Monday, August 18, 2014

dynamicafrica:

Nigerian Architect Kunlé Adeyemi’s “Floating School” Highlighted in Al Jazeera Documentary.

Two years ago, this pioneering floating school in Lagos’s ‘floating’ slum of Makoko was labelled as ‘illegal’ by authorities who then threatened to demolish it. This year, the brainchild of Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi has been nominated as Design of the Year by London’s Design Museum.

Adeyemi’s innovative design came about after he had had several discussions with Makoko residents about how to resolve the environmental issues that concerned the local community. His design also came about during a time where the Lagos government had been threatening to evict Makoko residents and demolish the slum.

“There are hundreds if not thousands of Makokos all over Africa,” Adeyemi says. “We cannot simply displace this population; it’s important to think about how to develop them, how to create enabling environments for them to thrive, to improve the sanitation conditions, to provide the infrastructure, schools and hospitals to make it a healthy place.

“My belief is that in developing Africa we need to find solutions that can be developed by the grassroots, through the grassroots, and achieve the same level of significance as we have on the high-end projects.”
Now, in a new documentary project by Al Jazeera that looks at unconventional pioneers in the architecture industry, Adeyemi’s floating school is brought to life in the episode Working On Water, directed by award-winning South African filmmaker Riaan Hendricks, as part of the network’s Rebel Architecture series. 
ETA: We’ll be uploaded the series after it airs on Al Jazeera so watch this space!
Friday, August 15, 2014 Thursday, August 14, 2014
A mark of a classic, to me, is that we cannot really imagine it ever did not exist. Aimee Bender, from her introduction to James and the Giant Peach (via classicpenguin)
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Know a child or teen on summer break in Lagos? Check out the FREE computer and literacy programmes ZODML has organised for kids at our Community Library - be sure to spread the word!

Know a child or teen on summer break in Lagos? Check out the FREE computer and literacy programmes ZODML has organised for kids at our Community Library - be sure to spread the word!

The stunning Wase Rock in Plateau State, Nigeria. Plateau is home to many striking rock formations which were formed by volcanic activity over 50 million years ago.

The stunning Wase Rock in Plateau State, Nigeria. Plateau is home to many striking rock formations which were formed by volcanic activity over 50 million years ago.

Friday, August 1, 2014

dynamicafrica:

Blessing Okagbare Makes History For Nigeria at Commonwealth Games.

Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare sprinted to victory in Glasgow today winning gold in the women’s 100m race. Okagbare’s time of 10.85 established a new record for this event at the Commonwealth Games. She was followed by silver medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica at a time of 11.03.

This marked the first time since 1994 that a Nigerian woman had won a medal in the women’s 100m the Commonwealth Games when Mary Onyali and Christy Opara-Thompson took home gold and silver respectively.

So far, all of Nigeria’s gold medals have been won by women.

17-year-old Chika Amalaha won the country’s first gold competing in the Women’s 56kg weightlifting, and fellow weightlifter Oluwatoyin Adesanmi won the women’s 63kg gold medal.

Nigeria leads overall in the weightlifting categories. for both male and female, with two gold, three silver and one bronze medal.

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Many congratulations to the Delta State native - Nigeria is proud of you!

Thursday, July 31, 2014
fckyeahprettyafricans:

Nigeria

Beautiful!

fckyeahprettyafricans:

Nigeria

Beautiful!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
How much do you know about Nigerian and African books and writers? Take our quiz to find out!

How much do you know about Nigerian and African books and writers? Take our quiz to find out!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014