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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

‘The Nigerian Jersey Shore’

Baylor University students (members of the campus African Studies Association) parodies those icons of 21st century Americana, The Jersey Shore. Nails, biceps and blackberries–and egusi soup–for everyone. That said it is 7 minutes too long.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Lady Gaga lives in Lagos

The video for Goldie Harvey’s new single “Don’t Touch,” opens in black and white, on a pair of bejeweled lips.  A rapid sequence of images reveal a female dancing in a glow-in-the-dark corset and frilled mask; star-shaped...

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

‘Cars, Clothes and Parties’

Seun Kuti (28 year old son of Fela), playing Brooklyn next month, talk to Wax Poetics TV has some issues with other artists. He is definitely casting stones on all the blinged out, autotuned Nigerian pop.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Music Break

The new video for Nigerian Afrobeat funkster Bantu‘s tune “I’m Waiting.” It’s part of the soundtrack of the new film,”Relentless” (set in Lagos) directed by Andy Okoroafor. The single/video features Nneka. Via Emma Arrogundade.

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Lagos Transformation

Aperture recently announced its 2010 Portfolio Prize. The winner is Swiss photographer David Favrod, whose photographs explore his mixed Swiss-Japanese identity. We are, however, more interested in the work of one of the four runners-up Julian Röder....

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Music Break

The young Lagos, Nigeria-band Che and the Continuous Highlife Evolution’s striking “Civil War.” As the band puts it on their Facebook page, “… Some people in Africa have known only civil war all their lives; while for...

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Uncle Wole’s Party

Last month Johannesburg filmmaker Akin Omotoso, who directed a documentary about Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, flew to Lagos to attend the launch of Soyinka’s political party, The Democratic Front for a People’s Federation, and to relive...

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The Nollywood Recipe

Nigerian director and producer, Ade Adepegba, speaking ahead of the new film festival, Nollywood Now–apparently the first entirely dedicated to the genre–that takes place in London from 6-12 October: Nigerians are the largest group of Africans living...

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Pieter Hugo’s Nollywood

I first saw Pieter Hugo’s ““Nollywood” at the opening party for his exhibit at Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, in January 2008. I went with a group of my students from the State University...

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Concrete Airplane

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

After the Bulldozers

Beautifully shot short film about the fate of 10,000 residents displaced after a thriving market in Ajelogo, a neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, was destroyed by local authorities. The film is told through the perspective of one of...

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Nigerian ram fighting

No this is not a comment on Nigerian politics. Instead, the BBC website has a great photo series of the competitors and trainers of the 13th All-Nigeria Ram Fighting Championship, including of a ram called Goodluck. Via...

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Lagos vs New York

By Keziah Jones, who has a new album, “Nigering Wood,” out this Spring, comparing his two favorite cities.

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

America? Begging in Nigeria!

Courtesy of the folks over at This is Africa, I ran across this video of an (presumably) American woman begging in a market in Mushin in Lagos. If this is meant to be satire, it seems to...

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Lagos bleeds Chelsea Blue

The BBC debuts a new TV series this month, “Welcome to Lagos,”  on the “ingenuity” of poor people in Nigeria’s  commercial capital, Lagos.The Observer‘s acting arts editor, Akin Ojumu, who is also a fan of David Cameron’s...

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Representing Fela

Last week The New York Times published an odd piece of writing by one its theater “critics”, Charles Isherwood about the Broadway show “Fela!” about the life of the Afrobeat king.  Isherwood ccused the show of “tilting”...

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Corporate sponsored Pan-Africanism

Footage of rappers Ludacris and Busta Rhymes performing in Nigeria last December. The video was made by a member of Ludacris’ entourage. The corporate sponsored Pan-Africanism is something to behold.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Black President’s Son

This is a clip from an excellent PBS report by journalist Marco Werman who traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, where talk to Fela Kuti’s son, Seun. Watch the full program here.

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Uwem Akpan Story in The New Yorker

A Nigerian priest’s car breaks down in a bad neighborhood of Lagos. Read it here. Via: NaijaBlog

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Lagos Town

The hilarious video for “Lagos Town” new single (out in March this year) by frequent MIA collaborator, Afrikan Boy (he’s originally from Lagos, Nigeria, and now resides in London)

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Music Break / Pax Nicholas

Daptone Records

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY / FOLARIN

The photography of Folarin. Via Naijablog.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

PATRIOTISM, NIGERIAN STYLE

Nigeria is hosting the Under-17 World Cup. That the host team’s captain may actually be 25 years old (!) has dominated news about the tournament. But that’s the least of the host’s problems: Call to armed robbers:...

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Dele Giwa’s Legacy

23 years ago this week, the Nigerian junta (then led by General Ibrahim Babangida, lately reinvented as a democrat), in what proved a sordid turn in their attitude to news media, murdered the journalist Dele Giwa. Security...

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...

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