This year’s FELABRATION SECONDARY SCHOOL DEBATE, comes up inside the FREEDOM PARK, Central Lagos, on Wednesday October 10, 2018. Take off time is 9am. And this year’s topic is “Creation Of State Police In Nigeria”.
The schools participating in this year’s competition include; Ipakode Senior Grammar School, Ikorodu, Epe Girls Senior High School, Epe, Herbert Macaulay Senior Girls High School, Sabo Yaba, Ajara Senior Grammar School, Badagry and Ejigbo Senior High School, Ejigbo, Lagos.
Others include Rainbow College, Surulere, Baptist Academy, Obanikoro, Ikorodu Road, St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Aunty Ayo International School, Keffi, Ikoyi and Vivian Fowler Memorial College For Girls, Ikeja.
The FELABRATION ORGANISING COMMITTEE, is determined to enhance the standard of this annual secondary schools debate going forward. The committee therefore recently organised a capacity building workshop for teachers from the participating schools, inside the Freedom Park, Lagos. Renowned debater, Mr. Borha and relevant directors from the Lagos State ministry of Education were the resource persons at the workshop. The mission is for FELABRATION to give back to society by impacting on these kids, the fundamental knowledge required to become world class debaters.
The FELABRATION SECONDARY SCHOOLS DEBATE was established not only to bring out the best in logical thought processes of the school children, but also, to sensitise them on burning topical national issues. Over the years this segment of the FELABRATION Festival has attracted the best of secondary schools students in Lagos. It has the backing of the Lagos State Ministry of Education. Above all, it is about the biggest debate platform for Lagos secondary schools. It is usually the first event in the annual Festival dedicated globally to celebrate the times, life and music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Africa’s Biggest Music Export ever. It comes about a week to the main 7 day long fiesta. FELABRATION was founded by Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, eldest child of the music genius. This 2018 edition is about the 19th .
Past winners include Vetland College, Ifako Ijaye, Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State Model College, Ikosi Agbowa..Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, Ikeja..
The days ahead will reveal the names of the distinguished judges for this year’s event as well as the mouth watering prizes attached.
Herdsmen attack 11 Plateau villages, kill 86, torch 50 houses - JONATHAN PENS DOWN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT AND TO ALL NIGERIANS
TO: PRESIDENT BUHARI, VICE PRESIDENT OSINBAJO, TEAM, LEADERS OF VARIOUS GROUPS
FROM: CITIZEN IER JONATHAN
SPECIAL ATTENTION: NIGERIANS AT HOME & IN DIASPORA
CC: HEADS OF GOVERNMENTS WORLDWIDE, HEADS OF AFRICAN UNION, EROPEAN UNION & ALL OTHER REGIONAL UNIONS, HEADS OF ALL UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES, HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES AND ALL FRIENDS OF NIGERIA WORLDWIDE
DATE: 25 JUNE 2018
SUBJECT: NIGERIAN KILLINGS - PRAYERS & PETITIONS FOR THE NIGERIAN
PEOPLE & THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Dear President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo,
You will understand Sirs if I do not stand on ceremony this morning. We lost too many people this weekend in Plateau State. Please be reminded that the primary purpose of your government is the security and welfare of the Nigerian people (Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, Chapter II, Section 14b). The Constitution you both swore to defend so solemnly before the God of Heaven, with Nigerians and the whole world as witnesses on 29 May 2015. We want you to succeed but you and your team have largely been unable to stand by this oath you took in 2018.
Your administration has been unable to prevent mass killings of Nigerian children, women and men across the country especially in Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara with other states not spared the brunt by terrorists and bandits.
There are all sorts of technological tools such as drones, satellites etc. and a willing international community ready to support your team with anticipating and apprehending these terrorists and mass murderers and their funders. Why has your administration been unable to successfully deploy these tools and assets to find the killers of these Nigerians and their funders and why have we continued to daily lose Nigerian civilians, policemen and soldiers?
The latest wanton killings of our children, sisters, brothers in Plateau over the weekend and other areas where there have been communal clashes demonstrates the glaring security failure for the whole world to see. And the killers continue to be emboldened. It seems as if for thousands of Nigerians who voted in this government, their reward has been death and untold suffering, hardship and loss of loved ones.
You have variously told us that the killers are bandits, foreigners and mercenaries etc. How do you know this? Where is your proof? Who are they? Where are their funders? With all the intelligence at your disposal and the success of your Bank Verification Number programme, how come your administration has not followed the money and fished out the killer-funders while using all at its disposal to anticipate and prevent these attacks and keep Nigerians safe?
If the heads of the responsible agencies are unable to do their job, you should have, as a matter of urgency sacked them and appointed those who could. Our police and army officers are suffering too.
Has the Presidency become so inured to the loss of lives and the hundreds being displaced daily that it will not take urgent and radical steps to stop these killings? It is instructive that immediately a Major General in the Army was attacked by bandits a few days ago in one of our states, our security agencies swung into action, conducted air raids on the bandits' hideout and caught the alleged culprits.
They even arrested their alleged funder. It seems that this administration is not committed and willing to urgently secure the lives of 'ordinary' and poor Nigerian citizens, civilians and lower-ranking security agents but will move swiftly to ensure justice for a high-ranking soldier. I do not begrudge the major general his protection - He is first and foremost human and Nigerian like all of us and deserves the best protection and justice available. I simply ask you to ensure protection and justice for ALL Nigerians - even the poor in the farming communities you swore to protect. If you are unable OR unwilling to do this job, why don't you resign?
I may get insulted by all and sundry who work with you or think they benefit by associating with you or by those from your particular circles and tribes and religious affiliations. I may even be persecuted by your security agents (I sincerely hope they have bigger fish to fry and terrorists to catch but who knows with the show of shame we have seen at Unity Fountain Abuja as they harangue citizens asking you to Bring Back Our Girls?) but the question now remains Sirs, where is your humanity? Do the pictures of those poor children not move you to radical and urgent action? What use is your power if you cannot use it for good? If you are unable to secure the lives of the
Nigerian people against terrorists, ask for help from our international friends and more boots on the ground. There is no shame in that. I have no power to remove you. Only God who allowed you into your leadership position does. It is my prayer that He will have mercy on Nigerians and if you fail to speedily arrest this situation, save our lives by sacking your administration from your positions of power by any way He deems fit before this country descends into outright anarchy and appointing more competent and willing people into your positions. Amen.
To the others!!!!
Dear Governors of Nigerian States - especially Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba & Zamfara
We know campaigns and elections are almost upon us and many of you aim to retain your positions. Please remember that you cannot govern dead people. As the Chief Security Officers of your state, I call on you to use the (in)famous security vote you all receive to protect your people. Please help support the police and other security agencies to carry out their duties. We know that our Constitution does not give you power over the Commissioners of Police in your states etc but surely, there must be ways to use this security vote and empower our communities by putting in place early warning systems which can help evacuate the areas before the attackers get there? It is my fervent prayer that God will give you wisdom and open doors to enable you better serve your people in this regard and if any of you are more concerned with winning elections in 2019 than ensuring the welfare and security of his people, may God speedily remove you and have your place taken by another who will better serve his or her people. Amen.
Dear Traditional Rulers,
Save our Souls. Please use your good office to influence whatever you can. And may our God order your steps. If there be any working against their people, may God Himself depose them and raise up Traditional Rulers ready to serve. Amen.
Dear Religious Leaders,
Whether Christian or Muslim, when will you come together and speak as one? Whose voice is heard praising the Creator from the grave? What congregations will you have by the time all the churches, mosques and shrines are ravaged and desecrated and all the worshippers hacked to death? Please come together and speak with one voice. Demand better security and welfare. Please put pressure on our leaders to do the right thing by God who put them here and ensure our safety. May God enable you use your positions of influence for good at this time. None of you are safe. If the Shiites and Catholics and other Christians and Muslims cannot worship in safety and are being denied their fundamental rights to security today, what makes you think it will not be you or your own group tomorrow? Let us not be deceived, none of us are safe in this country. May God the Creator strengthen our bonds of unity and deliver us at this time from the failures of this administration. And may He guide you at this time.
Dear Fellow Nigerians,
As you read this, you may be wondering, who is this person? Depending on your leaning and affiliation, you may be saying, how come it is now this writer is demanding the resignation of this government and saying these prayers? I am truly an ordinary Nigerian and do not hold any powerful position. I am simply human like you and cannot take this anymore. Your safety and mine are not guaranteed. And it has been so for decades - it has worsened under this present administration and unless you live in the centre of a major city, we are all in danger of being massacred by these terrorists, murderers and bandits.
Let us not even talk about the kidnappers - many people we know have experienced that already. Question: are we an accursed people? Maybe we are. We will hear of the latest massacre, exclaim, forward it on social media and then go about our business even as terrorists continue to massacre our fellow Nigerians and gain more ground across the country. Our safe spaces continue to shrink. Our police and army officers have also been killed in numbers. And we are all standing by watching it happen. If we do not speak up now, there will be no one to speak up for us when the terrorists get to our various towns and villages and slaughter our children, sisters, mothers and fathers.
I cannot work today as I think on those killed with such impunity in Plateau this weekend and will be calling for 3 days of mourning in my office. I urge those of us who can to do the same. Some of us who have not yet been touched by these terrorists may say all manner of things and continue to defend the glaring failures of this administration for whatever reason. I will say that may God show us all the same mercy we show the fallen and the bereaved in this country in due course.
We remember our fallen children and sisters and brothers both civilian and non-civilian across Nigeria - in all the states of the Federation especially Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara and pray God have mercy on their souls. May their deaths not be in vain. And may He heal their loved ones and bring the killers and funders of these killers to justice Himself. Amen.
Dear Nigerian Civil Society, NGOs and Humanitarian Workers,
We have been together on different issues and continue to speak up. This work is thankless and tiring. We are often in danger as we go to different places to offer succour and relief. Our task would not be so enormous if our federal, state and local governments were doing their jobs well. Please let us not give up. It is darkest before dawn. Let us stand together like never before and insist on better welfare and security for the Nigerian people including our police officers and soldiers. Let us not be swayed and distracted by various obfuscations and dramas but keep our eyes on the prize - a Nigeria where we can all go to sleep safe from marauding terrorists and killers.
If you are a Nigerian in diaspora, please write to your representatives and even the President of the country you are in and ask them to help the Nigerian people and free them from the shackles of this present administration. The world cannot afford a Nigeria in shambles with refugees all over West Africa and beyond. This is better imagined than experienced. May the God of Creation direct our noble cause.
Dear Labour Unions and Leaders,
Your silence is deafening. Where are you at this time? Do you only come out when the price of fuel is about to go up? Have you been 'settled'? Or, like many Nigerians, have you been too impoverished by this administration's economic policies to focus and fight? A dead people cannot fight fuel price increases. Please remember that. I urge your leadership and you all to come together and speak for the Nigerian people in the way you have done in the past. This is not the time to roll over and play dead. May God give you courage as you do so. Amen.
Dear Heads of Foreign Governments, Nigeria's allies, African Union, European Union and All Other Multilateral and Intergovernmental Bodies Worldwide
SAVE OUR SOULS!
I am a citizen and can only cry and pray from the pain in my heart. Let me close out with this prayer, familiar to all Nigerians (it is the second verse of our National Anthem) and may they who sing and pray it with lying hearts be judged by our Creator:
O God of Creation, direct our noble cause, guide our leaders right, help our youth the truth to know. In love and honesty to grow, and living just and true, great lofty heights attain, to build a Nigeria where peace and justice shall reign. Amen. Amen. Amen.
God bless Nigeria and all the nations of the world.
Ms. Jonathan is a social worker and ex-United Nations staff. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics & Political Science and from George Washington University, USA and works for a better life for all Nigerians.
SAVE OUR SOULS IN BENUE, THE MIDDLE BELT & ALL AREAS IN NIGERIA UNDER SIEGE FROM TERRORIST HERDSMEN!
We woke up this morning to news that terrorist herdsmen and/or their mercenaries attacked a Catholic Church/Parishioners who went for 5.30am mass in a village @ Ayar Mbalom in Gwer East Local Government in Benue State killing 2 Priests, Father Joseph Gor and Father Felix Tyolaha and, at last count, 13 parishioners. We have personally spoken to the head of the Justice, Development & Peace Commission, Makurdi who is at Gwer mortuary this morning receiving the bodies of those murdered.
We condemn in the strongest terms possible this terror attack on worshippers and other attacks on defenceless Nigerian citizens and call on all to please remember Benue and the Middle Belt in prayers. We also ask those who have friends and family in high places to plead with President Muhammadu Buhari, his security team, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and whoever else may be connected to those funding these killers and big beef interests such as cattle owners who have herdsmen looking after cattle for them in the Benue Valley to use all at their disposal to end this senseless slaughter of unarmed defenceless people in the Benue Valley, in the middle belt, in Zamfara and EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THIS COUNTRY!
These militant herdsmen and their mercenaries, a group dubbed the 3rd most lethal terrorist group in the world, are slowly wiping out Nigerians to presumably further their cattle business interests.
WE REJECT IN TOTALITY THE UNGODLY IDEA THAT CATTLE MATTER MORE THAN HUMAN LIVES and call on all who have an iota of humane feeling in them to end this madness before it consumes us all and leaves us without a country.
Since 2013, over 60 terror attacks have taken place in Benue alone leaving thousands dead and tens of thousands displaced.
We call on all humane persons and groups around the world to come to the aid of our farming and worship communities and end these terror attacks across Nigeria and especially in Benue, our food basket which also threatens our collective food security.
For more information, please visit www.savebenuenigeria.org
for Benue Valley Professionals Network
“BABA AT 80 : OVERTAKING OVERTAKE “, is the theme of this year’s FELABRATION.
FELA will be, posthumously, 80 years old this year, October 15. FELABRATION 2018, is poised to celebrate the milestone. This year’s event holds between October 15-21, 2018. And the theme song is FELA’S hit tune, “Overtake Don Overtake Overtake”.
The event kicks off on that Monday 15, with its traditional Symposium Discussions, “The FELA Debates”. This is a segment of the annual festival which provokes intellectual discourse around topical contemporary African issues. These debates seek to engage today’s people in espousing ideas and ideals towards solving the myriad of problems confronting the African Continent. It usually parades a pool of discussants from across the various strata of the society, each bringing individual’s experience to bear on the chosen topic for the day, from across the Africa Continent. Prof. Patrick Lumumba, the renowned Kenya Anti-Corruption advocate was the Chief Speaker last year. Prof Yemi Osibajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria was once a Lead Speaker at the event. This year promises another world famous personalities as the Speakers.
However the Secondary School Debates which is built around children’s competitiveness in logic, comes a few weeks before the main festival commences. It is usually a contest between the private and public schools in Lagos state, Nigeria. This year is no exception and the topic of contention for this year will be released soon.
The main event is the 7-day music concerts which commences on the night of the opening day, October 15, 2018. This year, all top Nigeria Artistes have indicated willingness to perform at the festival. Plans are also in top gear to bring in some five star international musicians.
The two contents, FELABRATION ART and AFROBEAT DANCE COMPETITIONS, will make their second appearances this year. These as their names imply are contests amongst youths in the specific areas mentioned. The Art Competition is usually a contest on FELA related issues. While the Afrobeat Dance Competition brings out the best in the dancing prowess of the youths.
These two contents were introduced last year as parts of the FELABRATION 2017’s 20th Anniversary celebration of FELA’S ascension to the great beyond. They have come to stay.
WELCOME TO FELABRATION 2018…”Overtake don Overtake Overtake o”
IMAGES FROM FELABRATION 2017
March 22-25, documentary filmmakers and enthusiasts from around Africa and parts of Europe and the West, will converge on Lagos for the 2018 edition of the yearly I-Rep International Documentary Film Festival. Produced by the Foundation for the Development of Documentary Film Festival in Africa, the festival will be held at its traditional home, Freedom Park in central business district of Lagos Island. This is the eighth edition of the yearly feast of documentary films, which began in 2010.
The 2018 festival is set to build on the momentum from past editions; especially last year’s and will explore the theme: ARCHIVING AFRICA II: Frontiers and New Narratives.
The list of the Festival Special guests is eminent and resourceful. Renowned documentarist of the Nigerian film industry, Professor Jonathan Haynes from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York City will present his new book, Nollywood: The Making of Nigeria’s Film Genre; Professor Paul Ugor from the Illinois State University will present a keynote and, also review Jonathan Haynes’ book.
Chairman of the iREP Board, Professor Awam Amkpa from the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, and Dr. Paul Nwulu, Programs Manager, Ford Foundation West Africa will also be key speakers.
A new addition to the programming content of the annual festival, will be a special artiste showcase that will reflect on the works of Professor. Niyi Coker, E. Desmond Lee Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Media Studies at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Focussing on the multi-skilled artiste’s work in Theatre/Cinema/New media/academia, the showcase is essentially designed to present Prof. Coker to aspiring young filmmakers, to make a career in the arts, especially the Film and the new Media. Prof. Coker has directed over 50 major stage productions around the world. His film credits include; The Black 14 (for FERPA PBS in 1995); Black Studies USA, Pennies for the Boatman, etc. His latest documentary film “Ota Benga: Human at the Zoo” like his previous works, has won serial awards at international film gatherings.
A second showcase will celebrate the life and career of famous filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, who will be 70 on February 26. Founder of the production outfit, Mainframe Opomulero, Tunde Kelani’s award winning works include Ti Olu Ni Ile; Ayo Ni Mo Fe; Saworoide; Arugba; Thunderbolt; Abeni; Maami; and lately Sidi Ilujinle, devised from Wole Soyinka’s classic, The Lion & The Jewel.
A three-day Training programme will precede the formal opening the festival. Starting on Monday March 19, the training will focus on Storytelling, and will be conducted by Mr Yinka Ogun, a well known television/radio content provider/consultant and producer., whose film credits include Abeni, directed by Tunde Kilani; Prince of the Savannah, directed by Bayo Awala, and Maroko, directed by Femi Odugbemi. His selected Television credits include Doctor’s Quarters, and Edge of Paradise, both MNET productions. He is the creator of the award-winning MNET soap opera ‘Tinsel’, and the multiple awards winning ‘Dear mother’.
Rationale/Motif behind theme:
Progress in Africa is still very much befuddled by a quavering attempt at measuring up to expectations of the West on what civilization should be. Africa's striving for progress cannot be isolated from the sense of identifying with values that have defined our humanity over time. African cultural materials are capsules of experiences that have moved us forward as a people and they are important archive of the progress we can make. It is sad, however, that these archives are locked in different museums outside the continent with evident little efforts or willpower by African political leaders to rightly request for the repatriation of such archives. And it is even more disturbing that African historians and researchers seem to show less concern and enthusiasm to trace the locations of the archives for the purpose of harvesting and harnessing the materials for educational benefits of the peoples, especially the younger generation of the continent.
Africa: Between Archives and Progress:
How do we even begin to talk about progress without understanding where it is taking them to, and how do we understand where it is taking us to if we have no sense of where it brought us from. A new demography of young African elite is emerging from the frontiers of new-age mantra of change, with new narratives of progress groomed by Western investment into controlling the culture space within which the minds of Africans operate. There has to be a counter-narrative that repurposes the perspectives of these new narratives, from mere puppets of the West, to expanding the humanity of Africa with its connections. Our investment in archiving our humanity is shamefully minuscular, and so, it has become difficult to extend it into the future and pass it on to the next generation that must continue the journey of progress.
Our past must feed the present to shape a future and documentary filmmaking as a cultural tool must begin to curate the agenda upon which we can begin to define our humanity and measure our progress.
Submission of films opened December 15th 2017 and closed February 10, 2018..
iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival is the prime documentary-only film festival on the coast of West Africa. Since 2011, the festival has brought together the brightest minds in the genre in Nigeria and other parts of the world to showcase their works and as well share experiences through screenings, panel discussions, ‘Producers’ Roundtable’, training, workshops, and networking. Guests’ attendance has been from as vast and diverse countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroun, Egypt, Algeria, Mali as well as the USA, Germany, France, and others.
Above pictures from iRep 2017
Intense rehearsals are going on right now FOR Wole Soyinka's King Baabu Play presentation by De-Park Theatre being directed by Toyin Oshiniake.. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
A play written by the Nobel prize-winner Wole Soyinka. being interpreted by Toyin Oshinaike and Oxygen Koncepts
According to Toyin he says
"With this interpretation King Baabu, you'll be amazed yet amused, at the role 'the other room' plays, in a beastly quest for the pleasure of absolute power.
A comical exaggeration of a collective tragedy.
The Park Theatre has flipped the game,
Park Theatre and Oxzygen Koncepts present:
King BAABU is written by the Nobel Prize-Winner Wole Soyinka.
"General Basha Bash takes power in a bloodless coup d'etat and In the spirit of democracy re-christens himself King Baabu."
King Baabu, after the manner of despotic tendencies, satirically arouses an exaggerated imitation of our participation as a people in a funny yet absurd manner.
With King Baabu, we intend not to abuse nay accuse but rather to use the opportunity to infuse a level of Caution in our choice of leadership yet we also intend that you laugh it off. Easy laughter is a genuine tonic for recession.
Don't get cracked. ⚠
King Baabu features an ensemble of seasoned theatre players which include:
Directed by @toyinoshinaike
Sat'day 12th & Sun13th,
Sat'day 19th &Sun 20th,
& a Special Command Performance on the 27th of August 2017.
Venue: Amphi Theatre @freedompark
1, Hospital Road, Lagos Island (Former Colonial Prisons).
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This version which is being directed by Toyin Oshiniake is awesome just the rehearsals alone will make you giggle and laugh like a kid however the message is NOT lost...
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Sat., Aug.12th & Sun.13th.7pm. @ The Amphitheatre, Freedom Park, Lagos.
The members of the Felabration committee held their press conference for Felabration 2017 on the 2nd of August 2017, This event took place at the Kalakuta Museum (former home of Fela Kuti). Felabration is an annual musical festival which was conceived by the eldest child of Fela, Yeni Anikulakpo-Kuti in memory and celebration of her great father who is most known for his human right activism and also as the pioneer of the Afrobeat genre of music.
The press conference which was well attended by members of the press kicked off with Dotun Ransome Kuti, a member of the Felabration committee, asking other members to join him on the high table, they included: Yeni Kuti, Theo Lawson, Kunle Kuti, Funke Kuti, Nike Nedum and Sam Onyemelukwe. Mr Dotun noted that this year is a special one for Felabration as it is the 20th anniversary, and also informed the audience that the aim of the press conference is to enlighten the public on what the plans of Felabration 2017 are, He said that there have been new additions like the dancing competition, children’s debate, the Dress Like Fela Pagent, street carnival, and the symposium and that we should be expecting a tight package this year, as this might be the best Felabration yet. A short documentary on the previous Felabration events was shown.
The Chairman of the members of the Felabration committee, Theo Lawson in addition to what Dotun Kuti discussed, touched upon what they (members of the committee) strive to do, which is to keep the legacies Fela stood for. Mr Theo announced the theme for this year: THE PROPHECY which is in line with the fact that all of the issues Fela spoke about in his day are still very much happening in our society today. “Nothing has really changed”. He added that the members of the committee hope to act as catalysts to get some positive change which hopefully the 20th anniversary of Felabration will initiate.
Theo Lawson announced that Lagos state has promised to support the event, and also for the very first time they will be a part of the Notting hill carnival coming up later in August, also other cities abroad like Argentina, Brazil, Japan, London, New york and Ghana will be taking part in the Felabration 2017. Furthermore, he highlighted that the members of the committee are planning a tourist package for those who will like to be a part of the festival from abroad, and in respect to this, there are rooms on the top floor of the Kalakuta museum which are being worked on to become boutique hotels where the tourists can lodge comfortably. In conclusion, Mr Lawson shed some light on the importance of the symposium which will be held on the first day of Felabration and encouraged everyone to attend.
Yeni Kuti, gave the vote of thanks and we all proceeded to take a tour of the Kalakuta museum which was an awesome experience, there were interesting sites like Fela’s bedroom in its original state, photographs of the family, and clothing items that belonged to Fela. Now we look forward to an exhilarating Felabration 2017.
Lagos State is 50 years this year, Festac was 40 years ago and Fela Anikulapo Kuti joined the ancestors 20 years ago. That year, the world watched as almost a million people trekked with Fela's remains from TBS to his resting place at Kalakuta. Yet Fela lives, he lives in many of us through his music, his felasophy, his activism and his charm. We must continue to keep his memory and message alive and that is what Felabration is about.
This year’s theme is 'The Prophecy' as it was foretold by our 'Chief Priest', Black President, Original Sufferhead, Fela long ago.."suffering and smiling", "no bread...no light...no water". The official theme song is “Pansa Pansa”!
To mark the 20 years, Felabration is bigger and better; Join us to give a befitting global celebration to the true African hero. Dates are October 9-15. We expect to entertain and engage over 250,000 people this year with over 30 events in 20
Some of the key highlights are listed below and we are excited to announce that we will give updates every few weeks leading up to the Festival.
Lagos State participation and support – Lagos has supported Felabration in the last but this year, His Excellency, The Executive Governor and the entire State Government has stepped up to officially recognize Fela’s iconic status and legacy.
-Tourist package – We are in the final phases of organizing a Tour package to capitalize on the power of Fela’s celebrity to benefit the local economy. The package will help Fela fans across the world travel to Lagos for Felabration. We will make more announcements about this in the coming weeks with Lagos State.
-Crowd funding – As Felabration continues to evolve and modernize, we are leveraging on technology to offer Fela fans across the world the chance to get involved by contributing.
-Trace TV partnership – The FOC has partnered with Trace to raise the profile of Felabration and the Tour package on their channels in 160 countries across Africa and beyond. Trace is also producing a new Felabration documentary. The FOC and Trace will have more announcements in the coming weeks.
“Fela is the single most important foundation for Nigerian and African music and social movement. His life, music and message have paved the way for creatives over the last five decades and it is our honor to partner to celebrate and remember the legacy and “The Prophecy!” Said Sam Onyemelukwe, Managing Director, Trace Nigeria. -Island and Abuja concerts – For the first time ever, we will be holding crowning versions of Felabration on the Island and Abuja this October with details to be announced before the end of the month.
We have licensed Felabration events are being planned in Europe, the US, Asia, other parts of Africa and Nigeria.
Secondary Schools Debate Competition- Topic; African History; Curriculum Necessity or Not. Participating schools are Dowen College (last year winner), Cayley College Kings College, Vivian Fowler. Apata Memorial College, Vettland College, Oke odo Senior Secondary school, Wesley Girls Senior Secondary school, Ogudu Senior Secondary School, Epe Girls Senior Secondary School.
Felabration is now listed on Fest300.
New Felabration events include the Felabration Artwork competition in which entries from as far as Japan and France have been received. The winning entries will be displayed throughout Felabration.
Felabration Afrobics Dance Competition. Date of entry to the competition closed on the 31st of July 2017 and qualifying rounds will take place in September 2017. The winners will perform at Felabration.
There' are plans for a Dress Like Fela Day during Felabration and details will be announced soon.
Authorized merchandise dealers will make their products available during Felabration. There's a plan to live stream F17 and more details will follow.
Other Features – The Symposium: "40years after Festac, 20years after Fela; wither the Pan African dream?" Keynote speaker: Prof. Patrice L.O. Lumumba (Kenya), celebrated speaker on African issues. School debates and a street carnival will be announced shortly.
Felabration 2017 will feature in the Notting hill carnival and in many cities around the World.
Visit www.felabration.net for more information*
The annual tree planting campaign day in Lagos state took place at the State Junior High School (special) on the 14th of July 2017 at 10am. This event is an initiative of the Lagos state Government, adopted for restoring the ecological glory of the state and combating the impact of climate change. It also aims to enlighten the general public on the many benefits of tree planting in our society.
This event which was anchored by Lanre Babatunde commenced with an invitation of dignitaries to the high table amongst which were: The representative of the Governor of Lagos state, Dr Babatunde Aweleje, The chairperson for the council of arts and culture in Lagos state, Mrs Polly Alakija, representative of the commissioner of environment Honorable Sherrif Balogun and few others. All guests then proceeded to recite the national anthem.
The first speaker of the day was the public affairs officer for Lagos state office of disability, Mr Adeniyi Adebowale , He explained that the reason why the event was held at the State Junior High School for special students is because those living with disabilities are not to be left out in this initiative.
The representative for the commissioner of environment, Honorable Sherrif Balogun welcomed guests and also congratulated Governor Ambode for this development which has been on for a decade. He explained that the theme for this year which is Think green, Plant trees and Live green is to inculcate Lagosians on the habit of tree planting. He added that the over population in Lagos has caused tree planting to reduce and how the government has been able to plant 1.5 million trees in 2016, which helped to create 27,500 new jobs. Honorable Sherrif made it very clear that cutting of trees without the permission of LASPARK is an offence which is punishable by law. He concluded by urging Lagosians to team up with the government to help reform the environmental sector.
Students of the State Junior High School presented an impressive cultural dance display as well as a drama presentation which left the guests in awe of their talents. The last speaker of the day was the representative of the Governor of Lagos state who read out the speech which was sent by the Governor. In this speech Governor Ambode noted that the annual tree planting campaign is critical to the administrative agenda. He also stated that the theme of this year is in line with environmental sustainability and that over 6 million trees have been planted in the state so far. He added that trees are essential as they provide food, shelter, health benefits and also they are the cheapest mitigation options.
Governor Ambode concluded his speech by appreciating loyal partners of this event like Eco bank and urged them to sustain their support, so together they can achieve their aim. He wishes all Lagosians a happy tree planting day. The event closed with closing remarks form the principal of State Junior High School Mrs. Osude.
A Bit of Mississippi History - C.M.Carrier’s Lumber and Manufacturing Company and “The Carrier Line”. By David Dickerson
Before railroad development opened up the region, the area known as the Mississippi Delta was covered in virgin hardwood forests. The area between the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers, and between Memphis and Vicksburg is generally a flat alluvial flood plain interspersed with many meandering rivers and bayous. Even though there were some cotton plantations in the region, it wasn’t until the building of the railroads that region began to develop. The Illinois Central mainline between Jackson, Grenada and Memphis skirted well east of the delta region. The Louisville, New Orleans & Texas RR was built through the heart of the region in 1882-4, and acquired by IC subsidiary Yazoo & Mississippi Valley in 1892. Y&MV built a network of branch lines throughout the delta. As railroads were built in the region, timberland was bought by lumber companies and sawmills built in the region. Land was cleared and cotton planted in the rich soil in the region. Few people today realize the area once was home to many sawmills and logging railroads.
The Sardis and Delta Railroad was one such line that was built as a logging railroad. The owners came south to Mississippi as the great white pine and hemlock forests of the northeast were depleted. Even though the railroad lasted almost 30 years, far longer than most logging railroads in the region, it eventually met the same fate as the rest after the timber was cut.
The story begins as C. M. Carrier’s hemlock sawmill at Carrier, Pennsylvania, cut out and closed in 1897. As an investment, Carrier purchased a tract of 35,000 acres of hardwood timber land in Panola and Quitman Counties, Mississippi. After a cruise was made to determine the value and quality of the timber, Carrier decided to build a sawmill to cut this timber instead of selling it as originally planned. The business was known as C. M. Carrier & Son. A single band sawmill was built on the south side of Sardis, a town on the Illinois Central mainline. This mill opened in September 1901, and had a capacity of 60,000 feet of lumber per day. The plant also had the standard auxiliary equipment- a planing mill, dry kiln, and electric light plant. Later a hardwood flooring factory, veneer mill, and box factory were added.
As the timber was located in the flat bottoms several miles west of Sardis, a railroad was necessary to bring the logs to the sawmill. The Sardis & Delta Railroad was incorporated on December 13, 1900, and built westward to the timber holdings in 1901-2. The railroad’s capital stock of $100,000 was issued to the parent lumber company in payment for the property. The standard gauge railroad was built westward through rolling hills as economically as possible to reach the edge of the company timber holdings in the flat delta. With a minimum of grading, the line was curvy and hilly. Grades on this section were up to 2 per cent. The railroad was laid with new 60-pound rail. Ballast was minimal- dirt with a few stretches of cinder ballast. A logging camp was built at Baptist, in the hills on the edge of the delta, to avoid the mosquitoes prevalent in the swampy areas in the delta.
The lumber company was officially incorporated as C. M. Carrier & Co. in early February 1903. A year later R. M. Carrier, J. A. Reichman, and W. B. Burke bought the interest of C. M. Carrier. In 1905 R. M. Carrier bought out his associates, and the name of the company was changed to Carrier Lumber & Manufacturing Co. R. M. Carrier served as president; A. P. Steele, secretary, and T. B. McCormick, general manager.
By 1908, the railroad equipment of the Sardis & Delta consisted of 3 locomotives, 60 log cars, 1 coach, and 3 flat cars. The railroad extended 28 miles to a point known as Red Gum. Two short branches extended from Red Oak to Dye and from Burke Jct. to Eckles, each being about two and a half miles long. Logging spurs were built from connections with the Sardis & Delta into company timber holdings. The lumber company used oxen, horses, and mules in logging operations, along with two Lidgerwood combination skidder-loaders. The company was cutting cypress, oak, ash, gum, and hickory. In 1913, the company purchased a 3-drum skidder from Clyde Iron Works. A McGiffert loader was bought from the same firm in 1920. By 1917, the mill capacity had been increased to 75,000 feet per day, and a large logging camp was built at Lake Carrier, 21 miles from Sardis.
Call for Auditions !!! It's "The Africa Boku Talent Showcase" Taking place at the Freedom Park in Lagos!!!
Starting January 2017, a talent show (similar to the X-Factor) starts at the Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria, culminating in June 2017 where final winners will be selected.
Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their African creativity:
Gate is N200 per person.
Sponsors and advertisers are welcome. For more info contact Mr. Bola Browne, producer. Raymond@brownehillradio.com.
The inaugural show will take place on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 5pm – 8pm.
Africa Boku Talent (ABT) is an NGO founded in 2014 in Los Angeles, California USA with a mission to showcase and support African creativity in music/dance, film/stage, fashion/style and more. www.abtinc.org
Freedom Park Lagos, born out of the ruins of Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prisons, was reconstructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of the Nigerian People. Freedom Park Lagos is a National Memorial, a Historical landmark, a Cultural site & an Arts and Recreation center. www.freedomparklagos.com
FREEDOM PARK LAGOS is located at Old Prison Ground Broad Street, Lagos Island. Nigeria Tel: +2348095006567.
Producer: Mr. Raymond Bola Brown Raymond@brownehillradio.com
Associate Producers: Sadiq Ayuba and Seyi Obagun
Executive Producer: Dr. Peter Deji Osilaja Founder/CEO, Africa Boku Talent
Executive Producer: Mr. Theo Lawson, Founder/CEO, Freedom Park