Embassy of Spain in Abuja announces names of 24 finalists for the Spanish Visual Arts Competition

29 August 2015 - The Embassy of Spain in Nigeria, through their Facebook account cultur@nigeria.es, has announced the names of artists who have qualified to participate in the final selection for the 10th edition of the Visual Arts Competition. (The photo above shows the Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, H.E. Alfonso Barnuevo with last year's winners.)

About 70 artworks were submitted for this year's competition. The twenty-four artists who have gone through the first selection and are now qualified to take part in the exhibition and final selection are the following:

Akanji Bolaji
Akinokun Isaiah Abiola
Alande Ayanwale Gabriel
Anyandu A. Raphael
Ayela-Uwangue Nosawema
Bassey Orok (Tata);
Clement Mmaduako Nwafor
Daniyan S. Bode
Denison Yibowei
Emuejeraye Mefogune
Eweje Emmanuel
Ifedilichukwu Chibuike
Imo Chigbo Michael
Jonathan Okewu Ebute
Kingsley I. Ayogu
Magnus Ahamefule Ifeanyi
Modestus Ukeoma
Oluwasegun Charles Phillips
Oluwatobi Kehinde Adewum
Sor Sen
Stephen Osochukwu
Taiwo Owoyemi
Uche B. Uguru
Yusuf Olayinka Umar

The above artists should submit their artworks to one of the National Gallery of Arts stations listed in Annex 1 of the Rules & Regulations between August 31st and September 4th. Artworks submitted after the deadline will not be considered for the final.

(Source: cultur@nigeria.es, Facebook)

The joy of blogging as Sheraton Abuja Hotel rewards Insidetrack with a gift voucher

25 August 2015 - INSIDETRACK ABUJA was recently awarded a gift certificate by Sheraton Abuja Hotel: free 2-night weekend stay with meals at the hotel for two people.

The whole package was worth N292,000.00. My daughter (pictured above dragging a suitcase, with Lola A. Banjo, Marketing Director of Sheraton Hotel) and I availed of this perk last July and we both had a great time. 

It was short but it was fun.

Embassy of France in Nigeria to present here in Abuja a round table discussion on family farming

The Embassy of France in Nigeria is organising a Round Table discussion on 'Nigeria's Potential in Family Farming' to be followed by a screening of a short film entitled 'Those Who Sow' by Pierre Froment, on Tuesday, 25 August 2015, at Siverbird Entertainment Centre. 

4pm: Round Table "Nigeria's potential in family farming" with panelists from Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, CIRAD and Ecowas

6:30pm: Screenings of CORAF/WE CARD short film and Those Who Sow by Pierre Froment (2014).

There will be a reception after the film showing and entrance is FREE.

A day at the spa in Abuja

22 August 2015 - As a blogger and business supporter, I was invited by Six Senses Spa and Body Centre for a few hours of body pampering at their place in Maitama some weeks ago.

When you sit behind an office desk 10 hours a day, five days a week, gazing at nothing but the computer, you don’t need a second invitation to experience that kind of luxury, so I visited the place and I was given a foot spa and full body massage so relaxing I didn’t want to leave!

Photos - Sheraton Abuja Hotel's Embassy Networking Cocktail

Sheraton Abuja Hotel hosted members of the Diplomatic community as well as guests from non-diplomatic organisations to a cocktail on 31st July 2015 at the hotel's Ladi Kwali Conference Centre. 

Based on the these photos, those who attended the monthly Embassy Networking Cocktail sure had a great time. Insidetrack Abuja was there.... More photos after the cut

Stephanie Linus shares photos of the premier night for her movie 'Dry' in Abuja

15 August 2015 - After a successful Lagos premiere, A-list actress, director and producer Stephanie Linus hosted another premiere in Nigeria. This time it was in the nation’s capital Abuja and it was nothing short of spectacular!

Aside from the fact that everyone who attended attested to the excellent quality and message behind the movie, the turn up of dignitaries and guests at the premiere is something not very common among such events.

Guess who's coming to teach you people of Abuja how to dance! An award-winning Chinese dancer and martial artist based in Italy

Weiyi is a Chinese dancer based in Italy. He is a trained martial artist and has spent the last 12 years training in dance (Modern Dance , Contemporary, jazz and hip hop ) from the best and in different parts of the world. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts Milan and a trained musician.

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! (More photos after the cut)

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.