Lagos Street Art in 25 Instagram Posts

In 2016, a graffiti artist, Osa Seven, started an initiative to change the way we see street art, and encourage other Nigerian artists to use street art to reach a wider audience. Since then several artists have joined in creating street art turning Lagos into a vibrant cultural city.

Many people think of just graffiti when they hear street art. But street art, visual artworks displayed in public locations, has come to encompass every type of art from sculptures to mosaics to installations. In Lagos, it has moved from being mainly unsanctioned art that is considered defacement and vandalism to mostly art commissioned by governmental bodies as a way of communicating with the public or just simply to beautify the city. Today, street art has become some of the best sights to see in Lagos. These 25 Instagram posts show images of these artworks and their locations in Lagos.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Omo Eko’, Eko bridge. #LagosbyBai Graffiti is another subculture in Lagos that continues to surface in out of the way locations around Lagos. This piece signed by an artist only known as ‘PO’ serves as an omage to the spirit of Lagos and her Danfo Buses, this one sports a humanoid angry expression. Because you can’t drive in the city without getting a little pissed off every now and then. Listen to Osadebe- gwam okwu on the @vibestomorrow mixtape. —————————————————————————————————————————————– Lagos by Bai is an #ekotag feature of 23year old multidisciplinary creative and self-taught photographer, Baingor Joiner @bailikedubai #EkoTag #EKOTAGSPOTTED #RediscoverLagos #LagosByBAI

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'Aro Meta', Alausa. #LagosbyBai – @bailikedubai Once upon a time, this sculpture by Bodun Shodeinde used to be the first monument you'd recognize coming back from Ibadan. Accidents were attributed to these three Chiefs and soon they were vandalised. Eventually, I found out they found their way to Alausa, where a gardener will try to “tax” you if you want a good look. Of course he'll try… You never know.  Listen to Ilu Le O by Victor Olaiya on the @vibestomorrow mixtape. ——————————————————————————————————– Lagos by Bai is an #ekotag feature of 23year old multidisciplinary creative and self-taught photographer, Baingor Joiner #EkoTag #EKOTAGSPOTTED #LagosByBAI

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Featured Image: Keke Tempest by Polly Alakija

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Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.
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