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This New Short Doc Follows Chi Modu Taking His Art to the People In His Homecoming Exhibition

Revisit the legendary Nigerian-American photographer's experience engaging with Nigerian youth during his Lagos exhibition 'Uncategorized' with this visual from Melanin Unscripted.

Before 2018 wrapped up, Nigerian-American photographer Chi Modu teamed up with Amarachi Nwosu's Melanin Unscripted and Budweiser's music platform BUD X to engage with Nigerian youth and present his iconic work in the 'Uncategorized Photo Exhibition and Workshop.' We can now relive his experience through this new mini-doc by Nwosu's platform.


The visual short, titled Chi Modu: The Eye of the Golden Era, is full of Modu's iconic work and new images he captured while exploring the streets of Lagos. Throughout the montage, he narrates and reflects on his dual upbringing and why he strongly believed in returning home.

"Growing up in both worlds; growing up in America, and being Nigerian, it gives you a different perspective," he continues in the clip. "When you're young, you want to assimilate to the culture where you're living. But as you get older, you start to appreciate the fact that you have both worlds."

He continues:

"The concept around Uncategorized was taking the art to the people. Present your work directly to the people, let the people decide."

Watch the doc below.

Chi Modu: The Eye of the Golden Era (Tupac, B.I.G, Nas) youtu.be


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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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