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I REMEMBER BY JIBOLA FAGBEMI

I remember the first time I met Lemi Ghariokwu. I was in high school, way back in 1997, and my dad had helped me publish my first comic book called – Panther Assault (I was a teenager that watched too many macho Van Damme and Stallone movies. Now, picture the comic :)). Read More

HIS STORY NOT HISTORY

My friend shared this and it told my story well, a summary but a great story by Mallam Okweshime: Read More

CELEBRATING LEMI AT FREEDOM PARK, LAGOS

The celebration was beyond words, so we shared pictures. Read More

I FEEL HONORED

I FEEL HONORED.

GRACIOUS GRATITUDE! Read More

INDLU WITH LEMI GHARIOKWU 2 – NUBIA AFRICA

Lemi has told us about his life and how he met Fela in the first part of the Interview. In this second part, Lemi tells us more about his artistic movement and all that makes him Lemi. Let the video speak:

LEMI GHARIOKWU & FELA’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP LESSON – EINSTEINETTE

I met Lemi Ghariokwu during an interview, organized by Nubia Africa at Kalakuta Republic. I’d put the interview after the post. It was amazing.

I had heard of all the things Lemi had done and I expected to see a different man, anything else but the man I saw. He was humble, playful and above all, a storyteller. He reminded me of Nike Okundaye. That woman is amazing. Lemi smiled and laughed effortlessly. He spoke with passion and enthusiasm. He told me many stories about his life. The particular story that stood out for me is the one I am about to share. Read more

VALUE

There is nothing as amazing as being of value to people and the world, in a way that is not selfish but out of love. Value is a strong force that has a ripple effect. Whatever talent, what ever gift, what ever skill you have, use it to add value, whether or not you are making money, make sure, you make impact too. Read More

#INDLU WITH LEMI GHARIOKWU – Nubia Africa

Lemi Ghariokwu is one of the proponents of the Pan-African course. A soldier of the art and the man behind the Art covers of the Afrobeat Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Lemi has also done cover art for various iconic musicians all over the world like Micheal Jackson, Bob Marley, Mariah Carey, Lucky Dube, Tuface Idibia, Edrees Abdulkareem and a very long list of others. In this exclusive interview, Lemi tells us about himself, his art, his relationship with Fela and his view on Africa. Lemi is an Afropolitan you want to listen to.More on Lemi Ghariokwu

BALANCE

The world is constantly evolving, what was new yesterday can become obsolete in the twinkle of an eye. There is just no chill. I have learned that to stay relevant you also have to evolve, you cannot be stuck in archaic ways and expect the world to come back to you. Read More

A DYNASTY OF ALBUM COVER ART – GRANTA

As a youngster and aspiring artist in the early 1970s, I learnt a lot from attending art exhibitions and visiting private studios and galleries in Lagos. It was a ritual for me to flip through newspapers eagerly to check out the cartoon page where the artists reign supreme with their take on socio-political issues in the country. My other pastime was to check out the street sign-writers and their organic form of art. The minibuses in Lagos always had philosophical slogans written on them.

In Nigeria, everyday life is noted not so much for the abundance of technology as for the fact that so much of it does not function. The country’s political rulers are not satisfying the needs of the people and are interested primarily in enriching themselves. A new enemy has also arisen in Nigeria – insecurity has intensified due to kidnapping and terrorist extremism. Yet despite the despair, the underlying attitude has remained irrepressibly optimistic. In the last three decades or more, a couple of artists have started using the tools at their disposal to analyse political developments. Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was one major artist; with his Afrobeat music, he challenged the forces of repression and corruption in governance in the state of Nigeria. He suffered great consequences but never gave up the fight till… Continue