Picturing Lagos

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By Pelu Awofeso

Lagos is perhaps known more for its traffic jams than for anything else. But is that a fair representation of a city also reputed for its ‘aquatic spendour’? I have lived in Lagos for many years and I confess that I can’t put the city in a particular mould.

So when on February 4, The African Artist Foundation (AAF), with the support of telecoms operator etisalat, hosted an exhibition based on the works of 25 amateur photographers on the theme: “This Is Lagos”, I thought it was my opportunity to see what the visual artists thought the city represented to them. What would it be like to see Lagos through the eyes of other residents?

As expected, the walls of the exhibition room at the Civic Centre had very familiar scenes of Lagos city life splashed over them: the 3rd Mainland Bridge (Jumoke Sanwo), the Bar…

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