Jide Alakija

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Not much to say here except that this is a picture of the drummers main man, I think. Now I'm not one to be intimidated by looks but I have to say that this guy takes his job so seriously and it shows. Look at all that sweat. Now that's something to intimidate me, I sweat alot but for a different reason, I play too hard. Can anyone tell me if Tribal Marks are now a thing of the past? Or am I just being an ignorant Lagocian now! I am very interested to hear what you all think about Tribal marks in general, an Art or not! ...BUT what do I know...I'm just an artist...I think!?!!

comments (7)

This is an amazing portrait! I really like the detailed texture of the man's skin, the sunken redness of his eyes, his yellow teeth. One of your best works of art yet.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 15 Apr 2006, 22:35
This picture is very poignant...it is interesting that you ask if tribal marks are a thing of the past. I often think about the fact that I've never seen a child with tribal marks....has anyone??
  • EMeka
  • United States
  • 18 May 2006, 16:27
If I remember correctly, at least where I am from in Delta state, tribal marks are a coming of age thing, so you dont' get them when you are a kid, under 10 and all that. It was more in your early teens. Also, not everyone got tribal marks in the village only people from a certain subgroup of the village. I still see people in my age group with tribal marks, though I would say mostly from Yoruba clan. Though saying this, I am in my 30s, I don't know if the generation behind myself still do the tribal mark thing.

Dude, I don't know about this guy taking his job seriously in the same way as we would take playing ball seriously as a job. I remember some drummers I saw at an event in London, their demeanour was shall I say, somewhat more relaxed and joyful. It seems he has an "almost smile" for the camera. His eyes are those deep, "I have seen suffering, and this dude here is taking me peeksure. I wonder if I could get some money for that?" look.

Probably some event he had been consigned to the outside of the hall for, waiting in the heat for the "beautiful people" to come out so he can praise them and hope for some reward...don't get me started!
Jide Alakija: You got it spot on almost as if you were there when I took the shot.
  • EMeka
  • United States
  • 18 May 2006, 16:32
PS: Nice shot, was there any post production work done on that picture?
Jide Alakija: Yes there was....I removed the distractions in the background.
  • jfka
  • 4 Mar 2007, 19:05
Superbe portrait ! J'adore.
  • olushola
  • Nigeria
  • 25 Oct 2007, 19:26
jide alakija, stop the politics, it ruins d art...some things dont change...mo gbo, mo ya drummers and party people complement each other. Its a dance they enjoy together. About tribal marks, they are still round and well appreciated. Its a matter of choice and despite the influence of christianity and islam...the average african still pulls morals and morality tales from his immediate traditional background...whew
  • olushola
  • Nigeria
  • 25 Oct 2007, 19:28
..oops, sorry...i meant Emeka.

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