38 C002D5556 Sunday 08 April 2018 Arts Down the memory lane in Apartheid Museum A visit to the Apartheid Museum is more emotional than you can ever imagine, especially with flashback to the dark era, yet it points to forgiveness and healing writes OBINNA EMELIKE. A bright skyline lies above the Apartheid Museum that is sitting on a seven-hectare of land at Ormonde, an outskirt of Johannesburg in South Africa. The large edifice is shrouded in silence that belies the atrocities committed in South Africa many years ago. The signposts: ‘Non Whites Only’ and ‘Whites Only’ still hanging overhead as I walked into the museum, attests to the racial segregation that permeated South Africa during the Apartheid era. As I moved ahead with the group I travelled with, a series of 22 individual exhibition areas take the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and struggle of the majority to overthrow the tyranny of the minority. Generally, exhibitions in the museum are assembled by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, filmmakers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga known as Apartheid. Race Classification; the first exhibition consisting of photographs and text panels generously placed on walls reveals how the Apartheid law started in 1948. The pictures showcase people the Apartheid law placed in one of the four groups; ‘native,’ ‘coloured,’ ‘Asian’ or ‘white.’ It is a pity that the natives were the worst hit by the bigotry law. Apartheid; another exhibition on the walls and iron bars representing prison cells tells the story of the beginning of the ugly discriminating policy, and gives visitors cause to ask rhetorical questions on why the policy at first. “The whites would have gone on with ‘their thing’ their own way without the unnecessary bigotry that enslaved the indigenes,” says Okipo Ankwe, a Kenyan curator. Segregation; a photo exhibition on walls and original identification papers of blacks segregated at public and workplaces, welcomes you to a provocative viewing. It further shows the original pictures of blacks who were denied voting rights in 1910, the agony of their families and tells the servitude they were into at that time. The exhibitions continue with other sad scenes captured in; The Turn to Violence, Live under Apartheid, true pictures and stories they tell of how much a people suffered in the hands of their encroachers. Others include the Homelands, The Rise of Black Consciousness, Political Executions, Total onslaught, a view that must not be seen twice among others. No matter how strong you think you are, watching the provocative film footage of the treacherous Apartheid era in a theatre and one open viewing format makes one sober with free flowing tears from the already weary eyes. A few minutes into the 30 minutes footage, you will feel you are in Soweto in the early Apartheid era dodging ‘white’ police bullets and teargas canisters. You will unconsciously join the marching and toy-toying with thousands of school children, and as well, help out in carrying the body of a comrade into a nearby house. At this point, the comfort of the world-class theatre where the film is shown makes no sense to the viewers of all races. Ademola Martins, a Nigerian business executive who left meetings with his South African partners to visit the museum, wonders why the traitors were forgiven so fast. “Black South Africans are angels to have forgiven their traitors in a rush; no West African country will allow a white immediately Mandela took over power to free his people,” Martins fumes, until a museum attendant pacify his raging anger. Some others think the unconditional forgiveness is the edge the Black South African people have over other Africans on the continent and in any part of the world. The sight of one of the many police armoured tanks in the museum reveals the battering and height of violence perpetrated by the minority whites in order to enforce their Apartheid laws. At the end, one is consoled by the fact that it is victory and freedom at last, as visitors toast to this seeming freedom in the museum restaurant stuffed with best of drinks and food. While the museum hosts 22 displays, the most popular of the displays is The Mandela Exhibition, a life-map of South Africa’s greatest son and world humani- tarian icon. Obviously, The Mandela Exhibition is a must-see. It focuses on the central role former president Nelson Mandela played in South Africa’s struggle history. It looks at his early involvement in the struggle from the 1940s to his imprisonment for 27 years and subsequent leadership of the country from 1994. Some of his personal items and even car are on display as well. But before you go, a book and craft shop on heroes of the anti-Apartheid war beckons for patronage. There you will find books on Mandela, Desmond Tutu, ANC, among others. As visitors leave the museum, the Pillar of the Constitution at which heart are seven fundamental values; Freedom, Equity, Responsibility, Respect, Reconciliation, Democracy, and Resilience, assures that the triumph of the human spirit over adversity is permanent in South Africa.
Sunday 08 April 2018 C002D5556 39 Arts NCAC moves to replicate Nigeria’s impressive cultural show in Russia …raises 3m culture friendly supporters OBINNA EMELIKE Ol u s e g u n Runsewe, director general, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has re-emphasized the need to replicate Nigeria’s impressive cultural showing in South Africa 2010 at the Russia 2018 World Cup coming up in June. In a statement issued at his office in Abuja, Runsewe reminded Nigerians that despite the fact that the Super Eagles did not win the World Cup in South Africa, the country put up a fantastic performance off the field showcasing her rich cultural and tourism potential to the world. He recalled that one outstanding component adopted by the Nigerian contingent under his leadership then was the Nigerian Village model, which was specially crafted and culturally equipped to wow everyone while also leading a successful delegation to the month long event. He recalled that the Nigerian Village idea was a Business of Photography conference to hold in Lagos IFEOMA OKEKE The Nigerian photography industry is about to take a new turn as all roads leads to the Business of Photography Conference at Landmark Event Center, Lagos on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The Business of Photography Conference is aimed at bringing Photographers, photography manufacturing and servicing companies as well as photography retail businesses together under one roof to discuss, learn, exhibit, sell and buy everything photography. In recent times the need to efficiently monetize the photography industry and define its future as a major part of the current and future national revenue generation sector has become more important. From R-L: Segun Odegbami chairman of the occasion, Rafiu Ladipo, president general Nigeria’s supporters club and Segun Runsewe, DG, NCAC, inspecting the various pictures of both the former Eagles players and the present ones on display during the occasion. huge success in terms of providing a platform to showcase Nigeria’s rich art and crafts, dress culture, cuisine and tourism prospects thereby drawing attention to everything positive, which the country The conference would feature five segments; the Opening, the Conversation (panel session), Break out time (master classes), Cocktails/Networking and Exhibition. During the conversation segment, attendees would have the opportunity to listen to and chat with award winning Nigerian photographers about the future of photography in Nigeria. The master class would be in five segments and would be anchored by amazing photographers; Portrait Photography (TY Bello), Commercial Photography (Yetunde Ayeni- Babaeko), Fashion and Editorial (Kelechi Amadi-Obi), Landscape and Architecture (Hakeem Salaam) and Motorsport/ Sports Photography (Sheyi Afolabi). The BOP team has also put together a line up great minds like Georgette Monou, Zubby Emodi, Keli Abiel, Wani Olatunde, Emmanuel Oyeleke, Bayo Omoboriowo, Bukky Karibi-Whyte, Sheyi Afolabi, TY Bello, Ifeanyi Christopher Oputa, Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko and Kelechi Amadi-Obi , Hakeem Salaam ; to speak on the following topics; Evolution of Photography, Creative Business Practice, Accessing Finance in the Creative Sector, Law and Rights in an Emerging Market as well as Content Monetization. The conference seeks to address the evolution of the photography sector from a business perspective and discuss a way forward as a means of charting a proper course for the future. The Business of Photography Conference is an initiative of Insigna Media Limited a forward thinking Nigerian content creating Company. represents. Runsewe said there was the need to bring back such glory using Russia 2018 as an opportunity to market Nigeria’s rich and diverse culture, art and craft thereby attracting global patronage, which according to him, will translate to massive Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the country even after the fiesta. He concluded by assuring Nigerians that the NCAC having just initiated Uber Nigeria signs on Banky W as Brand Ambassador for 2018 Uber has officially announced Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W as its new Uber brand ambassador in Nigeria for 2018, making him the first musician to be the face of the leading ride hailing technology in Nigeria. The musician, artiste and entrepreneur was unveiled to select members of the public and media at an upscale, invite-only cocktail event in Lagos on April 4, 2018. “A lot of deliberations and careful thought went into choosing and selecting the Uber brand ambassador” said Margaret Banasko, country marketing lead for Uber in West Africa. “We decided to go into partnership with Banky W because we recognize the fact that he is a well-respected artiste and has his hand across multiple industries including music, film, production and enterprise. He is incredibly engaging on social media and has a great rapport with his fans - characteristics that are extremely important to us as a brand that cares deeply about its customers”, she continued. Also speaking at the event, a campaign to raise three million culture friendly supporters to cheer the Super Eagles, and was ready to undertake the responsibility just as he solicited for the support of all Nigerians towards the course. Lola Kassim; general manager, Uber West Africa, said: “Uber is a brand that takes diversity and inclusion seriously as shown by key initiatives currently ongoing within the organisation. Banky W’s successful imprint across various industries mirrors the diversity that has become one of the key pillars of our business globally. We remain committed to continually providing economic opportunities for people to thrive.” As well, Banky W expressed his excitement at being announced as the Brand Ambassador for Uber in Nigeria: “I am very excited and honoured to be partnering with Uber, as I am a huge fan of the way they have completely revolutionised the transportation business globally. I have actually been an avid user of this innovative service for years, and I am looking forward to what we will accomplish in Nigeria together. Uber is solving some of the most pressing mobility challenges in Nigeria, and I am thrilled to be partnering with a brand that has innovation at the core of its operations.” M-Net Movies launches 10-day Marvel Studios pop-up channel on DStv Premium From April 13-22, 2018, DStv Premium customers will experience an unprecedented cinematic journey with the M-Net Movies Marvel Studios Pop-Up Channel. The super-powered channel, which will be added to the already existing six M-Net Movies channels on DStv, will be available for ten days only on channel 109 and will feature 15 of the most pulsating films from the massively popular Marvel Studios franchise. During these ten days, the M-Net Movies Marvel Studios Pop-Up Channel will run from 5 am to 11 pm daily. Each day of the week a film from the franchise, which has overlapping storylines, will be screened in chronological order, i.e. according to how the films were released in cinema. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, viewers can revisit the stories of their beloved heroes all the way through to Spiderman: Homecoming, which will close the channel on April 22, 2018. “This channel is a special treat for the legions of Marvel fans—both old and new—who have enjoyed the live-action exploits of favourite Marvel Superheroes in films that express the unique vision and creativity of their filmmakers and deliver thrilling action and visual spectacles with relatable characters,” says Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, regional director, M-Net West Africa. “The timing of our M-Net Movies Marvels Studios Pop-Up Channel is also absolutely perfect with the franchise currently creating an incredible buzz worldwide”. The release of the recent Black Panther became the biggest film of all time, showing that Marvel Studios is at the forefront of the comic-bookturned-action-pop-culture phenomenon. While the M- Net Movies Marvel Pop-Up channel will give DStv viewers the opportunity to enjoy more gems of the franchise, which has been ten years in the making, it also serves as a lead-up to the new Avengers: Infinity War which hits cinemas on April 27, 2018. On top of the 15 feature films, there will also be programming linked to the behind the scenes of the movies, such as United We Stand, Divided We Fall; The Making of Captain America: Civil War; Guide to The Galaxy with James Gunn and more. Additionally, avid fans of the blockbuster franchise will be treated to a range of documentaries offering incredible insight into the history of Marvel. These include: Marvel 75 Years From Pulp to Pop; From Asgard To Earth (Thor); Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years; Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 Rebuilding the Suit; Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe just to mention a few!