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Nigerian Links: General

Leadership Nigeria: News site dedicated to good governance in Nigeria

Niger Delta Economies of Violence Project: This project is sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, DC), Our Niger Delta (Port Harcourt, Nigeria), and the Institute of International Studies (University of California, Berkeley)

NOI Polls: NOI Polls is a Nigerian-based polling organization which works in partnership with The Gallup Poll (USA) to develop opinion research in Nigeria.

The 100 Greatest Nigerians

Dtalkshop was created in 2001 to bridge the gap between the legal profession and the general public. We seek to enlighten the public about their rights and the role of the legal profession in their lives, and in doing this seek the demystification of law and legal practice. Dtalkshop is run by Kaine Agary

The Journal of Nigeria Studies (JNS) is an inter-disciplinary online publication of the Nigeria Studies Association (NSA) and the University of New Hampshire. Fully referred, published twice a year, and aimed at the highest level of scholarship. This journal is dedicated to the publication of original research, reviews, and short notices, in all areas of Nigeria studies.

Lonely Planet Nigeria Travel Guide

AdvocacyNigeria was established in 2005 as a movement to improve the reproductive health of all Nigerians. It is an alliance of concerned Nigerians with common goal to work together to lower the excessively high maternal and infant mortality and morbidity rates that continue to plague the country. The alliance includes representatives from federal and state government offices, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and religious organizations, parliamentarians, academics and health service providers. Nigeria has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates with an estimated eight hundred (800) women dying out of every one hundred thousand (100,000) giving birth. It is estimated that the number of women dying is fifty two thousand ,52,000 , per annum It is also estimated that four thousand four hundred , 4,400, maternal deaths are recorded monthly in Nigeria and that for every maternal death 20 women suffer debilitating disabilities

Nigerian Media

NEXT News Portal is a product of Timbuktu Media headed by Mr. Dele Olojede, who is the first African-born winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism and the former foreign editor for Newsday

Nigerian and African Video Films Forum

Daily Trust: Nigerian News

The Guardian Online: Nigerian News

This Day Online: Nigerian News

Vanguard Online Edition: Lagos-Based News

Daily Sun: The Sun News Online

Niger Delta Herald Online

Nigerian Tribune

Online Nigeria: Community Portal of Nigeria

Nigeriaworld: All About Nigeria

Nigerian Literature

Chris Abani

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Website for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun

Sefi Atta

Helon Habila

Wordsbody: Molara Wood is a Nigerian writer and arts journalist based in London. The focus of the blog is on the Nigerian art scene, particularly the writers

Imagine This: Website of Nigerian Novelist Sade Adeniran

Lagos Literary and Arts Journal

Saraba Magazine is an imprint of Two Iroko Limited whose goal is to create unending voices by encouraging young, previously unheard writers to publish their works, assist emerging writers (i.e. those who have been published little or not at all, whose talent are recognizable and whose works are qualitative) in establishing their voices by creating a platform for their writing to be showcased. Through an actualization of these purposes, Saraba would ensure that there is no generational gap, that succeeding generations of writers in Africa have unending voices. It was also established to create a link between established writers and emerging writers through mentorship opportunities and other related mediums. Finally, to celebrate literature and its undying nature by showcasing it in the most contemporary ways.

Nigerian Arts

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos) is an independent non-profit making visual art organisation set up in December 2007 to provide a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture.

The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group Website

Nike Centre for Art and Culture: Textile artists, painters, sculptors, dancers and drummers… Learn more about Nike’s five Art Centers in Lagos, Oshogbo, Ogidi and Abuja, where Nigerian artists and craftsmen ply their trades and where you can study among them.

A Concrete Vision-Oshogbo Art from the 1960s Website: Virtual Exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. During the early 1960s, a major artistic transformation occurred in Oshogbo, a Yoruba town in western Nigeria. Here visual, literary and performance artists drew on traditional ideas to create new forms. A Concrete Vision features works by 11 visual artists from the earliest days of the Oshogbo school. Accompanying the installation of the large openwork concrete screens by Adebisi Akanji is a discussion of the museum’s conservation treatment.

Master Hand: Individuality and Creativity among Yoruba Sculptures Website

The Fela Project is a multimedia project that explores and commemorates the influence of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the legendary Nigerian Afrobeat musician and Human Rights activist who died of AIDS-related illness in 1997.  The project centers on Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, an exhibition of Fela-related artifacts and new works by thirty-four contemporary artists from around the world who have been inspired by Fela.  The Project also includes a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, an interactive website and a second illustrated publication entitled, Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway.

The National Gallery of Art of Nigeria (NGA) was established by Decree No. 86 of 1993 in fulfillment of a provision of Nigeria’s cultural policy which recommends that a National Gallery of Art be established for the promotion and presentation of creative visual art in Nigeria. This recommendation derives from the UNESCO document on the World Decade for Cultural Development (WDCD).

The Hour Glass Gallery Website

The Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to promote the appreciation and study of  Nigerian arts and artists, making the collection available to museums, educational institutions, and scholars.

Central Nigeria Unmasked-Arts of the Benue River Valley: Virtual Exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. This international exhibition presents a comprehensive view of the arts produced in the region and includes some of the most abstract, dramatic and inventive sculpture from sub-Saharan Africa.

Olowe of Ise-A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings: Virtual Exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. African art is not always anonymous; some masterpieces were made by skilled individuals whose fame extended well beyond the villages or towns in which they lived. Olowe of Ise (c. 1875 – c. 1938) was such an artist. His unique style of carving attracted the notice of Ekiti-Yoruba kings who commissioned him to sculpt doors and veranda posts for their palaces.

Urhobo-Where Gods and Mortals Meet Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art: Virtual Exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Devoted to the art of the Urhobo peoples, Where Gods and Mortals Meet illustrates ways that art serves to establish and reinforce cultural identity. The exhibition considers the full range of Urhobo creativity, from personal images offering protection and advancement to communal shrine art. Through the works of artist Bruce Onobrakpeya, it also offers a contemporary elucidation of the meaning and iconography of the central themes of Urhobo art.

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Virtual Exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Africcan Art. A mid-career exhibition of the Nigerian-born artist Yinka Shonibare, includes the media of painting, sculpture and installation, photography and moving images. Exhibited works encompass the last 12 years of Shonibare’s career with a focus on recent works juxtaposed with historical works.

Website of Nigerian Artist Sokari Douglas Camp

Website of Nigerian Artist and Critic Olu Oguibe

Website of Nigerian Artist Jonathan Lessor

Website of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation:The Foundation was established in 2003 in honour of renowned Nigerian artist, Professor Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE, NNOM (1917-94). It aims to sustain and build on his life and works through which he forged a philosophical basis for contemporary Nigerian art by fusing western techniques and indigenous traditions. Enwonwu is widely acclaimed as Africa’s pioneer modernist artist. His success increased the visibility and appreciation of modern and contemporary African art.

Nigerian Cinema/Nollywood

Nigeria is dedicated to the projection of local Nigeria film in particular and African films in general. The profiles and life styles of actors, actresses and those behind the scene will be previewed. New and old films will be previewed and reviewed on monthly basis for your criticism and rating accordingly. NFC (Nigeria Films.Com) is the undisputed largest marketing/distributors and retailers of Nigerian Movies worldwide.

Nigerian Women

Baobab for Women’s Human Rights

Nigerian Feminist Forum

Peoples: The Ijaw/Ijo

Ijaw Dictionary Project

Ijaw Docs: This website documents the history, culture, customs and language of the Ijaws.

Ijaw Resource Center: The Ijaw Resource Center started with the intent of being a meeting and information sharing and distribution point using the facilities provided by the Internet.

The Ijaw Monitoring Group: The Ijaw Monitoring Group works to eradicate the inhumane conditions that exist for the Ijaw tribe and all other marginalized inhabitants of the Niger Delta region.

Bayelsa State Council for Arts and Culture

Peoples: The Yoruba

Oroèdè is a searchable English to Yorùbá dictionary

The Good Person Excerpts from the Yorùbá Proverb Treasury: A collection of Yoruba proverbs compiled and translated by Dr. Oyekan Owomoyela at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Peoples: The Igbo

About the Igbo Language

Onitsha Market Literature: Onitsha Market Literature consists of stories, plays, advice and moral discourses published primarily in the 1960s by local presses in the lively market town of Onitsha, an important commercial site in the Igbo-speaking region of southeastern Nigeria

These Women Are Brave: Igbo Women’s Stories of the Biafran War

Philip Emeagwali: World Renowned Scientist Behind The Supercomputer that Spawned the Internet

Kwenu: Our Culture, Our Future

Other Nigerian Ethnic Groups

Edo Nation Online

Institute for Benin Studies

The Kanuri Studies Association was founded in Maiduguri/Nigeria in 2003. The main aim of the association is to enhance and support the exchange of knowledge and information from and with Kanuri-speaking people and the academic community.

Urhobo Historical Society

Nigerian Blogs

Bahaushe Mai Ban Haushi!: Ibrahim Sheme on himself, Hausa culture and the World. Sheme is a journalist based out of Abuja. His blog is written in Hausa and English.

The Website of Dr. Usman Muhammad Bugaje Muslim Northern Nigerian Writer

Funmi Iyanda’s Blog: Funmi Iyanda is a multi award winning broadcaster, journalist, columnist and blogger. She produces and hosts Nigeria’s most popular and authoritative talk show NEW DAWN

Timbuktu Chronicles: Emeka Okafor is a venture catalyst and entrepreneur who lives in New York City.He is the Maker Faire Africa curator and was the director for TED Global 2007 that took place in Arusha,Tanzania. His other interests include sustainable technologies in the developing world and paradigm breaking technologies in general. His blog, Timbuktu Chronicles seeks to spur dialogue in areas of entrepreneurship, technology and the scientific method as it impacts Africa.

Belinda Otas: I am a journalist, writer and blogger, and I am passionate about life.  I am passionate about Africa and all things African – our heritage, cultures, traditions, challenges and without a doubt, our success no matter how small or big. I love theatre to the point where it is an arm of arts journalism I have decided to make my speciality. All you need to do is buy me the ticket and I will sleep at the theatre every evening if things go that far. Yes, that is how fanatical I am about the stage.

Bilkisu Yusuf Online: Hajiya Bilkisu (mni) is a journalist by profession and a political scientist by training. She got a B.Sc in political science from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. She studied Journalism at the Moscow Institute for Journalism and International Relations and earned an Advanced Diploma in Journalism and International Relations. Her previous work experience include working in the Ministry of Information, Kano, Editor of Sunday Triumph Kano, Editor, New Nigerian Kaduna and Editor, Citizen Magazine Kaduna. Bilkisu is currently a columnist for Daily Trust and Leadership Newspapers

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