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Homeless boys of Lagos

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Homeless teenagers sleeping under the bridge in Oshodi

Lagos reminds one of splendor and excellence, it is often regarded as the New York of Africa, a city of fulfilled dreams, and glowing pictures of success. People say Lagos is a melting pot for all and is responsible for the forward thinking development going on there. It is arguably a fact that Lagos as a city in terms of progress has left behind the other Nigerian cities. In addition, being the nation’s commercial nerve centre has given Lagos the vantage opportunity for growth. No wonder it has the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

However, there is the other side which most people don’t see and nobody seems to be talking about. Continue reading

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Benin Bronze Casting: The Art and its fading glory

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Benin bronze head

The quintessential history and prominence of the Benin people and their art dates back to the fourteenth century during the reign of Oba Oguola, and has continued to draw fascination in present times. Bronze and wood art works are among the prominent guilds in Benin kingdom. In the ancient Benin Empire, family guilds were responsible for the upkeep of the Oba and his extended family members and so they were commissioned by the monarch to produce crafts and regular household items to meet the needs of the palace.

According to historical sources, the responsibilities of the upkeep of the Oba and family were divided among the three royal families, of which the bronze casting guild of Igun Eronmwon belongs to the Iwebo family. Admittance into the guild is by birth. Continue reading

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