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My Africa Is: The Lagos Chronicles - Photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo

The final episode of 'The Lagos Chronicles' from My Africa Is features a story of Nigerian fashion from Lagos photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo.


On the third and final installment of the Lagos Chronicles, the My Africa Is documentary team delves into the world of Lagosian fashion from the perspective of a fundamental player of Nigeria's artistic landscape. Photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo has raised his hometown's eyebrows in light of his risque portfolio.

Producer Nosarieme Garrick uncovers Ogunbanwo's experience as an artistic revolutionary in a relatively conservative country as she kicks it with the Lagosian local on set of one of his photo shoots. Watch Ogunbanwo's story of cultural innovation in the fashion world below and catch episodes one and two of the Lagos Chronicles via the My Africa Is youtube channel. This week's episode features music from OKA favorite Temi Dollface with her first single, "Pata Pata."

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Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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