School play x-rays cor­rup­tion

Sunday Trust - - ART & IDEAS - By Hafash Ahmed Matazu By Fumi Favour Si­mon

The Span­ish Em­bassy, Abuja, has an­nounced the 12th edi­tion of its an­nual vis­ual arts com­pe­ti­tion. A re­lease by the em­bassy said the event themed, ‘Span­ish Fes­ti­vals and Tra­di­tional Cel­e­bra­tions,’ will fea­ture an awards cer­e­mony and art ex­hi­bi­tion of the fi­nal­ists of the 2018 out­ing.

It also said over 70 en­tries were sub­mit­ted this year for the com­pe­ti­tion, from all parts of the coun­try. There were paint­ings, sculp­tures, in­stal­la­tions, pho­to­graphs and mixed me­dia works.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, there was an ini­tial pre-se­lec­tion process, with 18 works reach­ing the fi­nal. On Tues­day 6th De­cem­ber, the se­lec­tion panel met to an­a­lyse the art­works, their re­la­tion to the topic, their artis­tic and tech­ni­cal qual­i­ties, which al­to­gether lead to the se­lec­tion of three art­works that will be given awards.

The se­lec­tion panel was con­sti­tuted by H.E. Mr. Marcelino Ca­banas An­sorena, Am­bas­sador of Spain, Mrs. Chinze Ojobo, Pres­i­dent of the Fe­male Artists As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria, Mr. Jess Castel­lote, Art Col­lec­tor and au­thor of sev­eral books on Nige­rian arts, Mrs. Mary Ameh, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the So­ci­ety of Nige­rian Artists and Mr. Chris Obadan, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Na­tional Gallery of Art.

Fi­nal­ists in­clude Ab­bas Tomi Se­gun, Adaoma Joy Nn­abeze, At­tahiru Abubakar, Chuk­wue­meka Jude Ok­wuba and Deb­o­rah Ebute Jonathan. Oth­ers are Es­sang Etim Ef­fiong, He­len Ogochukwu Nzete, Ibrahim Mo­hammed Afeg­bua and Iphang-Ishor David Ngaji.

Also on the list are Ke­leshi PAGE 27 PIC3.JPG Charles Nwaneri, Kings­ley Nnae­meka Ebun­yebe, Modes­tus Chuk­wuka Ukeoma, Nguher Gabrielle Zaki and Od­i­nakachi Kings­ley Oko­rafor.

Oluwase­gun Charles Phillips, Onyinye Mary­rose Afam, Sor Sen and Ugochukwu Julius Iroegbu also made the list.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, billed for Oc­to­ber 11 at the Thought Pyra­mid Art Cen­tre, Abuja, is or­gan­ised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Gallery of Art and will show­case the works of the fi­nal­ists and the win­ners un­veiled.

Olashore In­ter­na­tional School staged a play ti­tled, ‘Etiti: All Eyes on You’ last week to cel­e­brate her 25th an­niver­sary in Abuja. The play fo­cused on con­tem­po­rary is­sues in the Nige­rian so­ci­ety, rang­ing from cor­rup­tion, un­em­ploy­ment, in­jus­tice, vi­o­lence, and sev­eral more that eat at the coun­try like a can­cer. It ad­dresses var­i­ous is­sues, most es­pe­cially prob­lems con­fronting the youths and the non­cha­lance of some peo­ple in power.

‘Etiti: All Eyes on You’ aims to reawaken lead­ers’ con­scious­ness of the fact that there is an see­ing eye who watches ev­ery deed, good or evil.

Prince Abim­bola Olashore, who is the Chair­man, Board of Gov­er­nors, de­scribed the play as con­tem­po­rary and added that, “if you are not do­ing some­thing for the youth, it will cre­ate a prob­lem for them down the road, es­pe­cially now that elec­tion is around the cor­ner. El­ders need to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youth to ex­press them­selves.”

The pro­ducer/direc­tor of the play, Mr Fatomiloya Ola­dosu said the play aims at mak­ing Nige­ri­ans look in­ward.

Olashore In­ter­na­tional School was es­tab­lished in 1994 and is lo­cated at Iloko-Ijesa, Osun State.

Members of the jury dur­ing the se­lec­tion process

A scene in the drama

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