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Skyscrapers Rising From Shantytowns: A Futuristic Vision of Lagos

A Nigerian-American architect imagines one of the densest, fastest-growing cities in the world.
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Olalekan Jeyifous

The artist Olalekan Jeyifous is fascinated by cities and the changing role they play in art, politics, pop-culture, and the collective imagination of society. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was born in Nigeria. And moving to the U.S. at six years of age really shaped his identity, and continues to inform his art.

“My formative years were marked by constantly moving and perpetually adapting to new places,” says Jeyifous, who is an architect by training. “My work often responds to either the anxiety or potential of these spaces, and how one navigates, maps, and perceives them.”