Jide Alakija

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Streets of Lagos #3

Landed yesterday morning in Lagos airport after a lovely flight in. I don't sleep well on planes and one would expect that I'd catch up with my sleep in the day, not me, I ended up running around town sorting things. So I was completely knackered writing this.

No big discussion here on this one, except that I saw this opportunity whilst I was crossing the brigde that links two major parts of Lagos, Victoria Island and Lagos Island. This is a scene of some people washing a boat, it's not something I'd typically expect and that being said we Lagosians don't expect much from ourselves in anything we do. I suppose we've been so let down by our government and in some cases even our parents that we don't even expect much from anyone else. I'm sure it's not expected that Jide Alakija would run a blog as good as he does if he were truly Lagosian and I'm not being funny when I say that.

Discussion point: What's your view on the streets of Lagos? What do you think about this situation of expectation. It was expected that England would win the world cup, I doubt we Nigerians expect that of ourselves much the same way I didn't expect to catch some people in Lagos wash a boad. Let the discussions begin.

comments (21)

  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 13 Jul 2006, 02:48
Fantastic shot and another thought provoking shot.
Excellent documentary on Lagos Jide, keep shooting all you can on the subject and post so those of us who know nothing of the country can see what life is like. You have a great opportunity here.
  • Seyi
  • Here...
  • 13 Jul 2006, 08:39
Hey, this could also be called 'Quay in Lagos' :-D

Top Notch Stuff Jide. Impressive how some of us visit Lagos and dont see (or see but fail to recognise) the things you manage to brilliantly capture in your pictures...

And no one hooks up a hustle like the people of Nigeria (Lagosians especially), No One - its a sad reality of harshness for this people but its comforting to see there are still some out there who think the little tasks and some hard work might just get them through the day, irregardless of how the system fails them because, without a doubt, the Nigerian system fails its people. Hard to expect much (or anything) when you're used to not getting anything (even when its deserved)...

I could rant for days on the issue of governmental and societal failings in Nigeria but its a photoblog not a soapbox :-D.

Brilliant stuff Jide...
  • barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Jul 2006, 09:35
Jide!... the guys washing the boat are just doing what their oga has asked them. Where and when there is water in Nigeria..I notice most cars get cleaned daily...I would presume the same would go for a boat if it is privately owned and run.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 13 Jul 2006, 10:10
Maybe im an optimist but I always expect the best. Are you sure about the fact that Lagosians don't expect much? Its a very defeatist attitude and thats not the impression I have. Lagosians are hustlers..they get their daily bread whichever way possible. If one method doesn't work, they try another. Theres no time to sit around and mope or u'll drown in the tide hustlers all around.

I think I know the difference, we don't expect much from others...the government, the state, the people..we can only depend on number 1 for survival.

Love the shot. Hows does it feel being back home?
  • Fola77
  • UK
  • 13 Jul 2006, 10:44
Sweetie how art thou?Didn't ralize u were goin outta town.Gbolade Oworu is currently in Naija 08033122521 if u wanna get in touch... Howz ur madam? She there wit u? Luv 2 ur parents. Whatever u do, HAVE FUN. xXx
  • Fola77
  • UK
  • 13 Jul 2006, 10:49
awwwww, how sweet! This pix reflects a certain tranquility dat I've never experienced on the streets of Lagos, it seems so peaceful, quiet and spacious- I can't seem to find the right words here- Lagos always seems so busy, massive and cramped. This pix makes me think of what is goin on this side of your shot -as in where YOU are positioned- and all of a sudden, I AM in Lagos. Well done Suesser.
  • Ayo
  • London
  • 13 Jul 2006, 11:05
I must have driven over this same bridge you speak about over a thousand times and it was nearly always a miserable journey - the heat, the traffic, the huslers either trying to sell you something you don't need or take something off you, forcibly or otherwise; but now i'm in a climate controlled office getting paid to surf blogs (and do lots of work!!) yet i'll give anything to be driving over eko bridge, sweating, cursing and haggling over the price of an ironing board (one of the many things being sold, that i don't need).
  • blacktinkerbell
  • Nigeria
  • 13 Jul 2006, 11:19
How come everyone's saying Lagosians don't expect much? True, most people do not appear to want too much because they haven't been exposed to a better standard of living than what currently obtains. However, you should hear us go on about the government. A man fails to clear the drains outside his house (Jide, please show some Lagos gutters) and mosquitoes invade his house. Who does he blame, the government. I'm not saying that we shouldn't expect elected persons to act responsibly but we are a nation of buck passers. It's always everyone's responsibility but mine.

Yes, the harsh economic environment forces us to work but I shudder to think how complacent we would become if those 'motivating' factors were mitigated.
Remember the Oil boom in the 70s? 'our problem is not money but how to spend it'

As usual, I have said to much. About the boat washers; clearly, the owner is not on board. Did they hustle him or did he order them to wash the boat? Great picture Jide, pity the picture cannot capture the less than pleasant smell that hangs over the Lagoon.
  • Craig
  • London
  • 13 Jul 2006, 12:47
Nice shot, black and white works really well with these type of pictures.
  • chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Jul 2006, 12:48
great contrast in this B&W photo.
  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 13 Jul 2006, 13:52
lovely shot and I always read your comments because they give an insight. I have to admit to my shame that I know very little about Lagos. A girl I went to school with lived in Lagos with her family, I believe her father was something in the german Embassy. She told many stories but I very much doubt her sheltered world in the suburbs where the rich foreigners live would have touched the world of the real people in Lagos too often. I am grateful to you and other Nigerian bloggers of showing me, - no - all of us, the way YOU see YOUR country and city, it's one of my favourite aspects of shutterchance!
Oga Jide na u biko,nice pic.Who was expecting England to win the world cup?Maybe the English themselves cos with that crappy a** team they took .I was not even expecting them to get to the quarter final sef.
I always tell my friends that r not Nigerians that we Nigerians r actually born to amaze people,cos people usually underestimate Africans.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 13 Jul 2006, 15:35
Shouldn't this be 'Waterways of Lagos"? wink Still like it.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 13 Jul 2006, 15:36
Each image is better than the previous. Really like this one!
Maybe they're cleaning their boat because they're proud of it... Cool pic as usual.
  • Yinkavelli
  • Ibadan
  • 13 Jul 2006, 19:00
Ibadan rules!!!!!
  • Yemi Dada
  • United States
  • 14 Jul 2006, 10:55
I guess you are right. we are quite a bunch of pessimists and we blame everybody else for our own short comings.

Its quite interesting to note that by changing our own little corners we can actually change the world.
  • Yemi Dada
  • Nigeria
  • 14 Jul 2006, 10:57
guess you are right. we are quite a bunch of pessimists and we blame everybody else for our own short comings.

Its quite interesting to note that by changing our own little corners we can actually change the world.

Sorry, I am writing from lagos, Nigeria and sent my initial comments with location set as United States
  • Amebo
  • Abroad
  • 14 Jul 2006, 12:00
soooo right Jide - its like "ehnnnn, so Nigerians can snap pics like this!!" now, i'm getting used to it - esp. Thanks to YOUR pics and a few others on S'Chance.
  • Ngohide
  • United States
  • 18 Jul 2006, 20:07
As far as expectations go, i think we're more realists than pessimists. Of course we don't really expect to win the world cup, because we know our football association is a political caricature, we dont develop our talent, and dont support or properly compensate the talent we already have.

Vincent: you'll have to visit Nigeria to know that men will not just clean a boat because they're proud of it ;o) As we say in Lagos, "man must wack first" (eat first).

Jide, i love the crisp look of this shot. Captures a moment in time in ever busy Lagos.

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