naija street artists take graffiti to new level

NatureNature at work. Photo: Francois BeaurainGlory to the FatherlandAngel of lightAngel of lightPolly Alakija’s graffiti. Photo: The 5 cowries

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Street art is not as prevalent as other art media in Nigeria. Some do not even know about it’s existence, except in movies.

You may be surprised to find out there is an endless supply of street artists available right here in our Naija.

Check out some of these artists, whose works will make you marvel.

We will showcase a few works that caught our eye as well as the location so that you’ll all be encouraged to stop by and treat your eyes to a feast of colour and imagination.

 

  1. Nature is a self-taught artist from Edo state. He gets his inspiration from colours and the different hues they form when mixed. He brought life into a train depot with his piece called Grind, which was done with chalk.
Nature

Nature

Nature at work. Photo: Francois Beaurain

Nature at work. Photo: Francois Beaurain

 

  1. The new mural at the National Museum, Onikan titled Glory to the Fatherland, is filled with a lot of colourful detailing. It is part of the re-development program sponsored by Ford Foundation. This was created by a team of artists, namely, Ndidi Dike, Richmond Ogolo, Peju Alatise, Tony Gomez, and Jefferson Jonahson.
National Museum, Onikan

National Museum, Onikan.

  1. The walls of Nimbus art gallery, Ikoyi gives off an explosion of colour, piquing up curiosity to see what other art works it has on display. The environment is also just as colourful, being situated near the lively Bogobiri Guesthouse. Location: 9, Maitama Sule Street, off Awolowo Road, South-West Ikoyi, Lagos.
Glory to the Fatherland

Glory to the Fatherland

  1. This mural takes on a satirical form, depicting the generators that we primarily depend on for electricity as Angel of light, which is the title. Taking inspiration from the bible, the generator is drawn with wings to appear as a fallen angel, showing the promises it gives and the damages it causes in the environment. This is created by Karo Akpokiere with the assistance of Kelani Abass.
Angel of light

Angel of light

Angel of light

Angel of light

  1. Polly Alakija’s graffiti, styled on Falomo Bridge has recently garnered attention. It was commissioned by the Lagos State Government as part of the state’s fiftieth birthday celebration.
Polly Alakija’s graffiti. Photo: The 5 cowries

Polly Alakija’s graffiti. Photo: The 5 cowries

Written by Sophie Ajaero

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