In 2015 African Artist' Foundation gave Francois the opportunity to continue to explore the new opportunities given by GIFs and invited him to Lagos to produce this series of images. He made his first GIFs while living in Liberia in 2014 where he produced a series of over 50 GIFs for a body of work "Monrovia Animated". This series focused in showing "poetic and joyful vision of Liberia" at a time it was being poorly represented in the media during the Ebola outbreak and the rise of child soldiers. In Nigeria, Francois produced a different work, mostly portraits rather than images describing places and movements.
Welcome to the Promised Land is the name of a church at the entrance of Makoko, a famous floating slum of Lagos, that I used for one of the gif of the series. The title of the series can also be interpreted as a reference to the hope that the thousands of migrants who hit Lagos every day in quest of a better future. ~ Francois Beaurain