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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Toyin Akinosho Unplugged

Culture activist Toyin Akinosho (middle, with his cake) surrounded by arts elders including: Tunde Kelani, Ben Tomoloju, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Joke Silva, Mobolaji Adenubi, Odia Ofeimun and Frank Okonta. I took this picture at the pre-birthday celebration for Akinosho at Terra Kulture, Lagos on May 12. The event was then followed by the birthday jam thrown by Akinosho himself at his Mars House Festac Town residence in Lagos on May 17.

Later today, I'm co-anchoring (with radio personality Tosyn Bucknor) Toyin Akinosho Unplugged at the Jazzhole, 168 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. According to Rope Ewenla (moderator on May 12), these and coming events are all in a "pretence" of celebrating Toyin Akinosho at 50.

Details of tonight's event in the press release below

On the 16th of May 2010, Toyin Alfred Akinosho – Geologist, Publisher Africa Oil & Gas Report and Secretary General of the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) attained the age of 50. In celebrating this Silver Jubilee, an Arthouse Forum was held in his honour on the 12th of May at Terra Kulture and Monday the 17th of May was a day of feasting for his friends and associates as they joined him to felicitate at his Festac Town residence. The man better known by many for his Artsville Column in The Sunday Guardian is a force of nature that has continually courted and interrogated the development of the arts of the land on different platforms.

On Thursday the 27th May from 5pm at the Jazzhole, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, (because Mr. Akinosho is the world’s greatest ‘excerptist’ insisting on reading excerpts from books at every opportunity and to any audience) a special night has been planned for readings of excerpts from books and perhaps snippets from his own writing in The Guardian and other publications. It would be particularly interesting to have people show up with ancient articles from his days as a cub-reporter whether with the energy desk or the arts desk of the papers he started out with. These readings will serve as interludes to A CONVERSATION WITH TOYIN AKINOSHO, anchored by Molara Wood, Art and Culture Editor of NEXT Newspapers and Tosyn Bucknor, on-air personality and host of the morning show on Top Radio 90.9fm.

Other events on the month-long programme planned in his honour (an excuse really to do some of those things his committee of friends know he has held important in his years of art journalism and advocacy for the arts, and of course to have plain good old fun!) include a play reading session in partnership with the National Troupe, a secondary schools debate, an art exhibition and a variety night.

Details of these other events will be disseminated as they draw close, meanwhile, do join us (with great excerpts to read too) at the Jazzhole on Thursday the 27th May from 5pm till 8.30pm for A CONVERSATION WITH TOYIN AKINOSHO, where all will be laid plain on the exciting life and times of this man of the arts.

Ropo Ewenla: firo_po@yahoo. co.uk
Ayodele Arigbabu: arigbs@gmail. com 08033000499

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