ELECTROCUTED ARCHITECTURE

Lagos is one hell of a space, one that several narratives will continue to attempt comprehend and tell tales about. Home to over 20 million people and a working ‘mega city’. Within and outside of architecture; urbanisation is a popular topic amongst elitists and academics; presenting various effects and after-effects  in at times unique high density communities. An example after-effect of urbanisation are electricity wires, popularly called “NEPA wire” within Nigeria. NEPA is an abbreviation for National Electric Power Authority, the defunct electricity-governing organisation in Nigeria, privatised to PHCN (Power Holding Company of Nigeria). The more popular story with electricity wires and their effect on the Nigerian landscape is mostly gory. But have you ever wondered, how they could and do relate (visually) with architecture and buildings? Particularly in this case, the urban space that is Lagos. While this case of ‘electrocuted architecture’ is not unique to Lagos, it offers its unique story and architecture to this global situation.

Electrocuted Architecture is a photo-documentary inspired by Lagos’ urban space and its architecture. To highlight how Lagosians visually interact with the architecture of their city through electricity wires. Walking through the city you can hardly appreciate a work of architecture without having electricity wires accentuating or totally obstructing your scene.

There is also the subtext of social class concerning the topic. Where larger, taller, more grandiose structures have less electricity wires occupying the viewer’s visual space. Compared to the high density areas where residents have to create cost-saving, effective means of electrifying their homes. But because these areas are highly populated, a network of electricity wires end up visually obstructing these structures.

The preceding five images are selected to narrate this quiet phenomenon, in relation to the viewer’s scene.

Kindly download the photobook, designed by Michael Coker,  to capture the whole experience of Electrocuted Architecture.

Ódàbọ̀! 🙂

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Electrocuted Architecture Visual Obstruct-1
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Electrocuted Architecture Visual Interlay

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WHAT DOES KONAMII MEAN TO YOU?

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Human Heads, Three Headlights, Two Residential Apartments, A speaker.

By definition and word grafting, KONAMII is an annual inter-orphanage homes football competition. Although three years aback I had no idea about this, to be precise I am aware as at when writing – about its textbook definition. Like every other event — from Ówàmbè’s to children school parties — people attend for various reasons more than we can list in a few seconds. The subtle unknown reasons ‘why’ donators attend KONAMII were what I sought out at KONAMII 2016.

Here are some of the interesting reasons as provided by donators.

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Most of us come ‘cos of our friends, but ultimately it’s about charity

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‘To see old friends’.

The key questions went as thus,

  • What do you think Konamii is about?
  • Why did you come for this year’s Konamii?

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Entertainment.

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I don’t know. You get to see celebs. Fun!

 Charity. You get to see people you haven’t seen in a while.


To donate. To chill out and have fun.

To donate. To see (music) stars.

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Apart from babes. It’s fun, you get to network and meet new people.

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Big bombom

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It’s about charity, and giving to the orphanages.

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I don’t know, but he is KONAMII

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I don’t know. It is fun.

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It’s fun, and you get to meet people.

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For me it’s about HOPE. A #1500 is small to me, but through it I am helping a kid’s life; giving him hope and a future. A charity; getting children to interact, and me supporting in my own way.

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It’s a charity helping orphans. Same answer.

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Charity. My friend is one of the organising executives.

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For charity.

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I don’t know. A friend invited me, this is my first time.

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To make one love, and have fun.

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I don’t know. I know it’s for donating, a friend invited me, this is my first time.

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It’s about charity. I was bored.

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Charity. It’s a means for campus students from various schools to ‘socialise’ and meet.

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For charity. I’m a vendor; offering my goods on sale to donators, whilst supporting the orphanages.

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The Foundation – it’s about the children. After God, children are the ones I respect the most. Unlike adults you can be with them for two to three weeks without getting offended, because you have once been like them. …after the kids are done, so am I. Should KONAMII say we are doing this for the next three days – for the children – I will do it.

Irrespective of varying reasons, everyone comes to KONAMII for functional reasons, expressed in the best way they saw fit. The art of socialisation and giving, work in tandem to provide a complete event.

Some candid images…

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Bad Gang

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Widened Cheeks

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For the Children KONAMII 2016
…for the Children

Ultimately it’s all for our leaders of tomorrow.