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Photo courtesy of Chi Modu.

Legendary Hip Hop Photographer Chi Modu Takes His Work to Lagos for 'Uncategorized' Homecoming Exhibition

The Nigerian-American photographer's iconic photos will be on display in Lagos this December in a show sponsored by BUD X and curated by Melanin Unscripted.

Chi Modu is the prolific Nigerian-American photographer and documentarian behind some of hip-hop's most iconic images—and when we say iconic, we're talking the Notorious B.I.G in a coogi sweater in front of the Twin Towers and 2Pac mid-smoke showing of the words "Thug Life" tattoo across his stomach.


Photo by Chi Modu.

This coming December, the photographer's work will make its way to Lagos, for a homecoming exhibition in partnership with Budweiser's music platform BUD X—which celebrates music culture around the world. The event will be curated by photographer, documentarian and writer Amarachi Nwosu's budding new platform Melanin Unscripted. It will be the first time the artist's photos will be on display on the continent.

Modu captured hip hop's golden era like no other, shooting the likes of Nas, Mobb Deep, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J amongst many others. He also shot over 30 covers for The Source as their Director of Photography.

The BUDxLagos X Chi Modu Uncategorized Photo Exhibition & Workshop runs from December 1-2 and will include also include panel talks, workshops, live musical performances and an after party. Head here to register and to learn more about the event.

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Justice is on the horizon as Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, is indicted for the 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara.

Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, has reportedly been indicted by a military court in the country's capital for the 1987 assassination of political revolutionary, Thomas Sankara. Hailed as a national hero, Sankara was assassinated alongside 12 other government officials in a coup led by Compaore before he ascended to power. In 2014, Compaore was forced to resign from his 27-year-long rule and seek exile in the Ivory Coast after continued mass demonstrations. Thirteen other political figures, including former General Gilbert Diendere, have also been indicted with charges including "assassination" and "concealment of corpses".

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