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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.





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"Fashion week in Lagos: Putting African designers on the map"

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If New York, London, Paris and Milan have been the traditional compass points of world fashion, Lagos has typically not even figured on the map.

But according to Penny McDonald, organizer of the Arise Magazine Fashion Week held in Nigeria's largest city last week, that is unlikely to be the case for much longer.

She said the event, which drew 77 designers and big names including supermodel Alek Wek, British couturier Ozwald Boateng and up-and-coming model Dudley O'Shaughnessy, had gone a long way to establishing Lagos as Africa's fashion capital, a city with international style credentials.

"It's raised the bar," said McDonald, international managing director for Arise, a title which describes itself as Africa's global style and culture magazine. "Everyone knows it's New York, London, Paris and Milan -- and we see this as the fifth destination now. We're hoping to make Lagos a fashion destination, part of the fashion season."




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"How to change your view of Africa"

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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.


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estrelas rap ou hip-hop na Nigeria

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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.




"Moments of Beauty" com J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

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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.


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Debate público

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O nigeriano Wole Soyinka (vencedor do Nobel da Literatura em 1986), em declarações ao Guardian, acusa o programa Welcome to Lagos, actualmente a ser transmitido pela BBC2, de ser "preconceituoso e extremamente paternalista". O escritor de 75 anos, que divide o seu tempo entre os E.U.A. e a sua casa na Nigéria, diz que esta série documental que segue vários habitantes de bairros de lata em Lagos na sua luta diária pela sobrevivência representa o pior das atitudes colonialistas, não mostrando o outro lado da cidade, enquanto "estado africano moderno". Wole Soyinka terá razão?


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