The Economist Illustrated:
Nigeria – Lurching Ahead

nigerian_kraken Illustrated by: Joel Hopler

The Inspiration

Nigeria: Lurching ahead

Illustrator’s Notes

While this article provides an onslaught of imagery, things like “heavyweight boxer” and “African giant”, I thought I’d introduce the imagery of the mythical Kraken. As the article describes the pros and cons of Nigeria becoming a major power, I got the sense of an ancient beast awoken and flailing around. The unpredictability coupled with their potential adds an ominous undercurrent to their being woken.