in the begining, there was a river...
                                     Ben Okri


An unending spiral going forward and returning
Return you must, o you perpetual voyager
Caught in an invisible labyrinth
The rhetoric of excess and overflow
An invisible that is at once present and absent
The owner of secret portals that lead to outerspace
You are the mirror that distorts the image
And establish an alternative visual order
The old way of seeing must experience death
Born to die

Africologne Festival | 21-23 June | c: Marie Koehler


The Spirit Child Project is a multidimensional research that accompanies Qudus Onikeku’s 2019 creation “Spirit Child”.

"Spirit Child" is inspired by the main character in Nigerian author BenOkri’s Booker Prize winning novel, "The Famished Road". The spirit child, Abiku child(born to die) Azaro, is restless, caught between life and death, earth-bound reality and an idyllic spirit world.

Along with Uruguayan multidisciplinary artist Fernando Velázquez and Nigerian musicians Olatunde Obajeun, Abiodun Fabiyi and Ayodeji Habeeb Awoko, as well as the light creator Matthew Yusuf, we are set to create an atmosphere of transitions between the enchanted world of dreams and spirits and the world of the living, a space where everything glows with possibilities.

Spirit Child offers the audience a meditative journey into dreamscapes, creating a poetry that brings a new kind of truth, or an old truth that we stopped paying attention to.

This digital appendix will feature video essays, texts, podcasts and further reading on Yoruba Cosmogony and AfroFuturism, based on the belief that ancient knowledge could be a catalyst for collective future making. We also consider this,  as a portal through which the audience could calve their own path through this journey.


June 30, July 1 and 2 : National Art Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa
July 5 : Vrystaat Festival, Bloemfontein, South Africa
October 16 : Les Halles de Schaerbeek. Bruxelles. Belgium
October 19 : Rencontre Teatral Tres Continent. Agüimes. Canary Island.
March 9 - 14 2020 : Columbia College. Chicago. USA.
8 - 13 June 2020 : Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Seine Saint Denis MC 93. Bobigny, France.