Nigerian photographer Obina Obioma has once again made a fashionable move with the East African polyethylene bag you will meet at the Lilo Market, or in the collections of Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton.
With the famous bags created with a combination of blue, white and red, the photographer tried to reflect the problem of the migrant crisis. Hundreds of thousands of Ghanaian migrants used these bags when they arrived in Nigeria in the 1980s, they have since been called Ghana Must Go. The photographer, in collaboration with Nigerian visual artist Chioma Obibegbu and fashion stylist Viraola Oladapo, combined Western and African design to convey the complex history of the item.
“These bags, along with everyday items, carried culture, heritage and memories,” Obioma said.