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Nigerian artist uses AI to re-imagine life for the elderly

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An undated handout picture by Nigerian artist Malik Afegbua, created with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), shows elderly models. Reuters

A Nigerian artist is using artificial intelligence to re-imagine life for African elderly people by showcasing near real-life pictures and videos of them walking down the fashion ramp and on the beach.

Malik Afegbua, who is also a film maker, said because many elderly people were marginalised in society, especially in the fashion world, he began to imagine how they would look if they were models.

Nigerian artist 2 An elderly model walking on a runway. Reuters

Afegbua started posting some of his work on social media and it went viral.

He came up with "Elders Series", a catalogue of pictures and videos showing white-haired women and bearded men strutting the runway for a virtual fashion show in Afrocentric attire, including ornamental neck and arm bands.

"So I wanted to ... imagine the elderly people in a place that is not either in a sad space or in a suppressed state," Afegbua told Reuters.

Nigerian artist 4 This picture created with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI),  by Malik Afegbua.

"However, when I was making it, I kind of knew there was something there. I was like this is dope. I'm loving what I'm seeing."

Afegbua was not always an artist. He studied business in university but stepped into the world of filming after a friend bought him a camera in 2011.

He said the idea to explore a different world for old people came when his elderly mother fell ill. Using an artificial intelligence app, he started creating content showing a brighter side of old age.


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