Remembering the glory days of pan-African art

Artists, performers and intellectuals from 55 countries descended on Lagos in 1977, for an event some regard as the peak of pan-Africanist expression.

Known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, or Festac ’77 for short, the mood of that time has been captured in a new book by photographer Marilyn Nance.

She has described Festac ’77 as a site of “mutual fascination” that was “not only a significant moment in history, but in art history”.

Stevie Wonder, Miriam Makeba and Fela Kuti were some of the 15,000 people in attendance, as these photos show:

BBC Africa

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