Jide Alakija

08 Jan 2007 13,173 views
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Poverty deformed

This is the face of poverty in Nigeria. What am I doing about it? Well the question I think is what can I do about it. Well one thing I know is I can give some money but what good would that do, afterall I really want to teach the man how to fish so as to feed him for a lifetime. Okay so why don't I show someone who can help him, someone who has the passion for people like him. Someone looking to help out. Or why don't I just show this image on my blog to remind the visitors about what really poverty looks like.

This is a street beggar that has a very deformed torso, someone you might recognise him, this is what he does for  a living on the streets of Lagos.

What can you do for him?

comments (23)

  • eny
  • naija-city
  • 8 Jan 2007, 04:59
my brother i feel you... e go better. GOOD JOB!
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 8 Jan 2007, 06:06
I definately recognise him. Good job Jide. Every little thought helps
Jide this is a very good shot, nicely framed with great tones. a strong naija shot
  • Jonathan
  • Driffield, England
  • 8 Jan 2007, 06:47
Good description which adds to the shot. Very nice.
Hi Jide ! This is a good image, I love the grain and the colours... you really should try to report your images to newspapers... !!!
  • shiv
  • india
  • 8 Jan 2007, 08:20
i cant really do much,but would love to if given an opportunity,
thats a nice shot jide,
the powerful words an a great image make for a great combination.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 8 Jan 2007, 08:57
Very very thought provoking image.
  • Ovo
  • UK
  • 8 Jan 2007, 09:20
I know what you mean Jide. How do you help? What do you do? Who do you know that is doing something? Sometimes you might want to start something yourself but where do you start?
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 8 Jan 2007, 10:08
Dramatic and intense image. I think the toning is just perfect.
  • Louis
  • 8 Jan 2007, 10:17
A great picture Jide - with some thought provoking text. These are facts as life - we even have a saying in my language that something will always be with you like the poor. I know it sounds a bit bland but it is thought provoking too.

What has happened over the ages is that the percentage of population being poor has decreased. So there are more (hard numbers and percentage) people living above the breadline to look at this and then feeling guilty for a few moments. Feeling guilty????

You (not Jide personally - the philosophical 'you') want to make a difference? We can all sit around and talk about unwanted pregnancies - some ends up killing the unwanted baby before birth with all kinds of grand arguments attached. And how the guy should face up to what he has done - except in the case of rape he was not alone at the party. So now we can moralise about unwanted pregnancies or we can do something about it - first accept that it was a happening through the ages. So stop moralising and if you didn't step into that one, count your blessings. After all this diatribe, what to do?

If you are serious, really serious - you will get organisation going (not for a Rolls for the chairman) that supports the mother and unborn child through the pregnancy period and the child afterwards until reasonably self-sufficient. Those who have can all contribute to this.

I believe a lot of success can be had if this kind of assistance is community driven.

Similar for the poor (create a kibbutz approach?), cripples (suitable sheltered work), etc.

In the end i think both the stricken and the unstruck just don't care to consider the alternatives. In the end it is only action (converted energy) from BOTH sides that will ever make the difference.

Ah, whatever - just posting a picture like this in my opinion is just reporting. Like in journalism you have straight reporting vs forming reporting. It just informs me that this guy in this picture has a deformity and appears to be begging. This i see about 50 times of every day of my life - and that is no lie.

You see you provoked my thought. What have i done to help this man - probably nothing. But i still like your picture.
  • Jamey
  • 8 Jan 2007, 11:51
Good picture, the harsh reflections off his back work well there IMO.
  • Abi
  • 8 Jan 2007, 12:15
I'M back....!!!!!!!!! well done nice editorial
  • Sola
  • The Shires of Nottingham
  • 8 Jan 2007, 12:57
It's unfortunate!
  • Mal
  • 8 Jan 2007, 14:41
It's a powerful story and image Jide. I like this. Mal
  • micki
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2007, 17:29
Considering the amount of effort he must put into his begging every day...just to move around...is incredible. I hope that someone is able to offer him the training he needs to support himself.

Very good processing of this shot to make it incredibly effective.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 8 Jan 2007, 18:25
i like the way youve reduced the starkness of the sight by using a softer tone and actually lending an air of sadness to the shot....
being from india, im familiar with these types of scenes...u have to remember that there are organisations who try to educate such people vocationally and u have to hope that with time ull see fewer and fewer like this man...but u shud also remember (and this may sound cynical) sometimes u really cant do anything at all...
  • paul
  • 8 Jan 2007, 21:20
It is an excellent photo, and some equally powerful words
  • Dudee thea
  • Purwokerto, Indonesia
  • 8 Jan 2007, 22:51
Humanity pict. so uneasy sad
Thanks for showing us.Regards
Jide, with this image you have caught one of the saddest faces of the poverty. The color absence makes reinforce the subject. Very good instantaneous, but… the photo is hard, very hard.
  • EMeka
  • London
  • 9 Jan 2007, 15:22
Actually interesting that most seem to immediately thinking poverty in general. I suppose it helps that we all know it is a shot of in Nigeria and some people actually know the fellow.

For me the great thing about the shot is in the contrast. He is crippled but there is power in that back and arms compared to his useless legs. The clean road and cars also hint at perhaps a lucrative begging area for the fellow. Not going to go into all the economic and tragic talk about Nige here, it is just a cool shot for me with nice colours and a breadth of thoughts to ruminate about.
  • nnana
  • newcastle uk
  • 13 Jan 2007, 14:03
i know this guy i use t see everymoney on my way to work and sometimes o my way home on this sane road in vi! deja vu, nice picture, its like u were in my head taking a glimpse of my memories with the monotone hues...
  • nnana
  • newcastle uk
  • 13 Jan 2007, 14:06
i know this guy! because i use to see him every morning on my way to work, this brings back a lot of memories almost like a deja vu moment looking at this picture.... keep it up
  • carol
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • 21 Feb 2007, 17:51
You're right - these pictures need to be shown no matter how uncomfortable they are. I shy away fro msuch shots in Istanbul - you're making me think maybe I shouldn't.

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