Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Krump Dance Studio presents The Art of Dance in Abuja

Abuja's foremost dance studio The Krump will present a night of creativity and an exhibition of the art of dance on Saturday, 8th February, at 3J'S Hotel at 6pm.  Tickets are sold at N5000. 3J"s Hotel is located at No. 31, Pow Mafemi Crescent, Utako, Abuja.

#Abuja, #dancestudio

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The French Institute in Abuja and Thought Pyramid Gallery present 3 Photographers and 1 Nigeria on February 5

Three professional photographers, two Frenchmen, Sebastien Godret and Jean-Pierre Elie, and a Nigerian man, Anre John, combine their talents to examine the diversity of Nigeria and its inhabitants. Sebastian Godret and Jean-Pierre Elie visited Ibadan in March 2013 at the invitation of IFRA - Nigeria.  There they found a particularly inspiring area such as the remarkable architectural heritage of the city, its great diversity of styles coming from the 30’s to the 80’s, and the way people have appropriated and used the space. Their photos will rotate in the Alliances françaises during the year 2015.

Opening on Thursday 5 February, 2015 at 6pm, the exhibition will be running until Sunday 22 February, 2015.

Venue: Thought Pyramid Art Centre, 18 Libreville Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Opposite old DSTV, Wuse II, Abuja


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5th Eurochannel Short Films Tour starts Monday January 26 at the French Institute in Abuja

You are invited to  the 5th Eurochannel Short Films Tour  tagged And God Created European Women ...

Monday, January 26, 2015 to Saturday, January 31, 2015
7:00 PM daily at the French Institute


The Eurochannel Short Film Tour is a unique event inviting viewers to an exclusive journey into Europe through short films. Every European country is present in the Tour with at least one short movie, broadcasted in its original language and subtitled in English. With the Eurochannel Tour the viewers will discover Europe, visit its countries and listen to all its languages.

Young directors and new talents are put in the spotlight; for some, it is the first step of their international careers. In this fifth edition, Eurochannel presents portraits of women seen by numerous directors - through the lenses of their cameras they give life to and honor all women.

Between 5 and 8 short movies per night.
Follow the updates and check the full programme on :

Mon. 26th Jan 7pm
From Women With Love - Part 1

Tues. 27th Jan. 7pm
Women on a Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Wed. 28th Jan. 7pm
What Women Want

Thurs. 29th Jan 7pm
From Women With Love - Part 2

Fri. 30th Jan 7pm
Portrait of a Lady

Sat. 31st Jan 7pm
All About my Mother

Thursday, January 8, 2015

ABUJA EVENT - An exhibition called Too Young to Wed opens on January 14

The Canadian High Commission in partnership with Thought Pyramid Gallery invites the public to a viewing of 'Too Young to Wed'... An exhibition highlighting the worldwide human rights issue of child, early and forced marriage.

Date: January 14 - 15, 2015
Time: 10 am – 3 pm daily 
Venue: Thought Pyramid Art Gallery
No. 18 Librevillre Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent
Wuse 2, Abuja

For more information please contact the team a t

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Philippine Ambassador to Nigeria H. E. Alex Lamadrid sends New Year message, lists mission´s accomplishments in 2014

The Philippine Ambassador to Nigeria H. E. Alex Lamadrid in a message dated 31 December 2014 expressed his best wishes to all Filipinos and friends of the Philippines on the occasion of the New Year. In his message, H.E. Lamadrid listed a number of major accomplishments by the Philippine Embassy in 2014, including the Ambassador’s Presentation of Credentials to Sao Tome and Principe, Republic of Benin, and Cameroon, and the relocation of the Chancery from Maitama to Gwarinpa. While thanking the Embassy officers and staff for their hard work and cooperation, he also commended Filipino organizations in West Africa, such as the Abuja-based Pusong Pinoy Association, for their works. Photo above shows H.E. Lamadrid and Embassy staff on the occasion of the Philippine Independence Day held at the Chancery in Gwarinpa on June 12.

Insidetrack Abuja wishes His Excellency Alex Lamadrid and his staff at the Philippine Embassy in Abuja a Happy New Year and congratulates them for their hard work and for a job well done.

Below is the full text of Ambassador Lamadrid´s message:


“Dear Fellow Filipinos and Friends of the Philippines:

“As 2014 comes to a close, we at the Philippine Embassy express our best wishes to all Filipinos and Friends of the Philippines on the occasion of the New Year. Manigong Bagong Taon!

“The year 2014 has been a fruitful one for the Philippine Embassy in Abuja. Despite the obvious challenges posed by the external environment and the scarcity of certain human and other resources, the officers and staff of your Embassy have achieved numerous accomplishments, many of them done by the Embassy for the first time.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Photos during a film showing at the Italian Ambassador's residence in Abuja

One of the last activities I attended in 2014 was the screening of an Oscar-winning Italian film called “NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO” , held at the residence of the Ambassador, His Excellency Fulvio Rustico, on December 20 at 7pm. The photo above shows Ambassador Rustico (right, facing camera) and Mr. Angelo Fanutti talking briefly about the film.

It was quite a long movie (2 hours!) but I definitely enjoyed every minute of it. I wish to mention here that the Embassy of Italy in Nigeria (Abuja) organizes several cultural events every year, which include painting exhibitions, film showings, concerts, and others. 

Cocktails were served before and after the movie.

Cocktails before and after the a film showing at the Italian Ambassador's residence

Ambassador Rustico with the guests

Mr. Angelo Fanutti with Ambassador Rustico (top left)  and some of the guests. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Shopping in Abuja: 9 Supermarkets to suit your needs

Various supermarkets in Abuja
In Nigerian language supermarkets usually mean a department store or a grocery store, with household items, meat and frozen foods, electronics, bakery products, fruits and vegetables etc. all under one roof. While Abuja is relatively a new city, almost anything you need (or a reasonable substitute) can be found here. The only challenge is that, at times, you may have to do a little supermarket-hopping to get all what you need or want, meaning that Supermarket A may have cheaper prices, but their bakery products are not as fresh or good as Supermarket B. Or Supermarket D may be easily accessible, but parking space could be a challenge, so people do not mind driving all the way to Supermarket F, which is not within the city centre but has practically everything you need under one roof.

In the past, Abuja residents did not have many choices, therefore business monopoly was the enemy of many consumers, but nowadays, thanks to the recent openings of big supermarkets such as Exclusive Superstore or Shoprite or Next Cash and Carry and Spar, in addition to the hundreds of medium-sized shops scattered around the city, shopping has become a bit more convenient.

One thing I can say is that if there are more supermarkets, then monopoly is eliminated and hopefully prices become lower. Wishful thinking?

Here’s a list of major supermarkets in Abuja, arranged alphabetically:

Amigo Supermarket (Wuse)
Dunes Restaurant (Maitama)
Exclusive Superstore (Maitama)
Grand Square Supermarket (Central Business District)
Next Cash and Carry (Kado)
Park and Shop (Wuse)
Sahad Supermarket (Garki)
Shoprite (Apo)
Spar Supermarket (Central Business District)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

'Truly there are so many tears this Christmas' - Pope Francis


Pope Francis focused his concern on those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out refugees, hostages and others suffering in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine as he prayed for hope and peace Thursday.

Anguish for children who are victims of violence, including in the recent terrorist attack on a Pakistani military school, tempered the pontiff's traditional Christmas Day message, which he delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Tens of thousands of Romans and tourists crowded into St. Peter's Square to hear Francis deliver the “Urbi et Orbi” message. (Latin for “to the city and to the world.”)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Only in America where homeless man receives over $100k for his act of kindness

The Internet can be a cruel, sharp-tongued place, that's true.

But it's also filled with wonderful people. And those folks have been so moved by Thomas, a kind-hearted homeless man, they are going to give him more than $103,000 — probably a lot more.

The money being raised for Thomas is still growing by leaps and bounds on Indiegogo, and the crowdsourcing campaign is only four days old. It has another 27 days left to go.

In the time it took us to write this post, it climbed from about $101,000 to over $103,000. Some 5,155 people have donated so far.

Greet the New Year in style at Sheraton Abuja Hotel; you do not want to miss this!

Start the count down to the New Year by the Pool Side - BoatHouse Restaurant - Sheraton Abuja Hotel. Enjoy Great Food, Awesome Ambiance, Great Live Music from one of Abuja's most popularLive Bands as well as fireworks to ring in 2015

Price: N7999 per person from 6:00pm onwards into the New Year 

You Do Not Want To Miss This!

ABUJA TRAVEL: Win your own trip around the world with Air France

Here's something new and exciting from AIR FRANCE
"And what if 2015 was the year you discovered the world? Participate in our “Traveling the World” game and you might just be on your way! Until December 31, explore all 5 continents by taking part in our online contest. From bustling Tokyo and the lush botanical gardens of Cape Town to Lisbon's hillside alleys and the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, you can discover the world's most breathtaking sites across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe… and maybe win a trip around the world!"
Enter now for your chance to win

Friday, December 19, 2014

ABUJA PHOTOS: She Poems, a delightful combination of dance and poetry

The Spanish Embassy in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Nigerian Television Authority, presented SHE POEMS, a unique show combining dance and poetry, on 12th December at the NTA Arena in Garki, Abuja.

SHE POEMS (Ella Poema in Spanish) featured Spanish dancer Aïda Colmenero and Irene Omoha from Nigeria, who presented a contemporary dance piece called No Light inspired by the poem of Spanish writer Paloma Serra.

Among those who watched the performance, the last cultural activity to be organised by the Spanish Embassy for this year, were His Excellency Alfonso Barnuevo Sebastian de Erice (Ambasssador of Spain to Nigeria), Mr. Guillaume Monfort (Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Spain), and Mrs. Eugenia Abuja, (Executive Director of Programs, NTA.)

The Spanish Embassy in Nigeria organises a series of cultural activities throughout the year, including the week-long Spanish Cultural Week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PHOTOS: Christmas carols and tree-lighting event at Sheraton Abuja Hotel

Sheraton Abuja Hotel held a Tree Lighting Event & Christmas Carols at the beautiful Obudu Garden on 10th December 2014. Guests were treated to lovely music from various choral groups. The Christmas Tree was officially lighted by the General Manager, Mr.Boris Bornman, assisted by his Deputy, Mr. Emad Rizk, as well as by Lola Banjo (Director or Marketing) and Nanji Tyem,  Manager of Public Relations.

PHOTOS: 3 Women entrepreneurs exhibit their works in Abuja - and I think you should meet all of them!

On 6th December in Maitama, Abuja, a good friend of mine, Yacine, invited several women to her lovely home in Maitama for a little get-together. In her email, she said: “I am hosting three fantastic women entrepreneurs for an exhibition of their works. You may know some of them already.”

The women entrepreneurs she was referring to were:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Today, December 12, is World Music Day at the French Institute, Wuse Abuja

You are all invited to a very special event to be held at the French Institute of Nigeria on Friday 12th December from 10am to 11pm.  Full day event celebrating World Music Day with a free concert at 7pm and an all-day art market in the gardens. Below is the schedule of activities: