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Lagos Art Exhibition Explores Otherness & Alternate Realities

'Elsewhere,' a new exhibition at Lagos-based contemporary art space Art Twenty One, explores notions of otherness and alternate realities.

All images courtesy of Art Twenty One


Elsewhere is a new exhibition in Lagos that explores contemporary notions of otherness in real and imagined spaces, including the afterlife. The eight African and European artists featured in the show use their work to highlight the crossroads of history, memory and imagination through painting, photography, sculpture, and collage.

The group exhibition is presented by Art Twenty One, an emerging Lagos-based contemporary art space that seeks to contribute to and solidify the city's art scene. Elsewhere features work by Ghanaian fantasy coffin artists Paa Joe and Jacob Tetteh-Ashong, Nigerian visual artists Demola Ogunajo, Joseph Eze and Abraham Oghobase, Swiss-Guinean photographer Namsa Leuba, French painter Vincent Michea and Swiss-Danish collaborative sculptors Yarisal and Kublitz.

Elsewhere is on display at Art Twenty One through September 29th.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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