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Photos: Vintage Nigeria A Memoir By Brad Ogbonna


"JISIKE," a memoir by Brooklyn-based photographer Brad Ogbonna records his return to Nigeria for the first time as an adult after  his father lost his battle to cancer. Along with his brother, Ogbonna brought his father's body to his homeland for traditional burial.

JISIKE is a dedication to Ogbonna's father—including found vintage 4x6's and Polaroid's of George Ogbonna Sr. in his glorious youth. These very personal photos and Ogbonna's candid and reflective prose seem to take us on a journey of self-discovery with Ogbonna as he critically connects himself to his father through pictures, tradition and place.

JISIKE reads more like an informed photo-journal than a memoir as it contains more photographs than text. Ogbonna captures gorgeous bird-eye-view shots of Nigeria's cityscape and geography. The images Ogbonna includes allows us to see Nigeria as he saw it—as many of the photographs poetically correspond with Ogbonna's easy anecdotes. There are beautiful and distinct portraits of people he meets along the way as well as wide shots of place—as if we are walking upon these scenes for the first time just as he had.

The book outlines Ogbonna's trip in real time—he details his dealings with his family and his father's estate arrangements and daily life in his home village of Nkwerre, as well as his arrival and travels through the struggling metropolis of Lagos.

JISIKE is more than just Ogbonna's personal anecdotes and reflections—Ogbonna also uses the memoir to critique the Nigeria he experienced through the lens of a first generation American. He offers poignant insight on the complacency of Nigerians and how that connects to the general woe and stasis of the country. He also brings up the attitude of conformity present in the psyche of Nigerians and how it has managed to continue into the consciousness of Nigerian youth in America. Though he acknowledges and spells out the many problems with Nigeria as a country, Ogbonna is able to capture and express a hopefulness and optimism that the country has better days ahead.

JISIKE emerges as a tangible and beautiful tribute to his deceased father, a contemplative look at what Nigeria currently is and an insightful conversation on what the country can be.

You can purchase the book and check out more of Brad's work on his website.

Ogbonna is also developing a documentary in conjunction with the book that is set to premiere in August. You can watch the trailer for the JISIKE documentary below.

JISIKE *Trailer* from bradley Ogbonna on Vimeo.

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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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