*Dancing shoki* It’s friday! Even though it seems like a regular work day. The roads are empty and that is a bit scary because of this whole ‘buy petrol today and not sell tomorrow’, this kinda life can be really annoying. Well, I already have petrol that can last but still I want to move around this weekend without worrying about the traffic.
So, today’s post is about all my arts and craft discoveries in Lekki, I have been going around exploring arts in Lekki and it has lead me to some really cool places. Remember the arts and craft market in Lekki? I discovered jewelry and the topmost art gallery in Lekki (Nike art gallery). From all my discoveries I would say that lekki isn’t doing bad in terms of arts and culture even though it migrated here. Last weekend I attended an exhibition by Yetunde Ayeni – Babaeko and peju alatise at boconcept Lekki and at the of this month there is also another exhibition at stranger lagos in Lekki.
If you are into arts and craft here are the go-to places for arts/crafts and culture in Lekki
Nike Art Gallery
No 2, Elegushi Beach Road, Lekki, Nigeria
Founded in 2008 in Lekki, it is pretty much the biggest gallery I have seen in Lagos. It is a building that was created to worship arts and Nigerian culture and I absolutely love it. I went to the gallery to take some pictures this weekend for this post and it was so so amazing, I met the owner again (She is a Lekki resident). Walking into the gallery will inspire you and make you really proud of your culture (If you’re yoruba). Everything from paints, drawings, steels crafts and also traditional cravings can be found there. I felt like I could connect with the environment and the pieces also what the place stood for (FYI – They sang a yoruba lagos song for me as an moo Eko) See pictures from the gallery;
Lekki Arts & Craft Market
Oba Elegushi Arts & Craft Market, Jakande Lekki
You must have heard stories about these places but you won’t understand until you pay a visit. It is almost unbelievable but yeah, I am proud of the amount of creativity around me. The market is not your typical market but more modern like you will find in other countries, if you understand art and are looking for different unique craft items this is the market to go. They make a lot of the art and crafts there e.g butterfly skin paintings (I probably touched more animals in the market than I have ever done in my life). So, they use animal skins for some of the deco’s (Butterfly, Zebra, snake and more). My second time at the market went with Berry Dakara (check out her post about her experience at the market). One advice for Lil readers about the market is don’t be deceived by how organized the market is, still go hard on pricing to get a good bargain. I found really nice cravings made with steel as well and so much I can’t explain but show in the pictures below.
No 5 Hakeem Dickson street Lekki Phase 1
Now, I know you will be surprised because I mention stranger lagos a lot for food (Lunch at stranger) but as you might not know, it is actually a concept store (Fashion, arts and others). So, from time to time they organize exhibitions there and last year during the lagos photo festival I visited to see the exhibition and there is a another one coming up this month from 30th of May by photographer Kadara Enyeasi called L’ouverture.
Other places like boconcept have started hosting art exhibitions as an urban furniture store, which I think is also very cool and creative of them because they are telling a story in a different way. I saw the arts meet design exhibition last week and thought it was amazing, I remember the frames where yetunde had changing faces which was inspired by her dads sickness. Made me realize we have so much talent in this country we don’t know it. The exhibition is showing until the end of this month at boconcept in Lekki.
PS; These are some of the things you can do for free in Lekki (Looking is free -Heard that at the arts and craft market LOOOOL)
Share your thoughts and experience on Lekki for arts and also if you have visited any of the places mentioned in the post. I would love to hear from you in the comment section below