Bogobiri House is an African art and cultural space, situated at no.9 Maitama Sule street, off Awolowo road, Ikoyi Lagos.
The very first time I went there was with my friend Princess (aka @a.k.u.n.n.a.r.h on Instagram). She had just exposed to me about her new fetish with places that send out African culture vibes. She told me it was a new side of her that she would really like to explore.
‘It’s an amazing idea to always try something new and exciting’ I said. So, I jumped on the wagon. We looked up a couple of places, on Google, for African culture and out of the suggested places we ended up deciding on Bogobiri House.
Now the thing with Bogobiri house is its eccentric way of depicting Africa. I’ve been to so many art houses and African culture spaces, but I’ve never seen a place expose the arts of Africa in the way that they did.
Your first walk through the gates of Bogobiri sends you far away from modern Africa to a time where I most certainly have never been. A time of artistically carved wooden furniture & figurines, monuments made from elephant tusks/animal skin, African inspired art hanging from the walls and the best thing about it was the music they played in the background; it was like an atmosphere mixed with Fela, Asa & King Sunny.
We had a tour guide show us round the place, there is a Library, Music room, a conference room, smoke bar (we met this guy that kinda looked like Bob Marley, he had the dreads and everything), he took us back outside to the African Craft shop; where they sell Ankara/ tie & dye outfits, beaded accessories, Ankara bags etc. our tour ended up at the Restaurant and Bar (you already know what happened there).
Our guide told us about how people rented this space out for photo shoots and music videos (This was where Olamide, Bahdoo sneh, shot the video for his song Konkobility). He made mention of the Open mic nights for amateur singers, comedians, instrumentalists, poets, rappers etc which I think is really cool. They also run a variety of shows.
My favourite thing about the place is definitely the stairwell and some of the walls which were covered in broken mirror glass. It was so beautiful.