Isn’t this painting The Food League by Nigerian artist Ben Osaghae amazing?!
(via Ben Osaghae)
Malick Sidibé ♥
BEHIND THE MUSIC: THE LIJADU SISTERS- This Nigerian 70’s band was made up of a set of twin sisters with a wicked sense of humour and a unique perspective on life. Here’s a transcript of a short interview they did, along with a snippet from a documentary from the 70’s in which they talk about the role of women in the music industry at the time.
Wide Open Walls -
Wide Open Walls is an initiative of Lawrence Williams, one of the owners of the Makasatu conservation project at Mandina in The Gambia. A keen artist, Williams has been working with local artists on a creative project called Bushdwellers.Envisioning the project to work as an art installation, while also promoting the region as a tourist destination, Williams was keen to expand the project by collaborating with other creatives. Recently Wide Open Walls and Write on Africa with Ricky Lee Gordon, joined creative forces to encourage inspiration and urban rejuvenation through special event and art initiatives in public spaces. The aim of the project was to “inspire ourselves to inspires others to inspire change”…[continue reading]
The Nigerian Civil War Photography of Hakan Gottberg -
Hakan set up a photographic museum chronicling his works in general and the images he captured during the Biafran war. His mission and the motivation of Ebele Obumselu and myself in publicising this obeing not to inflame sentiment and arouse emotions, but to give spotlight to an incredible body of work that has not achieved wide exposure and has not been published in any of the popular photographic works of the Nigerian Civil War we are familiar with. These photographs are the creation and private property of Hakan Gottberger done with his own hand and skill and whatever your position on either side of the divide, they should be appreciated for what they are, another original chronicle of a watershed in Nigerian History.
Classic: Beautiful! 14 year old Mauritanian girl….from the colonial files (i assume)
Behind every photographer is a story of how the passion began. For Senegalese photographer Oumar Ly, it began with a chance encounter with photography through a French serviceman. Read on to find out the rest of his story.
A Photographer in Uganda -
The number of photographers in Uganda is amazing. Everywhere you look, you see signs advertising photography studios. They take headshots but also portraits for special occasions and often document functions and gatherings such as introductions, weddings, graduations etc. In art schools there are courses in photography, and basically everybody that owns a camera can call himself or herself a photographer. This immediately touches on a problem we deal with here in the Bayimba photography workshop. Because who owns a camera? Not the workshop participants… Even though that was one of the conditions for applying. Several of the participants had to hire a camera for an amount that exceeds the average income in Uganda. It makes me respect their drive and ambition even more but also makes it hard to ask them to familiarise themselves with ‘their’ camera. But everyone helps each other. Sometimes it is the lame leading the blind, but we seem to be getting somewhere, nevertheless.
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