Lagos Budding 50: Storytelling project on Migration and Resilience

The African Centre for Migration & Society invites you to a seminar titled Lagos Budding 50: Storytelling project on Migration and Resilience presented by Helen Gebregiorgis (Project Manager, African Photo Stories).

Inspired by the May 2017 ‘Lagos @ 50 Celebrations’ highlighting prominent and influential Lagosians, Lagos: Budding 50  is a visual storytelling project that honours and recognises the contributions of young, everyday Lagosians in the development of the megacity. Different storytelling methods were utilized throughout the interviews with participants, such as photography, videography, and audio recording.

Through exploration of identity, migration and resilience, Lagos: Budding 50 celebrates the stories of diverse, ambitious and resilient young Lagosians as they strive to better themselves and their communities. The project is inspired by and dedicated to the people of Lagos.

Striving to contribute towards a balanced perspective of Africa, the Africa Photo Stories website is an initiative to build bridges of connection between the global community and the African community through storytelling methods, one story at a time.


Helen Gebregiorgis is a visual storyteller, passionate about Africa, peace-building, and human connection. It wasn’t until her first trip to the continent, that she truly understood that Africa was more than just a handful of stories. It was greater than she could ever have imagined. During her first visit, she gained deeper insight into the complexity and beauty of humanity and human connection. The places she travelled, the stories she heard, and the people she met, affected her greatly, that even her story began to change.

Date: Friday 9 February 2018

Time: 9.30 -11.00

Venue: ACMS Seminar Room 2163, South East Wing, Second Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House, University of the Witwatersrand East Campus