Beyond Aesthetics: Use, Abuse and Dissonance in African Art Traditions
Beyond Aesthetics is a passionate discussion of the role of identity, tradition, and originality in making , collecting, and exhibiting African art today. Soyinka considers objects that have stirred controversy, and he decries dogmatic efforts – whether colonial or religious – to suppress Africa’s artistic traditions. By turns poetic, provocative and humorous, Soyinka affirms the power of collecting to reclaim tradition. He urges African artists, filmmakers, collectors, and curators to engage with their aesthetic mand cultural histories.
Fadeke and Chinedu are shocked when they come across each other in the elevator of a building they both work in. Chinedu has searched for her the past six years. Fadeke is hurt by an incident that happened in Chinedu’s apartment six years ago which he is unaware of. An incident which altered the course of her life, family and relationships. This romance story centres on campus life, tribalism, deceit and forgiveness.
In possession of stolen lucre, Brume Lauva takes a big step and decides to run away from the life he as always known: a life of consistent failures and from a girlfriend who shattered his heart and his last feeble grip on a broken dream.
Lagos, he believes, would offer another chance at life; where he could mend his broken heart and start to dream again, But en route to his land of promise, a fatal bus crash occurs, and Brume is the only survivor – without a scratch. He flees the scene of the accident and hitchhikes his way to Lagos.
Chidi Amuta’s columns in major Nigerian newspapers and magazines have been compulsory reading for successive generations of Nigerians over the last two and a half decades. Easily one of the most respected and informed voices in contemporary Nigerian public discourse, Amuta’s writing stands out for its sheer intellectual sweep and an arresting command and control of the English language.
Amuta comes to the table with a consistently nationalistic perspective and an incisive analytical insight that is often prophetic. At once fearless and acerbic, he is unsparing and unfailingly engaging.