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Afropolis to Celebrate Chinua Achebe’s 90th Birthday with a 2-Day Event featuring Music, Film & Panel Sessions | November 15th & 16th

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The phenomenal Chinua Achebe has left his footprints on the sands of time as an outstanding novelist, poet, professor, critic, and ultimately, an inspiration to many especially in the world of arts in Nigeria and beyond.


The literary genius and author of the masterpiece, “Things Fall Apart” was born on November 16, 1930. In commemoration of his posthumous 90th birthday, Afropolis has put together an interdisciplinary exploration of his life’s work.

This event is a two-day gathering billed for November 15 and 16, 2020, and will be a creative attempt to remember, to reincarnate and to reinvigorate the grandeur of his eloquence, his interest in extracting old concerns from the new, as well as his lifelong commitment to the questions of human dignity.

The latest #ENDSARS movement provides a perfect backdrop for this special event; a period of unrest and unprecedented mass protest across Nigeria, led mainly by the youths. On social media, the language of both words and images is that of the immediate, the now, and the urgent. Yet the pernicious disposition of the Nigerian police, elites and leaders is rooted in an inescapable history of many failed attempts to chart the course of a nation. Today, one might say that we have been presented with another opportunity to draw a definite line between the old and the new. But we all know that history has a thing for self-repetition.

The digital event, starting with a welcome message from Chinua Achebe’s son, Chidi Achebe, will feature 8 different panel sessions with high-level luminary speakers from different part of the world, visual and literary art exhibitions from renowned artists from Nigerians at home and abroad, monologues from Achebe’s writings, performance poetry, films, dance, related podcasts and music for free.

Register Now on afropolis.org to build your schedule and join this special gathering of 90+ Nigerian artistes, from 30 cities at home and abroad, in the commemoration of the great Chinua Achebe.

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“I won’t keep you any longer” – Davido says as he finally unveils face of son, Ifeanyi (Photos)

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Award winning Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has finally unveiled the face of his son, Ifeanyi ahead of the release of his album, ‘A better time’.

Sharing the photos, he noted that times are hard and crazy, but there’s hope of a better time ahead.

In his words;

“I won’t keep you any longer. This year we’ve been through crazy times. Real crazy times. And through it all, we’ve all had to look inwards to find our unique hopes of better times ahead. I found a few. In human form and creative form. I’m so glad I can finally share them with you. I present to you ‘A Better Time’”.

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Nigerians share heartbreak stories after voice-note of a heartbroken guy hit Twitter

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Nigerians have taken to the micro-blogging platform to share their various heartbreak stories after a sad voice note of a heartbroken guy went viral on Twitter.


This came after a Nigerian man who identified as Olisa shared a voice note of how his lover ended their relationship. Reacting to the heart twitching voice note, numerous persons both old and young, celebrity and causal joined to share their heart break stories.


Read some of the reaction below;

@Fola Olatunji-David wrote;

”Someone I dated had a blog. Weeks after breakup, I was still monitoring the blog daily. She now dropped an “I miss you, nothing has been the same since ” post. Mumu me went to drop “me too, lets talk
” She sent me text to delete it, that it was her ex before me, not me.”

@ogeobi wrote;’Heartbreak that made me turn born-again Christian. Team Jesus is my boyfriend.”

@RamelForde wrote; ”The crying part is worse. I’d just start crying for no reason. I cried myself to bed, wake up in the middle of the night to cry. I cried even while in church. Omo, my eyes saw terrible things. While I was crying, baba had already move”

@RamelForde wrote; ”Ahhhhhhhh it’s not a talk for today I cried for 8months no joke . ThankGod for the kind of friends I have”

@forever_cilla wrote; ”Surrended my life to Jesus, no longer wanted to carry the burden when he can carry it for me.”

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I’m gay, I’m done with ‘Prison Break’ – Wentworth Miller discloses, says he’s done playing straight characters

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Prison Break star, Wentworth Miller who came out as gay in 2013 has disclosed that he no longer wants to play straight characters.

In an Instagram post he shared, the Hollywood actor stated that he no longer wants to play sraight characters because their stories have been “told and told.” Miller who disclosed that he appreciates the positive comments and DMs he’s been getting, also stated that there are comments and DMs he appreciates less.

He wrote;

“This is my favorite IG account,” someone wrote in response to a recent post.

Thank you. I want you to know I saw that. I see the positive comments and DMs (a lot of them anyway). Affectionate. Supportive. Appreciated (by me).

Obviously there are comments and DMs I appreciate less. Who are these people? On my page? What backwards-ass, Stone Age values country did they crawl out of? The U.S.?

I won’t be disappearing (too many cool things to repost). The ability to comment likely will.

I’m not concerned for myself. I can’t be “bullied” in this space. I have too much power. “Delete. Block. Deactivate.” Etc.

But I take seriously the possibility of queer kids visiting here, recently out of the closet or exploring the idea… I don’t want them exposed to bullshit.

On a related note… I’m out. Of PB. Officially.

Not bec of static on social media (although that has centered the issue). I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told).

So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons… I understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry.

If you’re hot and bothered bec you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one…

That’s your work. – W.M.

Making a clarification on his previous post, Miller averred that his gayness was largely erased in the first decades of his career. He affirmed that he now wants to center it in a way that cannot be missed by himself or anyone else.

He added;

So many messages of support and encouragement… Thank you. I’m taking it in. I only hope – thru my acting/writing, what I share online – that energy is returned in some way/shape/form…

I didn’t anticipate my previous post going so far, so fast, and I feel motivated to offer a follow-up…

Am I saying gay actors (gay men, specifically) should only play gay parts? No. I was speaking for myself. At this point in my life/career, it’s what feels interesting, inspiring, right.

That said, do I want to see more gay parts played by gay actors? Yes. It makes a difference performance-wise (IMO), but also bec straight actors playing “gay” centers straightness. Doesn’t matter if they’re “acting” – I still know what I’m looking at. (Does this dynamic exist on a spectrum with porn genres like “gay-for-pay” and the prioritization/fetishization of straight/”masc” men over gay/”femme” men within the gay community? Conversations for another time.)

PB was challenging, onscreen and off. Did anyone involved tell me, explicitly, to bury my gayness for the show’s sake? No. Had I already received enough messaging from Hollywood/the larger culture/the schools I went to/my family of origin such things go unspoken lest you risk punishment, losing rights/privileges? Yes. One of the ironies of the closet is I became my own jailer. “Prison Break” indeed. (I’ve said it before – the universe has a sense of humor.)

I haven’t spent my career on “Pose” and “Looking.” Didn’t work out that way. What I’ve done is a lot of action-adventure, and that’s come with a diverse fanbase. Within that is a homophobic subgroup and their shit’s been washing up on my shore. They dig “Michael” but have a problem with me. It’s got that “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” energy. They’d prefer I keep quiet, dial it down. Don’t Remind Them.

No.

My gayness was largely erased (by me, for starters) in the first decades of my career. It is my want, now, to center it in a way that cannot be missed by myself or anyone else. – W.M.

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