Sunday, July 19, 2009


Inside the Galleria is Barcelos, a Portuguese-themed South African restaurant/snack bar that specialises in flame grilled chicken. Shot this image last Saturday as a couple leave holding hands. I just might have something for couples. I need to get married, maybe.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Inside the Silverbird Galleria

This is the Silverbird Galleria's atrium. Most weekends there's a beehive of activity inside. People generally come to see recent Hollywood blockbuster movies as well as shop and have fun. There's an earlier post from last year showing it from the outside. Not a fantastic shot by the way.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

For MJ

The Silverbird Galleria has been putting up a show for MJ since his passing with this image of the legend beamed by I-know-not-what-kind-of-technology-and-didn't-bother-asking. Maybe I should have tried to find out. All I know is when one walks on it you have this vision of the image melting/shifting around you. Simple, it's a projection! I knew it.

To MJ who gave us a great time and who we grossly misunderstood. We Love You!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Chimamanda, the Beautyful

Nigeria's most celebrated young writer Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie was in town last Saturday to read from her new book of short stories titled The Thing Around Your Neck. It was at the noisy Silverbird Galleria that she read to a teeming audience some like me who were seeing her for the first time.

Not many writers get to be celebrated like she has been, deservedly so. Hence, my title for this post which is taken from Ghanaian author Ayi Kwei Armah's novel The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born. Certainly, Nigeria has a beauty-ful one in Chima. She's inspiring a new generation of young Nigerians to aim for the sky in whatever they find their hands to do.

I certainly do love the thing around her neck.

Friday, July 10, 2009


My final image from Akure is this beautiful wave goobye from a lady I shared a taxi ride with.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Gas attendants

Attendants at a gas service station. It was a Sunday afternoon so they had run out of petroleum was why they could afford to relax on duty.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ball juggler

Another of the moments that was fun for me in Akure was when this guy juggled the soccer ball in the marketplace and I just clicked away.


It is the little things that take your breath away. This lady spreads her newly done fingernails for me to photograph at the Oja Oba in Akure.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Great pose

Still in Akure, this guy decides to give me the most interesting pose I've ever photographed. That's why I enjoyed taking photos in Akure, there was a certain kind of innocence in everybody I came across.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Gold sellers

In the market place in Akure I found these two men who pawn gold ornaments. They also deal in black market foreign exchange transactions.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Yam market

I was in Akure, Ondo state where I grew up, recently and had the opportunity of experiencing the vibe of the market place. Oja Oba, the king's market is the biggest shopping place in town and it was where I took this photo of women haggling over yam tubers. Pounded yam is a delicacy in many Nigerian homes.

If you're interested in archaelogy, the entry on Akure on Wikipedia should interest you. It says "Rock engravings dating back to the Mesolithic period, have been discovered on the outskirts of Akure, as has the oldest Homo Sapiens fossil to have been found in West Africa thus far, dating back to around 11,000 years ago."

I can tell you that the people are very warm and I was allowed to take photos freely unlike what happens most times in a big city like Lagos.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Inside out

Picture taken from the inside looking out on Billingsway Road, Ikeja.