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The new midlife crisis
Idúpé ỌDÚN kan ti Yorùbá Lákọ̀tun bere


The journey of  Yorùbá Lákọ̀tun would not be complete without the great support of our partners, special guests, audience, all volunteers at the back end and well-wishers who have helped to enhance each event.

According to the host of the quarterly programme, Olutayo Irantiola, said, "I appreciate everyone who have contributed to the success of Yorùbá Lákọ̀tun thus far. We have thrived on the support by various people and organizations. I remain undeterred in my commitment to the elevation of our Yorùbá literature, culture, crafts and skills that have been relegated."

Speaking on the behalf of Ethnic Heritage Centre, Charles Obioha, mentioned that Yorùbá Lákọ̀tun has become a flagship programme of the centre. The centre is proud of the growth of the programme from inception till date; all her attainment and wished her the best.

The next edition of the programme will be coming up on September 4 2016 at Ethnic Heritage Centre, 35A,Raymond Njoku Street off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi by 4pm where the 1st year anniversary will be marked.



It is a quarterly live audience participatory programme where different creative arts are done and an interview session with a writer. The host is Olutayo Irantiola

Ethnic Heritage Centre is located at 35A, Raymond Njoku Street off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. The centre is a foremost learning centre for the learning of Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa and French thereby exposing them to the cultural elements surrounding those languages thereby promoting and preserving our cultural heritage. This is achieved through a modern, creative and innovative method of learning.
Their programmes are flexible enough to accommodate Nigerian residents and those who are on short visits to Nigeria that may want to have a better understanding of the Nigerian people and their cultures. The centre also has a library stocked with books in all the languages for everyone. The centre also has a gift shop called ‘Kasuwa’ which means Market in Hausa where different creative works can be purchased.

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(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
The new midlife crisis

Photo courtesy: Olumide Oresegun
by Olutayo IRANTIOLA

Since the weeks of his emergence on the social media scene, Olumide Oresegun has been called the Leonardo Da Vinci of Africa. He has changed the narrative of Nigerian artists by pushing the frontiers painting to the extremely tedious aspect of the art.

Olumide Oresegun started out as an Impressionist, he transitioned to being a realist and he is now a hyper-realist. He has done all within his reach to push the frontiers of Nigerian painting to the global level, especially throu social media.

It is assumed that creativity of this nature runs in the family. Ironically, there is nobody in Oresegun's family that ever was a painter, as far as he himself knows. He hails from Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state of Nigeria. Interestingly, Ogun State has produced many remarkable people such as Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, Former Premier of the Western Region that introduced free education; Professor Wole Soyinka, First African Noble Laureate in Literature; Fela Anikulapo - Kuti, the Afrobeat legend and many more.

Oresegun has stayed in Lagos largely in the last thirty five years of his life. He was educated Ijebutedo Primary School in Palmgroove, Lagos and the Immaculate Heart Comprehensive High School in Maryland, Lagos before proceeding to the Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) in Yaba, Lagos where he graduated with distinction.

Oresegun was could be considered to be very lucky, because he had no challenge with his parents redirecting his course of life from painting to other careers. He started drawing at the age of 4 and starting painting at the age of 14. His mother gave him the utmost support and he is reaping largely from this investment today.

Oresegun has exhibited his works in Nigeria, France, Germany and Brazil. With the global acceptance of his works, he has received various requests to exhibit his works in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. As an aspiring artist, Oresegun looks forward to becoming a maestro like Kolade Osinowo and like Howard Terpning.

According to Oresegun, the water effect is a very challenging aspect of painting because paint and water is being used at the same time. Children form the core of his paintings, because he greatly enjoys their company. For him, his interaction with his immediate environment and his country home, has helped him to develop a keen eye for rare occurrences which might not strike others. He explained further that this artwork is done on a 2 dimensional surface in which 3-dimensional effect is employed.

Oresegun is currently working on setting up an art academy where he can develop the next generation of painters. He said another career that he might have considered outside being a professional painter is a broadcaster. Whenever he drops his paintbrush, he can mostly be found either reading or watching television.

Olumide Oresegun's works are in three major galleries in Lagos namely Nike Art Gallery, Lekki; Mydrim Gallery, Ikoyi and Signature, Ikoyi. He is likely to  feature in the World Art Record based on his exceptionally distinct artistry.

First published on Hellion Magazine
August 9 2016

(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
The new midlife crisis
Kick Against Indiscipline & their Extremist Officers

The Ikorodu Road violence after the death of the hawker

Nigerians are very lawless people from age immemorial. In order to correct this lawlessness, Kick Against Indiscipline  (KIA) was set up as a government agency to enforce attitudinal change. This agency has checkmated people who  act wrongly in the public which will endanger their individual lives; the lives of others and the environment.

Historically, during the military leadership of General Muhammadu Buhari and General Tunde Idiagbon, the War Against Indiscipline was set up to perform the same role. However, there were a lot of complaints about the extreme use of force.

The Lagos State Government is strategic in fighting the battle of Indiscipline to a standstill. Along major roads in Lagos where people typically cross the road; barbed wires have been fixed to the footsteps of pedestrian bridges and all illegal bus stops are also been phased out using barbed wires too. Ironically, some of these barbed wires and baricades have been destroyed at places like Ojota and Mile 12 along the Ikorodu road corridor.

All around Lagos, officers of KAI curb the menace of street hawking; arresting pedestrians who do not want to use the pedestrian bridge; arresting these who defecate or urinate along the roadside amongst other petty misdemeanours.

Van used to arrest street traders and hawkers
Unfortunately, all these erring members of the society have become cash cows for the officers of KAI. People are not properly fined or charged by the agency, as a whole, but by the officers who effect the arrest.
Many a times, people who want to evade arrest get manhandled. The saddening part is that street urchins commit the same crime with other pedestrians but they prefer the well dressed ones because they would not be  violent.  Recently, a hawker at Maryland, Ikorodu road, Lagos was killed while trying to evade arrest and this resulted into violence by other hawkers who saw it as an act of injustice and burnt down BRT buses belonging to the state government.

The economic situation has turned everyone into a "hustler". Women that supports their husbands  must  be commended. These women usually display series of goods for sale on prominent streets close to a major bus terminal to serve the blue-collar and white - collar workers on their way from work. Sadly, the clampdown has direct impact on them and this has heightened the poverty level of the masses.

However, it must also be said that these enforcement officers are overzealous in the dispensation of their duties. The rate of destruction is on the high side.  Many of the goods that they come across are wasted in the course of discharging their lawful duties. This shows that Lagos needs a model of converting these waste into something that can be used for other purposes.

The drivers and officers attached to KAI are uncivil while going about their lawful business. They drive recklessly; they chase people needlessly thereby resulting to waste of lives. The government needs to put some punitive measures in place for the officers so that they can responsibly discharge their duties.

Just like Governor Akinwunmi Ambode noted upon resumption of office that traffic gridlock gets heightened by the way LASTMA officers stop traffic violators; he instructed them to be civic by taking pictures of the vehicle, the number plate and possibly the driver. Such model needs to be put in place for KAI officers too.

It is obvious that Lagos State is on a journey towards becoming a mega city. However, the attitudes of KAI officers should rather complement the efforts of the government and not distract the government in her efforts of making Lagos the tourism hub for West Africa.
(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria
The new midlife crisis


Nigeria has witnessed the gruesome murder of many people associated with politics within the democratic and military administration. Funsho Anthony Williams belonged to the class of those murdered during the 4th republic in Lagos State.

Williams was referred to as the ‘Omoluabi Eko’ meaning the Gentleman of Lagos. He was born, May 9, 1948. He he attended the St. Paul's Catholic school, Ebute-Meta; St. Gregory College, Ikoyi before proceeding to the University of Lagos for his Bachelors’ degree in Civil Engineering. Upon completion, he went to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, United States of America for his Masters’ degree.
He returned to work for the Lagos State Government and he retired willing after 17 years as a Permanent Secretary to join politics. He became a Commissioner for Works under Colonel Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s military administration.

As typical of Nigerian politicians, he started out with the United Nigeria Congress Party in the mid-1990s; he joined Alliance for Democracy at the death of General Sani Abacha; he stepped down for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to become the Governor of Lagos; thereafter he joined the People’s Democratic Party in 2003 after President Olusegun Obasanjo won the President election on the platform of the party before he met his untimely death on July 27, 2006 at his Ikoyi residence.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) at the time of his death was Sunday Ehindero while the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) was Adebayo Adeoye. Adeoye in a statement after inspecting his residence said his body was lying face down, hands tied, blindfolded and blood was on the floor. The four policemen at his residence and six other suspects namely Bulama Kolo; Musa Maina; David Cassidy; Tunani Sonani; Mustapha Kayode and Okponwasa Imariabie were arrested.

The investigation of the death of Williams was not handled by the Nigerian Police Force alone, British detectives were involved to unravel his assassins. However, Prof John Obafunwa, the Chief Forensic Pathologist of Lagos State testified before the court that his death resulted from asphyxia (lack of oxygen) due to manual strangulation.

He was buried at Victoria Court Cemetery in August 2006 with mammoth crowd  that can be akin to that of Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe; Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo; Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. Seven months after his death, the Lagos State Government immortalized him by naming the former Western Avenue after him in February 2007. Although the political class cannot be vindicated entirely from his death, political bigwigs were mentioned at different points in connection with his death.
The late Funsho Williams
The death of Funsho Williams remained one of the many deaths that had not been resolved over the years. Lagos State had witnessed high profile politicians; some of them include Pa Alfred Rewane; Alhaja Kudirat Abiola; Engr Adesoji Dina and many other people. Nigerians want a thoroughly developed forensic unit of the police force that can unravel murder cases and an effective judicial system

First published onNigerian Reporter
(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria

As Spotify declare that 42 is the age people start listening to chart music again, we examine the new rules of having a midlife crisis. How did we swap the Ferrari for Taylor Swift?

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:


Midlife crises are still alive and well.
Midlife crises are still alive and well.

First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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