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Ademola Bello
Ademola Bello a Playwright, was born in Ibadan Western Nigeria in 1973, and grew up in the city of Ibadan and Lagos. He worked as a high school teacher and as a journalist in Nigeria. He is a former recipient of Nigeria's distinguished National Youth Service Corps Merit Award for Community Service.

He is currently a student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

He earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from prestigious New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he became the first African student in the department graduate program and he was a Dean's Fellow.

He holds a B.A Hons Degree in African History from University of Ibadan where he was the Editor-in Chief of the University Students' Historical Press.

His play "The Black Cockerel" was produced in June 2009 at Out North Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska with positive review in Anchorage Daily News. The play subsequently, enjoyed impressive staged reading at Mark Taper Forum in Los-Angeles with great cast like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chad Coleman and Joshua Malina. The play also had a staged reading in December 2009, at New York Theatre Workshop that is currently developing it for production. The latest staged reading of the play was at the New York Public Library.

Mr. Bello had received a Residency to Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. In 2001, he won both the Audience and Panelist Choice Awards at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska for his play "The Blackguard Prince." His other plays have had staged readings at New York Actors Studio, Lark Play Development Center, and Frederick Loewe's Room.

He was profiled in 2001, alongside Edward Albee, and John Guare, in American Theater journal by late New York Times Cultural Critic Mel Gussow. He has also been profiled on Page A4 of the Anchorage Daily News. Ademola Bello recently, finished a thriller novel titled "A Prisoner from Cell 7" He is a contributor to New York Amsterdam Newspaper, his articles have also been published by Anchorage Press newspaper,RealClearWorld, Encyclopedia Britannica among others. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has appeared as a guest on ESPN Outside the Lines.

Entries by Ademola Bello

Interview With Theatre Critic and Scholar Mark Charney

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Mark J. Charney is Associate Director of National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. Charney, a playwright, is currently Chair of the Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance. He was a former Chair of English and director of theatre at Clemson University. Charney...

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Fatai Rolling Dollar: Remembering 'Easy Motion Tourist' Singer and his Influence on Juju Music

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 1:58 AM

Fatai Rolling Dollar, who passed away on June 12th 2013 at the age of 86 years, was extremely talented at playing musical instruments. He was known as "Agidigbo father," or exponent, for his dexterity playing traditional thumb piano known as "Agidigbo" and because he was also a virtuoso guitar player...

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Obama, Others Extol Achebe's Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 6:23 PM

A celebration of life for the late renowned Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe was held on June 2, 2013 at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC.

An evocative Arts exhibition featuring Obiora Udechukwu and other artists, as well as a reception began the celebrations. While the background Afro-beat music of...

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Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde, Nigerian Artist, Dies of Stomach Cancer at 45

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 3:22 AM

Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde, award-winning Nigerian writer, visual artist, performance poet, public speaker, filmmaker and actor is dead. She passed away in her home in Houston, Texas on Saturday, May 18 around 1:30 a.m. after a courageous and protracted battle with stomach cancer. She was 45 years old. She received treatment for...

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Why Nigerians Should Reject President Jonathan at the Polls

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 1:26 PM

Nigeria's presidential election is scheduled for April 9; however, at a campaign rally in Lagos on Tuesday, March 1, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the undisputed godfather of current President Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, who is also a candidate in the upcoming election, was full of celebration galore by declaring victory as...

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Egypt Revolution: Mubarak's Imitation of Khedive Ismail Grandiose Delusion And Extravagance

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 9:09 AM

President Hosni Mubarak refused to face the reality that the Egyptians people have spoken loud and clear that they no longer wanted to tolerate his authoritarian regime. In fact, he shared some parallels to Ismail Pasha, also known as Khedive Ismail, the Viceroy of Egypt from (1863-1879). Like Khedive Ismail,...

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Remembering Sikiru Ayinde Barrister: Fuji Music Creator

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 8:07 AM

Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Ololade Balogun, better known by his stage name "Ayinde Barrister," was undoubtedly a genius Yoruba traditional singer. He was also one of Nigeria's best known musicians. And the news of his untimely death of diabetes related causes at the age of 62 on Thursday at St. Mary's...

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Out of Africa: My Encounter With U.S. Politicians At Mid-Term Campaigns

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 3:25 PM

There is no better way to learn about United States politics other than through its politicians. As a Nigerian in Alaska I watched closely the mid-term elections and I happened to have interviewed the three candidates vying for the U.S. Senate race in the State.

Each of the candidates...

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Lisa Murkowski Says Sarah Palin Is Not Qualified for Presidency

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 9:00 AM

After the Oct. 18 Senate debate organized by Alaska Dispatch online magazine, I interviewed Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is running as a write-in candidate to retain the control of her Senate seat.

In a plain-spoken answer she gave to one of my questions, she said former Alaska governor Sarah...

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An Interview With Scott McAdams: Alaska US Senate Democratic Party Candidate

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 12:38 PM

I conducted an interview with Mr. Scott McAdams, the Democratic Party Senate nominee who is also the current Mayor of Sitka, at his Anchorage campaign headquarters office on October 6, 2010 after he delivered a major speech on Social Security. Prior to my interview during his speech he was surrounded...

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An Interview With Joe Miller: Alaska US Senate Republican Candidate

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 10:57 AM

The day was Thursday, October 7, 2010. The event was billed as a town hall meeting, and it surely lived as such. A gathering of an energized conservative base and other regular people filled up the seating capacity at Anchorage Wellspring Independent Charismatic Church that is on Century Drive Street...

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Nigeria At 50: How Corruption and Religiously Brainwashed Followers Undermine Progress

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 10:34 AM

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, is fifty years old. The country that prides itself as the "Giant of Africa" attained independence from Great Britain on October 1, 1960. But there is nothing worthy of celebration because the country has been plagued by corruption, bad leadership and in recent...

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Alaskans Discuss Lisa Murkowski, Sarah Palin, and the Republican Primary

(4) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 8:19 PM

Lisa Murkowski has announced in Anchorage that she will mount a write-in campaign to retain the control of her Senate seat after being upset by a slim margin in the Republican Party primary by Joe Miller, an unknown Fairbanks base magistrate judge who received the endorsement of 'Mama Grizzly' former...

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President Jonathan of Nigeria: Stop Playing Politics With Soccer

(5) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 10:34 AM

Soccer, widely called football, is a non sequitur sport that is unyielding to modernity and does not evolve with time. That is why the arcane rules of the game, cheating and poor officiating have turned the ongoing World Cup competition in South Africa into an embarrassment of sorts for the...

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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua: A Mediocre Administrator, the Least Prepared Nigerian President Since Shehu Shagari

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 12:53 PM

The Exit of A President

Nigerian politics is for adventurous barbarians. In my April 2007 article titled "Obasanjo's Legacy: Civil War Hero, But A Poor President" I warned about the danger of imposing Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, who had a chronic kidney disease, on the country as the next President.

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Who Will Save Amputees of Sharia Law in Nigeria?

(31) Comments | Posted April 11, 2010 | 1:12 PM

"Muslims, had no right under the law to question or review any judgment given by the Sharia Court as doing so would be tantamount to questioning the laws of Allah." ( Tuesday, March 30, 2010) ~ Mallam Ibrahim Lawal, Sharia Court Judge, Kaduna Nigeria.

A Sharia Court Judge...

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Democracy in Crisis: How China And IMF Crowned Eduardo Dos Santos As The King of Angola

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 3:15 PM

According to the 2009 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions index table, Angola is ranked number 162, one of the most brazenly corrupt countries in the world, tied with Venezuela and countries that media often neglect in global news cycles like Kyrgystan, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Bissau, and the Democratic Republic of Congo...

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Al-Qaeda in Nigeria: Grazing in the Sahara

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 3:26 PM

The following article is cross-posted on RealClearWorld.

As a Nigerian who was born a Muslim and who was once attacked by militants who held a gun to my head and accused me of abandoning the faith because my play Bondage criticized Sharia law, I am saddened that...

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