Friday, May 29, 2009

Watching Ehikhamenor

This lady was so into some of Victor Ehikhamenor's female visions during the exhibition opening. Victor is also a photographer and creative director of NEXT, the newspaper that's trying to change the way news is reported in Nigeria these days.

Betty's day

Betty is our beautiful rottweiller. She's very playful and I struggled to get her to stay like this for just five seconds so I could get this portrait of hers.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Barcelona fans rejoice in Lagos

Prior to last night's UEFA Champions League final match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United, I had seen Barca fans dancing around Surulere in a carnival-like procession. It was like they knew what the outcome of the match would be. In other parts of the Lagos metropolis some fans had a big feast where they celebrated by killing a cow, Lagos style. The match ended 2-0 in Barca's favour and there was rejoicing throughout the night for the fans.
At Ojota there was this jersey of Christiano Ronaldo hung out in the open. I think it was a sign of things to happen.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Laughter of the African child

This is one of my more favourite images. I enjoy looking at the beautiful expression on the face of this child. She reminds me of myself. I tell people that I am a happy person, music always plays in the back of my mind.

I pray that this joy can be transfered to many children as we mark Children's Day in Nigeria today.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Victor Ehikhamenor's Art

Victor Ehikhamenor

On Sunday, Victor Ehikhamenor opened his first solo exhibition (since his return last year after a 15 year sojourn in the US) Mirrors and Mirages at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island. It is a collection of works done in acrylic on canvas, oil on canvas, found art, paint, ink and pen. One of the works that moved me the most is that titled Power play- I better pass my neighbour where he uses the installation of a small power generating set to defamiliarise the serious power shortage that afflicts the Nigerian society.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Peacock's grace

My first time of seeing (outside of TV) a peacock spread out its beautiful plume trying to impress a peahen. And trust me, I couldn't resist taking a shot.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Street DJ

This disc jockey was busy entertaining the neighbourhood of Broad Street from the balcony of popular joint Mr. Biggs during one of the public holidays recently.

Friday, May 22, 2009

National Theatre

The complex was constructed in the 1970s to host the Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture, FESTAC 77. This view is from the Carter Bridge.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ojota Pedestrian Bridge: Still Under Construction

Little progress on the Ojota bridge almost a year on

The foot bridge at Ojota has been under construction for more than a year now. I shot an image of it last July and there's been scant progress on it since. I hope these two images show the government that citizens are keeping tab on its performance.

The bridge in July 2008

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Journalists graduate

Nigeria's foremost journalism institute the NIJ graduated students last week Thursday in Ogba.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Shepherdhill Baptist Church

Seen from on top of the Obanikoro pedestrian bridge, Shepherdhill Baptist Church looks like the Interceptor plane of the US Airforce.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The cross, the tasbih and a Chelsea cap

Took this image in a bus recently. The unity of the world's biggest religions is emphasised in how the bus owner places the symbols of Christianity and Islam side by side as well as that of the emerging new religion, football, symbolised by a Chelsea FC logo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Four men under one umbrella

It's been raining heavily in Lagos during the last couple of days. I saw these four men sharing one umbrella when the showers toned down a little.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bikes on a pedestrian bridge

Illegal maneuvre by these riders on a pedestrian bridge at Obanikoro. Often, taxi-bike riders or okada as we call them are very unruly bordering on lawlessness.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sun shades and apples

Apples on sale at Yaba Terminus. I liked the reflection on the sun shades.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Nigeria's young journalist for 2008

Here's an image I've wanted to share for a while now. Two weeks ago Ademilola Bilewomo, my colleague at work was voted the Nigeria Young Journalist of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Lagos Press Centre. She beat over a hundred other applicants nationwide to the award that is in its third year. She writes for TELL Magazine, Nigeria's most respected weekly independent.

Last year the award was taken home by my friend Segun Adeoye and here's a post I made.

She was presented with among other prizes a laptop computer. It's interesting that she had recently lost her computer to robbers who attacked her on the way home after a late night at the office.

A group picture of the ten finalists. Among whom are Umejei Emeka, (Daily Independent, 1st runner up), Abiola Odutola (Broad Street Journal, 2nd runner up), Ayodeji Adeyemi(TELL Magazine), Arukaino Umukoro (TELL Magazine) and Lolade Sowoolu-Coates(Vanguard).

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Buying and selling in traffic

This is a common sight in Lagos, buying and selling. The officials turn a blind eye most times but are quick to pounce on traders when a big man passes by.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Inside BRT

Much spacious and cleaner than the old molues, BRT offers many benefits. It has decent seating and one can really relax inside. I often times fall asleep on my way to the Island.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Riding on BRT

A little over a year ago, the Lagos government commenced the bus rapid transit (BRT) services to enable easier mass transportation in the metropolis. The buses travel on a special lane which other road users are barred from using. It's more like a tram service only on wheels.

One year on, the service has increased bus routes to a couple of new neighbourhoods in Lagos and many commuters are thankful. I'm one of them.