Tuesday, September 13, 2011
|Karo Akpokiere strikes a pose|
It was my first exposure to his art but I left with a deep impression. His inspirations come from growing up reading comic books and the way those characters were illustrated. He says that he wants to challenge the notion that design is mainly for passing commercial messages.
His ongoing daily project Draw365 can be followed online here
|Audience at the exhibition opening|
|"What's the secret behind his art," she seems to ask.|
|Karo and family members with Goethe Institut director Marc-Andre Schmachtel|
Monday, September 12, 2011
|This fireman held on bravely until water ran out from his tank|
As I alighted from the bus, I made my way straight to the scene of the incident where a gas explosion had caused the foam making factory to erupt in flames. It burned until there was hardly anything left to make of the once important factory. The building nearby that has a series of shops was also engulfed in the blaze that had spread across the fence. Brand new cars belonging to a dealer shop were burnt as the fire spread down the block.
Citizens came out to help men of the fire service to quell the flames but all actions were to come to nought as the fire devoured everything in its way. A few articles were saved by brave men and women who withstood the flames to help people they didn't know. I went into some of the offices with rescuers who tried to save the most they could before the flames could come near.
It was an afternoon that brought out the best of my country men and I'm proud to say that everyone gave their best. Even though the fire service trucks ran out of water severally with new units coming in to assist, one could see the resolve of the brave men as they fought the fire albeit with out great success.
To my knowledge, no life was lost in the fire.
In my original post I stated that the factory involved was Mouka Foam, I have since been corrected that it is Maxi Foam. Got a call from the Quadrant Company (Mouka's PR). I apologise for any wrong impressions created.
|Tired and out of water, he frustratingly removes his helmet|
|Fire's out but all's lost|
|Untrained, these men gave a helping hand to the overwhelmed fire officers|
|These men passed buckets of water to try and put out the flames|
|Woman in agony after losing much to the fire that blazed through the factory and nearby shops|
|This lady played a big part in finding ways to put out the massive blaze|
|Men trying to save office equipment in a nearby building before the flames came near|
|This burly man betrayed his emotions on that afternoon|
|Witnesses: Mobile phones in hand, these men recorded the incident from ringside|
|Ambulance services attend to people who were injured in the rescue operations|