This May, the first Maker Library in Nigeria will be launched at Stranger, Lagos. Maker Library is a British Council initiated model that supports the creation of unique networked spaces to allow designers and makers connect with each other and allow them the use of a makespace, a gallery and a library, connected via an online platform.
Stranger, Lagos, which started out as a concept boutique that stocks many alternative international and local fashion designers, will through the grant open up a co-working space for makers living in, or passing through Lagos.
Yegwa Ukpo, Creative Director, Stranger Lagos expressed his excitement at being the pioneer Maker Library in Nigeria saying: “We were inspired to open Stranger, so that we could share our ideas and interests with others. As the first Maker Library in Nigeria, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with makers from all over the world to fulfill the global Maker Library Network goals of providing a space where our makers can swap skills, share resources, exchange ideas and take part in mentoring sessions.”
“The Maker Library Network is an initiative which started out in the South Africa, in partnership with Daniel Charny and From Now On in collaboration with the British Council connects designers and makers internationally,” said Ojoma Ochai,Director Arts, British Council Nigeria while presenting the grant. “We are pleased to be partnering with Stranger, Lagos to impact the creative space because not only will this create more opportunities for creatives and entrepreneurs it will also encourage collaboration.”
The Makespace will be launched on May 28 in Lagos, and we are inviting artists and the people who love their work to be a part of the grand opening.Following the launch in Lagos, House 33, will be opened as the first Abuja Maker Library in June 2016 also supported by the British Council Nigeria.
Maker Library is part of UK/Nigeria 2015–16, a major season of arts in Nigeria aimed at building new audiences, creating new collaborations and strengthening relationships between the UK and Nigeria.