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Crown Troupe of Africa to Launch Music album

At Dream Arts & Design Agency, we are proud to present a remarkable music collection titled Ariwo Oja– the debut album of The Crown Troupe of Africa, led by Segun Adefila.

The versatile and energetic dance theatre company has taken the same ethos they have fed into theatre productions for over a decade and spun it into what is now being identified by a new coinage in music categorization- Culture Pop. Crown Troupe is known to take its influences from contemporary realities, especially as dictated by the day to day hopes, dreams, aspirations, disappointments and conflicts engaged with in our urban existence. These realities provide a template for addressing the nuances, foibles and excesses of those in authority and the citizenry at large with evocative ‘street speak’ that finds its roots in our rich cultural expressions and heritage.

In grafting their virtuoso art to the medium of music, Crown Troupe gets the job done with panache. The 13-track album is an impressive compilation that combines a sampling of lots of musical genres like jazz, reggae, afro-beat, juju, hip-hop, and rap with profound indigenous musical expressions and instrumentation, delivering messages of wisdom, caution, and some play on satire, referencing bad governance, irresponsible behaviour, social and environmental decadence, and so on. The album features a robust line-up of star acts including Yinka DaviesKoffiAdunni and NefertitiAduke, amongst others. These artistes will be headlining the album launch concert alongside Sound SultanDaddy Showkey and many others.

The Album Launch Concert will hold at the 14th Lagos Book & Art Festival on Saturday 17th November, 2012 at Freedom Park, 1 Hospital Road, Opp. General Hospital, Lagos Island, from 7pm till 10pm. It is the festival celebration concert where great art patrons / artists who have clocked landmark birthdays in 2012, led by Bruce Onabrakpeya and including Segun Adefila himself will be celebrated by the chief hosts and sponsors of the concert- CORA Art & Cultural Foundation.

Copies of the album will be available for sale at the event.

For further information, please call: 01-7451990.

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iRead: Nigerian Literature, what’s sex got to do with it?

While the controversy rages on over Achebe’s new book, we remember his poignant description of Okonkwo as a man of a few words. But surely, we wonder, ‘a few words’ cannot express the act that led to the conception of his children.

If good fiction closely reflects reality, or makes the surreal seem so real as the case maybe; what does Nigerian fiction say about the way Nigerians approach sex as a reality of life? Do writers shy away from interrogating sex, an integral part of reality, in their work or do they paint an alternate reality far removed from the reality of most Nigerians? We’re asking this question of Literature: what’s sex got to do with it???

We do not jest here, at the November edition of iRead, the monthly writers’ reading and interaction series, sex will be exposed….strictly from the writers’ perspective!

To tackle this topic and read from their work (or showcase their art) we have Akilola Moronfolu, Iweka Kingsley, Andrew Eseimokumo Oki and since it not our intention to bore you to death with sex talk we have Team GhenGhen on hand to spice things up and bring it all down to earth (you know writers and how we like big big grammar).

(1) Andrew Eseimokumo Oki

Andrew Eseimokumo Oki  started writing at age 13 in Command Secondary School, Apata, Ibadan. His first novel “Bonfires of the gods” was published by Serene Woods, India in May 2011 and later released in Nigeria by Griots Lounge, in 2012. Andrew’s 13-month epileptic travels and research in the sub-continent of India is what inspires and forms the backbone of his next novel soon to be released. Andrew loves to sing and has a passion for living. He lives in Nigeria.

(2) Atilola Moronfolu:

Atilola Moronfolu is a multi-faceted entrepreneur. She is a Writer, Editor, Neighbourhood Magazine publisher, spoken word artist, and popular writing blogger on

She also edits books for fellow writers and bloggers and gets them ready for publishing.

She is the author of Antonyms of a Mirage, the now popularly trending short stories collection in Nigeria, and is on the verge of releasing her second novel.

(3) Team GhenGhen:

Team GhenGhen is made up of The Reptile, The Panda, The Walker, The Mallam, Luminus, & DJ Klem.
their weekly podcast is becoming another can’t-do-without Nigerian social media innovation. The purpose of the podcast is to use humour as a means to speak about the things that make human beings tick & the things that drive us crazy.
With a growing number of listeners and downloaders spanning from Lagos to Eket, Peckham to New York, the GhenGhen show speaks to the consciousness of the youth as well as the young at heart.

The GhenGhen weekly podcast that is available for download at

(4) Iweka Kingsley:

Iweka Kingsley works as a Freelance Writer and PR & Media Consultant, with engagements with CP-Africa and a few other platforms. He is a YNaija SuperBlogger, while managing his own blog:

Date: 25th November 2012

Time: 3-6pm

Venue: CORA House, 95 Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos.

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