Dots of Thoughts

I often wake up in the morning with thoughts reeling in my head. Thoughts inspired by a conversation with someone; something I read, heard, listened to (music/podcasts), a film I saw, a photograph I made, an essay/poem I wrote, or in broad terms, an impactful encounter.

Hosted ByEmeka Okereke

I often wake up in the morning with thoughts reeling in my head. Thoughts inspired by a conversation with someone; something I read, heard, listened to (music/podcasts), a film I saw, a photograph I made, an essay/poem I wrote, or in broad terms, an impactful encounter. They exist as disjointed, scattered particles I often refer to as dots of thoughts.Thus, this podcast show is an attempt to articulate, to converse and to put in relation these floating thoughts. While it relies on random impulses, the podcast is structured by thought-prompts focusing on everyday issues across space, time and works of life.

Though it is not a live podcast, it somewhat mimics this approach in that for every episode, the conversation, which begins as a monologue, evolves into a dialogue through a phone conversation with someone else in another part of the world (a friend, a colleague, relative, expert in a subject, creator of a work, originator of an idea). This ensures a broadening of the thematic and locational context of the conversation as a way of demystifying distances. It is a weekly show intended to be spontaneous (as much as technical requirements and logistics allow).

Future episodes will feature intro/excerpts of new music tracks made by me. Other times, it will reference aural materials sourced from different corners of everyday life. It will be freshly served – nothing preserved in the freezer! Listeners are encouraged to join the conversation by leaving a comment on the episode in their preferred platform of listening. Selected comments will be addressed in a subsequent episode.

Emeka Okereke (host)

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All Episodes

EP13: To Organise a Place as if it was a Photograph – with Eric Gyamfi

Eric Gyamfi (1990, Ghana) is a visual artist working with and within photography. This podcast conversation was induced by the inclusion of his work in the book, Africa State...

DoTShorts #2: Inner Voice

In the second episode of Dots of Thoughts Shorts, Emeka shares a few thoughts and impulses about what the inner voice means for him.  Duration: 9:19 mins.  Join the...

DoTShorts #1: What Are You Working For?

This is the debut episode of the bonus series called Dots of Thoughts Shorts (DoTshorts).  Emeka Okereke gives a glimpse of his thoughts regarding the notion of work, and...

EP12: Memory, Performance, Healing and Celebration in the Photographic works of Lebohang Kganye.

In the 12th Episode of Dots of Thoughts, Emeka Okereke reflects on the photographic work of Lebohang Kganye. Ke Lefa Laka: Her-story,  was realised in 2013. It explores the...

EP11: 21st Century Photographers Re-articulate The Continent – with Ekow Eshun

“There is no simplicity or singleness to Africanness”, Ekow says. One might think that this needn’t be said in 2021. This is precisely what this book hopes to achieve: These photographers show that such concerns have become secondary to image-makers of today.

EP10: Time does not pass. We, on the other hand, pass through it – and make forms of it (Part 3) with J. Redza

In this episode of “Time Does Not Pass. We, on the other hand, pass through it – and make forms of it”, Emeka Okereke (Berlin) is in conversation with...

EP09: Time does not pass. We, on the other hand, pass through it – and make forms of it (Part 2) with Jude Anogwih

“I am looking at Time as an element of art, an element of expression not as a clock or calendar. I am looking at the capacity you have as...

EP08: Time does not pass. We, on the other hand, pass through it – and make forms of it (part 1)

We often hear such expressions as “Time passes”. “Don’t waste time”. “Buy time”. “Spend time”. But, is time quantifiable in the sense we use it? Isn’t it a paradox,...

EP07: The Legacy of Queen’s College – A Perspective on Radical Education for Women in Nigeria.

Founded in 1927, Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria is part of a formidable legacy addressing the gender disparities between male and female education in Nigeria spearheaded by a group...