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Nigeria Protests: Bring Back Our Girl...
Abuja
By Uyi Amadin
13 Apr 2016

Former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili and prominent leader of the "Bring Back our Girls" campaign attends a protest to mark the second year anniversary of the kidnapping of over two hundred girls from Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram. Boko Haram is regarded as the most notorious terrorist group in Nigeria by local officials. The protest was aimed at putting more pressure on the Nigerian government to put more effort in securing their release.

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Nigerian Army Implicated in Village A...
Jos
By jfaden
08 Jul 2015

At the moment when the world is focusing its attention on reporting on Boko Haram atrocities, the Nigerian army in its bid to fight insurgency on its soil was accused of committing human right abuses.
Amnesty International has report evidence of human right abuses perpetrated by the Nigerian Army in the North Eastern part of Nigeria with proof based on dozens of military documents, interviews with victims and eyewitnesses.
However the Nigerian Army has since denied the authenticity of the report through the Chief of Administration of Nigeria Army, Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar who said they have commenced investigation into Amnesty International’s allegations against them saying the allegations against the Nigerian troops can dampen the spirit and morale of troops.
Major-General Adamu also accused Amnesty International of not cooperating with the Nigerian Army in the investigation saying the Nigerian military is a conventional and professional military that is driven by international standards and best practices.
Meanwhile the people living in villages around Jos in North Eastern Nigeria are not buying the military’s version of the story as they have been crying out over what they termed as unfair harassment and brutal treatment by the army sent for peace keeping in the volatile area.
The villages in the North Eastern part of Nigeria close to Jos City have been a battle ground with an average of 10 people murdered weekly by what security operatives called 'unknown gunmen' who many suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents running from the Nigerian Army in the north east and looking for a more peaceful settlement like the north central region.
The villagers have been raising alarm over the influx of strangers in the area which makes many to flee from their ancestral homes. The Gunmen killed and sacked dozens of villages rendering thousands homeless (at the moment it is dangerous to go in and film the destruction in the interior).
The Army is stationed in those villages but the attacks were going on unabated which makes the villagers to be suspicious of the army and accuse them of complicity in the attacks.
Whenever there was an attack on any village in the area and the villagers demand to know why they were been attacked with the army around instead they will be harassed, beaten, threatened to be arrested and sometimes shot at by the military without explanation.
Things went out of hand on the 17th of June last month in the village of Heipang about 20kms from Jos city when women protesting the army stationing their armored tank close to where the women displayed their ware for sale by the roadside as that will scared customers were shot at directly by the soldiers, two women were hit by bullets and died on the spot, one was shot at with a baby on her back as she ran into a shop for protection.
First week of this month, for three days, the army came to the village around Foron about 35 kms to Jos in Hilux trucks and armored tanks breaking into the houses of the villagers who fled on seeing the soldiers, destroying properties and even killing animals, despites the villagers demand for explanation, they refused to explain what they were looking for and ruled out any compensation.
The Army also refused to be interviewed on tape instead they accused the villagers of attacking soldiers which they said is what led to the house to house assault and refused to also produce evidence supporting the statement on attacks on their men.

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Nigeria: Witnesses Describe Village A...
Foron Village, Jos, Nigeria
By jfaden
08 Jul 2015

At the moment when the world is focusing its attention on reporting on Boko Haram atrocities, the Nigerian army in its bid to fight insurgency on its soil was accused of committing human right abuses.

Amnesty International has report evidence of human right abuses perpetrated by the Nigerian Army in the North Eastern part of Nigeria with proof based on dozens of military documents, interviews with victims and eyewitnesses.

In this video, witnesses of an attack on Foron, a small village near Jos, tell their stories, and speak out against the perpetrators of the attacks.

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Nigeria: Witnesses Describe Village A...
Heipang Village, Jos, Nigeria
By jfaden
08 Jul 2015

At the moment when the world is focusing its attention on reporting on Boko Haram atrocities, the Nigerian army in its bid to fight insurgency on its soil was accused of committing human right abuses.

Amnesty International has report evidence of human right abuses perpetrated by the Nigerian Army in the North Eastern part of Nigeria with proof based on dozens of military documents, interviews with victims and eyewitnesses.

In this video, witnesses of an attack on Heipang a small village near Jos, tell their stories, and speak out against the perpetrators of the attacks.

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Wherever They Are, We Are
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
19 Jun 2015

The image of the masked protestor, with their fiery eyes and fist in the air is one of the most iconic images in popular culture. This character has become romanticized, demonized, idolized, and oftentimes misunderstood. The upheaval that has taken place around the world, especially in the last four years, has both reinforced and broken this stereotype.

But who are those who take to the streets? Why do they do it? What do they want?

A procession of women in Nigeria, marching together with placards reading “Bring Back Our Girls”, has a considerably different tone than the charged clashes between riot police and anarchists in Greece. A candlelight vigil held by journalists in Lebanon in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo does not have the same risk of deadly violence as villagers and farmers confronting trigger-happy gunmen in Syria. And a group of concerned citizens voicing their discontent with the privatization of a public beach does not have the same high social and political stakes as those trying to overthrow an authoritarian regime.

However, despite vast differences in context and situation, those who take to the streets often share a common drive to stand up for ideas they believe in. For many, there is a common belief that by taking to the streets and making their voices public, they can influence change in their world.

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Eyewitness Footage of Attack on Niger...
Heipang Village, Jos, Nigeria
By jfaden
17 Jun 2015

Mobile footage captured by a local villager showing a woman allegedly killed by the Nigerian Army.

On the 17th of June in the village of Heipang, about 20 kms from Jos city, women were protesting against the army stationing their armored vehicle close to where they displayed their wares for sale by the roadside, as that would scare customers. These women were shot at directly by the soldiers. Two women were hit by bullets and died on the spot, one was shot at with a baby on her back as she ran into a shop for protection.

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Escaping Boko Haram: Nigerians Adapt ...
Jos
By jfaden
04 May 2015

Nigeria is a very diverse country, sometimes starting a new life in a different community other than one's own is a daunting task. However, the displaced people from Boko Haram dominated enclaves have no choice.

Samson, his two brothers, their wives, and their children fled their homes in Uvakh'a, about 5 kilometers from Gwoza, in northeastern Nigeria. They fled Boko Haram's onslaught and their hometown is now a stronghold of the militant group. The family is currently sheltering in the central Nigerian city of Jos, trying to start a new life, form a new community, and preserve their identity as they have little hope of going back to their village in the near future.

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Boko Haram Mass Grave Found in Gwoza,...
Gwoza, Borno
By Uyi Amadin
08 Apr 2015

Mass grave allegedly left behind by Boko Haram and found by the Nigerian Army in Gwoza, Borno State, Nigeria, on April 8, 2015.
DISCLAIMER: This video contains graphic images.

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Nigerian Election: Buhari Gives Victo...
Abuja
By Chima NWANKWO
01 Apr 2015

It was a sheer carnival in Abuja, Nigeria as General Muhammadu Buhari gave his victory speech after winning the 2015 Presidential elections in Nigeria. Buhari was magnanimous in victory, and made it clear that it was the Nigerian people who had voted him into office.

On the 1st of April, 2015 General Muhammadu Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan in one of Nigeria's most tense elections. The vote had been postponed amid Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram, with many claiming that this was a tactic by current President Jonathan to make gains against the militant group in order to bolster his campaign.

This marks Buhari's second turn as Head of State, having ruled Nigeria as a military dictator between 1983-1985.

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Nigeria Votes: Jos Residents Await El...
Jos
By jfaden
31 Mar 2015

March 31, 2015
Jos, Nigeria

The streets of the north-central Nigerian city of Jos stand empty as local residents await the results of what many are considering the most followed and participated in election in Nigeria's history.

As the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC collate results from various parts of the country, Nigerians are following with keen interest and hoping the man of their choice will win the election.

The election resulted in a surprise upset for incumbent candidate Goodluck Jonathan, who has faced heavy scrutiny for his handling of the Boko Haram crisis. Former military ruler Muhammadu Bahari went home the luckier and will be taking over the presidency.

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Northern Nigeria's Displaced Fear Ret...
Yola, Niger
By jfaden
25 Mar 2015

The Nigerian Army with the collaboration of foreign mercenaries are recording victories and declaring more and more towns captured from the hands of Boko Haram, however the question still remains if it is really safe for the residents of those towns to go back.

The about 1.5 million displaced people scattered in different locations in and outside Nigeria believe it is too early for them to go back as they have lost everything. To return and start a new life before the rainy season in June would prove a serious challenge.

As the presidential election draws closer, the question of voters' safety on polling day remains unanswered as some parts of Borno State have seen fresh attacks and suicide bombings of recent.

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Cameroonian Army Battles Boko Haram
Fotokol, Amchide
By Transterra Editor
16 Feb 2015

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

February 16, 17, 2015
Fotokol; Amchide; Kolofata, Northern Cameroon

Cameroonian special forces soldiers from the Batallion d'Intervention Rapide (B.I.R.), or Rapid Intervention Battalion patrol villages and battle Boko Haram fighters along the Cameroonian-Nigerian border between the towns of Fotokol, Kolofata, and Amchide.

Located in the extreme north of Cameroon, along the Nigerian frontier, these towns have been the scene of intense fighting between Boko Haram and both Cameroonian and Nigerian troops, who have been trying to secure the porous border. The town of Fotokol was the scene of a massacre of 70 civilians by Boko Haram in early February. Cameroonian troops are now participating in an African Union funded alliance aimed at encircling and finishing off Boko Haram. The alliance also includes Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Benin. An assault by Cameroonian forces against Boko Haram in the Nigerian village of Ndaba on March 13, 14, 2015 highlights the cross border nature of this ongoing battle.

This footage includes shots of Cameroonian troops engaging Boko Haram in Fotokol and Amchide; shots of civilians fleeing the fighting; shots of dead civilians killed by Boko Haram; an interview with a survivor of the Fotokol massacre; and shots of the river separating Nigeria and Cameroon near Fotokol.

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Boko Haram Militants Killed in Firefi...
Biu, Nigeria
By Transterra Editor
15 Jan 2015

Boko Haram militants, suspected to be Chadians, lay dead after a failed attack on Biu, suppressed after a long fire-fight with Nigerian military forces.

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Boko Haram Militants Killed in Firefi...
Biu, Nigeria
By Transterra Editor
15 Jan 2015

Boko Haram militants, suspected to be Chadians, lay dead after a failed attack on Biu, suppressed after a long fire-fight with Nigerian military forces.

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B-Roll: Boko Haram Survivors Seek Refuge
Maidiguri, Nigeria
By Kolomi Dala
14 Jan 2015

Hundreds of survivors of Boko Haram's recent attack, where gunmen reportedly killed over 2,000 in Nigeria's Borno state and torched entire villages, wait to be placed in a refugee camp near Maidiguri.

Nigerian authorities have yet to access the area to confirm the scale of the killings and destruction, as horror stories from survivors slowly begin to come out. However, Satellite images released by Amnesty International clearly show that two towns, Doro Gowon and neighboring Baga have been torched, destroying many homes and public places.

Over 30,000 have been displaced in these most recent attacks by Boko Haram. The group has been terrorizing northern Nigeria since 2009, attacking school, hospitals and places of worship, and kidnapping over 200 schoolgirls from their school in Chibok.

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Defeating Ebola Door-to-Door
Lagos
By Daniel Burgui Iguzkiza
05 Nov 2014

Nigeria was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation on Oct 19, 2014. Dr. Faisal Shuaib was in charge of managing this national emergency.

When Ebola arrived to Lagos, Africa’s most populous city, in July fears of an “apocalyptic urban outbreak” spread worldwide. But, there was a quiet man with a plan to stop the virus. And he succeeded.

Text: DANIEL BURGUI IGUZKIZA
Photos: GODWIN OISI IBRAHIM

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Mother of Girl Kidnapped by Boko Hara...
Chibok, Nigeria
By Kolomi Dala
19 Oct 2014

Mary Manaseh, the mother of one of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram pleads for the safe return of her daughter, days before the Nigerian government told the press that a ceasefire agreement had been made with the militant group, including the release of over two hundred schoolgirls kidnapped in the village of Chibok on May 14. Boko Haram remains silent on the deal, but many of the parents remain hopeful despite the fear of losing their loved ones.

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Bomb Blast in Abuja Shopping District
By Uyi Amadin
26 Jun 2014

June 25, 2014
Abuja, Nigeria

Rescue workers scramble to contain the aftermath of a bomb blast in a crowded shopping district in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Authorities reported that 21 people were killed and 17 injured.

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Interview with Nigerian Affairs Exper...
By Samuel Okocha
26 Jun 2014

June 26, 2014
Lagos, Nigeria

Professor Bola Akinteriwa is the Director General of Nigeria Institute of International Affairs. He describes Boko Haram fighters as ‘religious terrorists.’ The professor dismisses the idea that the group is acting in the name of Islam, calling their ideology “satanic at best”. He recognizes the difficulty in dealing with Boko Haram, who have the upper hand in the hostage situation and are always planning ways in which to protect themselves, calling it a “hide and seek game”. He believes that combating the ideology on every level is the only way to defeat them and says, “Terrorism has to be fought tooth and nail, wholly, without any condition.”

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Nigerian Newspaper Managing Editor on...
Lagos, Nigeria
By Samuel Okocha
20 May 2014

May 20, 2014

Lagos, Nigeria

Interview with Kelechi Anyanwyu, Managing Editor, 'National Daily' newspaper on low morale in the Nigerian Army.
"Soldiers are now complaining..." he says.

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Interviews with Nigerian NGO Executiv...
Lagos, Nigeria
By Samuel Okocha
20 May 2014

May 20, 2014

Lagos, Nigeria

  1. Amy Oyekunle, Executive Director of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy ('KIND') Nigeria. Ms. Oyekunle recently visited Borno State where Boko Haram is active.

  2. Victoria Ibezim-Oharei, Executive Director of Spaces for Change.

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Yemi Ademolakun Interview
Lagos, Nigeria
By Samuel Okocha
15 May 2014

Yemi Ademolakun is the Executive Director of 'Enough is Enough', a coalition of individuals and youth-led organizations committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria.
She reacts to the kidnapping of the more than two hundred Nigerian schoolgirls by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram and the response of the Nigerian Government.

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Update on Bomb Blast Victims - Nyanya...
Nyanya, Nigeria
By Transterra Editor
14 May 2014

May 14, 2014

Nyanya, Nigeria

At Asokoro general hospital the management had a hectic time dealing with the families of the victims. The director defense information said that everyone should be security conscious and report every suspicious movement around them. The management of the hospital had to establish a help desk to enable the hospital staff provide adequate information to the public. They also pleaded with the public to come and donate blood to survivors

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President Goodluck Jonathan Visits Si...
Nyanya, Nigeria
By Transterra Editor
14 May 2014

May 14, 2014

Nyanya, Nigeria

The president of the federal Republic of Nigeria, President GoodLuck Jonathan visited the bomb blast scene. The news was shocking to the president. He had to use the visit to express his condolence and that of government to families of the victims of the blast.
“The government is doing everything to move the country forward but this are unnecessary distractions that are pushing the country backward. He is pleading with media the press men and women to begin to come up with enlightenment programs for citizens to enable citizen detect suspicious movement of people and persons. The president visited the victims in the asokoro general hospital where 23 people where confirm dead and 25 receiving medical attention

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Bomb Blast - Nyanya, Nigeria
Nyanya, Nigeria
By Transterra Editor
14 May 2014

May 14, 2014
Nyanya, Nigeria

One of the lucky man survives of blast in Nyanya in Abuja gave an account how he survived the blast but lost all his friends. It is the convergence point of people going out and coming in of the FCT. It was the most tragic blast that put a whole community and nation in panic. Although eye witness say emergency response came late, the presence of officials from NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency), fire service and police among others put the situation under control.
Nyanya general hospital is one of the closest hospitals to the scene of the blast. Many of the causality where rush there for medical attention. There was commotion of a large crowed of sympathizes. The hospital official confirmed that there were 75 causalities were brought to the hospital all of them are in stable condition.

Interviews:

Rebeca Tyoghban (chief Nursing officer, Nyanya General Hospital)
They were constraint in space so they started evacuating them immediately to other hospitals.
Frank Idea (Chief Medical Director, Nyanya)
They got all their staff on duty, those on duty and that not on duty.
Sani Sidi (Director General, NEMA)
The police has taken over the scene, it’s now a crime scene. They are going to visit the hospital.
Frank Mba (Force, PRO)
The Inspector general of police has visited the scene to access the level of damage and to give appropriate direction as to ongoing operations.
Rescue was in progress.

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Explosion in Bus Station - Nyanya, Ni...
Nyanya, Nigeria
By Transterra Editor
14 May 2014

May 14, 2014

Nyanya, Nigeria

The blast took place around 6:45am on a Monday morning 14/05/2014 in a bus station. It was rush hour time were passengers from 7 nearby states transiting to various parts of Abuja converge to get buses to their destinations. Volunteers at the scene said they saw body parts littered everywhere and could not comprehend why security operatives close to the scene did not act on time.

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Yinka Salam Interview
Lagos, Nigeria
By Samuel Okocha
12 May 2014

May 12, 2014

Lagos, Nigeria

Yinka Salam, an Islamic Scholar and current affairs analyst in Nigeria reacts to the release of a video by the militant Islamic group Boko Haram which is said to show the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and claims they have converted to Islam.

"Shekau, the purported head of Boko Haram, is giving Islam a bad name."

‘''We can still negotiate with them, but they must come with clean hands'' ’

"If Boko Haram (now) wants peace, government should embrace it.''

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Boko Haram Video of Kidnapped Nigeria...
Lagos, Nigeria
By Dan Ikpoyi
12 May 2014

Boko Haram released a video on Monday May 12, 2014 claiming to show the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.

The leader of militant Islamic group, Abubakar Shekau, says the teenage girls have converted to Islam and will not be released until all Boko Haram members who are prisoners are freed.

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Nigerians React to Video of Kidnapped...
Lagos, Nigeria
By Samuel Okocha
12 May 2014

May 12, 2014

Lagos, Nigeria

Nigerians reacting to Boko Haram video of the kidnapped school girls.

  1. Confidence Ijeh: Cvil Servant.
  2. Terver Dominic: Sports Journalist. 
  3. Wuraola Malik: University Student.
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Demonstration for Kidnapped Girls in ...
Lagos, Nigeria
By Samuel Okocha
08 May 2014

May 8, 2014

Lagos, Nigeria

Shows parents and their supporters protesting in the streets of Lagos, demanding the return of more than 200 hundred schoolgirls who were abducted on April/14/2014, from a secondary school in the town of Chibok, Nigeria.

Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings.

In a video released on Monday, the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, admitted to carrying out the kidnappings and threatened to “sell the students in a market.”

The abducted girls from Chibok were both Muslim and Christian.

Interviews:

  • Stephen Owoh - trader
  • Thomas Ogbonna - trader
  • Annabel Okwori - civil servant
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Bring Back Our Girls Demonstration
By Transterra Editor
05 May 2014

Protest demonstration in Lagos, Nigeria by parents demanding the return of more than 200 school girls kidnapped from their school by the Islamist extremist militia, Boko Haram, on April 14, 2014.

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Nigeria Car Bomb
Abuja, Nigeria
By Uyi Amadin
02 May 2014

May 1, 2014
Abuja, Nigeria
At least 15 people were killed when a car bomb exploded near a security checkpoint late Thursday, May 1st outside the the Nigerian capital of Abuja.
The site of the explosion is across the street from a bus station where a bombing on April 14 killed at least 75 people. The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for that attack.

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Nigeria Explosion
Abuja, Nigeria
By Uyi Amadin
14 Apr 2014

Photos taken on April 14, 2014, in Abuja, Nigeria

At least 71 people are dead and 124 have been wounded when a bomb exploded in a crowded bus station in Abuja during rush hour on monday morning, officials said.

Security officials say the group Boko Haram was behind the bombing of the crowded market place in the State of Borno, northeast of Nigero. They was no claim of responsibilities.

AP reports the blast ripped a hole four feet deep (1.2 metre) in the ground of Nyanya Motor Park, some 16km (10 miles) from the city centre, and destroyed more than 30 vehicles, causing secondary explosions as their fuel tanks ignited and burned.

This blast comes a year after the last bomb near the capital targeted the Nigerian newspaper in April 2013.

Security sources quoted by Reuters say Boko Haram has killed hundreds, possibly thousands, this year in a campaign of violence that is growing in intensity.

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Living Off the Lagoon
By Eniola Ilesanmi
26 Mar 2014

There is a palpable fear in Makoko-------the stilted settlement on the Lagos Lagoon. The fear is real and will not depart, at least not now!
For more than thirty years, local fishermen from around neighbouring villages, towns and countries such as Benin republic and Togo had converged to recreate and live in this settlement that is feared to be the biggest slum in Nigeria!

Makoko has attracted the attention of the Lagos metropolitan government in recent years and it is set to pull it down, burn its photogenic wooden structures built at the tip of the Lagoon, stretching from Oworonsoki district to the West of Ebutte-meta and rebuild it (not for the present residents)as part of the mega-city urban renewal dvelopment project.

From the beginning of 2005, Makoko had been on my list for documentation and i began exploring that opportunity with the coverage of the National census in 2006.

Makoko is a beautiful, photogenic place with a rough estimate of about thirty-thousand people residing. The culture of this small community is entirely on fishing and its commerce, education and social ceremonies are done on the surface of the polluted Lagoon.

Though makoko assumed an ugly picture of pollution and collapsable structures, it is a reminder of our surprising world where a committed, strong and creative people can thrive regardless of the deadliest barriers!.

Though not far from Lagos city skylines where Nigeria had her first glittering central business district, Makoko has never experienced electricity, has no clean drinking water and education is a figurative chioce!