Icons of the Metropolis

Icons of the Metropolis

Nigerian based photographer and conceptual artist; Ade Adekola creates a visual story of Lagos and it characters (ICONs) in a collection of montages of street characters found in the mega-city of Lagos Nigeria.

He has identified twenty “icons”. He could have selected places, wares or objects, but he has focused, almost exclusively, on street people.

As he says: “Icons of a Metropolis” offers a non-judgmental look at 20 character archetypes – they are the ICONS. They are a creative force, a self-organizing and self-referential manifestation of the zenith of urban survival.


The Cart Pusher

The Challenger

The Praise Crier

The Okada

The Opportunist

The Sand Dredger

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