Bisi Silva

  • 8th Encounters of Bamako, African Photography Biennale

    As part of the Eighth Encounters of Bamako, African Photography Biennale, photographer Emeka Okereke initiated the Lagos-Bamako project: Nine Nigerian photographers and writers traveled by road across the borders of Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and finally Mali. The obstacles they encountered—official, economic, linguistic, and cultural—make the ambitions for West African integration by supraregional economic body ECOWAS seem almost delusional. The Lagos-Bamako group’s contribution, Invisible Borders, 2009, presented as a slide and audio show, aptly embodied the thematic premise

  • Bisi Silva

    THE POLITICAL SLOGAN Eko O ni Baje” (Lagos won’t spoil), a rallying cry of Nigeria’s Action Congress Party, aptly expresses the vision of a place that has experienced numerous assaults over the past two decades. Lagos, a megacity of approximately fifteen million people, is one of the fastest-growing “urban agglomerations” in the world. The influx of migrants has, in the absence of corresponding infrastructural development or urban planning, created a deficit in the provision of amenities such as housing, water, and transportation. But the 2007 election of Babatunde Fashola to the governorship