Art, Experiences & Issues.
The Sole Adventurer is a visual arts online magazine based in Lagos. Founded in 2015, it operated as a blog reporting and promoting cultural happenings, exhibitions, and art created by contemporary artists in Lagos and beyond.
Observing a rising demand for new art writings and critical views on the thriving Lagos art scene and surrounding African art hubs, the blog was shut down to remodel its framework for a new readership.
The mission of the new TSA site is to critically engage the new and growing art scenes in West Africa (and in general Africa), contextualize the work of artists, engage people in the art field, report local and international art events, cultural experiences and issues.
In 2016, TSA published a well-received e-magazine (with complementary prints) featuring Nigeria’s presence at the 12th edition of the Dak’Art Biennale in Senegal, profiles of the five Nigerian artists who participated, and an interview with the 12th Biennale’s artistic director, Simon Njami. The issue also featured a report from 1-54 New York Forum on the rise of African voices and names in the global art market.
There are plans to match up with special print editions yearly.
In the past, we have worked as a media partner with organizations including British Council (Open House Lagos), Amref Health Africa USA (ArtBall), Light Camera Africa!!! Film Festival, TP-Collective (ArtXLagos), Akete Foundation (Lagos Biennial), African Artists’ Foundation (LagosPhoto), Revolving Art Incubator (multiple events) and QDanceCenter (We Almost Forget & Dance Gathering).
We have also enjoyed the support of remarkable individuals and organizations on the blog and in the production of the first e-magazine. These include Samsung West Africa, Arthouse Contemporary Limited, Rele gallery, TravelBay, Crescent Design, and Elkova Print.
Managing Editor – Bukola Oyebode
Bukola Oyebode is an art writer and editor. She has worked in the media since 2011 in different roles. In 2015 she founded The Sole Adventurer blog for reporting art events and news in Nigeria. TSA, as the site is called, now operates as an art Magazine focusing on Africa. As a writer, she has written for ContemporaryAnd, IAM Africa, Mania Magazine and a number of exhibition catalogues. In 2017, she was editor of the Nigeria art section in the special Intense Art Magazine issue #03. Acclaimed as an excellent publication on women in the creative industries in Africa, IAM Nigeria featured a number of highly recognized artists, curators and cultural entrepreneurs. Oyebode is trained in art curating, exhibition design and history. She studied English at the Lagos State University focusing on language and media. In 2017, she was listed as one of the women shaping the Nigerian Visual Arts.
Editor-at-large – Anthony Nsofor
Tony Nsofor studied Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, majoring in painting. He trained as an art critic under the guidance of Chika Okeke-Agulu, Art Historian and Lecturer at Princeton University, New Jersey. Since 1999 he has worked as a studio artist in Owerri and Lagos, Nigeria. Outside of the studio, he is a freelance art writer and photographer. He has made contributions to exhibition catalogues, art history books, journals, and The Comet Newspapers. He believes a muse feeds the creative genius, and all observers are interested in understanding how the creative spark works. In writing, he seeks to discover the ways in which ideas are born and enjoys giving form to the artistic work. Nsofor keeps a personal blog about art and has a studio in Lagos, to accommodate an ever mobile lifestyle of travel and work.
Editorial Coordinator – Roli Afinotan
Roli Afinotan is a writer and an evolving photographer. She graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon, with a double major in Sociology and Information Studies. She previously worked in communications, content research and acquisitions for a TV and film production company. Her writings on contemporary art were first published in The Sole Adventurer digital magazine in 2016. Since then, she has freelanced as an art writer for other art platforms. She is currently editorial coordinator and writer at TSA. Afinotan aspires to be a published author and curator.