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The second session of Power and Authority takes place at Kwara State University: our Vice-Chancellor Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah will be the next subject representing power and authority. Since the Campus is still in construction we decide to take this portrait in the hall, using a pattern of arabish chairs as a set.

The VC is followed by Dr. Hamidat Sulyman Yusuf, our Senior Information Officer.

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Lagos, with its 17.000.000 inhabitants is the second most populous conurbation in Africa, behind Cairo, and the economic and financial capital of Nigeria. Read about Lagos on Wikipedia.

We are going to spend one day in this town, looking for contacts and pictures for next Awam’s exhibition, “See you, see me” which is going to take place in Lisbon, starting from september 2010. I will have some images there and I’m helping for researches.

I’ve never been back to Africa since I left it a the age of two years and I look around like a kid in a candies shop, though the phisical impact is hard: Lagos extends on a lagoon, temperature is around 35 Celsius and humidity is impressive: a veritable sauna.

All day is spent meeting people, exchanging ideas, informations, books, folders and business cards.
Our guide is Aderemi Adegbite , a young art manager,  who also works for The Guardian, he first introduces  Uche Okpa-Iroha, a young Nigerian photographer who emerged wimmer of the Seydou Keita grand prize at the Bamako Biennale in 2009, with a project on “invisible borders”.

Later on, we know Azu Nwagbogu, curator and director of the African Artists’ Foundation. “The African Artists’ Foundation, based in Lagos, has as its dual mission; the promotion of African arts and artists and the promotion of public health issues and awareness. The Foundation is unique in Nigeria in that it complies, not only with all the requirements of a charitable foundation in Nigeria, but is organized and incorporated to be recognized as a non-profit charitable foundation in the United States as well”.

The busy day ens at Bogobiri Club + Hotel, among the principal meeting point of numerous artist’s Lagos community and of the elegant young middle class. The most representative afrogerman musician Ade Bantu is there, with some friends working in the nigerian event business.

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