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Naija Pop Art: Drofu's Lagos Cool Kids

Nigerian digital art label Drofu shares a series of pop art interpretations of Lagos' cool kids.

All images courtesy of Drofu


Drofu is a rising platform for digital artists in Nigeria who recently reached out to us with their vibrant interpretations of Lagos' cool kids. Founded late last year by illustrator Nnamdi Nwoha, the online hub began as a way for Nwoha to distribute his art without the hassle of dealing with the gallery system. "I started Drofu as a vehicle for publishing my art," he told us over e-mail. "Instead of putting up pieces on canvas in galleries that aren't easy to access, we distribute the art as free wallpapers on our website and as graphic prints on tee shirts."

Nwoha's images experiment with pop culture elements that reference his own Nigerian background in addition to the whole gamut of media content he consumed growing up. "What I find myself doing is creating art that fuses Nigerian culture, fashion and social archetypes with similar elements from other cultures," he said. "Japanese culture is a personal favorite, so I'm currently finding fun ways to blend Japanese visual elements with Nigerian ones. "

As a player in Nigeria's digital art scene, Nwoha notes that members of the emerging community have become more open to posting and sharing their work online. "A lot of the shared work currently seems to be themed around Nigerian music since they do a lot of artiste portraits."

For his latest series, Dressed To Kill, Nwoha crafted a series of illustrations featuring stylish young men and women fusing 21st century cool with traditional Nigerian flair. Nwoha hopes the work his collective produces will resonate with the average Nigerian in the same way that Nigerian music has. "The energy, the fashion, the color, the entrepreneurship, the hustle. These are all core aspects of the contemporary Nigerian culture that I see and that I want to reproduce with Drofu."

Keep up with new work from Drofu on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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