(from a paper, given with Barbara Adams, at the Royal Academy of British Architects, London, July 2009) I remember the first Michael Jackson music video I ever saw; in my grandparents’ living room in Lagos, during the evening hour when state television showed the latest in American, British and Caribbean black pop music. The glowing… Read More MJ

London calling

The city of our imaginations was London. In Lagos of the 1980’s “London” was a magic sound: its very utterance conveyed unattainable sophistication, hipness, style, escape. London stole my father for a few years of study. London bathed the in-crowd at school with the “been-to” glow. A wash of light followed even those whose cousins-fathers-sister-friend-daughters-boyfriends… Read More London calling