I first encountered Rotimi Fani-Kayode in a photography bookshop on Marchmont Street, in the heart of Bloomsbury. Today there is no sign of it; all traces of it have been obliterated by the presence of new cafés and boutiques. In my early twenties, I was twice displaced, Yoruba and Nigerian, engaging in my version of … Continue reading Searching For Rotimi- A Letter From London
Most urban Nigerians, wherever they find themselves in the country, the city is rarely ever considered home; even those who have lived nowhere else but one of the country’s large cities, will sheepishly admit to considering a town or village elsewhere in the country their real home. From the colonial era, when the large scale … Continue reading Is the city not home?
Five years ago, sparked by allegations of police injustice, first London, then urban centres all over the United Kingdom exploded with riots. They were some of the biggest mass disturbances in the country since the turbulence of the 1980s when first Brixton rose up in rebellion, and later the wider country rebelled against Margaret Thatcher’s … Continue reading London Riots, Masculinity and speaking of nothing