Jide Alakija

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I was watching a report on the BBC today that really disturbed me regarding World Hunger and starvation in Ethopia and Northern India. The images shown in this report were very horrific. It's one thing to see a photograph of a really malnurished child but to see one on a video, it really touches your heart.

What even made the report worse was the fact that I was watching it after my second serving of my dinner. The basis of the report was that food supplies are very low as a result of rising oil prices, damaged farm land for farming, drought and a few others. I had to stop and look at my food and think that something was not right. How come food supplies are so low and yet I feel like I can waste mine.

Before the report was another gratifying the rescue effort put towards a trapped kitten in a pipe under the kitchen sink. It took the genius of 3 fire men to rescue this kitten. I thought to myself how amazing. The kitten gets to live out the remaining of it's lives (according to the report, it may have lost one of it's nine).

You have to think sometimes that are the starving world like the kitten stuck in a pipe? Do we somehow in the west feel it's too much of an effort to rescue this race of people who are dying by the minute? I am really disturbed by this and wonder if we care so much about the fate of a kitten stuck in a drain so much that we get the best our city has to offer then don't we care enough for those far from us. Are we one of the ones that just can't stand to watch this so we just flick away to something we can stand?

I really think this is something for us to think about and somehow do something about it, afterall we have the responsibility of taking care of our world, we do a great job with kittens but how about we did something a bit more extra ordinary? Have a look at this peice on the BBC website. I think part of the problem is that we don't know what is REALLY going on in these places. Let's put things in perspective please.

This issue is not even a matter of money, it's not a matter of aid. This is our own responsibility.

I think I don't need to explain why this photo is up today...if you don't like it you can click away!

comments (17)

  • adebanji
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jun 2008, 03:11
oh God nah !!
for the first time on shutterchance, i'm actually grossed out.
apparently rats represent something else in other parts of the world
  • The Chameleon
  • Planet Earth
  • 10 Jun 2008, 11:12
well u've just succeded in ruining my breakfast and probably lunch in the near future, WELLDONE!!! uuurrrrggghhhhh!!

truly disturbing.
This is gross and yet somehow imaginable ... in that rats, found world wide, have different amounts of meaningfulness. I am clueless on the circumstances and relationship between the man and this rat but Western instincts do create emotional abhorrence. But some rats, white rats, can be wonderful pets and have a strong and positive relationship with a human owner. So I will keep my mind open on this image.
STANDING OVATION. Now these are the type of images we always knew you is good at. Well snapped bro.
An interesting thought, Jide. I wonder, though, if you've thought about the possibility that mismanagement in these 'third-world' countries is also leading to their problem. I'm all for aid but I don't support giving aid to people who don't display or demonstrate any 'deservedness'.

I won't start, though :d 'cos I never stop when I'm discussing these issues...

You captured this shot way better than I did :p
I love the photograph that for me represents the bond of all Earth's creatures. I don't find it disturbing at all. I find it beautiful.

So tell me, Jide, how do you meet your "responsibility?" Color me a curious kathryn. I simply must know what you do on a daily basis to "be the change you wish to see in the world."
  • adah
  • United States
  • 11 Jun 2008, 13:46
aww tounge.....Now that's love right there. Mr alakija nawa oh....fu visited my page for the first time then laughed...nawa oh, e be like say I do u something..
haha so gross. but such a cool picture.
Mr Alakija, please tell me what this man was thinking..

Interesting photo btw.
Jide Alakija: Not sure I know myself
  • ola
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jun 2008, 12:17
Now, this is what I call unconditional love!
Jide Alakija: REALLY?
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jun 2008, 00:56
I've just spent a very happy 15 mins catching up with your images, you have many sides to your talent and ability but one of the reasons that I like your work is that you have an ability to capture a split second emotion, mood or atmosphere that transports the mind of the viewer into a slight fantasy world or another place. This image does that for me, stunning shot. mal
Loving it!
I wouldn't be surprised if they eat from the same plate as well
Excellent capture!
  • Rian
  • Brooklyn
  • 5 Jul 2008, 20:37
Ack! WTF?! I wasn't actually grossed out, just a bit surprised. lol.
  • Ovo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Aug 2008, 21:00
Very disturbing

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