About Nana Ocran

Nana Ocran is a London-based writer and editor specialising in contemporary African culture. She was Editor-in-Chief for the Time Out Group’s series of guides to Lagos and Abuja and has consulted on and established publications on West African culture for the Danish Film Institute, the Arts Council England and the Institute of International Visual Arts. She was a nominee for CNN’s African Journalist of the Year (2011), and curatorial advisor for the Afrofuture programme at La Rinascente during Milan Design Week 2013. Nana is a regular features writer for Arik Airline’s in flight magazine, Wings, in which she writes about art, lifestyle, innovation and enterprise issues relating to Arik’s African, European and US destinations. She has been a jury member for Film Africa (London) and the Festival del Cinema Africano, d'Asia e America Latina (Milan).

On business in Lagos

As addictive as caffeine, Lagos is a sprawling city of bridges, creeks and rivers that link its island and mainland areas. A bursting-at-the-seams population and back history of shrewdly political, artistic and entrepreneurial characters has had an impact on the energetic rhythm of this West African metropolis. … Continue reading

Nigerian Literature: A Lagos Reading List

Nigeria’s cosmopolitan capital, Lagos, is an exuberant display of chaos and culture, rich traditions and and inspired modernity. Its vibrant arts scene makes it one of the most fascinating cities on the African continent, and its literature remains a source of cultural revelation, displaying the … Continue reading
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Get Your Fela On: A Fela Kuti Playlist

Musician, composer, human rights activist, political maverick”¦ these are all well fitting titles for Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the man who (albeit not alone) put Nigeria’s Afrobeat music on the global map. So unique and far reaching was, and is, his distinctive fusion of American funk, … Continue reading