Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Cora Squad.

The Secretary General of CORA, Toyin Akinosho (left) in conference with the CORA Chairman, Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo(right) at Fela-versation held to mark the anniversary of the death of the musical icon, Fela. In the centre and background of the picture is the visual artist, Mufu Onifade, founder of the Araism movement in Art.
The Friends of the Arts, Lagos (FOAL), on the platform of CORA organized this event at the National Arts Theatre on Wednesday the 23rd of August. It was held in honour of Benson Idonije (see right of picture below) who turned 70 on the 17th of June. "Ben Jay" as he is fondly called, was Fela's first Manager upon the Kalakuta King's return to Nigeria in the 50s. He managed Fela's band, Koola Lobitos, as it was then known and was responsible for virtually all recruitment for the initial members including the legendary Baba Ani.

In the picture below, Dr Sola Olorunyomi (left) of the English Department of the University of Ibadan, author of the book, "Fela and the Imagined Continent", ponders on Idonije's words.
Olorunyomi and Professor Tejumola Olaniyan were the main discussants of Fela's works.

Also in attendance were Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, Chief Okonta, Osaze Iyamu, Professor Femi Osofisan and many others. Posted by Picasa

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