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NEWS: *WS in Arts Opens in Lagos *Atiku Outraged over Bombing, Deaths in Potiskum School *Osoba, SDP Leaders Yet to Pick Guber Candidate in Ogun *

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WS in Arts Opens in Lagos

A four-day arts exhibition dedicated to life and works of the author, playwright and teacher, Wole Soyinka, will start in Lagos on Thursday November 13 and will last till Sunday November 16.
The event dubbed “WS in Arts” will take place at CIAPS and will feature artists and students of Arts from Nigeria other African and European Countries.
Nigerian-born writer and journalist, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, will be chairing an international panel made up of arts critics, academics, artists, art dealers and art lovers, that will evaluate and award prizes to the works of exhibiting artists. The event will showcase paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography etc. on themes from books, poems, plays and essays of Wole Soyinka.
Other members of the panel are Prof. Roberto Francavilla (Italy), Prof.
Inocência Mata (Portugal), Dr. Katarina Kort (Germany), Dr. Sandra Rowe (USA), Clearance Peters (Nigeria) and Frances Trought (UK).
The exhibition is managed by scholars and students of CIAPS as part of their professional training.
In a statement signed by Olabisi Ojora and Cornelia Oseghale (both graduands of journalism), CIAPS Centre Director Prof. Anthony Kila stated that “the aims of the exhibition are to let literature meet visual arts for the benefit of the general public and to let CIAPS graduands put into practice the skills and knowledge they have acquired in their professional programmes by working with top international professionals”.
The exhibition is treated as a project and the international panel and other professionals will be working closely with a selected team of CIAPS students and graduates.
The exhibition will open from 11am to 5pm everyday Thursday to Sunday at CIAPS 21 Adekunle Fajuiyi Crescent off Adeniyi Jones Ikeja and visitors will be able to view and buy art works that show different facets of the life of and works of the Nobel laureate that turned 80 earlier this year.
CIAPS is the first paperless institution in Africa and it is currently running career oriented programmes aimed at getting graduates into jobs in their chosen professions.
The main areas of study are in journalism, business administration, banking and finance , office management, education and project management.

Atiku Outraged over Bombing, Deaths in Potiskum School
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed outrage over the bombing of the Government Technical Science College, Potiskum by a yet unidentified suicide bomber dressed as a student of the school.
The former Vice President said in a statement by his media office in Abuja on Monday that the latest bombing which needlessly claimed the lives of 47 young and promising Nigerian school children is one too many and once again underscores the need for the government at all levels including our elders and opinion leaders to find a permanent solution to the problem of insurgency which has ravaged our country for the past five years.
Atiku noted that the tragic incident in Potiskum is not the first time in Yobe State and indeed in the troubled North-East region that innocent young people are subjected to violence and untimely death for the simple reason that they want an education.
“One expects that knowing the anti-education mind-set of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, the relevant authorities should have done their bit to ensure that at least, our educational institutions are provided with additional security,” Atiku said.
Atiku Abubakar appealed to the perpetrators of this crime and similar ones in the past to have a rethink and refrain from taking life which none of us can create.
He expressed his condolences to the government and people of Yobe State, the management, staff and students of Government Technical Science College, Potiskum, the parents and guardians of the affected students and all those who may have been adversely affected by the senseless murder of these innocent students.

Osoba, SDP Leaders Yet to Pick Guber Candidate in Ogun
* Okunniyi picks SDP guber form

Following the ripples and discontent caused by a story allegedly planted in national dailies of Friday November 7, 2014, concerned Leaders of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ogun State, have demanded a rebuttal of the false report claiming that a certain Senator, who recently defected to SDP, has been adopted as  the governorship candidate of the SDP for the 2015 elections.
In a statement issued on Monday by Mr. Olubori Obafemi, Media Consultant to the group, the leaders, who cut across the 20 local government areas of the state, met under the aegis of Ogun Esoji Bloc of the Ma’tagba M’ole Movement in SDP led by former Governor Olusegun Osoba on Monday in Abeokuta to review the progress made so far in SDP.
The leaders, however, took umbrage at the misleading story in the dailies credited to Senator Gbenga Obadara, one of the three senators, who recently defected to SDP from APC.
“We concerned leaders in the top echelon of the SDP in Ogun State hereby wish to demand a retraction and rebuttal of the false claim that our great party has already adopted one of the three governorship aspirants, who have formally expressed intention to contest on the platform of the SDP, as its gubernatorial flagbearer in the 2015 elections
“For the avoidance of doubt there are three formidable gubernatorial hopefuls in Ogun SDP, namely Okunniyi Olawale, former  governorship candidate of the SDP and later of the defunct CPC in the 2011 elections, who was a frontline delegate to the national confab, Senator Gbenga Obadara and Prince Segun Adesegun, current Deputy Governor of Ogun State and the party is yet to conduct a selection process for the adoption of any of the three governorship contestants of SDP.”
The hierarchy of the group, however, “warned all aspirants in the SDP to be careful with their public  commentaries in order not to provoke internal disaffection within the fold that is set to dislodge the incumbent APC Government in Ogun.”
Meanwhile, the former governorship candidate of both CPC and SDP in Ogun State, Veteran Olawale Okunniyi, has formally declared his intention to run for the exalted office of the governor of the state in the 2015 elections on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, which he once led in various capacities before moving to the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, from where he led the CPC into the APC merger in Ogun State.
Okunniyi, a frontline delegate to the just-concluded National Confab, in his application to the Chairman of SDP dated 3rd October 2045, said he was vying for the governorship seat of Ogun State for the second time to provide the elusive progressive alternative for the mass of the downtrodden in the state and that he is set to construct the ‘bridge’ of economic prosperity and ‘road’ of political inclusion allegedly missing in the current Amosun government.
It is, however, on record that Okunniyi, before his movement to SDP with the Matagba M’ole group led by former governor Osoba, was the only known governorship aspirant in APC running against the incumbent, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, with visible campaign structures, offices and vehicles in the three senatorial districts of the state.

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