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Category Archives: Cover Designs

Cover Design: Super Rich Civil Servants

Whereas governments, either military or civilian, come and go, civil servants are always there. Even when there is a civilian-to-civilian transition, they are present. They are largely anonymous. But when the chips are down and a push comes to a shove, it is the politician that is the fall guy.

What was not clear to many is that the civil servant is as guilty of misconduct in public office as any politician. In fact, when it comes to corruption in high places, they show more sleight of hand than the politician. Go to Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Ibadan, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Calabar and other big cities, civil servants own imposing buildings, vast estates and posh state-of-the-art automobiles. Yet, they drive rickety cars to the office to hide their obscene wealth. Continue reading Cover Design: Super Rich Civil Servants

The BOKO HARAM NIGHTMARE: Enough is Enough

From Wikipedia, a nightmare (night+mare) is an unpleasant dream that can cause a strong negative emotional response from the mind, typically fear or horror, but also despair, anxiety and great sadness. The dream may contain situations of danger, discomfort, psychological or physical terror. Sufferers usually awaken in a state of distress and may be unable to return to sleep for a prolonged period of time. From this backdrop and in every literal sense, we try to project the word ‘nightmare’ in its most basic sense in
our proposed cover design for this week. Looking at the expressions on the faces of the victims used here shows so much sorrow, grief, pain, despair and horror brought on them by the evil perpetrations of the Boko Haram sect. This design option seeks to draw emotions from prospective readers. The human factor element was a major consideration for us in putting together this cover design.

Based on the concept (option 1) we had in mind, we took quite some time to choose photographs of the Boko Haram bombings victims. The pictures were really quite touching as one could feel the pain, grief and sorrow affected people suffered. The feeling was virtually as though one could touch it. It was conspicuously written all over them. Your heart would bleed indeed if we could show you the very gory and really humanly offensive photographs of victims being rescued. Some of them had their legs ripped off their bodies by the bombs. It’s really nothing to write about, REALLY it isn’t!
Some of the pictures we finally chose were taken to Adobe Photoshop and traced to suit our layout in Coreldraw. The photographs was then placed in Coreldraw and other elements added before we exported the whole elements to Adobe Indesign and finally re-exported same as a pdf file for our print bureau.

This Week’s Magazine Cover Design

Falling on the lap of one of our very finest writers, fresh from an International Writers’ Residency in Iseyin, Oyo state, Nehru Odeh, this week’s cover story with the headline, ‘Marital Violence And The Secret Pains of Victims’ was quite an interesting one for the creative team.

Before the editorial meeting came to an end, we already had a suggestion from our Editor-in-Chief on which way to go about illustrating the cover. He suggested we organized a shot involving a physical combat between a man (acting as the husband) and a woman (the wife). Quite a lot of people were quite reluctant in volunteering for this exercise but we later got some assistance from two people. Continue reading This Week’s Magazine Cover Design

Cover Design: Good Night Ojukwu: The Legend Goes Home In Style

This week’s cover, “Good Night Ojukwu: The Legend Goes Home In Style” is the third (two have been consecutive) we have done on the departed Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the Ezeigbo Gburugburu. Why? Given what the man stood for among Igbos and Nigerians, Ojukwu, in life and death, deserves the honour. This particular honour, in its most dramatic and literal sense is what we sought to project in our cover design for the week.

Ojukwu’s body was flown from London to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria. Our photo journalists and reporters from across the country were fully on ground to cover the event.  As our usual practice, we got cracking by sorting out the best photographs (that best ‘tells the story’) sent by our photo journalists. We came up with quite a handful that we used. But then, as usual, just one was approved. Continue reading Cover Design: Good Night Ojukwu: The Legend Goes Home In Style