Let us go on this unusual trip of looking at Lagos from above…It happened that I got the opportunity to go up an abandoned 25 storey building in the heart of Lagos Island right at the beginning of Broad Street, Marina… Fortunately, Eyes of A Lagos Boy was complete, I had my camera with me on this fateful climb up this fifty seven year old concrete building still standing, lonely with soots from a raging conflagration that took it over almost three decades ago.
You are about to see Lagos Island in its splendour, in videos and photos… On this day, the sky was blue, the elements were in order and it was a Photographers dream day.
The panoramic view of Lagos Island is breathtaking..
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Lagos (Yoruba: Èkó) is a city in the Nigerian state of Lagos. The city, with its adjoining conurbation, is the largest in Nigeria, as well as on the African continent. It is one of the fastest growing in the world,and also one of the most populous urban agglomerations. Lagos is a major financial centre in Africa; the megacity has the highest GDP,and also houses one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent.
Lagos, the capital of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914, went on to become the capital of Lagos State after its creation. However, the state capital was later moved to Ikeja in 1976, while the federal capital also moved to Abuja in 1991. Even though Lagos is still widely referred to as a city, the present day Lagos, also known as “Metropolitan Lagos”, and officially as “Lagos Metropolitan Area”is an urban agglomeration or conurbation, consisting of 16 LGAs, including Ikeja, the state capital of Lagos State. This conurbation makes up 37% of Lagos State’s total land area, but houses about 85% of the state’s total population.
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Bolaji Alonge is an artist, international photographer, actor and journalist from Lagos, Nigeria. His visual language speaks of the wonders of nature and human exchange, urban culture and searches for historical continuity in a world that is sometimes heavily fractured. He is also a globetrotter who has travelled around the world during the last decade documenting exotic culture and history. In May 2017, Bolaji organized his “Eyes of a Lagos Boy” photo exhibition at the prestigious Freedom Park in Lagos.
His second solo exhibition “Urban Culture – Historical Continuity” was held at One Draw Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos in November 2018, establishing Bolaji’s brand of photography to a new audience, receiving great reviews from artists and art lovers worldwide
In February 2019, Bolaji showcased his work at Baza Studio in New York, The event was attended by the Nigerian Consul in New York, UN officials, art curators, musicians, artists, press and art aficionados. More projects in New York are planned for 2019.
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