Flashback February 2017: Lagos Trip Day 1

5 days felt like a month during our trip to Nigeria to see Seun Kuti, who opened up his network, home, and incisive mind to us as we worked to turn the dream of Asalaye Academy into a reality.

Day 1: Nzinga and I traveled from Atlanta to Lagos.  I've traveled to Africa a few times, once to Nairobi, Kenya, once to Mombasa, Kenya,  and several times to Accra, Ghana.  Nothing prepared me for the pandemonium that awaited me at the Muhammed Kurtala Airport in Lagos.

I was expecting the gleaming new floors, air conditioning, and alert staff that usually greets me in Accra, especially given the size of Nigeria and oil resources.  As soon as we walked off the jet bridge, we were greeted by humid and slightly musty air, and no lights in the airport.

That was my introduction to the electricity issues that plague Nigeria, nonetheless we were excited to be in Lagos, together!

Our host, Adesewa Osawe, filmmaker, content creator, and founder of ProdiG concepts was gracious enough to arrange for a driver to meet us and drive us to her home in Lekki.  

There's nothing like seeing a country full of people who look like you.

We got in and wasted no time in going out. We went to a new artist showcase with Adesewa as she scouted new talent for a video.