Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

okorafor-jeyifous

There are few compliments a writer can be paid greater than having their work inspire some other great work of art.

This is exactly the case with Nnedi Okorafor and the Nigerian-born and Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan Jeyifous.

Jeyifous who, in the past, has done futuristic re-imaginings of Lagos  recently released a new series of images that recast Lagos as a sci-fi universe. In the new series, he uses a photo-manipulation technique to blend actual streets, markets, and buildings in contemporary Lagos with futuristic structures made from grass, sand, and recycled metal. Metropolitan Lagos is lined with skyscrapers rising out of slums. Lagos becomes the location of a strange kind of architecture that blends natural and organic materials with scrap metal.

For Jeyifous, the images point to the idea that development should also come to the less affluent in society while maintaining sustainability practices.

According to a CityLab article, Jeyifous’ vision for Lagos was inspired by the dystopian universe explored in Okorafor’s Binti.  Okorafor’s Binti is a beautifully written sci-fi novella about the experiences of Binti, a young feminist heroine who leaves home to be educated at the prestigious Oomza University, the finest higher institution in her galaxy. Coming from a people deeply attached to their home, Binti struggles throughout her journey with acceptance in her new environment. The fictional world in Binti is modeled after the Himba people of Namibia. Their lifestyle, which has been erroneously labelled as indigenous and therefore backward, becomes the basis of creating the vision for an Africa-inspired science fictional world.

Both Okorafor and Jeyifous are committed to helping us rethink various aspects of African life in terms of the future. We admire both pieces for their refreshing take on the current socio-economic realities and commend both artists on their creative endeavors. Kudos to these authors for pushing us to imagine African spaces and narratives differently.

We look forward to even more inspired work.

Order Binti here.

See more of Jeyifous’ work here.

okorafor-jeyifous2okorafor-jeyifous3okorafor-jeyifous4okorafor-jeyifous5okorafor-jeyifous6okorafor-jeyifous8okorafor-jeyifous7

 

*********

Images by Olalekan Jeyifous via citylab.com

 

Tags: ,

Somto is a young reader and student of Civil & Environmental Engineering. She is passionate about Literature and all things Africa. When she's not reading or studying, she's probably watching Netflix.

One Response to “Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti Inspires futuristic Photo Series” Subscribe

  1. Mikeinioluwa 2016/09/15 at 03:15 #

    Nnedi is brilliant!
    Kudos, Olalekan

Leave a Reply

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Photos | Happy Birthday to Ainehi Edoro, Founder and Editor of Brittle Paper

Ainehi Edoro 2

One evening in mid-2010, in her apartment in Chicago, Ainehi Edoro, then a PhD student at Duke University, looked up […]

Lola Shoneyin is a Cover Star on Guardian Life Magazine

lola

It’s almost two years since Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beast of No Nation, graced the cover of Guardian Life Magazine, […]

Uzodinma Iweala Unveils Official Author Photos In Advance of His New Novel’s Release

uzodinma iweala

Uzodinma Iweala unveils official author photographs ahead of the March 2018 release of his highly-anticipated novel, Speak No Evil. While […]

Luvvie Ajayi Spectacularly Demystifies the Fear of Telling Truth to Power

luvvie

  If don’t know Luvvie Ajayi, it’s a sign that you are reading way too many African fiction and not […]

The Chimamanda Adichie Guide to Becoming a Fashion Icon

Screen-Shot-2017-11-05-at-2.26.56-PM-e1509913965318 copy

Fashion and style have traditionally being the cultural domain of pop-stars. It’s a sphere of influence that public intellectuals have […]

Ayobami Adebayo Honoured at The Future Awards, Alongside WizKid, Davido and Anthony Joshua

Ayobami-Adebayo-Baileys-Women-Prize-Ventures-Africa

Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize-shortlisted novel Stay with Me, has been honoured at the 2017 The Future Awards, […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.