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Muna rocks the cover of DEEPLY URBAN Magazine. She talks about Men, Music, Media and more. Her effrontery has taken a new direction, she offers little or no apology, and she is just Muna. With our team, she shares her pains and gains in the industry. She is very insightful in this explosive tell –it-all interview and she was at her best throughout the cover shoot by British trained photographer Aham Ibeleme..

In this new issue, we have got the best Nigerian musical export since Fela on our close Up, ASA, the dynamite with a powerful vocal cord, her rise to international prominence and her humble start.

Also in this edition, you have the quintessential Sean Tizzle on the ‘Journey’ review.

On the fashion scale, we present the newest urban collection of Jennifer Okolo New York and the new and daunting Monochrome make up. This issue is also dedicated to style featuring a refreshing assortment of fashion editorials, compelling features stories, trends analysis, in addition to relevant lifestyle and health articles.

DEEPLY URBAN also features Libran Eye’s diary of one of the most glamorous weddings of recent times..

Deeply Urban Magazine is out this week and you can grab your copy at all newspaper stands and Genesis Cinema nationwide.

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Were he still alive today, 15 October, would have been Fela Kuti’s 75th birthday. To this day the legacy of the Afrobeat originator lives on across the globe with his ever-relevant, forthright political views and powerful music.

Fittingly, today sees the release of the final tranche of Fela re-issue albums (‘Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense’, ‘Original Suffer Head / ITT’, ‘Live In Amsterdam’, Army Arrangement’, ‘Beasts Of No Nation / ODOO’, ‘Underground System’) as well as the ‘Red Hot + Fela’ compilation which features interpretations of Fela tunes by a raft of top drawer artists including Angelique Kidjo, ?uestlove (The Roots), M1 (Dead Prez), Spoek Mathambo, tUnE-yArDs, Nneka, Kronos Quartet, Tony Allen, Baloji, Chance The Rapper, My Morning Jacket and others. All profits of from this album go towards HIV/AIDS education and relief worldwide.

To honour Fela, worldwide Felabration events are taking place including a week-long Felabration festival in Lagos organised by the Kuti family at the New Afrika Shrine, 13 Felabration concerts across the US, one in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and one in London (full details to be announced soon).

A number of celebrity vlogs have also been collected which show artists and other personalities, including Paul McCartney, Brian Eno and George Clinton, known to hold Fela in high esteem, saluting the Nigerian icon and talking about their favourite Fela song. These will be released in batches throughout this week via the official Fela You Tube channel: http://youtube.com/fela

Brian Eno


George Clinton

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs

Paul McCartney

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Eedris recently has been in the news for other things besides his music as he’s raised a lot of dust with his comments about Don Jazzy & Dbanj, but let’s not forget he still does make music/

Check out the video to one of his singles, Fela which features Fela’s son and afrobeat King, Femi Kuti.



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Once again it is that time of the year when we celebrate one of the world’s musical icon Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in the annual event tagged ‘FELABRATION’
The one week long event will kick off this Tuesday 15th October and the SHIMbadaBO Master himself ‘SHAKAR EL’ will be performing his new chart topping single SHIMbadaBO!!!! Other artists billed to perform on Tuesday 15th are the Afro Juju king SHINA Peters, the Baddest guy ever liveth’ Olamide,DJ Jimmy Jatt and many more!
Work no dey on Wednesday so don’t be dulling,come and SHIMbadaBO!!!!!Ararararara???Orororororororo!!!!

Download SHIMbadaBO by Shakar EL:

Twitter- @shakar_el
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Fresh off releasing his sophomore album: Jagz Nation Volume 1: Thy Nation come, Jesse Jagz hosted a live concert last saturday, and did his part for his fans by making the concert totally free!

The concert featured a live band and performances from Kahli Abdu. From the looks of it, very fela-esque too.

Check out pictures.

Kahli Abdu
Jesse Jagz


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Eedris has vexed o. Dropping three new singles at the same damn time. Fela which features legendary afrobeat artist, Femi Kuti, New Edo & Shekere featuring Vector.

Check em out. Eedris is not done yet.

Fela and Shekere produced by SOSO BEAT. New Edo produced by Nasty Bit.

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It’s been a long but interesting journey on the second season of the Etisalat-sponsored TV musical reality show, Nigerian Idol. Week after week, the show never fails to deliver amazing and thrilling performances from the contestants. This week, Nigerian Idol Season 2 presented Nigerians with its best show yet, as its final Top 3 contestants performed songs in honour of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

The show was witnessed by Afrobeat star and eldest son of Fela, Femi Kuti who joined the judges table, as the contestants treated the audience to three rounds of amazing performances.

Performing on the first round, the three contestants thrilled the audience with different Nigerian songs. Mercy Chinwo opened the stage with an electrifying rendition of the song ‘Jerome’. Stephen Onochie, better known as the Loverboy performed ‘Adanma’ in yet another heart-warming way that wowed the crowd. Joe Blue ditching his signature pose, took the stage to perform the evergreen ‘Adure’ by Rex Lawson.

The second time out saw a joint performance by the top 3 contestants in honour of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The contestant came out beautifully dressed with costume to back up their performance as they performed one of the Fela’s songs, ‘Water e no get enemy.’

For the final round, the contestants performed Fela’s song individually, with Steven singing ‘I no be Gentle man,’ removing his shirt to depict the lyrics in the song. Joe Blue, clearly a crowd favorite, had another go at giving his best, singing ‘palava.’

However, it was Mercy’s performance of the popular track, ‘Zombie’ that really brought the house down. Coming out from a box on the stage, Mercy dramatically delivered and took charge of the stage, drawing glowing remarks from Femi Kuti. “It is very hard for anybody to please me when delivering Fela’s song, but with what you have pulled out tonight, I am giving u an A+++. Mercy!

That was an excellent performance,” Femi said.

Speaking on the performance of the contestants, the Manger, Youth Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Elvis Daniels said that their exploits have “really given us a reason on why we will continue to support the youth.” Nigerian Idol show represents the biggest music platform for young Nigerians who desire to become the next big star in music. At Etisalat we will continue to support Nigeria’s immensely talented youth.”

Jesse Jagz
Head youth segment Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Elvis Daniel with Idol Contestants Joe Blue (Left) and Mercy (Middle) giving words of encouragement before their performances.
Head youth segment Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Elvis Daniel with Idol Contestant Stephen Onoche at the Show


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DJ Teffler presents “Gentleman” the first single from Francis Dubois EP: A Hip Hop Collective. The Ep can be described as the fusion between original instrumentals created by DJ Teffler and verses from some of the hottest rap artistes in the game such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, T.I, Bun B etc.

In November 2010, Teffler’s remix to the chart-topping hit, Ice Prince’s Oleku gained him acclaim, having been featured on multiple radio stations and websites with over 100,000 downloads and 400,000 views. 

More recently Teffler released another chart topping remix ‘We Found Love Over the Moon'; a fusion of Rihanna’s mega hit ‘We Found Love in a Hopeless Place’ and nigerian artist Dr. Sid’s international hit ‘Over The Moon’ to critical acclaim and over 20,000 unique downloads in less than two months and counting.

Teffler also created a re-make to Frank Ocean’s 2011 hit ‘Swim Good’ last year that caused an uproar on a lot of social networks and was favorited by hip hop star Joe Budden (@joebudden) and B.E.T personality Big Tigger (@bigtiggershow).

Teffler is currently based in Washington, DC and is in collaboration with iCirculate Entertainment and Jinx Entertainment; an LA based management firm that represents various producers, song writers and artistes. You can find him spinning at some of the hottest events within the DMV region and across the East Coast.

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We celebrate the life and legacy of Afrobeat pioneer and ‘Elder’s Corner’ featured icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, with a few anecdotes from his close peers and admirers.


Elder’s Corner is musical journey through pivotal moments in the colorful history of Nigeria as told through the lives and careers of the nations foremost music legends. It is a story about the eroding effects of colonialism, bitter ethnic clashes, politics, oil, power, money and their combined effects on a nation that recently celebrated its 50th year of self rule.


Shot against the colorful and gritty backdrop of some of Nigeria’s urban cities particularly Lagos and through the clever use of extensive in depth interviews, archival footage and still photographs, Elder’s Corner will take viewers on a musical journey through the country’s turbulent and colorful history. It will chronicle and showcase the lives and work of some of the leading exponents of the various musical movements that spawned Afrobeat, Juju, Apala, Highlife and Fuji music.



Over the course of a year long stay in Nigeria, I put together a small film crew and together we traveled through the country seeking out and interviewing some of the nations leading and iconic musical figures among them, Orlando ‘OJ’ Julius, Fatai ‘Rolling Dollar, Emperor Dele Ojo, Tony Benson, Jimi Solanke and Chris Ajilo.

To date we have been able to capture over 30 hours of amazing interview and performance footage of each icon and gather incredibly rare photographs, memorabilia and other significant source material for the project. We have also interviewed legendary Jazz Pianist Randy Weston, world renowned DJ/Producer and Yoruba Records founder, Osunlade, legendary Vibraphonist and soul funk maestro, Roy Ayers as well as Afrobeat DJ/Producer, Rich Medina and singer, songwriter, performer Wunmi for the project.

Much of this has been achieved largely through self funding, unwavering passion and the kindness and generosity of close friends and family who strongly believed in the project from it’s onset. We now need further help to get us through the next 6 months of filming in Nigeria.


In a country with a rich oral tradition where vital historical information is handed down from generation to generation in the form of poetry, praise songs and music, the critical need to capture and preserve the stories and journeys of these legendary, musical griots cannot be overstated. This was driven home during the early stages of the project when our intensive research efforts yielded very little by way of archival material (aural, visual or otherwise) on any of them.

The ground breaking efforts of these iconic figures helped define the sound of an era and that of the African continent. They collectively influenced a great number of musicians, artists, poets, writers, actors and music lovers the world over and represent the very last of a bygone era.

Elder’s Corner will act as a noteworthy, modern day, oral and visual archival document from which the present and successive generations of music lovers the world over, can benefit and learn from for decades to come. By showcasing the rise to prominence and notable achievements of these icons, we can help to raise awareness about the urgent need to preserve their work and honor their legacies. Additionally, Elder’s Corner will provide a unique way of understanding the history and dynamics of Africa’s most populous nation.

Kindly lend your support to this historical film by making a pledge and helping to spread the word about it by SHARING it with your all your friends through your associated social networks  globally.

Once again, ese’un pupo (many thanks),


For more information and/or to donate to the cause, visit http://elderscornerfilm.com/

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Felabration 2011 is around the corner, and if you don’t know what Felabration is all about I suggest you go google it… or wait we’ll just tell you. Felabrtion is an annual celebration of the life of Afro Beat Legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.It usually last a few days and takes place at The Shrine in Lagos where Fela performed a lot.

Check out the promo video for this year’s version.

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The hit Broadway musical about the life and music of Nigerian performer and political activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is scheduled to
be performed in his home town of Lagos, Nigeria making it the first Broadway show to be performed in Sub-Saharan Africa.

FELA!, the landmark Broadway musical, which won three Tony Awards (Broadway’s highest honor) including Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones), is coming to Lagos from April 20th to 25th.  It will be performed at the prestigious Eko Hotel’s New Expo Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. This critically lauded musical will star its original Broadway cast with Sahr Ngaujah reprising his Tony-nominated role of Fela Kuti with music provided by the internationally renowned Antibalas as well as other members of the New York City Afro-beat community.

Concurrently with the Broadway production, FELA! opened and triumphed at London’s Royal National Theater for a three-month sold-out run. That production was nominated for three Olivier Awards, London theatre’s highest honor, including Best Musical, Best Actor (Sahr Ngaujah) and Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones). This Nigerian engagement will be the first since the closing of the Broadway and London productions and the NTLive performance which was broadcast to in 370 cinemas worldwide.

The aim of FELA! in Lagos is to unite and connect Africans in spirit and unity, to serve as a catalyst for cultural revival in Nigeria, and
to celebrate Fela Kuti, for the contribution he has made to Nigeria and the world. FELA! depicts the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afro beat rhythms ignited the spirit of empowerment and cultural awareness in a generation.  It is a tale of courage, passion and love featuring Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner, Bill T. Jones. FELA! in Lagos is being produced by a Nigerian production
company, Broken Shackles in conjunction with Lagos State Government.

Upon its Broadway opening Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, “There should be dancing in the streets.  The hot (and seriously cool) energy that comes from the musical gospel preached by the title character of Fela! feels as if it could stretch easily to the borders of Manhattan and then across a river or two.  There has never been anything on Broadway like this production.”  The New York Post’s Elisabeth Vincentelli cheered, “There’s enough energy to short circuit Con Ed.”  David Cote of Time Out New York, in giving it 5 stars (out of 5) raved, “Fela! is more than a musical; it’s an ecstatic phenomenon.”  And Jennifer Farrar from the Associated Press exclaimed, “An exuberant celebration!”

The English critics were equally effusive after the London premiere of FELA! One critic, Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail, summed up the critical sentiment with his review saying FELA! is a “groundbreaking show that shook Broadway and London’s Royal National Theatre to the rafters. Getting Brits to get on their feet and ‘get loose’ as Bill T. Jones puts it, was a rare feat.  FELA! pulled it off by sheer exuberance and theatrical showmanship. At the same time, FELA! explored the soul of an artist and the darkness of a government that tried to block what Fela’s beam exposed.”

In addition to rave reviews from critics, FELA! has also won numerous awards and received standing ovations from such personalities as Mick Jagger, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Spike Lee, Ben Okri, Janet Jackson, Denzel Washington, Professor Wole Soyinka, Robert De Niro, and Hugh Jackman.  First lady Michelle Obama, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and President Obama’s Head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano are but three of the dignitaries who have embraced this show.

Bill T. Jones, director and choreographer of FELA!, was recently honored with the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts award along with Sir Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey. The Kennedy Center Honors are awarded annually for exemplary lifetime achievement in the performing arts. FELA! also won two Astaire Awards for its cast and choreography.

FELA! on Broadway was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel. Its producers include the entertainment legends Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith.

A spokeswoman for Broken Shackles suggests that “with a series of media partners and sponsorships, FELA! in Lagos will be the most
talked about show in Nigeria for years to come. We have created sponsorship, branding and advertising opportunities for those who wish to be a part of this historic theatrical event.”

For sponsorship, advertising and brand affiliation opportunities,
please email sponsorship@felainlagos.com

For more information on FELA! please visit http://www.felainlagos.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/felainlagos
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/FELA-in-Lagos/168784349834737

For all press and public relations matters please email pr@felainlagos.com

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British Council Nigeria and National Theatre, London (NT Live), in association with British Deputy High Commission, Lagos have organized a screening of the Fela! musical at the New Africa Shrine in Lagos which will be held on Sunday February 6th, 2011.

Fela! is the winner of three Tony awards including best choreography,and celebrates the life of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Through his pioneering music, Fela! unfolds the controversial musician’s life as an artist and political activist.

The event is part of the British Council’s way of showcasing the best of UK creativity overseas while working with the best of creative talent to develop innovative events and collaborations.

Tickets will cost N500 and is available from the British Council office, Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos before the event or on the day at New Africa Shrine, 1 NERDC Road, Agidingbi, Lagos.

Source: theNetNG

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If you haven’t heard of Kahli Abdu then you must’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years. Kahli Abdu is one of the finest MCs in Naija, and is a real representer of J-Town, the unofficial home of Hip-Hop in Nigeria.

He is one of the few MCs left that still have major messages behind their bars. Real hip-hop if you will, and he shows this on his Ministry Of Corruption Mixtape, which is a somewhat politically driven mixtape with samples from the legend, Fela.

The intro of the mixtape, Presidential Address sets off the mixtape with an address that gets ur ears tuned and awakens ur senses to listen to some deep politically driven bars.

Kahli drives messages home while getting solid beats and samples from some of Fela’s masterpieces.

Tracks like Demo Crazy a sample from Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense, addresses the state of our anemic Democracy which is marred by electoral fraud and violence. Another sample of Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense, is Miseducation which highlights the “miseducation” of our young peoples, and our education system or lack there of along with other issues that continually plague our african society.

My personal favorite is the first track after the intro, VIP. Call it a complete package song that tells you, Kahli is “not playing with his music.” Contains samples from Fela’s “International Thief Thief (ITT)”, and drives home the message.

Other tracks to look out for VIP, Categori, Kpako, and actually the whole mixtape really. The package contains snippets of speeches from interviews with Fela including a significant portion from the documentary “Music Is The Weapon.”

Guest appearances, Endia, Yung El, J-Milla (all from the GRIP Boiz), Bezalel, Guru, Eve Urrah, Geniuz and Chopsticks.

Overall it’s a very solid effort from Kahli Abdu, and if you’re into music as a weapon, music with a message, real hip-hop that stays significant indefinitely, then this a definite must-listen.

Grade: 8.5/10



Felabration 2010 is upon us once again. Felabration is an annual festival dedicated to the promotion of Afrobeat and African culture and to the preservation of the legend and artistry of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

FELABRATION 2010 aims to highlight this important aspect of his career by introducing the first symposium discussion led by eminent Nigerians from various disciplines to discuss on the topic of “The Social and Political Influence of Fela on our society”


If you’re in Lagos or around Lagos, you should definitely pick a date and find your way to the festival. If your love is overwhelming like some, you can definitely attend all the scheduled events. Enjoy.

Check out the flyer details:

For more details visit www.felabration.net


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If you don’t know about Kahli Abdu then you must’ve been living under a rock. He is probably one of the most poetic mcs in Naija, and is never shy about delivering a powerful message in his lyrics.

In this track, Demo Crazy, he delivers some deep stuff to think about while we reflect on our independence. This beat is mad catchy as it’s a sample of Fela’s hit song, Teacher Don’t Teach Me. Gets you bopping your head, but don’t get carried away… the message is the real meat of the song…. “See with our leaders we lack Goodluck, then we here when he swore in Goodluck”

Interesting side note: He intended recording a song commemorative of our 50th Independence last night but got moved to writing these verses in 30 minutes and dashing to the studio after BBC broke the news of the bomb blasts to drop the joint.

M.E.N.D: May Enemies of Nigeria Die!! BLESS!

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Twenty eight Great Nigerians will be inducted to The Nigerian Hall of Fame for Science and The Nigerian Hall of Fame for Letters on the 9th of October. It will be hosted by Nigeria LNG Limited, The Nigerian Academy of Science and The Nigerian Academy of Letters.

These twenty eight individuals have broke barriers in science and letters in Nigeria, contributed in more than one way to science and letters – promoted learning and scholarship and bettered the lives of Nigerians – they would also receive their prizes at the October 9th event.

Amongst the honourees are the iconic musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, his elder brother, Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti and eminent cousin Professor Wole Soyinka were selected for The Nigerian Hall of Fame for Letters and The Nigerian Hall of Fame for Science. Soyinka is the first African to win a Nobel Prize in literature.

Africa’s foremost novelist, Professor Chinua Achebe, venerable Ladi Kwali, the master potter and Professor Gordian Ezekwe of the Biafran Ogbunigwe fame, are also amongst the 28 eminent Nigerians who will be inducted to the halls of fame by The Nigerian Academy of Science and The Nigerian Academy of Letters. Specifically, the honourees were selected for the following reasons:

1. Adenike Abiose (1943–) is admitted into the Nigerian Hall of Fame for Science in recognition of her pioneering research on field trials and operational use of Mectizan for the control of onchocerciasis (river blindness)

2. Oluwafeyisola S Adegoke (1937–) is admitted in recognition of her monumental contributions to the study of bitumen (tar sands) in Nigeria

3. Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe (1933 –) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to the management of hypertension

4. Gordian O Ezekwe (1929-1977) is admitted in recognition of his contributions to product development and the improvement of engineering infrastructure in Nigeria

5. Thomas Adeoye Lambo (1923-2004) is admitted into the Nigerian Hall of Fame for Science in recognition of his introduction of Village Care System in psychiatry

6. Samuel L. Ayodeji Manuwa (1903-1977) is admitted in recognition of his eminent contribution to mental health and tropical medicine

7. Idris Mohammed (1942 –) is admitted in recognition of his original work in the development of polyvalent vaccine against meningococcal meningitis in Nigeria.

8. Ifedayo Oladapo (1932-2010) is admitted for his contribution to growth of civil and structural engineering in Nigeria.

9. Chike Obi (1921 –2008) is admitted for his monumental contribution to the area of modelling with second order non-linear differential equations.

10. Sanya Onabamiro is admitted in recognition of his work on the taxonomy and life cycle of Cyclops vectors of guinea worm disease which formed the basis for development of strategies for the successful eradication of the disease in Nigeria.

11. Benjamin O. Osuntokun (1935 – 1995) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to his pioneering work in neurology in Nigeria.

12. Victor A Oyenuga (1917-2010) is admitted in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Animal Science.

13. Umaru Shehu (1930 –) is admitted in recognition of his crucial role in stemming the scourge of poliomyelitis in Nigeria.

14. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti is admitted for outstanding work in primary healthcare in Nigeria.

15. Chinua Achebe (1930 –) is admitted in recognition of his tremendous achievement in the field of literature, which has brought pride to African traditional cultures and earned him a worldwide acclaim as a master story–teller.

16. Jacob Ade Ajayi (1929 –) is admitted for his outstanding contributions to the study of African History.

17. Fela Anikulapo Kuti (1938-1997) is admitted in recognition of his prophetic, instructive and creative integration of the Nigerian idiom into world popular music.

18. Ayo Bamgbose (1932 –) is admitted to the Hall of Fame of the Nigerian Academy of Letters in recognition of his pioneering work in linguistics in Nigeria.

19. J.P. Clark Bekederemo (1935 –) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to the growth of drama and poetry in Nigerian.

20. Kenneth Dike (1917-1983) is admitted in recognition of pioneering contributions to the evolution of African historiography.

21. Michael Echeruo (1937–) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to theoretical foundation for the study of Nigerian traditional drama and his rebuttal of the European stereotype ideas about Africa.

22. Ben Enwonwu (1921 – 1994) is admitted in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the development of visual art in Nigeria.

23. Abubakar Imam (1911-1981) is admitted in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Nigerian indigenous literature.

24. Ladi Kwali (1925-1984) is admitted in recognition of her work which has brought Nigerian traditional pottery to international limelight.

25. Emmanuel Obiechina is admitted in recognition of his contribution to the study of West African novels in English and popular literature.

26. Christopher Okigbo (1932 – 1967) is admitted in recognition of his contribution to the growth of poetry in Nigeria.

27. Fela Sowande (1905-1987) is admitted in recognition of his contribution of modernization of Nigerian music and introduction of the Nigerian idiom into symphonic music.

28. Wole Soyinka (1934 –) is admitted in recognition of his outstanding contribution to world literature which has brought fame not only to Nigeria but to the entire African continent.

Source: www.nigerialatestnews.com