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I AM NOT BLACK

My name is Lemi Ghariokwu and I am not black. I am an African. I do not call Indians brown or the Chinese pale yellow or any colour for that matter. Why then should I be seen as ‘A Black Man’?. I am not BLACK.

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AN ARTIST’S CHRONICLES OF CONSCIOUSNESS – Thisday Live

August 2 is remembered annually as the day the great Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, died.  His ideological influence in world music and visual art was at the core of a two-hour chat with renowned artist, Lemi Ghariokwu. Yinka Olatunbosun reports

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REVOLUTION VS. EVOLUTION

I found this post based on one of the interviews I once had and it totally reflects my idea of revolution and evolution. It also goes a long way to tell my story of evolution in the art world and in the world generally:

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HOW I DESIGNED FELA KUTI’S ICONIC ALBUM COVERS – CNN

Back in 1973, Lemi Ghariokwu was straight out of secondary school, spending his ample free time giving himself drawing assignments and making portraits for people in his neighborhood. Martial arts action film “Enter the Dragon,” starring Bruce Lee, was a big hit at the time, and Ghariokwu was asked by a local bar owner to draw a poster of the movie for his pub.

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MY NAME IS LEMI GHARIOKWU

You know me now as Lemi Ghariokwu but it wasn’t always my name.

When I was born my parents looked at me and with the utmost joy named me ‘Emmanuel’ meaning ‘God with Us’. I grew up identifying that name as mine. Every time I heard ‘Emmanuel’ or ‘Emmanuel Sunday’ my neck turned in that direction and my voice raced to fly off my mouth in answer.

In Ajegunle where I stayed during my long vacations, my friends called me ‘Emma’. It was easier to say and I liked it but whenever I resumed school, the fresh boys and girls felt Emma was ‘razz’, so they called me ‘Emmy’, the ‘tusher’ version of Emma.

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LEMI VISITS PROJECT FAME 2015 CONTESTANTS

The contestants had an expository day with Lemi Ghariokwu (a Nigerian artist and designer who is most renowned for providing many of the original cover images for the recordings of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti). Lemi Ghariokwu’s visit to the Project Fame Academy was an enlightening one, as he shared with the contestants tales of his journey as a visual artist who has designed over two thousand album covers for lots of big shots in the music industry.