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Felabration 2022: Artist wins artwork competition, gets N550, 000 reward



A Nigerian Artist, Babatunde Anigioro, has emerged the winner of the 2022 Felabration Artwork competition.

Reports state that the winner was announced after 55 different artworks competed fiercely for the winning prize at the competition which held at Kalakuta Museum at Ikeja, Lagos on Friday.

Uzoma Vincent’s sculpture entitled ‘Freedom’ emerged as the runner-up with a token of N250,000 while Oluwatomi Kazeem’s ‘Despite All Odds’ came third and was rewarded with the sum of N150,000.

It was also reported that Felabration is an annual festival of music and arts commemorating the life and times of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, popularly known as Fela.

It is also a month-long music and lifestyle festival in honour of the legacies of Fela, who is the Afrobeat progenitor, and legendary musician.

In its sixth year and with the theme ‘Fear Not 4 Man”,  the renowned Judges Sarah Boulos, Prince Yemisi Shyllon, and Mufu Onifade, carefully rated the works of various artists from around the world who competed to win the coveted prize money, fame, and honour.

The judges took turns to express their views on the competition while commending the increased turnout of submissions.

Speaking, Boulos, a Lebanese and Founder of the Society for Performing Arts in Nigeria, said she was moved by all the artworks, while noting that compared to previous years, it was becoming more discerning to fall in love with one art than the other.

On his part, Onifade, a thespian and art curator, said the artworks had great aesthetic values but only a few followed the theme in their works.

“I take a general outlook of all the 55 works and one thing that stands all of them out except one is that they are rich in aesthetics, they have the quality that made them qualify but many of them are lacking in the area of theme and that’s why we are here as judges.

“The area that carries the larger mark is the theme but any work that wins is definitely rich in content,” he said.

Similarly, Shyllon, an Art Collector and founder Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art at Pan-Atlantic University, explained the elements which the judges used while giving marks to the artists.

“We have found improvement on the quality of works by the artists and have indicated clearly how Felabration has become popular with many artists getting involved.

“The work that won has all the ingredients of creativity, and originality and has the theme because Fela’s life is what we are trying to portray with the competition.

“He’s very relevant today and for a very long time to come, his ideology will continue to soar,” he said.

It was reportrd that the judges also commended some exceptional artworks which included John Ali’s ‘Emancipation,’ same as Olaore Titus’ artwork, Osisisi Anointing’s work, and the artwork of Romeo, a Zimbabwean artist.

Others are: Samuel Kayode’s ‘Silent Noise’, Tolu Pencilz’s painting of ‘Aproko Doctor’ and Variety Brown’s painting of Fela all elicited discussion among the judges.

Some other artists works that competed include Gbadamosi Ebenezer with ‘Other Side’, Oyelakin Emmanuel with ‘Violinist,’ and Obinwu Esther with ‘Dark and Beautiful’.

Newsmen also reports that submissions included different art from Digital Painting, Pastel, Oil on canvas, and Sculpture.

Speaking, the runners-up, Vincent and Kazeem, lauded the organisers of Felabration for the opportunity given them to showcase their talents.

Present at the event are Yeni Kuti and Made Kuti, (daughter and granddaughter of Fela).

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‘I battled postpartum depression’ – BBNaija’s Bambam




Former Big Brother Naija contestant, Bamike Adenibuyan popularly known as Bambam, has recounted her struggles with childbirth and postpartum depression.

In a recent interview with popular media personality, Chude Jideonwo, Bambam said she was diagnosed with preeclampsia during her first pregnancy.

The mother of two said pregnancy transformed her body.

While appreciating her husband, Teddy A

for being supportive during the transition phases of her pregnancy, Bambam said she ignored online trolls who mocked her for gaining weight because “they can’t understand”.

“I would never have imagined my body would get this thick but thank God for supportive husbands like mine. Imagine having a husband who was not open to the transition phases I went through with each pregnancy.

“My second pregnancy was even more merciful than the first. I went from Maroon to black, from size 8 to 14/16. I had skin tags and acne breakouts.

“I was in shock. I went through postpartum depression. I was a mess. I didn’t understand. I literally transformed.

“I had to ask the doctor, why is my baby so white looking?’ She had grey eyes and now they are brown. She looked so different. I had preeclampsia with her pregnancy, by the time I arrived at the hospital she had detached from my placenta.

“My pregnancy phase was a miracle. Postpartum depression was because I kept playing all the what if in my head.”

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Why I love polygamous families’ – Singer Teni



Popular Nigerian singer Teniola Apata, professionally called Teni, has revealed why she loves a polygamous family.

She disclosed this while recounting some of her fond memories of being raised in a polygamous household.

Speaking during an episode of the Zero Conditions Podcast, Teni, who disclosed that her late father married three wives and had 10 children, said she enjoyed her upbringing in a polygamous home and preferred it to being raised in a monogamous home.

She said: “I grew up in a polygamous family with many people, where you can’t do rubbish. I received a lot of love and protection. Three wives, 10 children. Huge respect to my bloodline! I get along with all of my siblings, though there are levels of closeness.

“Any other way is boring. If I come back to this life again, I want to come to the same family. How can I be in a monogamous house where all of us will be sitting down; no chaos?

“There is love in my family because the person wey born us dey craze sha. Do you know what it is to hear gunshots and go to where the gunshots came from? That’s not normal.

“It was like my father planned his future and his death. So before he died, he taught his wives everything, including how to shoot, and when he passed, they used the skill. That’s how our family is still able to remain intact even after my dad’s death.”

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‘The faker you are, the bigger your circle’ – Burna Boy




Nigerian singer Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has revealed that fake lifestyles attract the crowd.

The self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’ explained that the faker a person is, the bigger their circle of friends will be.

Burna Boy made this known on his Snapchat account while addressing well-known facts about lifestyles.

He wrote: “The faker you are, the bigger your circle will be. The realer you are, the smaller your circle will be. These are well-known facts.”

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