Friday, 29 August 2008

Laughing in a Foreign Language

When you move it always takes a bit of time to adjust. This is true when moving house, county and more so when moving country. Had it not been for my last few days in Youth Service I would have been tempted back into my holiday mentality. I am now officially a Lagos State Youth Corper and have had to shake off my London Swagger in order to fit in.

This was and continues to be easier said than done as I found myself speaking not only in my full English accent but also using statements like " I have been waiting ages for my uniform' to which I was met with a roar of laughter as my officers and fellow corpers proceeded to mock me.

However I am a soldier (well actually I'm a Youth Corper but there's not much difference) and I intend to make it out the other side ALIVE!

Now with every institution there are rules and regulations that must be followed i.e do not use the internet to browse porn at work, equal rights, etc. With Youth service there are a host of right and wrongs with laughable penalties. For instance you can be fine 1,000N (approx 4 quid) or face 4-6 months in jail for wearing an NYSC uniform when you are not serving. I intend to see how many people I can get to don my uniform even in the face of such terrifying consequences, lol.
I will provide pictorial proof!

Sunday, 17 August 2008

The Supremes Exhibiton Pictures as Promised!

I really Loved this poem, I though it was very powerful!




The exhibition as a whole was moving in its profiling of the racial struggles but also in relation to the music on play.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Arts Jobs South Africa

The Africa Centre is a Section 21 Company based in Cape Town , dedicated to supporting and celebrating the rich history and contemporary practice of African arts and culture.

General Manager

Responsibility: To ensure the smooth functioning of the Centre and the effective administration of its various projects.
Requirements: At least ten years experience in managing medium scale organisations; proven administrative skills; effective people management skills; high level computer literacy; experience in devising and monitoring budgets; knowledge of, or an interest in the creative sector; own transport.

Communications and Marketing Manager

Responsibility: To ensure regular communication with the Africa Centre's stakeholders and to coordinate effective marketing, communication and media plans for its various projects.
Requirements: Excellent writing skills; at least five years experience in marketing, publicity or PR; knowledge of or interest in the creative sector; sound relationships with the media; excellent computer skills; training and/or experience in web-based communication and own transport. French would be a recommendation.

Researcher

Responsibility: To update and maintain a comprehensive portal on African Arts, Culture and Heritage
Requirements: MA degree in the Humanities or Arts Admin; research skills; excellent computer and web-based skills; verbal and written fluency in English and French would be a strong recommendation; an interest in culture, good communication skills; flexibility to travel and undertake field research.

Receptionist/Administrative assistant

Responsibility: To coordinate the flow of information within the organisation and provide administrative assistance as required.
Requirements: Excellent communication skills; administrative experience and skills; sound computer skills; ability to work under pressure and to multi-task.

Fundraiser

Responsibility: To raise funds for the Africa Centre and its various projects, and to build and maintain sound relationships with donor partners.
Requirements: Excellent budgeting and financial management skills; effective communication skills; a passion for fundraising; a commitment to the African creative sector; at least five years of fundraising experience.

Project Managers

Responsibility: To coordinate and manage major and minor cultural projects.
Requirements: Excellent organisational, planning, administrative, computer, writing, financial management and communication skills; flexibility, initiative; ability to work under pressure; own transport.

Arterial Network Project Manager

The Arterial Network is an informal, dynamic network of individuals and organisations that aims to advance the African creative sector and cultural industries. The Network is independent of the Africa Centre which provides it with infrastructural support.

Responsibility: To manage the affairs of the Arterial Network on a day-to-day basis.
Requirements: See Project Managers above; excellent verbal and writing skills in English and French.

The Africa Centre is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment both to local employment equity and to representation of the broader African continent in its staff component.

To apply for one of these positions, please send a covering letter motivating your suitability for the position, a CV and the names and contact details of two referees to Staff Applications, Africa Centre; PO Box 137, Lynedoch, 7603, South Africa or info@africacentre.net by Monday 25 August 2008. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews by 31 August 08. See www.africacentre.net for more information about the Africa Centre.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Stop in the Name of Love






THE STORY OF THE SUPREMES FROM THE MARY WILSON COLLECTION
13th May- 19th October 2008
Victoria and Albert Museum
South Kensington

Exhibition opening times
Daily 10.00-17.30(last ticket sold 16.45, last entry 17.00)Fridays 10.00-21.30(last ticket sold 20.45, last entry 21.00)
Advance telephone and online booking
By phone on +44 (0)870 906 3883 (more than 48 hours prior to visit only)£5.90 adults, senior citizens, full time students, ES40 holdersIncludes booking fee per ticketOnline booking £5 adults, senior citizens, full time students, ES40 holdersPlus £1 handling charge per transaction

In person at the V&A – in advance or on day of visit
£5 adults, senior citizens, full time students, ES40 holdersNo handling charge or booking fee
Concessions, Groups and Member Rates
Half price tickets for Art Fund and D&AD members. Free to under 18s, disabled people and up to two carers, V&A Members and Patrons and pre-booked educational groups

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the V&A and oh what a treat it was.

The current exhibition 'The Story of the Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection' combines the history of the ladies (which included the very talented Miss Ross, Diana Ross for you youngsters), with the socio-political struggles of the African American community (principally the Civil Rights Movement).

The exhibition had me glued from the minute I stepped foot inside it. Welcomed by bejewelled gowns, and stunning images of the times, all the while familiar hits like 'you cant hurry love' played in the background. If I wasn't glued to Martin Luther King declaring his 'dream' I was shimmying through the walk ways trying not to break into a dance routine.

It was clearly portrayed that not only was this a talented, record holding group but this was a talented Black Female group who at such a heightened time in race relations, found there way into the hearts and homes of White America. There stand may have not been in the street but it was just as hard and broke barriers that entertainers today should definitely be grateful for.

One great thing about this exhibition is that (unlike most), it does allow (flash-less) photography and if like me you are a sucker for a good dress and have a great tailor then get over there and start snapping!

I would include my pics but i dont want any copying going on, lol. No, I just havent been able to upload them to my computer. Will do sometime over the weekend!

http://www.vam.ac.uk/microsites/supremes/

http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/theatre_performance/exhibition_supremes/index.html

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Oh Dear

I have been so preoccupied with getting ready for my move to Nigeria that my blog has been neglected these last few weeks. I will however be uploading some new information as the week progresses.

Sorry and thanks for the support!

Re-Imagine Nigeria @ CCA Lagos

Date Saturday 16th August 2008 2pm - 4.30pm
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos9 McEwen Street, Off Queen Street, Sabo,Opp Methodist Church, Herbert Macaulay St, Lagos.
Telephone 0702 8367106

The session will start with a presentation titled:"Re-Imagine Nigeria" – which focuses on the possibilities of young artists getting involved with helping shape a more positive external view of Nigeria via artists exchange programs that encourage cultural diplomacy. Artists Ndubuisi Nduwhite Ahanonu and Harrison Ikibah will present a review of their visit to the cultural diplomacy symposium in Berlin and share with us their experiences and findings.

Margie Johnson Reese is the Program Officer for Media, Arts and Culture for the Ford
Foundation's Office for West Africa based in Lagos, Nigeria. Margie is most noted for her ability to initiate partnerships among unlikely collaborators and her passion for global culture exchange has led her to focus her expertise on developing programs that lead to sustainable cultural institutions. She devotes her spare time to mentoring young arts managers and to helping position arts and cultural programs as a mechanism for influencing diplomatic relationships and foreign policy development.

Margie Reese is a seasoned arts management professional with over 30 years experience in cultural planning, cultural facility development and arts education advocacy. She has worked in Chief Executive positions for the city of Dallas, Texas and the city of Los Angeles, California, where she is noted for launching the city's International Cultural Exchange Program and the successful city-wide music education program, Music L.A.! She has consulted in numerous states in the US and served as advisor in all areas of cultural management and policy development.