The Art Keeper’s Lamp

The Art Keeper's Lamp

The Art Keeper’s Lamps
Everyone loves creating a home that reflects individual taste. People collect a variety of objects that are significant or hold precious memories.
We discovered a unique collection of table lamps that create exceptional ambience, but also showcase African art is a special way.
Known as, “The Art Keeper’s Lamp”, these distinctive pieces are designed by James Olloh, an award winning artist, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Mr Olloh, (23rd recipient of the prestigious Solidra Circle Award (2003), began his research into ethnic light fittings 8 years ago.
Reviewing the results of his research, he says the handmade originals are created to promote African art, and its potentials. “My focus is on African Masks, while I am not leaving out using well designed and structured ceramics as well!”
“If you come across any lamp that is set on an African Mask in any part of the world, look out for the label, it is most likely it is my lamp,” he adds.
Going beyond interior decoration, he reveals that these lamps and art in general can be a good source of revenue for Nigeria. “A country or a community where tourism thrives is always buoyant in terms of foreign exchange earnings, because peoples of diverse cultures come together and always will want to pick one or two things from here and there …. And this of course is done with money, local or foreign,” Olloh argues.
“The wealth of a nation is surmised in its capacity of indigenous industry and productivity, far beyond the production of petroleum crude, which unfortunately is the main stream of our nation’s income,” he concludes
There are more than 25 different mask based lamps, created by Mr Olloh’s company, Jinoish International Limited. The company continues to research the various Mask designs with a long term goal of building a collection of lamps, which are unique.
Presentation is everything, and Olloh and his colleagues offer the lamps in branded boxes, complete with warrantees and owners’ manuals. The Art Keeper’s lamps are available for export and also as corporate gift items. To this end they can be branded with the logos of corporate organisations or individual names and insignia.
The lamps have been displayed at several exhibitions including the 2ND Craft Fair organized by Terra Kulture, Lagos(October 2009), and the ALTERNATIVE POWER EXHIBITION 2009’, Ikeja Lagos.
Enquiries concerning these lamps can be made by email to jadorasnotes@gmail.com or by calling +234 -70-35375443, +234 – 80 – 23155451

5 Reasons why Mothers are Special

5 Reasons why Mothers are Special

Mama Ezigbo, the grand old lady featured here is a treasure. She almost 90 years old, she is my friends’ mother, a mother to all of us, grandmother and great grandmother. Despite the aches and pain of an ageing body, Mama always has a warm embrace for anyone who comes her way. She inquires after my sister each time we meet. She is an example of all the reasons why we love our Mothers so. Here are some reasons to love your Mother or a Mother you have adopted.

 * Mothers nourish us with their love and presence, food, hugs and smiles
 * Mothers watch out for us offering prayers consistently for their children’s wellbeing,
offering words of wisdom and encouragement. Mothers protect us within the family and in the community
 * Mothers are beautiful
 * A mother loves even when her children fail to meet her expectations
 * A mother is a fountain of forgiveness
Wishing all mothers a Happy Mothers Day!

The Power of A Mother


Tomorrow is Mothers’ Day or Mothering Sunday. Women across the United Kingdom, and in some African countries will be celebrated and honoured.
As a tribute to Mothers, I would like to run a tribute Teresa Pearce, British Member of Parliament, representing Erith and Thamesmead, South East London, made at a recent Women’s Conference in Abbeywood, South East, London.
Women, Ms Pearce said, had a large role to play in societal development. The power of women, she explained, is immense, especially when they work together. She praised women for their positive qualities, adding that multi tasking and working together is one of the strengths of women. She also pointed out the enormous benefit of the support that women can give one another.
The Conference organised by CET-C, led by Pastor Bim Afolayan for hosting a positive event in her constituency. But more than that, Ms Pearce was impressed by the central theme of the meeting which is building families and sustaining marriages.
She said the theme was significant at this time when there is so much lack of respect in the society. Respect, she said, starts at home. She pointed out the sad reality of society where teenagers are disrespectful and irreverent, everywhere on the buses, in public places and said it was a shame on these young people and also on the society.
Agreeing that raising young people and a family is a tough job, she said, sometimes you can lose it but it is just part of learning. “But the thing you never do is walk away.”
Citing her parents who were married for 61 years, as an example, she said, raising a family, sticking things out in a marriage was tough, and hard work but that it was the basis on every achievement a person can have. “It is hard work but everything you achieve is anchored in learning in tough times.”

Spring’s Coming???

Spring's Coming???

<p Londoners had fun these past few days. Starting from last week, they have been basking in the warmth that began on last Thursday, leading some of them to ask each other humorously, “where is the rain?”
If we go by the meteorologists, we should enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, as the rains are around the corner, and they may start falling again. Soon.

The recent London Fashion Week added cheer with its bright accessories and clothing.
But beyond the excitement of brightly coloured clothing and accessories, nothing heralds Spring’s freshness like a bunch of Daffodils peeking out shyly at the sultry winter sunshine.
Photo: Obaro Ege

The Fish Bone Tea Set

The Fish Bone Tea Set

Created by a Prisoner an exhibited at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Headquarters in Geneva, it is the work of a prisoner.
The delicate cups, tea pot and jugs are a delight to behold.