How can a shanty town located at the heart of the city be worlds apart from it?


“Today 71.9 per cent of urban Africans live in slums, variously known as shantytowns or bidonvilles.” - UN-HABITAT

Makoko is located in Lagos, Nigeria and houses over 100,000 people yet there is no running water or electricity. It is a shantytown on the lagoon but it seems like many a times, the people there are forgotten, and unless you belong to this community of fishermen and wood processors, the only “contact” is the view of wood and corrugated metal roofs from the third mainland bridge. If you do manage to float through the shanty, shouts of broken English or a French dialect surround you, as alot of the inhabitants are from neighbouring countries such as Benin and Togo searching for bigger and better opportunities in Lagos, only to find out the utopia they imagined, isn’t as easy to survive in as they had hoped.
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