Childhood recollections, in any form — literary or visual — are a personal fascination. A deft narrator or curator, beside merely evoking nostalgia, invites an audience into realms of new interpretations where the familiar takes new visceral meanings. It was my feeling when I read Orham Pamuk’s “Other Colors: Essays…


By Chris Ogunlowo

For my family, this loss is intensely agonising. For me, it’s also intensely mysterious. Fate had made the paths of my family and the Lumors cross when my family moved homes. We were new occupants in a neighbourhood that seemed secretly tucked in the corner of a…


The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art sits conspicuously in the compound of the Pan-Atlantic University. In the surrounding aura of scholarship, it appears rather aloof and confident, in the way that sacred things appear around secular things.

I had seen pictures of the building on the Internet and I have been fascinated. As typical of elemental representation of Africa, the building is earthy. Its structure, unlike, say, Europe’s rococo or baroque, is less exhibitionist.

The tour guide, a brilliant guy called Solomon, lavished with his knowledge about…


Let me attempt a sales pitch here. You, the reader, are identified as one with a trained listening ear and indeed a refined taste for music. Even if a song passes the mainstream test of repetitive hooks and popular acceptance, you, the reader, can still sieve the magical from the…


“And by the time we said Amen, they had our land and we had their Bible.”

I used to maintain a shaky relationship with Spoken Word. Beyond accepting it as a form of creative expression, I sometimes struggled to acknowledge it in the same mode as poetry forms that devote…


In a social media post, I had compared the #EndSARS protest to an Arab predecessor — the Arab Spring. Its Nigerian cousin continues to vibrate day by day, maybe soon — week by week, with young people filing through the veins of major Nigerian cities. Armed with placards, hashtags and…


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Such a delightful movie. Despite its strong religious and historical underpinnings, it mesmerises with dazzling visuals and dialogues, all on the thread of our sometimes beautiful and sometimes tedious human connections.

The Catholic questions of conservatism and liberalism are the main actors here, viewed from the perspectives of two players…


My opinion about a certain advertising blogger (@Livewithlynda on Instagram). She curates and reviews ads and seems to annoy some people in the advertising industry.

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One wonders if there isn’t something about people named Linda/Lynda that draws them to equal part media career and media controversies. Or merely knowing two…


Of Fela’s Successor(s)

I’m not sure where I read it. But I know it was uttered by a Kenyan — that Fela Kuti’s successor may not be Femi Kuti, may not be Seun Kuti, and certainly may not come from Nigeria. A jolting statement that at once seems unreasonable and…


This is unarguably the most intriguing thing I’ve seen in advertising.

A bit of context, firstly. Sometime in 2011, the fashion brand, Beneton, released series of images that depict religious and political leaders, kissing each other. Expectedly, the images were considered provocative. But my advertising bias (or deviance bias 😏)…

Chris Ogunlowo

A Renaissance Experiment. Ideas. Culture. Technology. Design. Books. Creativity. Humour. Dogs. Randoms. Writes at www.chrisogunlowo.com

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