Explore culture

We promote cultural exchange between Germany and Nigeria. We initiate film series, exhibitions, concerts, seminars and festivals which involve bilateral artistic production, reception and reflection. 


We Make Books ©SBMEN

We Make Books

To encourage the growing development of, and interest in the contemporary art scene across numerous African countries, the project is primarily focused on the creation and distribution of art books in collaboration with art book publishers, editors, art writers, critics, curators, and galleries across the African continent.

VAN ©Ayo Akinwande

An interview conducted by Claudia Cuadra
Video Art In Nigeria

The artist and curator Jude Anogwih talks about the emerging development of Video Art in Nigeria. As co-founder of the Platform VAN Lagos, he wishes, through exhibitions, workshops and lately with the German-Nigerian Project „Videonale in Lagos. Changing City – Shifting Spaces“, to pay tribute to the Video Art as a “social messenger”.

FRAGILE © Goethe-Institut Nigeria

A Conversation with Ijoma Mangold

On November 22nd 2021, Nigerian writer, Chika Unigwe talked to German writer and literary critic, Ijoma Mangold, about his memoir The German Crocodile, which was recently translated into the English. You can listen to the virtual conversation here.

hlf ©Carmen McCain

An interview conducted by Claudia Cuadra
Hausa Literature And Film

The novels and films about the big West African ethnic group Hausa are very popular, albeit barely penetrating the language border. Carmen McCain has not just done her doctorate on Hausa literature and cinema but also performed as an actress: “More than wanting to study it, I wanted to just go and be a part of it.”

Past Projects

Who's Who in the Yoruba Pantheon © iwalwabooks

"Who's Who in the Yoruba Pantheon" – an Anthology about the most important Yoruba Deities

Written by Peju Akande, Toni Kan, Jahman Anikulapo, and accompanied with illustrations by visual artist Abdulkareem Baba Aminu, this book is full of facts and fun – and will provide you with all you need to know about Who’s Who in the Yorùbá Pantheon. Learn more about powerful Yemọja, strong Sàngó, Ọṣun’s ways of wisdom – and why Èsù most definitely is not Satan!

Library selfie banner ©LibraryAidAfrica


The online initiative, which started in 2018, uses social media to create awareness about the importance of libraries as spaces for reading and learning in nine African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire,  Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya & Ethiopia.

Corona Chronicles from Nigeria design @ Goethe-Institut / Oluwadara Omotoso

Corona Chronicles from Nigeria

The Corona Chronicles are an interview series, in which the Goethe-Institut Nigeria asked ten Nigerian artists and journalists what the crisis means for them and their work, how they deal with it and what lessons they have learnt for the future.

Collage of photos by participants of a workshop for illustrators and authors in Nigeria. © Goethe-Institut/ Lucid Creative

Children's Books Authors & Illustrators

A workshop-series for children's book illustrators and authors, facilitated by Ute Krause and Baba Aminu Abdulkareem. The participants are six authors and six illustrators, who were selected via an open call last year.

Back to Base - Teaser design @ rele gallery // Goethe-Institut


What happens, when five young contemporary Nigerian artists, coming from different parts of this country, go back to their former schools in their hometowns and lead two-day art workshops for the students? Ideally, it will create a vital spark of interest and enthusiasm for culture and art among the adolescents. 

Edition Covers of the upcoming anthology book Foto: © Ouida Books

Water Birds on the Lake Shore

The Goethe-Institut is proud to present the release of the long-awaited Afro Young Adult anthology, titled “Water Birds on the Lake Shore: An Anthology of African Young-Adult Fiction”.

ABC Gruppenbild © Goethe-Institut Nigeria / Judith Häser

The ABC of Project Management

The ABC of Project Management, a year-long workshop series by Goethe-Institut Nigeria, was designed to support mid-level professionals in the creative, cultural and social scenes in Nigeria.
Here are the feedbacks from some of the participants and facilitators of the project

Barbara Kölling - Kinder und Jugendtheater © NRW KULTURsekretariat / Judith Pawlitta

Children and Youth Theatre Workshop

Call for Participation for Practitioners of Children and Youth Theatre in Nigeria: The Goethe-Institut in Lagos scouts for young theatre directors and actors/actresses focusing on children theatre in Nigeria.

Strechted Terrains Graphics: Goethe-Institut / Jeremiah Ikongio

Stretched Terrains – The Mobile Museum on it´s Way to Dak'Art

For the second time since 2016, the Goethe-Institut Nigeria initiates a mobile residency program titled "Stretched Terrains – The Mobile Museum on its
Way to Dak'Art" with a group of young artists from Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Germany.

Music In Africa © Jabu Nkosi

Music in Africa

Music In Africa is an information and exchange web portal dedicated to the African music sector. 

African Futures © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

African Futures

What might various African futures look like?

Mokolo © Goethe-Institut Lagos


By offering increased accessibility to African film industries, productions and content, Mokolo will contribute to a climate conducive to content creation and distribution.