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Quintessentially Nigerian!

(Lagos, May 17th, 2013) Quintessence, our cultural icon which sits just off the famous Falomo roundabout in Ikoyi, is moving to a new home today. After 38 years, the large Q hanging over dusty Awolowo Road, will no longer beckon culture-seekers to escape the traffic and enjoy browsing through always updated collections of art, music, jewelry, arte-facts, toys, leather, antique and modern fabric, fashion and of course, the...

Lagos – a hotbed of talent

Outsiders have no idea that Lagos is a hotbed of talent and artistic expression. The rest of the world hears of Nigeria when something goes wrong – it’s the nature of what is called ‘news’ – good news is no news. But in Lagos, there is so much going on that every weekend we have to choose between art exhibits, concerts and creative events. It is physically impossible to get to everything – even if you have the...

The battle of the Sacred Groves

At a site near the historical origins of the Yoruba culture, an epic battle is being fought between the last sacred grove of the ancient traditional Yoruba belief system on one side and modern Nigerian society on the other. The site of this conflict is a 75-hectare plot of land on the banks of the river Osun, roughly 200 km north west of Lagos.  Here, according Yoruba oral history, a group of people came to settle on the...

Book Launch

On Saturday 12 May, I launched my latest book, Culture Smart! Nigeria. The event took place at the Lifehouse in Lagos, a centre of culture, reflection and support for all forms of artistic expression. The official part of the afternoon took place in the lovely garden, under a tree, as every important business should be traditionally conducted Africa. Nigeria is not a tourist destination and yet many foreigners come here for...

Defining the Nigerian identity

‘The best thing about Nigeria,’ said Theo Lawson, relaxing with a beer at the end of long day of work, ‘is that it affords me the opportunity to be creative and to be influential. I can do things that impact on something. I am not in a society where everything has been done. I am not a cog in the wheel – I am the wheel.’ Theo is the designer and principle driver behind Freedom Park on Lagos Island. His goal was...
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