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Tributes As Ace Artist Onobrakpeya Turns 90, Celebrates 60 Years Of Creative Genius



Tributes As Ace Artist Onobrakpeya Turns 90, Celebrates 60 Years Of Creative Genius

For Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya, the towering number of years he has spent in life marks him out. This huge milestone is matched by a great number of achievements he has recorded in his long life.

The seemingly inexhaustible list of Prof. Onobrakpeya’s sterling records include: he is the oldest living artist in not only in Nigeria but the whole of Africa. He is older than Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka of Nigeria. He is also older than Ngugi Wa Thiongo of Kenya.

Prominent personalities from diverse walks of life gathered on Friday to celebrate this icon as he clocked 90 years. The dignitaries who included former Minister of Information Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, former Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Guardian Prof. G.G. Darah, foremost banker and President of Michael and Cecilia University Mrs Cecelia Ibru, former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Goodie Ibru and monarchs were agreed on one thing : the greatness of Prof. Onobrakpeya which has made him not only the pride of Urhobo and Nigeria but that of the entire black race.

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Apart from his huge professional output, Prof. Onobrakpeya is equally productive in mentoring the next generation of artists that would take over from him. This was attested to by those he has mentored and those he is still mentoring who came to celebrate him at his country home at Agbara- Otor in Delta State that also houses the Onobrak’s Arts Centre.

At the celebration that spanned two days from Friday to Saturday, there were many cultural displays of the Urhobo people. And from the intellectual side, many academic papers were presented on Urhobo culture, folklore, myths and legends; architecture, design, inventions and technology; the “Zaria Rebels” and 60 years after; painting and printmaking, among others.

Keynote addresses were given by eminent scholars like Emeritus Professor Dele Jegede of Miami University, the United States; Professor Perkins Wilson Foss , formerly of Penn State University; Prof. Osa Egonwa, Delta State University, Abraka; Prof. Frank Ugiomoh, University of Port Harcourt; and Prof.Ese Odokuma-Aboderin.

Some of the honours Prof. Onobrakpeya has received in recognition of his creative genius are: the award of Member of the Order of the Republic of Nigeria; presented to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari; Pope Paul VI Gold Medal for Painting Life of St.Paul; Fulbright-Hays Award by America CIES ( Council for International Exchange of Scholars); and Urhobo Historical Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prof. Onobrakpeya’s works can be seen in galleries, museums and public places such as the British Museum; the Barrack Obama Collection, White House, Washington DC; King Mohammed VI Collection, Morocco; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Metropolitan Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Leader of Victory Museum, Baghdad, Iraq; Murtala Mohammed International Airport,Ikeja, Lagos; University of Lagos Library, Akoka, Lagos; Catholic Chapel , University of Ife, Ile-Ife; Vatican Museum, Rome; National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; University of Alberta , Edmonton, Alberta , Canada; EDA Lord Damarest Memorial African Art Collection, University of Redlands; Museum of African and African-American Art and Antiquities, Buffalo, New York; National Gallery of Modern Art, National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos; and St.Paul the Evangelist Church, Shogunle, Ikeja; and St.Paul’s Church, Ebute-Metta, Lagos.


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ASUU Asks Court To Set Aside Industrial Court’s Judgement



ASUU Asks Court To Set Aside Industrial Court's Judgement

University teachers in the country on Friday asked the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja to set aside the judgement of the National Industrial Court (NIC) that ordered them to call off their over seven-month-old strike.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a 14-ground of appeal it lodged through its team of lawyers led by a frontline human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, equally applied for a stay of execution of the judgement.

The NIC had in a judgement that was delivered last Wednesday by Justice Polycarp Hamman, ordered the striking university lecturers to return to the classroom, pending the determination of a suit the Federal Government filed to query the legality of their strike.

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The interim injunction directing ASUU members to resume work, followed an application FG filed through its lawyer, Mr. James Igwe.

Justine Hamman held that the order was both in national interest and for the sake of undergraduates in the country that have been at home since February 14.

He held that the strike was detrimental to public university students that could not afford to attend private tertiary institutions.

“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant.
I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted”, Justice Hamman ruled.


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BREAKING: Gunmen Kidnap Over Three Policemen



BREAKING:Gunmen Kidnap Over Three Policemen

Over three policemen have been kidnapped in broad daylight by some unknown gunmen in Ogun State.

It was learnt that the police officers were abducted on Thursday at Wasinmi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The cops were in the state from Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State, for an investigation.

They were said to have been duly booked  at the police division in Wasinmi, before they left for their place of primary assignment.

It was learnt that the officers, led by Inspector Oladipo Olayemi, were captured on the road by their abductors, who accosted them at about 2:30 p.m.

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It was also learnt that the commercial driver, who conveyed the cops escaped by a whisker from the kidnappers.

It was further gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in Ewekoro had led his men in search for the missing policemen.

When contacted, the Ogun State Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that “people were kidnapped, but only one policeman is involved.“

Oyeyemi told our correspondent that the police were on the trail of the kidnappers, assuring that the victims would be rescued.

“We are on the trail of the kidnappers. Do you think we are going to keep quiet? We will get them and rescue the victims unhurt,” adding that men of the anti-kidnapping unit were on the trail of the kidnappers.


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BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me – Wike



BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me - Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has disclosed how former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, ex-army generals and the Chairman of the Peoples’Democratic Party ( PDP) Worked Against him.

Wike said that these people met on the night of the party’s presidential primary and special convention to prevent his emergence as the party’s presidential candidate.

Wike made the allegation on Friday while speaking during a live television interview in Port Harcourt, the State capital.

He said that the meetings were part of what led to the delay in the commencement of the convention on the day of the PDP presidential primary.

“A whole national chairman told some aspirants that if Wike won, he was going to resign. As Chairman of the convention, he allowed Aminu Tambuwal to speak a second time.

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“And after everything, he (Ayu) went and hugged Tambuwal that he was the hero of the convention.

“Meetings upon meetings were going. Pressures were being mounted on people to step down.

“Even on the night of the convention meetings were going on. That is why we started our convention late.

“Some of the retired generals were involved. Some of the meetings were held in their houses. There is nothing they didn’t do for me to step down.

“Those who know me, know that I would have stopped the convention.

“But I said for peace to reign, let the convention go on. Now a candidate has emerged. And we need to win elections as a party. That is the ultimate, winning elections.

“But the right thing must be done. It was agreed and it has been the practice of the party that if the candidate comes from the North, the national chairman should come from the South.

“The candidate (Atiku) knows all these. He even said it to me when he came to my house in Abuja”, Wike recalled.

Wike and his camp have pulled out of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council over Ayu’s refusal to resign as PDP National Chairman.

The embattled governor earlier hinted that he would expose some rotten details in PDP.


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