Lemi Ghariokwu is a Nigerian artist, illustrator and designer. The self-taught artist’s style is diverse but consistent, with all of his designs being full of vibrant colors, and individuated type faces. Lemi’s style is often described as rebellious and political, as many of his designs taunt those responsible for poor leadership without any form of discretion or restraint. He is most known for his original cover images for Fela Kuti’s albums, and more recently that of Falz’ album titled ‘Moral Instruction’.
Lemi Ghariokwu has also designed covers for Osita Osabede, Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba and many other world musicians.
Here are 5 of our favorite covers from this Nigerian gem.
Fela – Confusion Break Bone
This album was first released in 1990 and was a tribute to Burkina Faso’s revolutionary leader, Thomas Sankara. It was known that the two men liked each other, as they both supported radical social change.
The Mandators – Storm
Released in 1992, this Roots Reggae album has been described as one of Nigeria’s best kept secrets. Led by Victor Essiet, The Mandators, are remembered for their exhilarating performances at stadiums with 80,000 people.
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