The Committee for Relevant Art, CORA, felicitates with our matron, Board member and mentor, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett on the occasion of her 80th birthday, today, February 3, 2021.
Actress, social activist and culture advocate, Aunty TAL (as she is fondly called) means more than just a Board member to the CORA. She is a vital force behind the dreams and passion that drive CORA and its various activities.
â€œLike all the other eminent members of the Board, she is ever ready to listen and help to think through programme ideas, offering much-needed advice and critique as desired, said Samuel Osaze, CORA Program Officer in a statement on behalf of the Programme Directorate of the prime culture advocacy group.
He continued, â€œWe indeed cannot quantify her contribution and support to the progress of the organisation these past three decades,â€ stated the programme directorate of the organization.
â€œIt is thus with pleasure that the CORA Working Committee (CWC) has dedicated the entire 2021 programme season to celebrating the illustrious life and career of the enigmatic matriarch of the Nigeria stage and screen. All through the year, several programmes would be held to celebrate various strands of her blessed life. Some events will also be staged in partnership with other organisations to which she subscribed.
â€œThe climax of the CORA 2021 season would be the 7-day Lagos Book & Art & Festival, LABAF, which is entirely dedicated to Mrs. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett. With the working theme, A FORK IN THE ROADâ€¦ LABAF 2021, will be a week-long comprehensive open-air carnivalesque â€˜feast of Life and Ideasâ€™ featuring a mix-grill of artistic and cultural events including: exhibitions of books and arts, live reading sessions; conversations around books; seminars on visual, performing and allied arts; displays of paintings, sculptures, mixed media, installations and crafts; children and youths art workshops; live music, poetry, drama and dance presentations among others.
â€œAll the programme items will have events or sessions celebrating Aunty Ajai-Lycett.â€
â€œBut for the restrictions dictated by the Covid-19 pandemic, and especially the strict guidelines by the Lagos state government, the year-long programme would have commenced today, February 3, with a mentorship event that had been exclusively designed to spotlight the very essence of Aunty TAL: Mentoring the Future. The event has now been rescheduled to when the raging pandemic has simmered and the City has reopened.â€
However, the CWC has recently concluded an interview documentary on the matriarch â€“ TAIWO AJAI-LYCETTâ€¦ Matriarch of the ACT — which would be unveiled in the next few weeks. An excerpt from the documentary is, however, expected to be screened on all CORA communication platforms from today throughout the rest of the month.
Program Officer, CORA