Here, too, was a neglected, dysfunctional building that had finally fallen down.
Edwin Okolo February 25, 2019. Ikoyi through Victoria Island — Where money goes to sleep and Afropolitans find a home. That fall, two and a half years after the school opened, Shemede moved two classes, 49 students total, into the building.
Adept at navigating their unusual neighborhood, students scurried along beams suspended over the lagoon to get to their classes, which were held in derelict rooms spruced up with red flowers hand-painted on the walls.
Shemede aired feelings of betrayal and sadness to the press.
Since then not a single class had been held. It is about the myths that people want to believe about the world, noble intentions sullied by ego or derailed by the mundane, the intractability of parochial politics, and the ethics of social experimentation. They stood gawking at what was now an absence on the horizon.
In Lagos, one place drew Adeyemi like a magnet. Mzee Gikandi and his five brothers own the three and half acres, which is a family inheritance bought from the whites in early 1960s. Lifestyle Sleeping on your side? The floors were covered in dust.
Built specifically for the Biennale, the structure included a buoyant platform, on top of which blond wood beams crisscrossed into triangles that formed a classic A-frame.
There, however, was the rub. He wore a tailored tunic and pants—classic Nigerian menswear—cut from glossy brown fabric.
For whom is there benefit in trying and failing, particularly in marginalized communities? It was a beautiful pitch, and Adeyemi is a gifted orator. Men rendered powerless by society and living at the mercy of kind strangers and NGOs.
I heard the news from an architect. Ultimately, she told herself, all that mattered was that the school served its intended purpose. As turned to walk into the darkness, I saw a bulged smile on face as he waved frantically at me.
The 25 year-old lost her father five years ago. Shemede cut a controversial figure in Makoko. What if the school floated in the lagoon? Family Bank gets new boss.
He sent the document to journalists, colleagues, even his old mentor at Unilag, who had reached out by email to urge his former student not to be discouraged.