10 Thoughts On The Future
Collected musings on Nigeria beyond the country’s Golden Jubilee and Africa’s future from Wings interviews
1 The Shape Of Things To Come
In 2010, author Tokunbo David contemplated Nigeria in its 100th year of independence. “Sino-Nigerian relations are at an all-time high and will be even more so as China invests in the infrastructure of our future – renewable energy. In the future, every country will be Made In China, and Nigeria is already ahead on the assembly line.”
2 National ...
Words Belinda Otas
Some of Nigeria’s cultural practices, places and people — from its 389 ethnic groups — have steadily appeared in the spotlight of global attention. However, Nigeria also has cultural landmarks that have been left in an appalling state of neglect. The good news? There’s an increasing number of private citizens who are taking it upon themselves to ensure the preservation of historical landmarks for future generations.
Ogundele Oladele Damola
Founder, Asiri ...
Africa’s Future Cities
With the rise of million-dollar tech parks and hub spaces of all sizes throughout the continent, countries including Ghana, Nigeria and DRC are rethinking the landscapes of Africa. ‘Mixed use’, predominantly urban-located centres, with residential, commercial and high-tech groundwork underpin the use of ambitiously designed city spaces.
Calabashes clashing in the Matan Fada river, bodies popping in Las Gidi clubs, and birds belting tunes in rainforest canopies — it's time to pack your bags! Life’s too short to not make it an adventure, so fill every month of 2014 with a little Nigerian magic.
Past To Present
On October 1st 2013, Nigeria celebrates its 53rd year of Independence. Tolu Ogunlesi imagines the circumstances if this year were to mark the first.
Words Tolu Ogunlesi
More than fifty-three years after Nigeria passed up the opportunity to become Africa’s 18th independent state, citizens of the continent’s most populous country are now eagerly anticipating the commencement of weeklong celebrations to mark the transfer of power from long-time colonial power, Britain.
At the stroke of ...
Wandering and Pondering
Nigeria to Z
If you want to be au-fait with the national psyche, brush up on a new lexicon
Words Tolu Ogunlesi
Africa’s 56th country, remote-controlled by Nigerian-born Generals Aki and Pawpaw.
A boss is a boss. If he’s worthy of flattery, and he’s not a ‘Chairman’, then he’s a BOSS. (For women, see MUMMY)
There are billionaires, and then there are Caballionaires, who not only have more money than most, but also owe far more.
Photographer George Osodi is on a mission to record and preserve the legacy of Nigeria’s traditional rulers for generations to come…
Photography George Osodi
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture,” said Marcus Garvey, one of the founders of the Pan-Africanism movement in the early 1900s, “is like a tree without roots.”
Documenting and archiving culture is the key to understanding origins and thus developing a sense of identity. Few would ...
The Young Ones
Can Nigerians teach young Westerners a thing or two about succeeding in the modern world?
Words Emma Woodhouse
"Why don’t you change the font on your cover letter?” I overhear a well-meaning mother advise her teenage son on the bus to Piccadilly Circus. The son, presumably, is in the process of applying for a job.
I look down at the newspaper on my lap. Youth unemployment in the UK is at a record high, it says. 1 million under-25s are without a job. Poor boy. His cover letter is ...
The Missing Piece
Vocational training is the backbone of industry, yet it's sorely lacking in many African countries. Wings looks at Nigeria as a prime example. In solving the puzzle of the nation's growth, is the missing piece the development of its greatest resource?
Words Eric Stambler
On a rig, we can't afford to make a mistake. Safety is such a critical issue, we cannot risk having an improperly trained person working on our rig, and unfortunately there aren't enough trained Nigerian workers," says an ...