FSG (Fusion Sportsgear) presents the new silhouettes of the Sub Saharan Sneaker, which is completely hand made in Nigeria. It is more than just a shoe, it is a product with a cause.
The sales from the shoes go to paying the workers and craftsmen above current minimum wages in West Africa. In addition the patterns are designed and printed by africans locally and in the diaspora, destroying the current social construct of African print.
Future goals of the brand include donating clothing to orphanages and organising sporting events for public schools. Founder of the brand, Funfere Koroye, believes in using innovation and product development to change the current state of manufacturing and product development in Nigeria.
I am Noma Osula of Jaytu Koncepts, a Nigerian based photographer. Art has always been my darling and of recent I gave in to my maniacal obsession for portraits and art photography. Africa is a place rich with ideas and various artistic randomness which in time I have come to accept, embrace and create . You know how they say African culture has been influenced by western ideas? Nowadays it’s vice versa. There is always something African in the western media daily or a recreation of African creativity. It might be the just vibrant colours, texture, marks, gesture, props or clothing but they seem to like our stuff over there and utilise the small piece they have. I’m in Africa so I try to make maximum utility of what we have and mix it up a bit making it rather more urban and contemporary. I’m just that guy who tries to incorporate everything he loves into his pictures. (keep reading)
Apparently a hard man to find, but today I met Femi Akintobi, a photojournalist from the ‘70s whose incredible work includes the documentation of Fela Kuti, his wives and the attack on Kalakuta. We looked over some of his prints and his captures are quite legendary.
One image that stood out the most to me was Femi’s shot of Fela crying over his destroyed music instruments. Goodness, so many legends in the arts are forgotten in Nigeria … Akintobi’s work is historic and I’m glad that this year’s Felabration is an opportunity to recognize our artists. Agege, Lagos - Yagazie
Seeing Lagos, Nigeria, Through New Eyes with @temi.coker
For more of Temi’s photos from Nigeria, browse his #temixnigeria hashtag. To continue along with Temi’s work in Texas, follow @temi.coker on Instagram.
When Temi Coker (@temi.coker) was 11 years old, he left his home in Lagos, Nigeria, for Arlington, Texas. Then, a few years ago during college, Temi developed a passion for photography and began searching for a way to bring his culture and art together.
Last December, opportunity struck. His grandmother was about to turn 70, and the family in Nigeria had some portraits commissioned to commemorate the moment. But when the photos didn’t meet Temi’s expectations, he made up his mind: He would return to Nigeria and take them himself.
Back in Nigeria, Temi began to see Lagos differently as he looked around through his camera’s lens. “For me growing up, when I moved to America everybody was making fun of Africa,” he explains. “I said, ‘Ok, well, my job here today is to go find the beauty in Nigeria and to allow people to see a different side than what they see on TV.’”
As he revisited the beaches, city streets and markets of his childhood, he was struck by the beauty he saw not only in the surroundings, but also in the people. From women selling crops to suya sellers to police officers directing traffic on their days off to fishermen cleaning out their canoes in the morning, he found inspiration in the working world of Lagos that he’d never noticed as a child — and he shared it with the #temixnigeria hashtag. “I just wanted to show people what it’s like to actually go to a place where you were born, now with a new vision, and capture the essence of that. Not to make the story about me, but about Nigeria and how beautiful it actually is.”
With a renewed sense of confidence as a photographer, Temi returned to Texas where he’s begun to take on professional work and develop many personal projects, including multiple-exposure manipulations and a storytelling series that shows the Nigerian traditions alive in the US.