Segunda-feira, 2 de Abril de 2012

 

 

 

Lagos, capitale économique du Nigeria. Ici, le pétrole est roi, les dollars sont brassés par millions. Le pays est le 11e exportateur mondial d’or noir. Shell, Exxon, Chevron, Total, Agip se pressent en contrebas, dans le delta du Niger, où il affleure la terre. Les dégâts de cette surexploitation sont multiples : détournement de pétrole, corruption des fonctionnaires locaux, pollution des sols, rébellion des populations dans des mouvements armés.

À Lagos, il est une catégorie de victimes dont on ne parle jamais : les expulsés, les délogés, les sans-toits. Ceux qui ont été poussés dehors par l’explosion du prix des terrains. Poussés dehors, en somme, par les expatriés, les nouveaux riches et leur niveau de vie.

 

 

 

 

Continuar a ler no 6MOIS.



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Segunda-feira, 6 de Fevereiro de 2012

 

 

Chimurenga, a pan-African English-language journal, depicts the continent’s horrors, sometimes from very close...

 

I once had coffee in Cape Town with a Cameroonian named Ntone Edjabe. He ran an English-language journal called Chimurenga, but what I remembered from our chat were his vignettes of Lagos (where he’d studied) and Johannesburg (where he went next). In Lagos, he said, you’d be driving down the highway and suddenly see a guy selling cars on the highway. Lagos was crazy, and yet it felt entirely safe. Whereas Johannesburg seemed sane, but never felt safe.

I sent Edjabe some articles, but otherwise forgot about Chimurenga until a recent issue arrived in the mail. (Declaration of interest: I’m proud to say I have an article in it.) I read it and was staggered. I’d always thought the zenith of journalism was The New Yorker, but in parts, Chimurenga is better.

It’s also more surprising: I love well-off media types from New York or London, but by now we do tend to know how they think. By contrast, reading Chimurenga you keep thinking, “Who knew?” Who knew that (as one article recounts) Bloemfontein has a literary scene of authors and critics writing for no money, guided by a Nigerian immigrant, and headquartered in an Afrikaans literature museum? Chimurenga changes your view of Africa, and of journalism.

 

Para ler o artigo completo de Simon Kuper, basta clicar aqui.

 



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Segunda-feira, 26 de Dezembro de 2011

(George Osodi, Pipeline, 2006, from the series Oil Rich Niger Delta,

2003-2010. All rights George Osodi)

 

On Tuesday evening, George Osodi gave a talk at Foto8 in London then had a public conversation with Julian Stallabrass. I discovered Osodi's amazing photos at the last edition of Documenta and there was no way i'd miss his presentation.

The Nigerian photographer is one of those rare photo-reporters whose work is shown in newspapers as well as in art galleries around the world (you can check his photos right now in the Oil Show at HMKV in Dortmund). He was in London to discuss the Oil Rich Niger Delta series and his new book Delta Nigeria - The Rape of Paradise on the oil exploitation in the Delta region of his country.

Nigeria is West Africa's largest producer of crude oil but years of corruption and poor governance has left the southern Niger Delta desperately poor, its environment devastated by oil spills and gas flares and other environmental hazards as a result of activities of the oil companies in the region.

The story of Oil Rich Niger Delta started almost 10 years ago when Osodi decided to leave his well-paid job as a banker to buy a camera and teach himself photography. It didn't start too well. First of all, no one in Nigeria, he said, takes photography seriously and he received no encouragement from neither his friends nor his family.

 

Para saber mais, basta ir aqui.

 



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Segunda-feira, 17 de Outubro de 2011

 

 

It is a country where every other youngster wants to be a rap or hip-hop star. And for those who make it in Nigeria these days, the rewards can be greater – and certainly more international – than ever.

Take singer-songwriter D'banj. Kanye West just did, signing him up for his GOOD (Getting Out Our Dreams) music label. Then there is Wizkid, recently named best African act at the Mobo awards in Glasgow.

 

All this has come in a year in which Trace Urban, a French-owned international music TV network, has begun broadcasting in Nigeria.

D'banj is living the new Nigerian Dream – superstardom beyond what anyone could have imagined in the late 1990s when Kennis Music, a local record label, took the first steps towards a revival of mainstream Nigerian music culture.

As D'banj steps on stage in a stadium in Lagos in a sparkling black shirt and blue trousers, the large space transforms into one huge mass of excitement, with kicking, screaming, shoving and frenzied mobile phone recording. He stops then throws both hands in the air in a salute.

 

 



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Sexta-feira, 7 de Outubro de 2011

 

(Versão brasileira de Marcos Bagno, 2011)

 

 

É a última obra de V.S. Naipaul, o Nobel da literatura nascido nas ilhas de Trinidad, e é um livro de viagens a seis países africanos. Começa pelo Uganda, onde o autor esteve uma primeira vez em 1966, e depois descreve em narrativas autónomas a Nigéria, o Gana, a Costa do Marfim, o Gabão e acaba em Joanesburgo.

As descrições dos países não têm continuidade de uns para outros, salvo situações muito pontuais, e isso introduz desde logo a ideia da diversidade dos países e a negação da África como um continente homogéneo. O livro que o acaso fez com que fosse lido numa recentíssima tradução brasileira tem muitas qualidades que decorrem naturalmente do talento do escritor mas sobretudo por este assumir um ponto de vista crítico sem nenhuma complacência ou relativismo cultural face aos países e situações que encontra e descreve. Os outros aspectos particularmente fascinantes decorrem do facto do autor, que conhece profundamente a história pré-colonial destes países, nos relatar com pormenores a genealogia de muitos destes reinos, costumes, tradições, línguas e, sem nunca assumir uma descrição neutral, nos dar uma visão a partir deste olhar “interior” sobre estas realidades.

De um modo ou de outro perpassa em todas as narrativas uma reflexão e um questionar subtil das consequências das independências nestes países e mesmo o fim do apartheid na África do Sul inquestionavelmente exaltado lhe merece várias perguntas sobre o legado negativo que o mesmo provocou na sociedade sul-africana de hoje: “Nas palavras do extraordinário escritor sul-africano Rian Malan (nascido em 1954) – buscando sempre sem retórica ou falsidade e, de modo quase religioso, uma explicação para o sofrimento racial do seu país –, os brancos construíram uma base lunar para a sua civilização; quando ela desmoronou, não havia nada ali para os negros ou brancos” (pág. 246). E mais adiante há um tabu que o interpela: “Mas um pouco como Fatima (nome de uma personagem) em busca de sua identidade, eu me senti encurralado na África do Sul, e vi que aqui raça era tudo e um pouco mais; que a raça mergulha tão fundo quanto a religião em outros lugares” (pág. 253).

Finalmente, seja no Uganda, na Nigéria ou na África do Sul, há páginas dedicadas aos ‘horrores’ que são as descrições de práticas de feitiçaria, bazares inteiros de pedaços de corpos de animais vendidos como amuletos de protecções ou ritos de sacrifício, que muitos africanos reclamam como práticas identitárias e que Naipaul não tolera e denuncia não admitindo a este propósito qualquer relativismo cultural.

 

António Pinto Ribeiro

 

 



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Quinta-feira, 1 de Setembro de 2011

 

 

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos presents Moments of Beauty, a groundbreaking exhibition of work by the Nigerian artist J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere. Occasionally elegiac, but invariably elegant, the photographs in this exhibition reflect what the artist deems as "moments of beauty," referring to the ebullience of Nigerian life engendered by independence and decolonisation.

 

The exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of Ojeikere's practice, chronicling his experiences as a visual artist and commercial photographer by presenting works that cover a range of subjects including architecture, education, fashion, social life and cultural festivals. This first comprehensive survey of Ojeikere's work to date, with over 150 works, marks the beginning of rigorous scholarship and engagement with the artist's practice, which spans more than half of a century. As such Moments of Beauty provides in-depth perspectives to the practice of an artist whose formidable archive has become an important anthropological, ethnographic, and artistic treasure.

 

Para saber mais basta ir aqui.

 



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Quinta-feira, 26 de Maio de 2011

 

 

"Dazed travelled to Lagos, Nigeria to make this short film with some of Africa's hottest young music stars..." (para continuar a ler, clicar aqui).



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Segunda-feira, 18 de Abril de 2011

Orbis Terrae, in "Atlas sive Cosmographicae" (1595), Gerard Mercator 

 

 

Últimos dias para espreitar a exposição "Rediscovering African Geographies" na Royal Geographical Society em Londres!

 

From the great African Kings and Empires from 3000BC to the complex trade networks and migration of Africans within the continent and across the world, the Society's new Rediscovering African Geographies exhibition uses maps, photographs and literature from our Collections to travel through Africa’s history.

Rediscovering African Geographies shows, from an African perspective, how culture, international relations, language and conflict have shaped the geography we know today. It reveals often neglected stories and how these records of African societies, cultures and landscapes helped shape and inform European views of this continent and its people.

The exhibition, which runs from 22 March 2011 to 28 April 2011, has been created with African community partners representing the Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and South Africa. It's free to visit and will be held at the Society premises, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.

The exhibition features Africans such as James Chuma, Abdullah Susi and Sidi Mubarak Bombay who made important contributions to the Victorian expeditions undertaken by David Livingstone and others that were supported by the Society.

 

Tudo o que é preciso saber aqui e um óptimo audio-slideshow da BBC aqui.

 

 

Lúcia Marques



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Quarta-feira, 19 de Janeiro de 2011

 

What can Nigeria do to live up the promise of its postcolonial dream? Pergunta - e tenta responderChinua Achebe, sobre a sua Nigéria. Aqui.



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Segunda-feira, 10 de Janeiro de 2011

  

It is hard to avoid Nigerian films in Africa. Public buses show them, as do many restaurants and hotels. Nollywood, as the business is known, churns out about 50 full-length features a week, making it the world’s second most prolific film industry after India’s Bollywood. The Nigerian business capital, Lagos, is said by locals to have produced more films than there are stars in the sky. The streets are flooded with camera crews shooting on location. Only the government employs more people.

 

 

Agradecimentos a Frederico Duarte pela sugestão.



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