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There’s a man staring at you in this image. Seen him? #CNNYAW

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How many times can you pull off the same disappearing act? An unlimited number of times — if you’re Chinese artist Liu Bolin. A full decade on from his first series, “Hiding in the City,” Liu has continued to work within the unique medium — camouflaging himself into various backgrounds with the aim of raising awareness on political and societal issues.

“I always use my works to question and rethink the inequality and imbalance caused by the process of human development,” says Liu, who in the past, has been painted to ‘disappear’ into the backdrop of demolition sites and supermarket aisles (to voice concerns about China’s fake food scandals).

Artist Liu Bolin peels off the mask of camouflage

Artist Liu Bolin peels off the mask of camouflage

This week, Liu’s studio has released “The Future” — a photograph of the artist painted into a vibrant backdrop of flags from all 193 United Nations member states. Spread among these are square blocks of 17 UN Global Goals — including “no poverty” and “climate action.”

“I arranged the UN Global Goals logos to form ‘UN’ at the center of the background,” explains Liu. “Their goals are in keeping with themes found in my work. We both address clean energy, poverty, global warming and other ecological problems.”

The collaboration with the UN is part of an artist-driven campaign to spotlight new sustainable development goals that will be officially adopted by the UN General Assembly later this month.

Over the past 10 years, Liu has built up an impressive arsenal of works. He’s well-received on the international art circuit, and has extended his work to commercial ventures — including collaborations with top fashion houses.

Liu Bolin Invisible man

No longer invisible? In Liu’s Hacker series, the artist hacks into the institutional websites of major countries and hides himself in photos found on their websites. In each, he shines a literal light. “I am questioning the relationship between a country and its people, the domination of a government’s political power, as well as the rights to the photos themselves,” Liu explains.

But in the contemporary art world, an artist that draws international fame, often faces the danger of being pigeon-holed into repeating the same act.

Liu seems to shrug off this suggestion: “I have never thought to stop ‘disappearing.’ The society we live in is changing tremendously everyday. The background I use today, might be gone tomorrow. Therefore, I think my works will continue to become more valuable as they evolve to address more significant ideas.”

In his recent Target series, the focus is on current, pressing events — and he paints others into backgrounds. Works include ‘disappearing’ residents of one of China’s infamous cancer villages, and a tribute to Charlie Hebdo victims, after gunmen attacked the offices of the French publication earlier this year.

Liu Bolin

Liu camouflaged 23 residents from one of China’s ‘cancer villages.’ into a rural backdrop. A chemical factory is seen in the distance.

Up next, Liu will travel to Sicily and Lampedusa, to create works about people migrating from Africa to Europe.

“Disappearing is not the main point of my work,” Liu says. “It’s just the method I use to pass on a message. To tell people if we don’t stop the way we live, or pay attention, we will all face our own disasters. It’s my way to convey all the anxiety I feel for human beings.”

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Involve Africa Holds An Evening With Youngest Local Govt Boss In Lagos, Gbenga Abiola

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The Involve Africa Group hosted the youngest Local Government Area boss, Hon Gbenga Abiola, the current SOle Administrator of Agege LGA.

The event was held at the MRC Hall, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday, June 27th.

Sole Administrator of Agege LGA, Hon Gbenga Abiola with the Convener of Involve Africa, Ibrahim Owolabi during an interactive session

The event which was themed; Youth & Governance: Access, Capacity and Engagement had Hon Abiola share his experience so far in politics of the State and how he remained relevant till he was appointed by the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The Founder and Executive Director of Involve Africa, Ibrahim Owolabi stated that the project is to encourage young active Africans get involved in the democratic governance process of Nigeria and Africa at large.
He stated that with the likes of Abiola in governance, it was certain that youth still have a place if they get engage properly in grassroots politics.

In his remarks, Hon Abiola urged the youth to get themselves rooted in the activities that make up a party. He shared his testimony of starting off as a party agent and rose in the Local Government hierachy before he was recommended by the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt

Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.

Hon Abiola disclosed that his loyalty to his party, the ruling All Progressives Conress rewarded him with the lofty position when the time of  appointment came forth.

Hon Abiola giving his acceptance speech after he was presented with recognition award by the Involve Africa Team.

He disclosed that despite being told to step down for an aspirant in the past did not stop him from participating in the party’s activities.

He encouraged the youth present at the programme to always remain focus in order to change the narrative in the playing of politics in Nigeria and also to always be ready to demand for accountability from their elected officials.

© 2017, Kazeem Shuaib. All rights reserved.

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president Buhari sick absent at fec meeting again 

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President Muhammadu Buhari was absent again today at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

The meeting is being presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The cabinet had awaited the president’s arrival until the State House Chief of Protocols suddenly stepped in at 11.00am and whispered to Osinbajo.

A security officer had also stood anxiously behind the president’s official seat in expectation of Buhari’s attendance.

The Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa are scanty as only about 20 ministers were seated as of the time journalists were leaving.

Osinbajo kick-started the meeting with a call for the recitation of the national anthem as well as prayers by the Ministers of Education and Health, Adamu Adamu and Isaac Adewole respectively.

Immediately the meeting commenced, ministers were sighted curiously whispering.

A fortnight ago, Buhari was also absent at the weekly council meeting.

The meeting did not hold last week with the Presidency citing the Easter break.

The acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Habibat Lawan, is in attendance.

Lawan became acting SGF last Wednesday following the suspension of Babachir David Lawal who is being investigated for alleged mismanagement of funds meant for the development of the northeast.

Daily Trust

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Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better

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Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better
Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better

Oloori Jay – The Real Estate Giant Woman Doing A Mans Job Even Better

She is amazing, beautiful and captivating. She makes us look forward to each new day that we spend together. She goes by the name ‘Juliena Temitope Ali’ popularly called Oloori Jay, a business woman, mega real estate realtor, consultant, charity lover and a hustler. She believes that whatever a man can do, a woman can do even better.Juliena Tosin Ali is constantly on our mind, and not a moment goes by that we want to be apart. She holds the keys to our heart, and she deserves to know it.

After having a little interview with her, she explained to us how busy she can be and took us around showing us how she spends her daily life, check it out below;

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by Lucky O. Freeman
Lagos, Nigeria

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