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Lawrence Meju on Mental Health, Art & Architecture, and Creativity

Lawrence Meju is a visual artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. His works have been exhibited at the 2022 Adidas flagship London with Creative Debuts, “The Ties that bind us” a virtual group exhibition with The Cowrie Culture, and recently at the “Desire Lines” exhibition with Affinity Art Gallery.

I spoke with him about his journey to becoming a visual artist, telling stories through various mediums, mental health, and his recent work “An Ode to Self“.

Rosalyn Aninyei on Africlassicalmusic, Lagos Opera House, & Exporting African Culture

Rosalyn Aninyei is a violinist and social entrepreneur based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founder of Vesta Violins, Nigeria’s first violin repair workshop, and The Vesta Orchestra, an independent Nigerian-based orchestra dedicated to the promotion of music by classical composers of African descent.

She joined me to discuss The Vesta Orchestra, getting fired from the bank of Brazil, music education in Nigeria, Africlassical music, exporting African culture, and setting up an opera house in Lagos.

Chukwuka Osakwe on Navigating Nollywood, BTS Film Photography & Treatment of Film production crews in Nigeria

Pause and take a quick second to think about how you generally get to know about an upcoming film. Is it through the trailer or film still?

For a lot of people in Nigeria, their first exposure is most likely usually through the trailer. Film stills generally come second or even third. Why is that?

I spoke to Chukwuka Osakwe, an emerging Photographer, filmmaker and director based in Lagos, Nigeria, to explain the need for more unit photographers in Nollywood movies and why stills are critical to the success of a film.

Animation, Social Media Algorithms, African Narratives, & Money with Israel Obasola

Israel Obasola is a self-taught animator and illustrator based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is committed to creating digital animated content on various topics and sharing them with a global audience. His skits on TikTok currently have 60.4 million views and 4 million likes.

I spoke to him about African narratives, understanding social media algorithms, and tips for young people on the African continent looking to become animators.