2009 Blog Posts

Spot of bother – our misadventures in Mali

Posted: November 17, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Monday 16th 2009 I tell you, if I were superstitious, I’d say today is not our lucky day. We are all ready to head home. It has been a wonderful yet exhausting two weeks. Productive, energising, relevant are just a few understatements that come to mind, now to feed them into the focus. It is […]

Pure Luck by Unoma Giese

Posted: November 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Many aspects of western culture have crept in to fuse with our own many African cultures, and today on Friday the 13th, I ask myself if as many people here on the continent are preoccupied with the concept of luck on this day as are in America, Australia and Europe. Incidentally, Friday the 13th has […]

Writing the Journey Bobo Dioulasso to Bamako

Posted: November 13, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Monday 9th November 2009 Monday morning; and we are all up, dressed and ready to roll by 5:30am. We leave and head for the bus terminal in Bobo-Dioulasso. Formalities proceed as in interstate travel with luxury buses back home. Our luggage is tagged and stowed away. We commence our journey at 9.00am. All goes well […]

Surprise SurPrize!

Posted: November 11, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Uche Okpa-Iroha, a Nigerian photographer and one of the 10 photographers of the Invisible Borders 2009 has won the Seydou Keita Award at the Bamako Photography biennale, in addition to a recent award from the Fondation Blachire! Thumbs up! This is only the beginning! It’s midweek and we’ve not stopped since we got here. Partying, […]

Writing The Journey : From Bombai to Burkina by Nike Ojeikere

Posted: November 11, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Sunday, 8th November (Morning) Sunday; and the sun in Bombai, breaks over our skyline and our heads in a brilliant shine. Bombai is little lay-by town in Ghana’s North. We revved ourselves up with body stretches, leg jigging and breakfast from an open-air roadside “restaurant”. The coffee is manned by a cheerful owner. Some of […]

Writing The Journey: Accra Chronicles 2 by Nike Ojeikere

Posted: November 11, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Saturday 7th November It’s a bright new day, and our third of trying to leave Accra. Dreadlocked Driver (poor chap) is off yet again to check on The Maria. We pray for Godspeed. At 3PM-ish, Maria is set free from the manacles of the mechanics with firm assurances that she’s good to go. We are […]

Time – The Ultimate Invisible Border by Unoma Giese

Posted: November 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Friday 6th November Day four and we hit the ultimate invisible border. Time. A thing that only moves forward when right now we actually needed it to move backwards. There is no arguing with the laws of nature, it was moving forward, with or without us. The breakdown was going to get expensive. Not in […]

Writing the Journey: Accra Chronicles 5th November 09

Posted: November 10, 2009 at 11:52 am

Kumasi beckoned…but we couldn’t go. Our van is in dire need of a doctor. Oil seal and kick starter issues, they’d said. The van spends its entire day at the mechanics waiting for Martin the Mechanic to apply some ounce of verve, however tiny, into his Ghanaian easy-does-it world view. The oil seal is resealed […]

Writing the Journey : Lome to Accra… Day 2, 4th of November

Posted: November 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Photo by Uche James-Iroha Borders are places of transition. They could be places of decision. Of leaving the old and embracing the new. Or discarding the new and choosing the old, the good, or the bad. Otherwise, they could be places of flux- where the old and the new, the good, the bad, intermingle constantly […]

Writing The Journey : From Lagos to Lome by Nike Ojeikere

Posted: November 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm

And so today, Tuesday , November 3, 2009, we set out from Lagos. All ten of us -Dreadlocked Driver, Lead. Win. Succeed, Blackbraids, Cap67, Cap Nike, Chicken Feathers, Resource Control, Dreadlocked Kangol, Sports Casual and Curly Curly. Hope rises… We gun down the road unstopped by the invisible internal borders of Lagos- traffic jam! Dreadlocked […]

Invisible Borders 2009 (Lagos Bamako Trip)

Posted: November 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

Inspired by the 8th edition of the Bamako Photography Encounters 2009, 10 Nigerians made up of photographers and writers decided to make a road trip to Bamako from Lagos: in a black Volks Wagen Mini bus rented from Photo Garage in Lagos. This project arose as a result of an urgent need to address the […]

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