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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...

Nigeria’s heroes

Ed Emeka Keazor’s work should change this deficit, forever. Ed is a barrister. He was Legal Advisor to a large UK charity for a number of years before deciding to go back to university in order to better pursue his research passion of past 15 years: the making of modern Nigeria. He obtained a PhD in history. Now, as well as being a musician, writer and blogger, he researches, writes about and presents his findings on the...

Emissaries of an iconic religion

‘You must be so proud of your husband.’ My friend was talking to the wife of Adolphus Opara, the photographer whose work hung on the walls around us. We were at the opening exhibition of his collection of photographs at Lagos’ Centre for Contemporary Art. ‘Yeah,’ she said, with a joking scowl. ‘And he didn’t even thank me!’ My friends and I were a bit confused by her apparent lack of enthusiasm for her...

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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