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Monday, February 24 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm

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Exploring the informalities within the city of Lagos, examining and adopting the cities underbelly as a model for creative and socio-economic development.

Our agenda in 2019 at rai is extroversion.
Extroversion, our big English for going to the streets of Lagos prefers to do away with the insular, white-walled gallery, which we see as a vestige of the colonial; instead, we embrace the city, scouting for existing cultural substructures, looking specifically at how the city ‘makes do’ daily, from the typography across the walls in the city, to those selling goods in traffic, the book sellers under the bridge, the men selling Suya in the evenings or ‘Madam 7:30’ those women who turn ordinary junctions into popular spots for food, relaxation and entertainment.

Our agenda's outstretched arms easily welcomed those not formally trained in arts, or architecture, and design to form an army of evangelists to propagate and multiply the work across numerous outposts with fresh eyes other than the trained eye.

Our knowledge repository at Silverbird galleria - which in itself is a spatial intervention - became the transmitting base and laboratory for a network of outposts. We hosted experiments as preludes to our acts of extroversion by fostering collaborations between our roster of artists who examined and expose the underbelly of the city's operations. Our talk Na Condition Make Crayfish Bend invites the audience and our group of panelists to reflect on some of these findings, as we begin to negotiate more localized ways of urbanizing cities which puts the people at the center of its planning.

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Jumoke Sanwo

Creative Director, Revolving Art Incubator
Jumoke is a storyteller, cultural interlocutor and the founder/creative director of Revolving Art Incubator [RAI], a trans-disciplinary incubator space focused on localising knowledge and ideas for artistic and social development.RAI was listed in a New-York Times article in February... Read More →
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Bola Yinka-Obebe

Managing Director, RedboxAfrica Media Company Ltd
Bola is a creative and management hybrid. She has a cumulative experience sharpening her creative and management skills across Public relations, Events Fashion, HR and Media production roles over the past 12 years.She currently functions as the Managing Director / Executive producer... Read More →
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Ayo Akinola

Head, Business Development, Piggyvest
Ayo Akinola is a tech entrepreneur, with a forte in sales and business development. A co-founder of the company 'Sharphire Global' which has produced some of your favourite tech products like the jobs and skills acquisition platform 'PushCV', and also 'Piggyvest', an online savings... Read More →

Monday February 24, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm WAT
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