Bitter-Sweet: A Review of Ryan’s Chocolate Nations

Think chocolate, think handy comfort food, the fail-proof gift option and essential ingredient of many a dessert. Whatever its personal value to us, chocolate has a strong appeal and many culinary and cultural uses around the world. But chocolate also has a dark underbelly.  This we learn from Noo Saro-Wiwa in her introspective review of… Continue reading>

Beyond the Project: Embedding Sustainability

Despite growing pressure from the international development scene, effecting community-led urban regeneration remains a challenge in cities like Lagos with its competing priorities and inherent complexities. Drawing on lessons from Makoko, Dr. Ebun Akinsete reframes thinking our on ‘sustainability’ which she argues compels all actors to find common grounds towards growth and development.     It… Continue reading>

Notable Nigerians: Stella Thomas

Whether you are a feminist or just love to see a stereotype challenged, you’ll definitely warm up to Stella Thomas (later Marke), who Ed Keazor tells us, was as accomplished as she was bold and intelligent. Meet the woman: the first female lawyer in West Africa and first female magistrate to sit on the bench… Continue reading>

Beyond the Project: Transitioning Urban Growth in Lagos

Understanding the context is a crucial to informed planning and sustainable practice. Lookman Oshodi, who presided over the Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Regeneration Plan, locates the origins of the project within the wider history of urbanisation in Lagos, providing further insight into the premise guiding its approach. By Lookman Oshodi/Arctic Infrastructure   Over nearly a century, Makoko… Continue reading>

Notable Nigerians: Dr. Curtis Adeniyi-Jones

Mention “Adeniyi Jones” in a game of trivia and most will refer to a bustling street in Ikeja, Lagos named after renowned Dr. Curtis Adeniyi-Jones. A handful may shed light on his diverse contributions as political activist, legislator and economic reformist in 1920s and 30s, but fewer still will recall that Adeniyi Jones was in… Continue reading>

His Story is our History

“Perhaps one reason why there is so much violence, aggression and instability in our day to day life is that we have so little consciousness of a time perspective. We act and react as if there is only today, no yesterday, no tomorrow. We seem to care little about the past, we have no enduring… Continue reading>

A Proud, Free and All But Forgotten Nigeria

On September 26, 1960, the US-weekly LIFE Magazine published an exclusive report on Nigeria as a prelude to its imminent uncoupling from colonial Britain. In the 15-page photoessay that followed, the Nigerian ensemble appears in full-page colour images – its people, institutions and budding industries matched with succinct, stylized captions. The report unveiled a visual… Continue reading>

Why Nsibidi?

‘Nsibidi’ refers to an ancient ideographic script dating back over 1500 years, indigenous to Eastern Nigeria. As a pre-colonial cultural artefact, Nsibidi is a window into the authentic and independent ideas of ancient Nigerian communities and their surviving cultures. As a script, Nsibidi became a channel to communicate the human condition, cumulatively serving to document the… Continue reading>