Friday, 18 May 2018

From Calabar to the world: Introducing Fine Artist F. Alexis

From Calabar to the world: Introducing Fine Artist F. Alexis

Nelson NseAbasi

Self expression through works of art has remained a reliable means of communication, taken further by a few as a tool for activism.
Artists all over the world have since used their ink and brushes to address issues affecting humanity. One of such artists is Frances Alexis, who signs on her works as ‘F. Alexis’.

17 year old Frances is the first daughter of her Imo State origin parents, born and bred in Calabar, Cross River State, she describes her works of art as an expression of her feelings, stating that there is an emotional attachment to all of her works, either by the inspiration which she draws from her mother or paintings inspired by life’s experiences.

Miss Frances joined other Calabar Artists to showcase at the just concluded Lions Club Multiple District International Convention, held at the prestigious Calabar International Convention Center penultimate weekend, where she spared time to share her story as she took admirers on a tour of her works of art.

Sadly, Miss Alexis lost her dad at age 6 and is left with just memories of him and a few belongings. Ever since then, her mother, who is her number one motivation and marketer rose to faith of greatness by assuming the responsibility to nurture little Frances and her talents.  

In her words, ‘I started drawing for fun for my family and friends at home growing up as a little kid, but as I grew I decided to share my works with the world, to get to know if people can relate with how I feel. ‘I like works that show feminine energy, because of my growing up with a single mother, my mum inspires me, I have watched her go through a lot alone to keep us comfortable’.

Some of her paintings on display included her well inked portrait of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, former American President, Barack Obama, Tennis icon Serena Williams and other abstract works she tried to define despite her being short of words. She said her favorite work, the painting of a father and daughter, makes her proud.

When asked about her plans for the future and where she sees herself in 5 years, her response was a shocker, Miss Alexis said she should be flying a plane, traversing a very different field entirely, according to her 'my parents don't believe I can settle with Art as a profession, so I have assured them that I will study aviation, hoping to fly planes in the near future’.

Nelson writes from Calabar.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Calabar agog for Atiku

Nigeria's former Vice President and Presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar today stormed the city of Calabar, Cross River State to consult stakeholders on his ambition to take over Aso Rock come 2019.

He has since arrived to a warm welcome by who is who in the politics of Cross River State, particularly in the People's Democratic Party family.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Anticipate New Single 'Ikwo Calabar ' by Effiom Trombone

Anticipate New Single ‘Ikwo Calabar’ by Effiom Trombone

Calabar's most popular live musician and instrumentalist, Effiom Trombone alias @eyencalabar is set to drop another studio record titled 'Ikwo Calabar’. Call it the official anthem for Efik people and you won't be wrong, as the song is already making waves in quarters and at major events in Calabar, Cross River state whenever it is performed live.

Ikwo Calabar is a follow up to his monster hit ‘Eyen Calabar’ which was released 7 years ago and made waves in the state and beyond as Effiom's claim to fame and stardom. ‘Ikwo Calabar’, meaning ‘Calabar Song’, is produced by the prolific Braide O, employing a fusion of strings and traditional percussions, done in his dialect, Effiom Trombone uses alluring lyrics to eulogise the culture and people of Efik tribe in Calabar, Cross River State.

If you belong to or love the Efik tribe and culture, then the song is a must have when released.
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