“Concerts should be a vibe and we should feed off each other’s energy” – Adekunle Gold


Ahead of his three-day live music concert, which starts on Thursday December 13, through Saturday December 15, talented artiste Adekunle Gold spoke to Guardian Music on the concert and his exploits so far.

You recently released your sophomore album, About 30, which was one of the most anticipated albums of the year and received critical acclaim worldwide, what actually inspired the album?

The album loosely narrates all my experiences till date, the predominant theme being love. So, I guess you can say my love for my experiences and love itself was my inspiration.

About 30 was a very intimate album in which fans accompanied you through the last three decades of your life. Can your fans expect this type of intimacy with your three-day concert this December?

I’m really excited about how my concert is designed this year; I love how my fans will be within reach from me. I’ve never been too keen on tables before general admission, concerts should be a vibe and we should feed off each other’s energy.

Why did you decide to perform three consecutive days? And how are you preparing mentally, physically and vocally for this?

Grueling is an understatement, but when I wake up every morning, I remind God and myself that I want this, that’s half of the battle won.

The rest is preparation; I have been rehearsing, working out like crazy and getting toned and sculpted! I have worked very hard leading up to this and know for sure it is going to be one of my best performances.

What should the audience expect in those three days?

Each day is different with mashups with different acts.

I’m a huge fan of mashups and I’m excited that we get to blend thematic songs with other artists. Its going to be incredible.

There’s a big surprise I am not allowed to share, you’ll just have to wait till the shows to find out. Its even a surprise to me that this surprise chose to honour me. I can’t wait.

Last year, you thrilled fans with your performance at One Night Stand with Adekunle Gold concert with your band 79th element. What was in your opinion the highlight of your show last year? What can we expect this year?

Last year was so much fun for me, the highlight of it was performing on the secret B stage with Simi, what made me happier was everyone’s reaction, I felt I was making my fan base happy, that made me happier, to see their faces beaming with joy that we had brought another stage to the back.

Last year, there were surprise performances from Simi, Seyi Shay, Teni, Funbi and others. This year, who can guests expect on the stage with you?

Surprise Surprise Surprise! I am sworn to secrecy, but look at the album About 30 and feel free to guess.

The Balmoral convention Centre is a much bigger venue space than this year’s venue, Terra Kulture, why the change?

In practicality, Terra Kulture is almost the same capacity but just spread over three days.

There is a plethora of reasons, but I don’t want to give away all my secrets just yet. But on an important note, If I don’t challenge myself, I am not growing, I have prayers to be bigger than your known pop icons, how would I get there if I don’t challenge myself? They do it, why can’t I?

Credits: This interview was pulled off Guardian’s website – http://www.guardian.ng/Life


Five Reasons To Visit the Lekki Conservation Centre

Deciding what to do and where to go in Lagos can be a tedious task because the options seem limited and monotonous. The activities usually alternate between going to the cinema and going out to eat. Lucky for Lagosians and tourist, Lagos is evolving and the number of engaging activities and places to visit seems to be growing. One of such places is Lekki Conservation Center, it is a gem in Lagos and one of Lagos’s top tourist attractions. This post is going to highlight why the Lekki Conservation Center is a great place to visit.

Lekki Conservation Center is a 190-acre Natural resource conservation centre. It was established in 1990 by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and built by Chevron Corporation with the aim to be a reserved sanctuary for rich flora and fauna. It is located on the Lekki Peninsula, next to the Lekki Lagoon. The nature park has the longest Canopy walkway in Africa. The Conservation Centre is a nonprofit organization but visitors are required to pay a token.

Lekki Conservation Centre is a great place to visit, it has a lot of engaging activities and attraction. If you are a nature lover this is the place for you. If you are simply looking for something new and different to do then this is an awesome place to visit. You can make it a family thing or you can go alone if you simply wish to appreciate nature alone. Here are five reasons you need to visit the centre.

1. The Lekki Conservation centre canopy walkway:

This is a major tourist attraction, it has the longest canopy walk in Africa. It is 401 meters long, it is wonderfully designed with a swinging bridge walkway. The canopy walkway takes you through the nature parks vegetation. The canopy walk gives the tourist a bird’s eye view of the nature park’s vegetation and unique wildlife. If you enjoy adrenaline pumping activities then the canopy walk is definitely for you. The canopy walk will treat you to a unique and memorable experience.

2. Wildlife and flora:

The Lekki Conservation centre boasts of some very interesting wildlife, visitors can get to see crocodiles, a 95-year-old tortoise, monkeys, snakes, beautiful peacocks and other wild animals. The nature park is filled with a rich selection of different trees and healthy flora. As you walk through the 2km bridge you will be treated to the flora and lovely wildlife. The animals roam freely, searching and trying to spot the different animals is a popular activity among visitors. The nature park also contains a variety of beautiful fish ponds.

3. Treehouse:

There’s also a huge tree house or treetop walkway, where you can climb to get a great view of the nature park.

4. Human-sized chess board:

There’s also a human-sized chess game, if you are interested in a more relaxing and calm outing, you can play a game of chess on the human-sized chess board.

5. Huts:

The nature park contains some mini huts that are made from raffia. They are a nice place to relax or have a picnic.


All You Need to Know about The ‘Omu Aro’ (Symbol of the Arochukwu Kingdom)

Of all the symbols of Aro Heritage which the people of Arochukwu kingdom take pride in putting on display and which effectively distinguishes them as an elite group with a rich historical and cultural heritage in Igbo land – none is as remarkable or as recognizable as the Omu Aro.



Among the Aro people, the palm frond (omu), traditionally, serves as a Royal Writ of Summons. When the Eze Aro-in-Council receives a formal complaint against anyone, a knotted omu is sent to invite such a person to come on a fixed date to hear the charges against him and to present his defense.

The omu is also extended to Aro settlements and, before the Aro Expedition of 1902, to the whole of Igboland and beyond. Any recipient of the omu was duty bound to honour the summons or face dire consequences. Thus, Omu Aro was both a symbol of power and authority and a symbol of peace and order.


To the average Aro person, Omu is the symbol of Aro dignity and royalty – the ultimate symbol of honour and prestige. For the younger generations of Aro people, Omu Aro refers simply to the George cloth on which “Omu Arochukwu” is embroidered in living colours. However, although this cloth are worn ,it’s also to devise a means of rallying the Aro people scattered in various settlements all over the South Eastern areas of Nigeria

• To create a befitting seal/coat-of-arms as a symbol of the power and authority” of the ancient Aro Empire
• To provide a common symbol for all Aro people in Diaspora to which they could feel a common sense of affinity and solidarity
• To produce a sacred symbol/official seal of authority that would that would command the same prestige, honour and prompt obedience that the Omu commanded in Igboland.

Omu Aro remains the Coat of Arms, seal, crest, and a highly regarded symbol among Aro groups wherever they may be domiciled. The symbology of Omu Aro seems to confirm the notion that in any given situation, Aro people are as much prepared for peace (symbolized by the palm frond) as they are prepared for war(symbolized by the weapons and shield

“Crater Literary Festival Needs Massive Support to Promote Budding Creatives in South East Nigeria” – @JUSTADACHI

Adachukwu Onwudiwe is the founder and editor at The Crater Library and Publishers. She has a degree in Library and Information science, with six years experience in practical Librarianship.

According to her: “You will often find me ranting and giving my opinions about the abysmal state of public libraries in Nigeria and how we can never improve Nigeria’s literacy rate if the public libraries are not restructured for better service delivery, especially to the underprivileged.”

She spoke to us about the Crater Literary Festival held in Enugu every December, amongst other issues.



The Crater Literary Festival is an annual gathering of writers, readers, publishers, artists and art aficionados in Enugu, South-east Nigeria. The Crater Literary Festival features a variety of presentations and readings by authors, spoken word artists, poets, and theatre group.

The primary objective is to promote budding local authors in the south-east, connect them with established authors for mentorship, and publishers for publishing opportunity.

Panel discussions covering fiction, non-fiction, comics, libraries, and publishing are designed to provide an intellectual and academic focus for the participants.

The festival is free but participants are encouraged during online registration to bring a book for donation to the library (we love to use libraries as our festival venue so as to give them publicity).

The first edition was held on 2nd December 2017, while the second edition is coming up on 7th – 8th December, 2018.

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Enugu and south east in general has a lot of creative individuals and it’s disheartening to watch them leave for greener pastures simply because they are unappreciated here. We have a lot of budding creatives in this region and it will be terrible to watch them go through that cycle again. With the Crater Literary Festival, I intend to provide a platform where every south east creative can gather, engage, collaborate with each other and other established creatives in the country. I want them to be celebrated and appreciated. I also hunger to see the south east creative industry and economy boom once again like it did in the days of Chinua Achebe, Christopher Okigbo and others.

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The idea for the Crater Literary Festival began sometime in June 2017 with my wonderful team; Amanda Madumere; Nnanna Okpanku; Oluchi Mbah; and Florence Ugwu. I had shared the idea with them and they believed it was doable so we got down to work. Our start up meeting was in UNEC where I reside but the bulk of our conversations happened on Slack before we finally settled for a Whatsapp group. I won’t also fail to mention Liber Book Club Enugu. Their encouragement was a daily boost for me.


We have created an awareness of the value of libraries in community and national development. Also, collaboration among creatives in the south east region has increased.

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Funding and sponsorship. We are yet to generate revenue from the festival because we are trying to encourage participation by making the event free and open. We usually rely on the good will of people who believe in our cause. This means that our major source of fund for the festival is crowd funding. We would love to see brands and individuals support us by sponsoring different or all segments of the festival. State government support will also be appreciated.

To Support Crater Literary Festival 2018, click this link

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Generally speaking, social media has been instrumental to my growth as an entrepreneur and festival manager. I have met people online who have immensely supported and blessed me. I have never met most of these people in real life but they are always eager to lend a helping hand whenever I need it. I am very grateful to all of them for being champions of my cause in one way or the other.


Our world is bleeding in different areas and even though we can’t stop all the bleeding at once, we can plug some areas and give relief to people who need it. It’s tough especially in a society like ours but do it. Bring your work tools, no matter how little, and plug whatever bleeding hole you can. Keeping pushing at it, keep believing in yourself and don’t lose faith in humanity because no matter what, we always turn up for each other.


Email: ada@thecraterlibrary.com

Phone number: +234806001469 (whatsapp and call)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adachukwuonwudiwe9611/

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/adachukwuonwudiwe

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justadachi/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JUSTADACHI

To check out details about Crater Literary Festival, visit https://thecraterlibrary.com/blog/thecraterliteraryfestival/


Twitter Thread: 10 Lessons Nigeria Can Learn From Rwanda To Increase Tourism by @FunmiOyatogun

I want to share some ‘secrets’ about Rwanda. How can a country rise from a bloody past and become an emerging powerhouse in business, tourism, tech and environment…all in less than 25 years? This is the story of why everyone deserves a FIELD TRIP to Rwanda!

1a. Rwanda is incredibly focused on Rwanda.

It sounds like something that every country should do but the truth is many countries are more loyal to their greed or their corruption. So, after the Genocide of 1994, Rwanda buckled up and took the bull by the horns. Here’s how:

1b. Rwanda has built a national identity (RWANDAN) 

Rwandans gradually evolved from tribal classifications of Hutu, Tusti, Twa or whatever artificial classification divided them in the first place. In Rwanda, everyone is RWANDAN first!

2a. Rwanda took something they had, multiplied it and sold it to the world!

Can you guess what it is? Yup…GORILLAS! Many people heard that Ellen DeGeneres ) visited Rwanda but most don’t know that she visited for the gorillas. How can sell Gorillas? It is quite simple…

2b.Rwanda is Deep into Animal Tourism

In other countries, elephants and gorillas are killed unscrupulously. In Rwanda, they are protected. The cheapest ticket to visit the gorillas is $800 – $1000 per person. That’s the CHEAPEST! People travel from around the world to hike the hills to visit the amazing beasts.

3a.Rwanda Documented Her “Ugly” History

Rwanda took their sad history, documented it and created a plan to move forward. In other countries, *cough cough*, we don’t teach our children the truth of our civil wars without tribal sentiments. In Rwanda, the world comes to learn about the GENOCIDE and the RECOVERY.

4. Rwanda Attracts Global Companies
Rwanda is no longer the ugly duckling / poor step-cousin of East Africa. The country is looking in new, amazing directions. In the last year, some top companies have moved to Rwanda including & . Now, the tech revolution of Africa is expanding into Rwanda.
5a. President Paul Kagame is on a roll
President Paul Kagame is on a roll and Rwanda is all the better for it. Whether or not you agree with his politics, his policies have done amazing things for Rwanda. He talks the talk and walks the walk. Some of his best quotes are hilarious and inspiring at the same time…
5b. Some quotes from President Kagame:
“We have been in the positions of horses; we must change that and be riders of horses & donkeys.” “Success built on internally-generated ideas breeds confidence & fosters dignity.”
“We recognize that trade and investment, and not aid, are pillars of development.” “God has done what He needs to do—given us life and the positions of leadership and now the question is what we can do with that.”
6. Experience Rwanda
If you’re looking for an affordable country to relax, explore, soak in nature and uncover culture / history, you should visit Rwanda. Apart from the fact that Kigali is voted the cleanest city in Africa, the rest of the country is just mind-blowing. THIS IS RWANDA.
7a. Rwanda has a ‘national carrier’
Rwanda has a ‘national carrier’ that works. Okay, without dabbling into the back and forth argument, can we give a shout out to ? My Lord! In a world of stiff competition with older more established airlines, RwandAir is changing the market shape.
7b. It makes sense to have a national carrier that will bring people into your country, when you’ve done the ground work to improve tourism services and attract investments. Against all odds, RwandAir is the most affordable African airline of quality. FACT!
8.Rwanda is the Place to be
Rwanda has set itself up as the meeting hot spot in Africa. Wonder why many conferences go to Rwanda? Kigali is serviced by major airlines, visa on arrival for $30, the city is clean, facilities work and the people are warm! This is how to build a country’s tourism footfall.
9.Rwanda Understands Regional Collaboration
There is strength in unity! Kenya and Uganda have overshadowed Rwanda in the East for a long time. Instead of fighting this, Rwanda signed on to the East African Tourist Visa that allows access to all 3 countries. So if you go to Kenya, you can easily dash into Rwanda!
10. Rwanda is safe!
I took a motor (bike) at 1am from my hotel to the airport because I wanted to catch a super early flight out of Kigali. I never felt unsafe for one minute, moving around. There’s fun, safety, activities, art, history, culture, tech and nature! In one country.

I loved Rwanda and I cannot wait to visit again. I know how fascinating this experience was for me and even though I enjoyed every bit of Rwanda, I was also inspired by such a tiny country.

What do you think about Rwanda?



In January 2016, on my way to Nnewi, I stopped to see the Radio Nigeria South East Zonal Director in Enugu. Ken Ike Okere had an idea, to replicate the sort of literary society he had helped nurture in Abuja, and wanted to know if I was game. And so began a love affair with the Coal City, flying in to attend the monthly Enugu Literary Society meetings, till the whirlwind of MADE IN NIGERIA struck. And, still, Enugu was my 2nd stop. I tell you. Not till Maiduguri, a year later, did I find an audience as embracing as the one I found in 042.

So, in 2017, when I bumped into Patrick Okigbo III in Abuja, and he told me about this thing he was doing in Enugu – this Centre for Memories, conjuring images of ghostly figures striding out of the harmattan mist on a cold December morning – I told him, if there’s anything I can do to help, let me know.

And he did – after he’d run a rousing campaign for Osita Chidoka in Anambra, and Nnanna Ude had called to ask me to speak for 10 minutes at the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, and he and Nnanna Ude had started a Guest Speaker Series, ‘Nkata Umu Ibe’, in Enugu –  after all this, Patrick Okigbo III called to know if I would be their 4th ‘distinguished speaker’.

Me? True. This is not an easy path to follow, you know? After Professor Okey Ndibe, and Professor Chidi Odinkalu, and Dr. Okey Ikechukwu, and knowing Chief John Nnia Nwodo would be 5th, me?? So, I went first – as every child in troubled times is guided by our culture – to my mother’s hut. And she put a few words in my mouth and said, Speak from the heart. And then I went to Enugu. To Enugu Sports Club, to be exact, where the history etched into the timber columns and the high ceilings had me staring. You see? Ben Etiaba, Chairman of the Club, gave me the tour himself. Stopping on the way to introduce Stan Okoronkwo, ex-Enugu Rangers from the legendary ‘70s squad, and Professor and Professor Okonkwo, the pleasant parents of Ndidi Nwuneli. And I thought again – me??

Because there to listen, in a hall quickly filling up, was Dr Joe Nworgu, former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. To his far right was an old friend of my mother’s, and former FRCN boss, Chief Kelvin Ejiofor. And to his immediate left was an old friend of my father’s, and former DG of the National Orientation Agency, Professor Elo Amucheazi. You see? I am as I am. The jeans I feel most comfortable in, and the shirt with sleeves rolled up to the elbows. I am often awkward in Nigerian social circles because I am not great at protocol and so can offend without meaning to. You understand? But Professor Amucheazi sat me close, even before the lecture, and said, ‘I am very proud of you’. And this is the confidence Love gives – to validate first.

So, I went to the lectern, where the speaker stands alone. From there I saw the amazing Igbo poet, Amarachi Atama, who had come from the screening of her latest documentary, ‘Biafuru’ to be present. Further back, Osinayah Prince Agu, who I knew had come all the way from Aba. From there, I remembered the warnings of Nnanna Udeh and Patrick Okigbo III, to expect an expectant crowd, for the hall had erupted in spontaneous applause when they were told I was coming, how Nnanna then laughed at the look on my face and added, ‘No pressure!’ And so, I gripped the lectern with two hands, took a deep breath – thought of my mother and the grey that charges like smouldering fire through her hair – and began to speak.

“We must, even in the face of excessive provocation, maintain our demand for a more meritocratic society where people are judged not by their tribe or religion but by their competence and ability. Because it is only this that can release the potential of this nation and all of its constituent parts. That is why Meritocracy is an Ideal worth fighting for. That is why it is an Ideal worth dying for. That is why we cannot give up on it simply because of the odds stacked against it, or because other people are acting differently and succeeding thereby. No. It is in times like these, in the face of frustration and overwhelming resistance, that we must remember proverbs like ‘mberede ka e ji a ma dike’. Because if apartheid could end in South Africa, if segregation could end in America, then meritocracy is possible in Nigeria. But in the pursuit of that Ideal there will be many days when we will be tempted to give up on our innermost convictions and give in to what is most convenient. It is on those days that we must remember the weight and import of that hallowed command, ‘Jide Ofo!’ For if we do, if we hold on to our Ideals and refuse to let go no matter what this world does to us, then there is, and will always be, hope for the better parts of our collective humanity.”


This is what I said. And Professor Elo Amucheazi rose to his feet. And Ben Etiaba brought out a fresh bottle of Hennessy, tipped a little to the concrete floor, and said, ‘You have done me great honour’. It is true, I tell you, that there is never a time the truth should not be spoken. But, know this too, every truth has its time to be heard. So, if your heart stirs consistently in a certain direction, rugged and rough, persevere in what it asks you to say. For, my brother, you can never tell by looking at the turbulence around you in which Times you live. True. This is what we mean when we say, ‘Jide Ofo’. It is how to walk through the darkness…

042 I thank you for the love.


(1) Nkata Ume Ibe – the distinguished Guest Speaker Series of the Centre for Memories – holds on the First Fridays of every month at Enugu Sports Club, Enugu.


(2) Enugu Literary Society holds its meeting on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Radio House, Enugu.


For did you not know? There is no tsunami that does not begin with a wave.

Twitter Thread: Top 20 Books on Nigerian History by‏ @chrisngwodo

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I have been asked to recommend books on Nigerian history.

So here’s a list of books that will enhance your understanding of Nigeria’s past (and very likely its present).

The list is by no means exhaustive and there are many good books not on this list. So here goes:

1.Just Before Dawn – Kole Omotosho

Kole Omotoso’s brilliant reconstruction of Nigerian history from the colonial era to the 1980s is the foremost example of Nigerian “faction” writing. A very good read.

2. Dare Babarinsa – House of War

Babarinsa’s tour de force is probably the best treatment of the travails of Obafemi Awolowo and his political movement during the Second Republic. It is also an objective take on the opposition politics of the Second Republic as essayed by the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

3. Richard A. Joseph – The Rise and Fall of the Second Republic

Richard Joseph, like the recently departed Anthony Kirk-Green, is one of the keenest scholars of Nigeria. In this indepth study, he shows how prebendalism led to the collapse of the Second Republic and continues to haunt Nigerian governance.

4. Toyin Falola – The Violence in Nigeria (The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies)

Toyin Falola offers a masterly, detailed and rigorously researched history of religious violence in Nigeria during the period spanning the late 1970s and the late 1980s.

5. Africa in Ebullition – Honourable Adegoke Adelabu

Apart from Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Renascent Africa, Adelabu offers the best insight into the idealism that animated the anti colonial movement. Written in an inimitable and distinctively extravagant prose style.

6. Instability and Political Order – Billy Dudley

Billy Dudley belongs in the pantheon of Nigeria’s greatest political scientists along with Claude Ake and Bala Usman. Here’s his authoritative take on the crises that defined Nigeria’s early years and which led to the implosion of the First Republic.

7. Ethnic Politics in Nigeria – Okwudiba Nnoli

The foremost examination of the history and construction of ethnic identity and identity politics in Nigeria by a scholar who must be in his 80s now but is still going strong.
A classic.

8. Reflections on the Nigerian Civil War: Facing The Future – Raph Uwechue

Arguably the most nuanced take on the complex dynamics of the civil war by a participant observer. Raph Uwechue’s reflections on the subject are studied, rigorously thought through and well considered.

9. For The liberation of Nigeria – Yusufu Bala Usman

Bala Usman, one of Nigeria’s greatest ideological thinkers delivers a searing critique of Nigerian foreign policy in the 1970s&an examination of Nigeria’s place in the world.

10. Soldiers of Fortune (Nigerian Politics from Buhari to Babangida) 1983 – 1993 –
Max Siollun

For those that missed the military era of the 1980s and 1990s, delivers the best rendition of the events of that period in living colour and with uncommon nuance.

11. June 12 1993: Annulment – Abraham Oshoko

Abraham Oshoko’s Graphic historical trilogy of books about the June 12 crisis is one of the best treatments of the subject there is. A bold creative take on history backed up with solid research.

12. The Trouble With Nigeria – Chinua Achebe

Written in 1983, Achebe’s classic critique of the Nigerian condition possesses a currency that makes it both disturbing and prophetic. It’s still essential reading.

13. The Manipulation of Religion in Nigeria (1977 -1987) – Yusufu Bala Usman

Bala Usman exposes the sordid underbelly of religious populism essayed by religious and political charlatans in the Second Republic. Nigerian Politicians have been manipulating religious sensibilities for a long time. This is an early diagnostic of their nefarious methods.

14. Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria’s Military Coup Culture (1966 -1976)
– Max Siollun

again delivers a sobering and nuanced portrayal of a turbulent and bloody period of Nigerian history. Clinical, incisive and even tempered without the histrionics that often undermines other treatments of the subject.

15. Religion, Politics and Power in Northern Nigeria – Matthew Hassan Kukah

A fascinating exploration of the power dynamics of Northern Nigeria by one of Nigeria’s foremost public intellectuals.

16. The Misrepresentation of Nigeria – Yusufu Bala Usman

A brilliant polemic by Bala Usman and Alkasum Abba that deconstructs ethnic (and religious) irredentism in Nigeria and exposes the political opportunism of identity entrepreneurs.

17. One Nigeria: The Birth and Evolution of an Idea – Dike-Ogu Chukwumerije

A clinical and dispassionate examination of the roots of Nigerian nationalism and the national question by . A top top read.

18. The Northern Elements Progressive Union and the Politics of Radical Nationalism in Nigeria (1938 – 1960) – Alkasum Abba

The compelling and dramatic history of one of the greatest political movements in Nigeria.

19. History of West Africa since 1800 – Elizabeth Isichei

Elizabeth Isichei is in the exalted league of historians including JF Ade-Ajayi, Kenneth Dike, Peter Ekeh and Obaro Ikime (who’s Groundwork of Nigerian History is also recommended). Her sweeping portrait of two centuries of change in West Africa is a worthwhile read.

20. Writing the Wrong – Chidi Amuta

Along with Stanley Macebuh, Nosa Osaigbovo and Adebayo Williams, Chidi Amuta belongs to a tradition of excellent essayists and op-Ed columnists. This 1000-page tome is a collection of his essays spanning nearly three decades and brimming with insight on various topical issues over the years.


PS: For now. As I said, this isn’t an exhaustive list and there are many great books that aren’t on it. I personally recommend these. The key is to read widely, broadly and deeply. History, like all human experience is many-sided. Truth is often the golden mean.
Happy reading.

CREDIT: This thread is developed by Chris Ngwodo, an Analyst, Thinker, Writer, Public Speaker and Consultant. You can follow him on Twitter via











Meet Karim Waris Olamilekan – The 11-year-old Nigerian artist who moved President Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, walks on stage at the New Africa Shrine in Lagos with 11-year-old, Kareem Waris Olamilekan, a young Nigerian artist who drew his portrait.
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, walks on stage at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos with 11-year-old, Kareem Waris Olamilekan, a young Nigerian artist who drew his portrait.

French President Emmanuel Macron has praised the skills of an 11-year-old Nigerian artist who drew a stunning portrait of him in just two hours.

Kareem Waris Olamilekan drew a portrait of President Macron during his visit to Fela Kuti’s New Africa Shrine in Lagos Tuesday.
Macron was on a two-day visit to Nigeria and attended a cultural showcase at the venue to announce the launch of the Season of African Cultural Season, scheduled to hold in France in 2020.
11-year old Nigerian hyperrealist artist, Kareem Olamilekan draws portrait of French President's Macron at the African shrine on July 3, 2018.
11-year old Nigerian hyperrealist artist, Kareem Olamilekan draws portrait of French President’s Macron at the African shrine on July 3, 2018.
While waiting for the President to arrive, Olamilekan got to work and created a portrait of Macron, which was presented to him by the event’s host, Nigerian singer, Banky W.
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A visibly moved Macron touched heads with Olamilekan and later took to Twitter to appreciate his work.
He posted a short video of the moment, with the caption, “Very touched. Congrats to this young boy.”
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Olamilekan is one of the youngest members of a growing community of artists in Lagos creating hyper-realistic charcoal and pencil paintings.
Hyperrealism is a genre of art that produces hand-drawn images resembling high-resolution photos.
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Other young Nigerian creatives, like Arinze Stanley and Oscar Ukonu, are using their art to mirror real life.
It’s an aesthetic growing in popularity, amongst both the local art community and an avid global audience.

During the event organized by TRACE media, President Macron was treated to a display from top contemporary Nigerian visual artists Ndidi Emefiele, Abraham Onoriode Oghobase and Victor Ehikhamenor, curated by ArtX Lagos fair founder, Tokini Peterside.

Abayi records first TEDx event in Abia State


The first independent TEDx event in Abia State Nigeria was successfully held recently in Abayi on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Eldorado Event Center in the industrial capital of Abia State with the initial theme “Build The Future”.

The novel event attracted Students, youths, entrepreneurs, academia and technocrats.

Some of the distinguished personalities who spoke at the event included Clinton Tochukwu Chukwueke, Inventor and change agent; Grace Ihejiamaizu, Founder Opportunity Desk; Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli, Content Strategist and Medical Laboratory Scientist; Laiza Elizabeth Kalu, Founder MANIFEST Network; Akudinobi Tony George Chidi, Visual Thinker and Founder Hammerhead Group; Emeka Nobis, Thought leader, writer and coach.


The speakers in line with the theme discussed Narrative Medicine: The power of storytelling and the future of healthcare; Erasing limitations: Building the future with your voice and influence; Changing the future through building ideological movements; Build the future: objects of African Heartsong; amongst others.


Abayi  has joined major cities in the likes of Owerri, Marrakech, Euston, Paris, Silicon Valley, Oxford, Lagos and 1600 other places that have held TEDx conferences, all organized by passionate volunteers.


TEDxAbayi is licensed by TED, a US-based not-for-profit enterprise devoted to the propagation of ideas worth spreading. It celebrates and spreads locally-driven ideas in technology, science, entertainment, design and business, through conferences in more than 100 languages across the world. In January 2017, Omotayo Olorunfemi was licensed to host TEDxAbayi as a standard TEDx event for Abia.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. But a TED conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline, and exploring how they all connect.



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I read a very nice story about the #UbuntuCulture in #Africa and the motivation behind it. Found it #TooGoodNotToShare . An Anthropologist proposed a game to the African tribal children. He placed a basket of sweets near a tree and made the children stand 100 metres away.

He then announced that whoever reaches first would get all the sweets in the basket and said ‘ready steady go!’ Do you know what these children did? They all held each other’s hands, ran together towards the tree, divided the sweets equally among themselves and enjoyed the sweets.

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When the Anthropologist asked them why they did so, they answered #Ubuntu Which means – How can one be happy when the others are sad? Ubuntu in their language means ‘I am because we are’.

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Now this is a wonderfully Strong message for all generations. Let all of us always have this attitude and spread happiness wherever we go. Let’s have an #Ubuntu Life. What a great message on coexistence. I AM BECAUSE WE ARE Please help me spread it.. #IAmBecauseWeAre.


CREDIT: Sunil Sawhney is an ex CEO/MD Pepsi Nigeria