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Renowned documentary photographer Tam Fiofori dies at 82

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Renowned documentary photographer Tam Fiofori dies at 82

Renowned Nigerian documentary photographer and filmmaker Tam Fiofori, popularly known as Uncle Tam, has died. He was 82.

The prolific writer, critic, and media consultant’s death was announced on Wednesday.

Mr Fiofori was also a notable chronicler of Nigeria’s history through his albums. His films, which include the works of Nigerian artists Biodun Olaku, J. D. Okhai Ojeikere, and Olu Amoda, have left an indelible mark on the country’s cultural landscape.

Fiofori grew up in Benin City, where his father, Emmanuel Fiofori, taught at Edo College but he was originally from Okrika, Rivers State.

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He attended King’s College, Lagos, and later King’s College London for his university education, after which he focused on writing and music.

In the US, he was an associate of Sun Ra. According to the Pan African Space Station, he invited Sun Ra to Lagos for FESTAC 77, which led to a visit to the Kalakuta Republic. He documented this experience in the Nigerian journal Glendora Review.

His role in bringing underground black creativity to the American national consciousness in the 1970s was significant. As the first New Music/Electronic Music Editor for DownBeat and a contributor to many other art and literary publications in the US and Europe, he played a crucial role in shaping the cultural narrative of the time.

Fiofori’s influence extended beyond Nigeria. He lived in Harlem, New York, in the 1960s, where he became Sun Ra’s manager and produced writing considered ‘a founding connection between Ra and the movement known as Afrofuturism’. This international exposure shaped his perspective and greatly influenced his work.

He was famous for his significant contributions to film and photography. He managed American jazz legend Sun Ra, wrote for numerous publications, and was a founding executive of the Photographers Association of Nigeria.

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He served as a film consultant to the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture, director of the Rivers State Documentary Series, and consultant/scriptwriter to NTA Network on Documentaries. He was also a founding executive of the Photographers’ Association of Nigeria (PAN).

His works have been exhibited in Africa, Europe, and the US.

He featured in films such as “Odum and Water Masquerades” in 1974, “Biodun Olaku: Nigerian Painter”, “J. D.’ Okhai Ojeikere: Master Photographer”, and “Olu Amoda: A Metallic Journey” in 2015.

Some of his publications include the print documentary ‘A Benin Coronation: Oba Erediauwa’ of 2011.

He contributed to the 2018 book ‘African Photographer J. A. Green: Re-imagining the Indigenous and the Colonial’, edited by Martha G. Anderson and Lisa Aronson.

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His awards include the Pan African Writers’ Association (PAWA), the present International Documentary Film Festival, and Music in Africa. In 2022, he received the IREP Lifetime Achievement Award. Femi Odugbemi, founder of the iREP Documentary Film Festival, praised him as a monumental figure in the documentary world.

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Actress Regina Daniels drums support for creation of Anioma State

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Actress Regina Daniels drums support for creation of Anioma State

Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels has drummed support for the creation of Anioma State from Delta State.

A bill for that purpose is currently before the Senate and is being sponsored by Senator Ned Nwoko.

Daniels, in a video on her Instagram page on Friday said “I lend my voice to support the recently sponsored bill by my husband and our distinguished Senator for the creation of Anioma State.

“The creation of Anioma State is long overdue. The 50years struggle of our ancestors must not be in vain. This is the time to make it happen.”

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According to Daniels, Anioma is indeed an endowed culture, as it possessed the classical characteristic of oneness, a shared history, robust culture, language, tradition and features that set the people apart from other local governments in Delta State, yet, uniquely connecting us to the South Eastern States.

“As a true daughter of Anioma, I am immensely proud of the recent sponsored bill for the creation of Anioma State by my beloved husband and our distinguished Senator Ned Munir Nwoko.

“I believe the passage of this bill will heed the clarion call for the creation of the sixth state in the Southeast a long standing injustice. Anioma is the most viable state with a very huge land mass,” she said.

Daniels added that Anioma is blessed with all the natural resources to flourish and strive as a state, saying it goes without saying that the creation of Anioma State would promote fair distribution of “our natural resources and enhance our legislative representative for our people.”

“I humbly appeal to all stakeholders, the Anioma traditional rulers council, the socio-cultural groups, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Anioma residents to set aside differences and unite in the cause.

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“This is a historic opportunity to bring equity, peace and justice to our people. Thank you so much. People of Anioma I greet you again. Thank you,” Daniels stated.

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“How I handle negative public criticisms” – Yemi Alade

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Renowned Nigerian singer Yemi Alade has shared insights into her approach to navigating the entertainment industry without being drawn into controversies.

The singer of ‘Johnny’ emphasized that she maintains a resilient stance against public opinion.

During the unveiling of her new album, ‘Rebel Queen,’ at a listening party in Lagos, Alade elaborated on how she deals with negative criticism:

“I don’t dwell on it too much. I focus on living my life fully because it’s the only one I have.”

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Alade added, “Whenever I encounter something that doesn’t resonate with me, I simply turn away and continue moving forward. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.”

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“Secretly helping family equals cheating in marriage” – Actress Mercy Gold

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Nollywood actress Mercy Gold Eberechi has shared a new perspective on what constitutes cheating in a marriage.

The rising star, through her Instagram page, stated that women assisting their families without their husband’s consent is also a form of cheating.

Gold emphasized that this is especially true if the husband has paid the bride price in full.

“Assisting your family secretly without your husband’s consent is also cheating in marriage if he paid your bride price in full,” she wrote.

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The post sparked various reactions from her followers:

Ugoeze_01 commented, “No son of a man will hold me back from helping my family because I am the breadwinner.”

Luchi Hairline responded, “Na wa o, what’s this now?”

Jnk Foods, Nwanyi Afiafemi stated, “It is not a gender thing. Both parties should be open about it, simple.”

Ijeoma wrote, “Daughter of Jezebel, look at her eyes.”

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Ig Fbb added, “Way too many rules in this marriage thing. Way too many rules for something that often doesn’t even work.”

Lanoire Ofe questioned, “And what about men who secretly give to their family without informing their wife?”

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