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.
"The title WOMANISH was inspired by a poem which explores the journey of the female form as well as celebrates its beauty and exquisite uniqueness. Women over time have always altered their bodies, hair and clothing in order to express a message to those around them as well as conform or rebel against the social conventions and expectations. Since the 60’s feminists have fought for equality with regard to sexuality, reproductive rights, voting rights, the family, and the workplace and have rejected the idealisations of the female form. Behaviour, standards of beauty, roles and characteristics across the globe have evolved over time but have all been shaped through societies constructions of stereotypes and standards. The conflicts of the female body, identity and how it is represented today is central to this exhibition and a key theme of my creative practice as an artist and a woman." - Enigma Art Collective
PHOTOS of the event by Insidetrack-abuja.blogspot,com

One of the paintings exhibited

The artist, right, Khenye Gager, and Victoria Minaise, of Cafe de Vie

Guests at the opening of WOMANISH ART EXHIBITION

Guests and artist at the opening of WOMANISH ART EXHIBITION

Guests at the opening of WOMANISH ART EXHIBITION

The artist with Araceli Paige of Insidetrack Abuja

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.

But if you have a more flexible working hours, you might be interested to know that there´s a great place here in Abuja where you could learn how to dance. As you may already know there are proven health benefits of dancing, not just physically but also mentally, so I wouId highly recommend it.

Speaking of dance, The Krump Studios (owned and managed by Mima Angulu, pictured above) is presenting Summer Dance Intensive from 31st of August to 12th of September 2015 in here in Abuja. That´s two weeks (70 hours) of non-stop dance, industry training, studio performances, video shooting, dance competition and awards and much more with the following international and dance professionals from 3 countries:

Xia Weiyi (pictured above from China/Italy): Contemporary Jazz and Street Jazz
Sonwa Sokoma Sakuba (South Africa): Theatre, Tap, and Jazz
Slim Ikonta (Lagos, Nigeria): Latin and Capoera
Mariam Ahmed (Kaduna, Nigeria) Hiphop
Miracle Nelson (Abuja, Nigeria): Contemporary
Bkay Olukitibi (Abuja, Nigeria): Latin
Praise Nelson (Abuja): Latin
Justin Unanka (Abuja, Nigeria): Locking, Hiphop
Tabitha Anthony (Abuja, Nigeria): Flex Fit for Dancers
Mima Angulu (pictured above from Abuja, Nigeria): Contemporary Jazz, Stree Jazz, Ballet
And two surprise guest artists

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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.

A comedy entitled "French for Beginners" by Christian Ditter (2006) will be shown. It's about how a young man from Germany stumbles into a German-French Youth Exchange program, overcomes cultural differences and linguistic confusion and finds love in unexpected places. We all know that learning a foreign language can be hard at times if you don’t have the proper motivation. But what better motivation is there than to impress a pretty girl?

The film-showing will be followed by a cocktail and attendance is free.

For more information about this event, click the French Institute website or email them at

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.

World Music Day 2015 to be celebrated this month in Lagos and Abuja... see details here

The Institut français du Nigeria, the Alliance française of Lagos, and the Goethe-Institut Nigeria are organizing a workshop in electronic music aimed at expanding the artistic range of Nigeria’s already booming music scene.

6 Nigerian DJs/electronic music producers have been selected to take part in a 5-day electronic music workshop, labeled “Electronic Soundscapes”.

Successful interior designer Bellindah Doukpolagha talks about doing business in Abuja and how she grew her business

June 7 2015 -- Today I have the pleasure to introduce to you a lady I meet recently in Abuja who creates the most beautiful ethnic-inspired accessories and exquisite home and office furniture. Her name is Bellindah Doukpolagha. She is a wife and a mother. She is an architect by profession. She is an interior designer. She runs a successful business in Abuja. And one of her staff (she has 16 staff on her payroll) makes the most delicious meat pies in town. Yes, she does!

I first met Bellindah in December 2014 when she, along with 2 other entrepreneurs, displayed some of their works at the home of a kind-hearted and very supportive lady (her name´s Yacine) from the Canadian High Commission.

4 Events in Abuja today Saturday June 6 to keep you all Abujans busy and crazy!

1) A fun champagne reception hosted by Pandora and Sheraton Abuja Hotel at Ceddi Plaza

The Pandora event is by invitation only but if you send your name to the organizers you will get admission. Contact details on the card.

INVITATION to a solo exhibition by Khenye Gager today June 4 in Abuja

Enigma Art Collective is pleased to present WOMANISH: Bodies as Identity , a solo exhibition by artist, curator and designer Khenye Gager as part of the continued celebration of women.

This 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.

Will take place today,  4th June 2015, at 6pm, at Cafe de Vie, 11 Adzope Crescent, off Kumasi Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

Call for submission to Life in My City Art Festival, deadline 30th June 2015

Are you an artistic person? Here's an opportunity for you to share your work. 

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.

Charity night for refugees to be held at the Abuja Horse and Country Club on Friday, 5th June

A charity event is being organised to showcase the plight of internally displaced persons in Abuja and assist them. The charity show will feature a fashion show, music, dance and more.

Date: Friday 5th June, 2015
Venue: Abuja Horse and Country Club by Jabi Lake
Time: 7pm
Entrance Fee: N2,000 (Two Thousand Naira)

The Entrance Fees will be donated to the LIFE BUILDERS INITIATIVE, a Non-Governmental Organization geared towards ameliorating the suffering of the poor, less privileged and internally displaced persons. 

Come have fun and enjoy yourself while at the same time lending a helping hand.

For more info, please contact Lionelle Ulrich at