Lagos, Nigeria: Since 1997, Funmilayo Omotosho lived and worked in a market in Ajelogo, a neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria. For reasons it has not made public, the Lagos State Government ordered that the Ajelogo market be destroyed during the early morning hours of March 7, 2010. More than 10,000 residents and vendors were displaced. With her business, home, and community in ruins, and with nowhere else to go, Fumilayo still lives in Ajelogo, amidst the ruins of her home and business.
This video was created as an assignment for Rich Beckman's Multimedia Storytelling graduate seminar at the University of Miami School of Communication, in cooperation with Lagos State Polytechnic University. Invaluable editing and conceptual guidance was provided by Tom Kennedy, the 2010 Professional in Residence at the U.M.'s Knight Center for International Media.
Stretch used a Canon 5D Mark II camera, with a Zoom H4n audio recorder along with Sennheiser shotgun and wireless lav mics. Jesse shot with a Panasonic HMC150.
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