“Rocks” the movie rocks and Bukky Bakray is a revelation – Toni Kan

I am ashamed to admit that I had not even heard of Rocks, the movie which earned its break out star, Bukky Bakray an EE Rising Star Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) until the…

Yoruba gods come alive in new book “Who’s Who in the Yoruba Pantheon”

A new book, “Who’s Who in the Yoruba Pantheon”, written by Peju Akande, Jahman Anikulapo and Toni Kan with illustrations by Abdulkareem Baba Aminu has hit the shelves. The book captures, celebrates and hopes to re-appropriate the Yoruba Orisas who have been…

Finding a Nexus between Show and Business with The Africa Soft Power Series – Toni Kan

The creative industry is affectionately referred to as the showbiz (show business) industry and for good reason mostly on account of the overwhelming image of glamour and stardom. With Nigerian music and movies cornering large swathes of the global market…

Big Brother and the youth of Africa: A review of “Training Day” – Toni Kan

To fully enjoy Tolu Ajayi’s short film, Training Day helmed on behalf of Paradigm Initiative, one must do more than suspend that clichéd disbelief; one must approach it not just as a literal piece of filmic fiction but as an…

Shaky Before the Goal Post: Business lessons from Austin Avuru’s biography

One evening in 2009, Austin Avuru, then CEO of Platform Petroleum, received a call from Nasir Ado Bayero during which the latter asked if Platform would be interested in purchasing Shell’s stake in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 38, in the…

Who is Afraid of Toni Kan?

Nigerian twitter is abuzz with news of the appointment of Toni Kan as Spokesperson to the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. Wailers are insisting that Toni Kan, award-winning writer, Public relations expert and media entrepreneur…

Victor Ehikhamenor @ 50: Toast to an artist and activist – Toni Kan

It is a warm Saturday afternoon and Victor Ehikhamenor, artist, writer and photographer is smiling. His round face is cherubic as he walks and works the room, meandering through the crowd of people who have turned up in large numbers…

“Kpali” is an eloquent commentary on millennial angst – Toni Kan

Forget the story. Forget the acting. Forget the hype. Go see Kpali the movie for the aerial shots that make Lagos look nothing like the chaotic urban conurbation we all love to hate. Ladi Johnson and his DoP get full…

Meet #QuramoWritersPrize 2019 Judge, Toni Kan

Toni Kan is a fellow of the Heinrich Boll writing fellowship (Germany); Civitella Ranieri Writing Fellowship (Italy) and Yaddo Writing Fellowship (USA). He holds both M.A & B.A degrees in English Literature from the universities of Lagos and Jos respectively…

Open call: QFest Writing Workshop to be facilitated by Toni Kan and Eghosa Imasuen

Quramo Publishing, organisers of the inaugural Quramo Festival of Words (QFest 2019), have made an open call for participation in a writing workshop to be facilitated by Toni Kan (award winning author of Nights of the Creaking Bed and The…

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