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Abuja’s art markets – a journey through space, time and identity

Abuja’s art markets – a journey through space, time and identity

BOB MAJIRIOGHENE ETEMIKU, BIRD STORY AGENCY ABUJA is relatively new as cities go. A planned city, built mainly in the 1980s, it was designed to be multiethnic and to justify expectations of what a modern capital city should be, for what, at the time, was the world's 6th-largest oil producer.  But that modern milieu, with its coordinated web of roads and "artificial" construct, is, to some extent, its Achilles Heel. Tourists in Africa are generally not looking for contemporary and organised urban centres. They're after something more mysterious, romantic, "natural" or historic - which is why cities like Cairo, Khartoum, Casablanca, Timbuktu,…
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