Photos, paintings and a surprise performance by Mr. Eazi—the fourth edition of ART X Lagos was an unparalled celebration of Nigerian and African art.
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As I stepped into the Balmoral Hall in Federal Palace Hotel to view the fourth edition of ART X Lagos, I was welcomed by the painting "Far from all odds" by the Cameroonian painter Anjel (Boris Anje). The vivid acrylic on canvas is arresting because it depicts the obsession with popular luxury fashion brand names—names like Fendi and Hermès—that is familiar to many in the crowd and particularly to Africans for whom it is more than just critique on consumerism but also critique on the notion that aligning oneself with Western luxury items and names equates to superiority. This feeling of seeing shared experiences, particularly shared African experiences, duplicated in art is one that I experience over and over as I immersed myself in the works of some of Africa's most talented artists.