Lagos at Large

Electric South

A poetic essay and an uneasy love story, Lagos at large is a tribute to the largest city of Nigeria by poet Njideka, a daughter of the diaspora living in Austria. The short film is a lyrical collage told in short segments, as we plot a course through the noise and urban chaos, made pressing and real in VR. Navigating through different city spaces, marketplaces, public monuments, sites of leisure, mass transit, and crowds and cars passing through busy city arteries, the artist asks shrewd, unflinching questions of her surroundings. With a manner both playful and acerbic, between spoken word and memoir, the narration unpacks difficult questions of class division, international development, economic policy and the differences between those who return to the country from abroad and those who never left. The piece is a tour through the imaginary as well as the material space of Lagos, blending autobiographical and critical engagement.

Lagos at Large is supported by Electric South, imisi3D and IDFA DocLab. It had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2019, and will have its South African premiere at the National Arts Festival 2020.


Lagos at Large is presented as part of the Creativate Digital Arts Festival

  • Genre: Short 360degree Film
  • Format: 360° Video
  • Duration: 9mins 31sec
  • Language: English
  • Ages: PG
  • Available From: June 25, 2020

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Director: Jumoke Sanwo
Producer: Caitlin Robinson
Executive producers: Judith Okonkwo, Ingrid Kopp, Steven Markovitz
Editors: Joey Ekunwe, Olayeni Balogun
Spoken Word: Njideka Iroh, Pelumi Lawal
Original music composer: Osarumen Osamuyi
Production Director: Judith Okonkwo
Cinematographer: Joey Ekunwe
Developer: Isiaq Gbadamosi
Sound Design: Osarumen Osamuyi, Joey Ekunwe
Technical Artist: Olayeni Balogun
Animation: Sebastian Lõrscher


Jumoke Sanwo holds a BA in English studies from the Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria. She is a self-taught lens-based artist, working with the photographic medium, in conjunction with video art and virtual reality.

She navigates postcolonial identities through reflecting on perceptions of division experienced through time and space, querying pre-existing notions of self and identity. Her work engages Afro-aesthetic concerns with a focus on enlightenment, religion, technology and mobility, fostering new narratives on the decolonisation discourse. Her conceptual framework and process are largely informed by ‘Global Localisation’ or ‘Glocal’, with a local approach to storytelling where individual cultures, histories, and traditions are presented as independent frames within a global picture.

In 2012, she participated at the New Museum of New York’s Ungovernables Triennial and at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 under the Invisible Borders Trans African Photography Project. She is a member of The X-perspective, Black Female Photographers Association, and Invisible Borders Trans African Photography Project. Jumoke is also the founder and creative director of the Revolving Art Incubator, an experimental alternative art space in Lagos which was listed in a February 2019 New York Times article as one of the sharpest artist-led spaces in Lagos.