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Everything must go - Lagos Waterfronts under Threat
Lagos/Nigeria February 2017

Otodo Gbame and Makoko are ancient fishing settlements on the shores of Lagos Lagoon. They’ve been there well before modern-day Lagos and existed peacefully for about 150 years.
But now big Business is kicking in. Building ground is scarce in Lagos, and powerful families with strong ties to the government are putting their hands on the prime real estates on the waterfront. The Governor publicly vowed to demolish all ‚informal’ settlements on the shores of Lagos Lagoon. Otodo Gbame has already been demolished despite court orders protecting its residents. Makoko might be the next ancient community to be destroyed for a good business deal. Lagos’ population is rapidly growing – that’s the government’s excuse for demolishing slums and setting up apartment blocks – but these apartments are for the rich only. By evicting communities like Otodo Gbame or Makoko, Lagos State renders tens of thousands homeless and stripes them off their livelihoods.

Everything must go - Lagos Waterfronts under Threat
Lagos/Nigeria February 2017

Otodo Gbame and Makoko are ancient fishing settlements on the shores of Lagos Lagoon. They’ve been there well before modern-day Lagos and existed peacefully for about 150 years.
But now big Business is kicking in. Building ground is scarce in Lagos, and powerful families with strong ties to the government are putting their hands on the prime real estates on the waterfront. The Governor publicly vowed to demolish all ‚informal’ settlements on the shores of Lagos Lagoon. Otodo Gbame has already been demolished despite court orders protecting its residents. Makoko might be the next ancient community to be destroyed for a good business deal. Lagos’ population is rapidly growing – that’s the government’s excuse for demolishing slums and setting up apartment blocks – but these apartments are for the rich only. By evicting communities like Otodo Gbame or Makoko, Lagos State renders tens of thousands homeless and stripes them off their livelihoods.

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