Jide Alakija

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Streets of Lagos #4

Walking along the streets to the beach was this scene. The car on the left is a taxi cab that pullover and these two men that you see in the centre of the picture ran out and started beating each other up! Yes it's very comical but everyone around them just watched as they fought to the....erm...anyway. I was taken aback when I saw this. You have to now ask the question what could have happened and why are they all just spectating? Where is the police? Why isn't anyone making an attempt to control this situation?

Discussion point: What's your view on the streets of Lagos? Scenes like these are very much like the scene in the world cup final. What did Materazzi say to Zidane that lead to such a finishing move? Where was the ref? Is this a typical scene? How does it  make you feel?

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  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jul 2006, 00:24
Nicely captured. It makes you wonder what the background was, I agree.
Jide thatz a typical event in Lagos o,especially the area where u saw this.
Nice shot though and when it comes to stuffs that people say to each other that actually provoke people to the point of loosing it,it has nuthn to do with age,sex or rac, but a lot of factors could affect it.Like for example,in a society like over there in Lagos,where a lot of people don't even know where there next meal is coming from,any small thing can trigger the anger that has been building up inside the person that u will even be wondering what happened to warrant such actions.Another example is like over here in the US,a lot of people have access to guns and having a gun makes u feel invincible atimes,so any small provocation can make u shoot the person that provoked u.
With the Zidane issue, I just think he was getting frustrated and Materazzi just made the mistake of talking abt his Mum and Sister and he just snapped.
  • Yinkavelli
  • Ibadan
  • 14 Jul 2006, 01:16
dude....lets have some positivity on the Lagos front. There are some good sides you know.....another them for your

"The Brighter side of Lagos" You gat 3 days to get all the shots grin
nice street shot jide. you caught a moment in one of life's daily dramas very well. always have a camera at the ready when walking the streets is something i have tried to do myself for many years.
As for zidane he fell for a common ploy used in all sports to rattle the opponent. he was foolish and unprofessional and allowed himself to get thrown out of the game and quite probably losing the world cup for france.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 14 Jul 2006, 01:56
Aha, my kind of topic.

Matterazzi is well known of his savagry in the game. There is a video on Youtube you can find where matterazzi throws kicks, fists, unnesissary tackles, both foot tackle at legs and etc. He is known for being such a poor sport.

What happened was he came behind Zidane and grabbed at his nipple or shirt for no reason. The ball wasn't even near them and the ref was busy calling a foul across the field. Zidane (by rumour) said, "if you really want my shirt, I'll give it to you after the game". He in a recent interview said, "I told him to let go of my shirt." Where then Matterazzi called his mother and sister a prostitute. Considering that Zidane's mother had fell ill the night before and had to be hospitalized, that would be a very soar spot to touch. But, we've all heard stuff like that before, right? Well, apparantly Marco Matterazi had called his sister and mother a prostitute other times in the same game. Zidane said, "If I let him get away with it, it would mean that he's right". So he did what any man would do, smashed his beautiful bald head into the chest of the italian player.

No one saw this happen, so as we know from futball rules, if the refs dont see it, it didn't happen. The 4th official, the time keeper, saw a video replay of it on the monitor and told the ref. Thus, the red card.

Now, most people will say, "How could Zidane do such a thing? He's a professional, blah blah blah." I ask...What matter is it to you, as long as your not French, it really doesnt matter. I think to serve justice to such a poor sport in this beautiful game is such a wonderful finish to a game. Who cares if France lost? They already beat Brazil 3-0 in 98. Three to ZERO. Think about it. He wasn't being unproffesional at all. He responded in a human way, which by the way, is what we are.

What does Zizou have to lose? Tell me...another World Cup? You really think in the long run he's going to cry over a cup? He's already got one.

1996: European Super Cup and the World Club Cup with Juventus.
1998: World Cup with France.
1998: European Player of the Year award -- the Balon d'Or.
1999: FIFA 1998 World Player of the Year.
2000: Euro 2000 Championship with France. Named Player of the Tournament.
2000: FIFA World Player of the Year for the second time.
2002: European Champions League with Real Madrid.
2002: World Club Cup with Real Madrid.
2003: FIFA World Player of the Year for the Third time

Does he have anything to lose? He's a millionare who's got ALL the top awards.
One has to ask, "Is the cup more important or my dignity and my family's dignity and respect?" I'm glad he's a moral person, because I would lose respect for him if he went on his whole career being everyones bitch.

Zidane is the man and the world will never see someone so tactical, so amazing, someone with such control of the ball, so much skill. Zinedine Zidane is the world all time best player to date.

I love you Zizou!
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 14 Jul 2006, 06:13
I would be disturbed and concerned if I saw that as well. I wonder what causes people to behave this way.

Another great shot in this series.
  • blacktinkerbell
  • Nigeria
  • 14 Jul 2006, 09:34
I definitely wouldn't interfere. I doubt anyone would want to get involved in fisticuffs that you do not know the origin of. Anyways, that's my City for you. About Zizou, I do not agree that refusing to take Materazzi's bait would make him less of a man than he is. Yes, there are narrow minded people out there in the world who can't see past the end of their noses but reacting in the fashion that Zizou did would only serve to validate whatever erronous impressions they had in the first place. Would we have been as understanding if Zizou were female? I doubt it seriously. The old double standard rears its ugly head.
I still love Zizou though and think Materazzi was extremely sneaky.

Great shot Jide, you're begining to show the essence of my city. I hope you got some pictures of the mainland or were you too scared to leave the Island?
  • micki
  • United States
  • 14 Jul 2006, 11:47
Oh, I doubt the reason for the fight was much. I believe the thinking of the others watching was to let these two fight it out. When this is the way arguments are solved, no one interferes with somebody else's business.
  • chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Jul 2006, 12:18
street impression are great.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 14 Jul 2006, 12:20
It's just ok for me, its a scene, ok but itas not a good one.Too much shadows too, not for me.
  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 14 Jul 2006, 13:38
This picture really makes me think. Yes, I know you particularly focus on your home country, but this scene, or a variation of it, happens all over the world. It's about standing by, about not doing anything, sometimes because there is nothing one CAN do, sometimes because it is simply easier to stand and watch from a distance (the former is definately the case in the scene you are showing)
It has a dark opressive quality to it. Great capture of a dark moment in time
  • Craig
  • London
  • 14 Jul 2006, 14:01
Good shot, shame you were a little closer as theres not much features showing, but I guess you didnt want them spotting your camera wink
Great street shot. Reminds me my visit to Ukraine few years ago. Scenes like this one happened every day during my visit, people just do not interfere because they cannot help. Instead of one beaten up guy there will be three or five. That's cruelty of the world.
Mr Alakija. one more day in the life of a Lagosian, abi no be so? I'm thinking of doing long lens shots at Oshodi and Mushin this weekend. Interested?
Something similar to this happened back when I was in high school here in Canada (of all places). There was apparently a bit of a dispute between two groups, and one morning when some of the students were waiting for classes to start and were sitting on the steps outside the front of the school, a car pulls up, a guy jumps out, runs over, hits one of the other guys, stabs him in the side and gets back in the waiting car and takes off. I didn't personally see it, but it was talked about for weeks. They did end up catching the guy, but even still, this was a suburb in Canada, this kind of thing is almost unheard of there..

Lagos seems a little more colourful than here, but after seeing the images you've posted over the last few days, not too sure I'd want to live there.

-V V-
  • Dimples
  • Herts. UK
  • 14 Jul 2006, 20:32
I love Nigeria..nice shot Mr Alakija...captured a vital part of everyday life in a taxi/danfo driver in Lagos.
jide,I don't like this shot very very at all...heehee...lol, you should of gone in closer with a wide angle lens no zoom or telephoto business.... I am only joking o
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 14 Jul 2006, 23:58
"validate whatever erronous impressions"

How does Zidane's reaction "validate their erroneous impressions?"

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