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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...

Who deserves to be a millionaire?

In Lagos, that question is easy to answer: all the hard working people who earn just enough to live on day by day deserve to be millionaires. Given the great need, it is no wonder that Who wants to be a millionaire? is Nigeria’s most popular television programme. I’m finding it harder as time goes by to see this poverty because I understand better what it’s caused by – corruption and mismanagement on a mind-boggling...

Asa in concert: nothing is as it seems

I saw Asa live in concert here in Lagos. Everything about her concert displayed versatility and depth of character that I couldn’t help but admire. For Asa is delightfully difficult to label. The complexity of defining Asa begins with the cultural influences she has been exposed to. She was born in Paris but moved to Nigeria with her Nigerian parents when she was just two. She grew up in Lagos where she learned both English...
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