PHOTOS: From our archive, Korean music and dance festival at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel

15 July 2015 -- The year was 2009. The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Nigeria celebrated the Korean National Day by hosting a music and dance festival at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel. A group of Korean dancers and musicians traveled all the way from Korea to Abuja to give Nigerians and members of the international community a glimpse of Korean culture through music, dance, and martial arts. It was indeed a beautiful night!

Photos by Insidetrack Abuja.

Fashion meets coffee in Abuja today and tomorrow, July 14 and 15, as House of Mosadi showcases collection at Café de Vie

14 July 2015 - House of Mosadi, a fashion outfit operating in Abuja, will be showcasing at Cafe de Vie today and tomorrow, July 14 and 15, 2015. Please attend this event. 50% of the proceeds from orders placed on these two days will be donated to Daughters of Charity (Hope Centre), a charity organisation supported by Café de Vie, which is located at 11 Adzope Crescent, off Kumasi Crescent, off Amino Kano, Wuse 2.

See flyer above for contact details.

PHOTOS: Fundraising event at the Abuja Horse and Country Club

These are photos we took at a fund-raising event, REFUGEE ENGAGEMENT, held at the Abuja Horse and Country Club on 5th June 2015. (More pics after the cut.)

FLASHBACK: When former German Ambassador's wife, Maria Cecilia Toledo, performed on stage in Abuja; Vice President Goodluck Jonathan among those who watched the show

(Please note: I took this photos in 2009 but I have never shared them.)

The Abuja Metropolitan Music Society (AMEMUSO) in conjunction with the Transcorp Hilton Hotel and the Embassies of France and Germany presented a Nigerian adaptation of the opera Carmen by George Bizet at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hotel on 16th November 2009.

Life in My City art exhibition to open in Abuja on July 16 at the Thought Pyramid Art Centre

Life in My City Art Festival (LIMCAF) commenced in 2007 to encourage artistic creativity and awareness of environmental issues. It provides space through art for young people to make meaningful statements about the lived environment in Nigeria. It also encourages and empowers young artists throughout Nigeria by promoting and commercializing their creative endeavours on a national and international platform.

Life in My City Art Festival is an annual celebration of creativity in the Nigerian art landscape. It is the largest annual gathering of artists and stakeholders of visual arts in Nigeria, featuring exhibitions, symposia and workshops. It is the single largest exhibition of new works in Nigeria.

The second round of the contest feature a week-long exhibition of selected artworks in each zone. This is the Abuja exhibition.

Opening is on Thursday 16th July at 6pm and the exhibition will last until Thursday 23rd July 2015.

It will take place at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, 18 Libreville Street, off Aminu Kano Street, Wuse 2.

PHOTOS: WOMANISH, a solo exhibition in Abuja by Khenye Gager of Enigma Art Collective

5 July 2015 -- Enigma Art Collective and Cafe de Vie presented WOMANISH: Bodies as Identity, a solo exhibition by artist, curator and designer Khenye Gager as part of the continued celebration of women on June 4, 2015.

"The exhibition looks at Identity through a feminine perspective, capturing the process, conflicts and transformation of the female identity sexually, physically and emotionally, using art as a vehicle to examine, question, and criticise the relationships and roles of females in society. WOMANISH aims to reclaim the female body and depict it through a verity of lenses.

For you people in Abuja who love to dance, The Krump Studios has something fun and exciting for you!

5 July 2015 -- I once enrolled for salsa dance lessons a few years back. It was fun and worth the hours. But after a few sessions I terminated the lessons because I could not cope with the schedule which was in the evenings. And that’s quite understandable if you work 10 hours a day in the office like I do.

Watch a French-German movie for free at the Thought Pyramid Art Centre Abuja on Tuesday, 7th of July

To celebrate the French-German relations, the Embassy of Germany and the Embassy of France, with the collaboration of the Institut français du Nigeria, will host a German-French Movie Night on 7th of July 2015 at 6.30pm.

Venue will be at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, 18 Libreville Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Opp. old DSTV, Wuse 2, Abuja.

This Nollywood star is going to be mad in Abuja this August. Find out who he is and why...

29 June 2015 -- One of Nigeria´s most successful film actors, Ramsey Nouah, was in Abuja for a few days this month to talk about a play OUR HUSBAND HAS GONE MAD AGAIN by Ola Rotimi in which he is going to act in the lead role this coming August. (More pics after the cut.)

Private piano lessons in Abuja...

28 JUNE 2015 -- If you are looking for something to do for you and your children this coming school holidays (or at any time), you may want to contact one of the best piano teachers in Abuja, Christine Oladimeji. She is an expat living in the FCT.  One of her current students has told me Christine is a great music teacher!

Christine gives private lessons.

Just give her a call at 080 9219 2379.

Because I'm a blogger... by Araceli Paige

17 June 2015 -- So, because I am a blogger (I write mostly about what's going on in Abuja, particularly in relation to art and culture, diplomatic events, local business, etc.) I was given a special gift voucher by one of my favorite hotels in Abuja, SHERATON ABUJA HOTEL. The voucher is valued at N292,744.00 for a weekend stay: two nights for two people with complimentary meals at The Papillon, one of the restaurants at the hotel.  Eldest daughter and I are going this weekend, June 19.

Are you an artist? The Spanish Embassy in Abuja is now organising a Visual Arts Competition. Send your entry and you may win a four-day fully paid trip to Spain

15 June 2015 - Calling all artists in Nigeria under 35 years of age. The annual Visual Arts Competition being organised by the Embassy of Spain in Abuja has started. Artists who want to participate in the competition have until the 14th of August 2015 to send in their entries. As in the past editions, the winner of the Visual Arts Competition will travel on a fully paid trip to visit ARCO, one of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in the world, taking place in February next year in Madrid, Spain. This was announced on the Embassy of Spain Facebook page where other details (rules and regulations as well as how to send entries) can be found. Below are some of the highlights of the competition. Above photo shows Stanley Dudu (on the left) and his winning piece in 2010.

Competition on Nigerian Visual Arts - “Barcelo: An Artist Between the Mediterranean and Africa” (Culled from

PHOTOS: A celebration of friendship hosted by Pandora and Sheraton Abuja Hotel on June 6 at Ceddi Plaza

13 June 2015 - Pandora, Sheraton Abuja Hotel and House of Tara invited quite a number of women to an evening of friendship and fun on 6th of June 2015 at the Pandora shop in Ceddi Plaza here in Abuja. (More photos after the cut...)

Embassy of Italy celebrates Italian National Day in Abuja

June 6 2015--On the occasion of the Italian National Day, the Embassy of Italy in Nigera held a reception at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel on Friday, 5th June 2015. The Ambassador of Italy to Nigeria, His Excellency Fulvio Rustico welcomed guests and well-wishers and gave a short speech. He raised a toast to both countries Nigeria and Italy. The reception was attended by hundreds of guests from the diplomatic corps as well as from the private, government and business sector.