Eighteen of Our Favorite Images from Nigerian Photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo’s Street Installations

This celebrated Nigerian artist’s works adorn the streets of Paris for Galeries Lafayette

PARIS—The Nigerian photographer, Lakin Ogunbanwo, is among a group of artists commissioned by French retailer Galeries Lafayette to create work for its flagship store, Boulevard Haussmann.

The exhibition is called "Africa Now" and, as if to challenge the neat summation of the title, Ogunbanwo intends for his work to show a “multifaceted africa” with his photographic installations which are recognisable for their rich textures and colours and sensible depiction of dark skins.

Also featured are works by another Nigerian Ruby Onyinyechi, South Africa’s Igshaan Adams and Madagascar’s Joël Andrianomearisoa.

We asked Ogunbanwo for his thoughts or ideas when he knew he was going to begin the commission to which he says, “I was just freaking out at the idea of doing 11 windows, my mind was literally buzzing. There wasn’t one thing i thought or didn’t think about. I eventually settled on shooting what i know which is home”.

Africa Now ends on June 10th. See the images in the gallery below.


Sabo Kpade is a regular OkayAfrica contributor. His short story Chibok was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2015. His first play, Have Mercy on Liverpool Street was longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. He lives in London. You can reach him at

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The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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