Lagos State Arts and Culture Board Inaugurated [2017]

The Lagos State Government (LASG) has inaugurated a Board of Arts & Culture with distinguished members of the Lagos State Arts and Culture Board [2017] inducted by the Governor Of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, as follows:

Arts enthusiast, Mrs. Polly Alakija as Chairman

Veteran thespian, Mrs. Joke Silva

Award winning actor, Kunle Afolayan

Visual artist, Mr. Kolade Oshinowo

Foremost artist & designer, Chief Mrs. Nike Okundaye

Mobee of Badagry, High Chief Patrick Yodenu Mobee

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Adesina Adeyemi

Director of Culture at the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture, Mrs. Saidat Otulana

The Lagos State Arts and Culture Board seeks to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  1. To explore private sector support to nurture new talents and generate events for a sustainable development of the creative arts sector in the State.
  2. To drive tourism, create employment & increase the contribution of the non-oil sector to the State’s gross domestic product.
  3. To ensure the sustainable management of arts and culture facilities and infrastructures in the State.

2017 One Maryland, One Book Winner

Purple Hibiscus by award-winning Nigerian author and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been selected winner of the 2017 One Maryland One Book.

The novel was chosen by a committee of librarians, educators, authors, and bibliophiles in February [2017] from more than 120 titles suggested last fall by readers across the state under the theme, “Home and Belonging.”

Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.


2017 New African Woman Awards

Winners of the New African Woman Awards were selected by a special panel of judges from 68 shortlisted candidates across 12 categories.

  • New African Woman in Politics and Public OfficeAmina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary (for key roles in both the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), on how both agendas impact Africa – more so its women)
  • New African Woman In The Arts & CultureJoan Okorodudu, for her services to raising the profile of African models and fashion