Resilient Cities
S2 E3: Lagos - Artists Provoking Debate

Lagos: Artists Provoking Debate

Lagos, the largest city in Africa and an economic powerhouse, is characterized by extreme social inequalities, frequent power cuts and a rapidly increasing population. In the rest of Nigeria, political upheavals, including the militant insurgency of Boko Haram and a drop in oil production in the country’s oil sector, are among some of the challenges facing the government of Mohammadu Buhari, elected in 2015. Lagos, and its exploding art scene, is where these realities are brought to the fore of people’s consciousness.

In this episode, we follow Titilope Sonuga, a Canadian-­Nigerian poet and three Lagos-­based artists: Jelili Atiku, a performance artist whose audacious spectacles take place on busy streets; Peju Alatise, a feminist visual artist with a focus on the narrative of women; and Ade Bantu, a musician reviving the city’s live music scene.

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