24th November 2013, at Blucabana Restaurant, Mabushi. Time: 2pm.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

IN ABUJA: Czech Evening at the Institut Francais, on 20th November 2013

The Embassy of Czech Republic in Abuja and the French Institute of the Embassy of France in Nigeria are organising a cultural event on Wednesday 20th of November at 6PM.

Free entry.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

LISCOA Lunch and Meeting on Monday, November 18

Member of the Ladies International Social Club of Abuja (LISCOA) will meet for a casual and cheerful Lunch at the City View Restaurant on Monday November 18th at 12:00 noon. Menu: a lovely selection of Lebanese Meze and some Suya!

The address is: 7, Capetown Street, off IBB way, wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

The Charge is N3,000 per person.

RSVP required! Send email to liscoabuja@gmail.com for more details.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

In Abuja: The French Institute presents Preludes for Mandolin concert at the Transcorp Hilton, October 30

The French Institute in Nigeria, in partnership with Transcorp Hilton, is glad to invite you to the classical concert of the virtuoso Julien Martineau who will play “Preludes for solo mandolin of Raffaele Calace”, on Wednesday, 30th October 2013, at 7pm.

A cocktail will be offered after the concert. Read more about Julien Martineau at www.julienmartineau.com

All information: 0805 947 84 56

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

INVITATION: LISCOA meeting to welcome new and current members, on October 24

The Ladies International Social Club of Abuja (LISCOA) would like to invite new and current members to their welcome meeting on Thursday, 24th October 2013, at 10am prompt at BluCabana.

Coffee/tea will be served - Fee 1,000 Naira

Please take the opportunity to pay your membership for a new exciting and fun year with Ladies Social Club of Abuja - Fee 8.000NGN.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

In Abuja: An invitation to watch a play at the French Institute

Vinaag Gold-Star Theatre, hosted by The French Institute Abuja, presents The Sisters - written by Ahmed Yerima and directed by Eucharia Egah - on Friday, the 25th of October 2013, and on Saturday, the 26th, at 7pm.  

Venue: The French Institute, 52 Libreville street off Aminu Kano Crescent  (Beside Mr,Biggs) Wuse 2, Abuja

Gate Fee: Adults N1,000. Students/Children N500

About The Sisters
The play is about three sisters ( Funmi, Taiwo and Toun) who took to their various lives after the death of the ambassador (their father). Soon, Funmi's husband who was also the president dies and she decides to have a little reunion with her sisters after a long time of being apart. The event turned out to be a battle with bitter truth, painful reality and a shocking revelation in their father's will which brought to bear the existence of a fourth sister. - Vinaag Gold-Star Theatre

About Vinaag Gold-Star Theatre
VINAAG GOLD-STAR THEATRE is an independent theatre organization based in the capital city of Abuja founded in 2011 but began program implementation fully in September 2013, under the artistic directorship of Eucharia Egah who holds a diploma in Theatre Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communication from the University of Jos. Backed by experiences from over a decade of professional theatre practice, young theatre enthusiasts are utilizing this opportunity to showcase their various artistic skills.

The organization works with a group of young, professional and talented artists who are organizing a series of performances to be staged in Abuja at every month end. They are currently being hosted by the French Cultural Centre Abuja. Their monthly performances have already started with Ola Rotimi's comedy 'Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again' which took place on September 27th and 28th at the French Cultural Centre, Wuse 2, Abuja. The next play is Ahmed Yerima's 'THE SISTERS' scheduled to take place on the 25th and 26th of October 2013 still at the French Cultural Centre Wuse 2 Abuja.

Vinaag Gold-Star Theatre’s mission is to create a world class entertainment company that would build up a lasting theatre culture in Nigeria and to have remarkable collaborations with the international communities in promoting the survival of independent theatre in Nigeria.

According to Eucharia Egah: “Our VISION is to create world class entertainment for Nigeria and the world. We utilize theatre to confront and challenge crucial issues which affect our society with the ultimate aim of entertaining and educating audiences. It is my sincere wish to keep this passion alive and I believe through advertising on your page, you can give us a ride to our destination. Sir, our flyer is ready and I would be glad to send details of the performance once our request is granted.”

For more details, please contact the Artistic Director at 08069530213 or vnggoldstar@gmail.com


Saturday, October 19, 2013

FREE ENTRY: You are invited to White Cane Day Bazaar at the School for the Blind, today October 19, 2013

The Abuja branch of Nigerwives Nigeria (NW) would like to invite you to the FCT School for the Blind on Saturday, the 19th of October 2013, to mark this year’s WHITE CANE DAY. Events include a bazaar, a raffle draw, and a food fair. Come and show your support to the students of the School for the Blind. Time: from 11am onwards. Venue: FCT School for the Blind, No. 15 Audu Ogbeh Street, off Mike Akhigbe Way, Jabi, Abuja.
White Cane Day is observed in many parts of the world as a way of “celebrating the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.”

Nigerwives Nigeria (NW) is an association of foreign women married to Nigerian citizens. It was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 1987and has branches in many parts of the country. Among its aims and objectives are: a) to work for the smooth integration of foreign wives of Nigerian citizens into the Nigerian society; b) to work towards improved status of women in general and to support women’s organisations working towards this goal, and c) to offer a forum for exchange of views and experiences and give moral and practical support in time of need. 

Nigerwives Abuja Branch has adopted the FCT School for the Blind as their main community project since 2005, providing Braille textbooks produced at the Nigerwives Braille Book Production Centre in Lagos, organizing regular readings and computer lessons, and paying tuition fees for several blind students who are enrolled in higher institutions.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Movie and dinner to celebrate the Italian language

The Ambassador of Italy, H.E. Roberto Colaminé, and the Ambassador of Switzerland, H.E. Hans-Rudolf Hodel, co-hosted a film-showing followed by a buffet dinner to celebrate Italian Language “Serata della Lingua Italiana” under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic at the Swiss Residence (Abuja), on Tuesday, 15th October 2013 at 6.00 p.m.

The 108-minute Italian-Swiss movie entitled Il Comandante e la Cicogna (The Commander and the Stork) is the story of a plumber, his late wife, his teen-age daughter and son, as well as a penniless artist, her overweight landlord, and a lawyer who specialises in corruption cases. 

According to the programme distributed during the occasion: "Their stories entwine in a city emblematic of our times, under the stern, ironic gaze of the statues of Garibaldi, Verdi, Leopardi, who, from their steady point of view, comment on the destiny of an Italy drifting away."

Top collage: 1- Invitation card; 2 and 3 - guests having cocktails while waiting for the movie to start; 4-The function hall at the Swiss Residence; 5 - Swiss Ambassador H.E. Hodel (2nd from left) and Italian Ambassador Colamine (far right) with guests; 7 - a plate of Italian food.

Lower collage: Clockwise -Italian language students Princess Chinwe Abiakam and Bibian Ehidiamhen with Ambassador Hodel and Ambassador Colamine; Atusiubah Ekene; Chinwe; Bibian; Angelo Fanutti (inset) of the Italian Embassy and a cross section of the guests.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Call for photographers! Win a trip to Paris, France

The Fondation Alliance française’s annual photos competition is now open! The topic chosen for this new edition is On Joue sur la Terre (We play on Earth).

Deadline for submission : 21 December 2013 at midnight (12.00AM)

Terms and conditions
  • Participation to the competition is free.
  • Photographers will need to submit two photographs related to the topic "On Joue sur la Terre". The idea is to show games in their diverse cultural and social functions (board games, gambling, video games, outdoors games, children’s plays, sporting events, etc...)
  • This "photos report" will also aim to show the evolution of playful practices around the world.
  • This competition is open to any person of age in accordance with the law in force in Nigeria.
  • Professional photographers recognized for their art and living exclusively from it are not allowed to take part in the competition.
Registration process
  • Photographers will need to submit their artworks by mail at the following address : cultural.lagos@alliancefrancaise-ng.org
  • Photos will have to be sent on a TIFF or JPEG high resolution format (300DPI)
  • Deadline for submission : 21 December 2013 at midnight (12.00AM)
- 1st selection will be made by a jury at the Alliance française de Lagos by the 5th of January 2013. One photographer will then be selected to represent Lagos

- A second selection will take place in France at the Fondation Alliance française. 40 photos will be selected to be part of the final exhibition "On Joue sur la Terre". This exhibition will be shown in Paris and will then travel all around the world within the Alliance française network

- The first prize winner will win a one-week trip to Paris. He/She will also his/her own exhibition in a gallery in Paris

Photographers must guaranty that they are the exclusive owner of the artworks’ copyrights.

For any further information about the competition, please send a message to cultural.lagos@alliancefrancaise-ng.org

Source: Institut Français Nigéria

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

15th Lagos Book and Art Festival to take place on November 15-17, 2013; volunteers wanted

The Lagos Book and Art Festival (culled from www.coraartfoundation.com):
The 2013 edition of the annual Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) is here! LABAF is a three day culture picnic with a high book content primed to attract families and a public that seeks cultural entertainment. Since the first edition in 1999, LABAF has had twelve editions consistently filled with fun and thrills, with full bands performing, galleries displaying art, theatre performances, and a series of art, craft, textile, dancing workshops focused on kids happening all over the open field. This year, the main festival takes place from November 15-17 at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island, with interesting pre-Festival events.
LABAF is organized by the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA )- www.coraartfoundation.com The Festival is run by a committed team who work selflessly together for a successful program. It is a bit like gathering to develop a community, with enthusiastic volunteers joining every year. The LABAF team members derive self-satisfaction by making a difference- and also meeting new people. We invite to to join the LABAF volunteer family! Please complete this form and let the organisers know what roles you wish to play. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

DAY TWO: 8th Spanish Cultural Week - Visual Arts Competition Awards Ceremony

The awarding of prizes to the winners of the VISUAL ARTS COMPETITION organised by the Embassy of Spain in Abuja in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art took place on Tuesday, 8th October 2013, at the Kaduna Mezzanine of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel. Tagged " Nigerian Tribute to Lorca", the Visual Arts Competition is one of the major activities in the 8th Spanish Cultural Week.

The first prize went to Abuja-based artist Michael Onoto Ikoyi; his painting called OBSTACLES depicts his personal interpretation of a poem, Rider's Song, by Federico Garcia Lorca. "To me," says Michael Onoto Ikoyi, "the poem is about obstacles that hinder one from achieving one's dreams or goals... In my painting of the Rider's Song I tried to relate the meaning of the poem to Nigeria and how factors such as insurgency, political instability, corruption, tribalism, lack of electricity, etc. can actually lead to the failure of attaining dreams and goals. In the painting, the human figure depicts a child with dreams that he could not achieve as a result of some of the factors listed above."

His Excellency Alvaro Castillo Aguillar, Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria and ECOWAS, congratulated all the participating artists, some of whom, he said, "have been faithful to our programme throughout its 8 editions." He also wished them "a brilliant development, with the hope that this small initiative will contribute to their professional career."

The top photo posted above taken during the awards ceremony shows the winner posing with his winning entry, while the lower photos show: the Spanish Embassy's Ms Eva Barta Martin (Cultural Adviser), Mr. Guillaume Monfort (Deputy Head of Mission), and Ambassador Aguillar; the winner Michael Onoto Ikoyi with one of the guests Samantha Emetseme Aipoh; Insidetrack Editor Araceli Aipoh with Ms Barta Martin and Mr Monfort; the 2nd prize winner Sor Sen with his piece Pulse of Affection; and a cross section of the guests.

As in the past editions of this contest, the major prize for the winner is a trip to Madrid, Spain. Sponsors and collaborators of the 8th Spanish Cultural Week include the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Ormazabal, Terratest, Enyser, IBC, Iberia, Impacto, Jardin, Tiptree-Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre and Vinos Torres, the National Gallery of Art, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation as well as the Federico Garcia Lorca Foundation.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DAY ONE: 8th Spanish Cultural Week – a drama called The Shoemaker’s Wonderful Wife

The Lagos Room of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel was filled to capacity last night, 7th October 2013, for the drama The Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife, the first event in the on-going Spanish Cultural Week organised by the Embassy of Spain in Abuja. Photo above show's the cast of the play.

About the Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife (Culled from the 8th Spanish Cultural Week programme published by the Embassy of Spain)

Synopsis: A mature shoemaker marries a young and attractive girl, a marriage which, in reality none of them likes. Her desire is to tout around the neighbourhood her long list of suitors, while he laments having acceded to the union. One day the shoemaker leaves his wife. She manages to make a living working at the local bar, at which one day a local puppeteer arrives, and the he happens to be no other than the her husband in disguise…

The playwright: Federico Garcia Lorca, one of the most renowned poets our time, was born in 1898 in a small town near Granada in Spain. After having travelled much and having lived in Madrid for long intervals, Federico would remember how the local ambience of his birth place used to affect his work. According to Lorca, “I love the earth. I feel connected to it in all my emotions.” In his poems and in his dramas he reveals himself as a sharp observer of speech, of music and of the customs of Spanish rural society.

The performers: The Jos Repertory Theatre was founded in November 1997 but commenced program implementation in 2000 as a private not-for-profit independent theatre organisation based in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. It has been involved, among other activities, in training programs for artists including amateurs, the creation of theatre-for-development plays as well as the training of youths in self-employable skills. JRT is currently involved in the formation of first Arts Management Centre in Nigeria. It also presents the annual Jos Festival of Theatre and the Festival of Theatre in Abuja. Both festivals have become nurturing grounds for new playwrights, new directors as well as creating an insight into the Nigerian theatre repertory. The Jos Festival is now in its 8th season.