lagos

Andrew Esiebo, Marina, 2018, ink-jet print, 39 × 59".

Andrew Esiebo

Rele Gallery

In Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; or Dakar, Senegal; beneath bridges under construction, on market streets choked with carts, merchants, and customers, in open palace courtyards, at dusk, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, glory is a round leather ball kicked successfully into a net—even if the ball is a makeshift version formed of crumpled paper or tin cans bound together by tape. Little children, teenagers, or young adults are usually the players. They are following the tradition of a sport beloved across the continent. They toss the ball in the air, move it nimbly among themselves, on concrete or sand, in thick vegetation, or on planks and other surfaces that otherwise don’t lend themselves to good soccer.

In his cleverly titled exhibition “Goal Diggers,” Nigerian photojournalist Andrew Esiebo moved the sport to an even unlikelier surface: the gallery wall. In color photographs set

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