Wale Lawal


The Republic’s Next Phase Introducing ATLAS

Last year, The Republic won the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge to build ATLAS, a digital platform that will help anyone to find and source compelling images from photographers across Africa. With ATLAS, we start our journey of working closely with African creators and supporting them towards building sustainable businesses from their practices.
Chika Okeke-Agulu

‘There Cannot Be a Single Answer’ Chika Okeke-Agulu on the Rightful Location of African Artefacts

Though they are crucial to the movement, advocating for the restitution of stolen African artefacts cannot be left to sympathetic actors of the West, Chika Okeke-Agulu argues. He says, ‘It is no surprise that most of the important scholarly publication on royal Benin art have been by researchers overseas who have better access to museums and collections that benefitted, directly or indirectly, from colonial-era looting.’
Victor Ehikhamenor

‘Creativity on the Continent Has Always Been a Continuum’ Victor Ehikhamenor on the Resilience of Benin Artistry

African artefacts looted, stolen, and forcefully taken belong to the African communities they were taken from in the Africa continent, Victor Ehikhamenor argues. He says, ‘In discussing restitution, we must also let the world know that creativity on the continent has always been a continuum, there was no break.’

Wale Lawal

is the Editor of The Republic.