Lagos

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Multi award winning Nigerian novelist’s best-selling novels include Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus.

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SEE

The Makoko Floating School

Nigerian born architect Kunle Adeyemi, based in Amsterdam and Lagos, was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale 2016 for the prototype of his floating school in Lagos. As an innovative solution to the community’s social and physical needs, it’s main aim is to generate sustainable, ecological, alternative building systems for the population of Africa’s coastal regions which, as a result of climate change, are becoming more and more flood prone.The triangular structure has been built using local materials including bamboo and timber and consists of a classroom on the second and third tiers and play area beneath. It also uses about 250 plastic barrels to keep it afloat.

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DANCE

New Afrika Shrine

Opened in the 70’s by Fela Kuti and now managed by his son Femi Kuti, this place is an institution and the best spot to see live afrobeat.

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SHOP

Alara

This lifestyle store and restaurant is the first of it’s kind in Nigeria. Owned by Reni Folawiyo, architecture by world renowned David Adjaye and buying and interior design by COUTH’s creative director Yelda Bayraktar.

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Tafawa Balewa Square

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in front of The Tafawa Balewa Square, a 14.5 hectare ceremonial space in Lagos Island. Constructed in 1972, the site comprises of Awolowo Road, Cable Street, Force Road, Catholic Mission Street and the 26-storey Independence Building, which was Nigeria’s tallest building for many years.

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VISIT

Centre for Contemporary Art

The CCA provides a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture. It seeks to create new audiences and to celebrate media such as photography, film and video, performance and installation art which have been under-represented in Nigeria.

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LISTEN

Fela Kuti’s album covers by Lemi Ghariokwu

Fela Kuti was a musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and a human rights activist. Of his 50 or so albums, Gentleman, Zombie and Expensive Shit are some of his best. Fela passed away in 1997.

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VISIT

Jazzhole

A charming oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Awolowo Street, this library is a favourite of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Full to the brim with books, music, art and crafts, this place is not to be missed.

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STAY

Bogobiri Guest House

This boutique hotel attracts a creative crowd and also functions as a restaurant, bar and live music venue.  Performances have included the likes of Damon Albarn, Nneka and Lagos favourite Keziah Jones.

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Graceland by Chris Abani

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SHOP

Maki Oh

Nigerian womenswear brand Maki Oh fuses traditional African techniques with detailed contemporary construction.

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DISCOVER

Yinka Ilori

Originally from Nigeria, London based Yinka specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child.

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RSVP

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EXPLORE & EAT

Terra Kulture Centre

Don’t miss the jollof rice with ofada stew and sweet plantains, and the freshly squeezed juices.

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DISCOVER

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

This Nigerian born artist works by combining collage, painting, printing, drawing and photography to create her large – scale domestic themed compositions. This piece is called “The Beautyful Ones”.

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CURRENT

Duro Olowu x Sidney Garber

Lagos born Duro collaborates with legendary Chicago jewellery house Sidney Garber to create a bold and beautiful capsule collection.

Duro Olowu’s enthusiasm for fashion started from a young age as he was inspired by the unexpected mix of fabric, pattern and texture found on the women that surrounded him. He launched his eponymous label in 2004 which became an overnight success. He has won numerous accolades including ‘New Designer of the Year’ at the British Fashion Awards in 2005 and ‘Best International Designer’ at the African Fashion Awards in 2010. He has also curated exhibitions “Material” and “More Material” at the Salon 94 Gallery in New York, both of which received critical acclaim.

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DISCOVER

Yinka Shonibare

Yinka explores cultural identity, race and class through the use of various media in his work. Having grown up in Lagos, Yinka now resides in London. He uses dutch-wax batik dyed fabrics, commonly found in West Africa and a symbol of African identity and independence, both for his wall-mounted works and sculpted figures. This piece is entitled “Butterfly Kid (Girl)”.

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WEAR

COUTH Unity Shirt

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COUTH Swan Skirt

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Albertus Swanepoel’s St Lucia Wide Brimmed Hat in Brown