Living to Row and Grow
Makoko is a slum neighbourhood in Lagos. Established in the 18th century, this community of fishermen rests on structures constructed on stilts above the Lagos Lagoon. At present its population is estimated to be about 85,840 though people in the area were not officially counted during the last national census exercise in 2007 census. Today, the area is essentially a self-governing enclave with very limited government presence in the community and local security being provided by area boys.
Waste management workers (from the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA) working in the area for over 8 months complained that the community is known to dispose waste and faeces in the lagoon right under where they live. This is a major problem in the area today even as some government agencies have tried to stop the menace several times without success.
The children in this community are most vulnerable to infections, cholera, malaria and various life-threatening ailments, year in and out. With an empty local community hospital and very few primary schools around, kids grow up with same lifestyle which is being passed from generation to generation.
Ekiti State, in South-Western Nigeria, has its name coined from the native (Yoruba) word “okiti”, which simply means “stone”. True to its name, it is one of the few states in the country with the abundance of huge metamorphic rocks which form a beautiful sight across hilly landscapes. The hills rise 250 meters above sea level to make Ekiti State one of the cooler states in Nigeria, usually with a temperature range of 21-28 degrees. Some of the notable rocks in the highly humid state include Aramoko, Efon-Alaye, and Okemesi. Dubbed “The fountain of knowledge”, it is blessed with several tourist attractions and adventure seekers would find the State a natural habitat.
Creek Road Market is predominantly a stock fish market in a Port Harcourt suburb which is home to many former Niger Delta Militants. The community, whose major source of income is fishing, has in the past witnessed turmoil arising from decadence and neglect of the water body (mostly rivers) largely polluted as a result of massive oil exploration in the region.
Still standing tall, Mrs Salome Manuel, one of the market traders who has sold goods for over 15 years at the market shares her experiences, saying she has been able to foot the bills of one of her sons in the higher institution with the little she earns from day-to-day sales of stock fish. She says the market is widely known now and frequented by elites from all parts of Nigeria.
Here are pictures of ADay in Creek Road Market – ADay in the World!
ADay in the World is a documentation of photographs taken on the May 15th 2012 at the Creek Road Market, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, as part of submissions to ‘’aday.org’’, a project initiated by the Swedish non-profit foundation – Expresssions of Humankind, and supported by the Global Advisory Council. Participants from all over the world take pictures in a day for the purpose of documentation and reference in the near future. Some of the entries would be selected and published in a book titled “ADay in the World” in October 2012.
Monday 13th February 2012 is a day to remember in Lagos, Nigeria. On that day, a major rainstorm blew across the coastal regions of the state and wreaked havoc in several parts, killing at least fifteen persons and damaging several structures. Here are photos showing the aftermath of that incident. One only hopes that the appropriate authorities would take adequate preventive and precautionary measures in order to better secure lives and property in the event of future occurrences. It would be recalled that several relevant agencies have warned against the effects of climate change across the coast of West Africa.