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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

I FEEL HONORED

I FEEL HONORED.

GRACIOUS GRATITUDE! 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

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

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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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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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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