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Invisible Borders: Lagos-Sarajevo

Publicado20 Ago 2013

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O projecto Invisible Borders do nigeriano Emeka Okereke nasceu em 2009 e abre agora inscrições para a edição de 2014. Desta vez as fronteiras ultrapassam o continente africano e o trajeto é Lagos - Sarajevo. As candidaturas para artistas africanos estão abertas até 10 de Novembro.

“Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Organisation” is an artist-led initiative founded in 2009 by Emeka Okereke but officially registered in 2011 as a not-for-profit organisation under CAC in Nigeria.  (...) The main aim of the Organisation is to work with artists and Individuals to contribute through art and photography to the patching of numerous gaps and misconceptions posed by frontiers within the 54 countries of Africa. Beyond that the organisation hopes to expand its activities beyond issues that relate to geographic borders and other forms of discriminating parameters in photography and arts. It is a platform that also stands as a symbol of exchange of ideas between cultures and people."

Há maisinformações sobre o projeto aqui e sobre as candidaturas aqui

Pelo som

Publicado11 Ago 2013

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Emeka Ogboh, artista nigeriano, faz a caracterização de Lagos pelo som. A história, as dinâmicas e as suas personagens são capturadas em registos recentemente apresentados ao público. 


 I live and work in Lagos. I am deeply embedded in the city, just like everyone else living there. There is no way you can ignore the pervasive influence of Lagos. From the moment you wake up until you go to bed, you are affected by the city. As an artist, it’s normal that one’s place of domicile becomes the starting point of one’s work. Lagos is a very dynamic city and nothing is predictable. Things keep evolving at a fast and constant pace, which make for an interesting narrative. It is a city of many faces and parallels. It is the unpredictability of Lagos which informs my work.

Sobre o trabalho e sobre o artista pode saber-se mais aqui. Lagos Soundscapes pode ouvir-se aqui

This Is Africa's New Biggest City: Lagos, Nigeria, Population 21 Million

Publicado10 Jul 2012

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The West African metropolis has surpassed Cairo in size, according to the New York Times.

In a celebration of Lagos and African urbanization, the Financial Times ran a piece by Xan Rice highlighting Nigeria's commercial capital's size, its economic importance, and its government's energy in addressing concrete urban problems.
The UN estimated the city's population at 11.2 million in 2011. The New York Times estimates that it is now at least twenty-one million, surpassing Cairo as Africa's largest city. It is clear that whatever the size, and however the city is defined, Lagos is the center of one of the largest urban areas in the world. With a population of perhaps 1.4 million as recently as 1970, its growth has been stupendous. Rice estimates that Lagos generates about a quarter of Nigeria's total gross domestic product. The center of Nigeria's modern economy, Lagos has many millionaires, but Rice estimates that two thirds of the population are slum dwellers.
Lagos is fortunate in that one energetic governor, Babatunde Fashola, succeeded another, Bola Tinubu. Tax revenue now exceeds $92m per month, up from $3.7m per month in 1999. Fashola says that tax rates have not increased--but clearly enforcement has. Tax collection, in a system that recalls tax farming in the New Testament or under Louis XIV, is apparently performed by a private company with links to Tinubu. The company retains 10 percent of all revenue collected over a certain threshold (at present, $43m per month). With the revenue, Fashola has launched genuinely impressive transportation and sanitation initiatives that range from construction of a city rail network, bus lanes, and filling potholes to more efficient trash collection.
The energy and other initiatives implemented by the city government are in stark contrast to the poor governance and paralysis that characterizes most of the rest of Nigeria. Meanwhile, the city continues to grow explosively. If jobs in the modern economy are to be found, it will require substantial new investment in education. Nationwide, there has been remarkably little for a generation, with the exception of the rapid expansion of the university system--itself underfunded. But, Lagos illustrates what is possible when the government enters into a social contract with its citizens whereby in return for taxes, it provides services. 

in The Atlantic.


Publicado2 Abr 2012

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Lagos, capitale économique du Nigeria. Ici, le pétrole est roi, les dollars sont brassés par millions. Le pays est le 11e exportateur mondial d’or noir. Shell, Exxon, Chevron, Total, Agip se pressent en contrebas, dans le delta du Niger, où il affleure la terre. Les dégâts de cette surexploitation sont multiples : détournement de pétrole, corruption des fonctionnaires locaux, pollution des sols, rébellion des populations dans des mouvements armés.

À Lagos, il est une catégorie de victimes dont on ne parle jamais : les expulsés, les délogés, les sans-toits. Ceux qui ont été poussés dehors par l’explosion du prix des terrains. Poussés dehors, en somme, par les expatriés, les nouveaux riches et leur niveau de vie.

Continuar a ler no 6MOIS.

"Fashion week in Lagos: Putting African designers on the map"

Publicado20 Mar 2012

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If New York, London, Paris and Milan have been the traditional compass points of world fashion, Lagos has typically not even figured on the map.

But according to Penny McDonald, organizer of the Arise Magazine Fashion Week held in Nigeria's largest city last week, that is unlikely to be the case for much longer.

She said the event, which drew 77 designers and big names including supermodel Alek Wek, British couturier Ozwald Boateng and up-and-coming model Dudley O'Shaughnessy, had gone a long way to establishing Lagos as Africa's fashion capital, a city with international style credentials.

"It's raised the bar," said McDonald, international managing director for Arise, a title which describes itself as Africa's global style and culture magazine. "Everyone knows it's New York, London, Paris and Milan -- and we see this as the fifth destination now. We're hoping to make Lagos a fashion destination, part of the fashion season."

Continuar a ler na CNN.

"How to change your view of Africa"

Publicado6 Fev 2012

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Chimurenga, a pan-African English-language journal, depicts the continent’s horrors, sometimes from very close...

I once had coffee in Cape Town with a Cameroonian named Ntone Edjabe. He ran an English-language journal called Chimurenga, but what I remembered from our chat were his vignettes of Lagos (where he’d studied) and Johannesburg (where he went next). In Lagos, he said, you’d be driving down the highway and suddenly see a guy selling cars on the highway. Lagos was crazy, and yet it felt entirely safe. Whereas Johannesburg seemed sane, but never felt safe.

I sent Edjabe some articles, but otherwise forgot about Chimurenga until a recent issue arrived in the mail. (Declaration of interest: I’m proud to say I have an article in it.) I read it and was staggered. I’d always thought the zenith of journalism was The New Yorker, but in parts, Chimurenga is better.

It’s also more surprising: I love well-off media types from New York or London, but by now we do tend to know how they think. By contrast, reading Chimurenga you keep thinking, “Who knew?” Who knew that (as one article recounts) Bloemfontein has a literary scene of authors and critics writing for no money, guided by a Nigerian immigrant, and headquartered in an Afrikaans literature museum? Chimurenga changes your view of Africa, and of journalism.

Para ler o artigo completo de Simon Kuper, basta clicar aqui.

estrelas rap ou hip-hop na Nigeria

Publicado17 Out 2011

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               2face Idibia (Photograph: John Rogers/Getty Images)

It is a country where every other youngster wants to be a rap or hip-hop star. And for those who make it in Nigeria these days, the rewards can be greater – and certainly more international – than ever.

Take singer-songwriter D'banj. Kanye West just did, signing him up for his GOOD (Getting Out Our Dreams) music label. Then there is Wizkid, recently named best African act at the Mobo awards in Glasgow.

All this has come in a year in which Trace Urban, a French-owned international music TV network, has begun broadcasting in Nigeria.

D'banj is living the new Nigerian Dream – superstardom beyond what anyone could have imagined in the late 1990s when Kennis Music, a local record label, took the first steps towards a revival of mainstream Nigerian music culture.

As D'banj steps on stage in a stadium in Lagos in a sparkling black shirt and blue trousers, the large space transforms into one huge mass of excitement, with kicking, screaming, shoving and frenzied mobile phone recording. He stops then throws both hands in the air in a salute.

"Moments of Beauty" com J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos presents Moments of Beauty, a groundbreaking exhibition of work by the Nigerian artist J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere. Occasionally elegiac, but invariably elegant, the photographs in this exhibition reflect what the artist deems as "moments of beauty," referring to the ebullience of Nigerian life engendered by independence and decolonisation.

The exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of Ojeikere's practice, chronicling his experiences as a visual artist and commercial photographer by presenting works that cover a range of subjects including architecture, education, fashion, social life and cultural festivals. This first comprehensive survey of Ojeikere's work to date, with over 150 works, marks the beginning of rigorous scholarship and engagement with the artist's practice, which spans more than half of a century. As such Moments of Beauty provides in-depth perspectives to the practice of an artist whose formidable archive has become an important anthropological, ethnographic, and artistic treasure.

Para saber mais basta ir aqui.

Debate público

Publicado30 Abr 2010

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O nigeriano Wole Soyinka (vencedor do Nobel da Literatura em 1986), em declarações ao Guardian, acusa o programa Welcome to Lagos, actualmente a ser transmitido pela BBC2, de ser "preconceituoso e extremamente paternalista". O escritor de 75 anos, que divide o seu tempo entre os E.U.A. e a sua casa na Nigéria, diz que esta série documental que segue vários habitantes de bairros de lata em Lagos na sua luta diária pela sobrevivência representa o pior das atitudes colonialistas, não mostrando o outro lado da cidade, enquanto "estado africano moderno". Wole Soyinka terá razão?

Aqui fica um excerto do programa: