Every time we are on the third mainland bridge I often stare in wonder at the huge village on stilts on the side. The shanties cover such a large area of Lagos lagoon that it is almost a city in itself with over 85,000 inhabitants according to Wikipedia. It started as a fishing village in 18th century and has since grown into an extension of the communities on the shores of the lagoon. Some of our teachers have visited the place. If another opportunity comes up in the near future, I will grab that chance. Meanwhile, I wish to thank my friend Margo Carnahan for sharing these pictures, allowing us to do a virtual peek of one of the largest floating slums in the world.
- The Struggle for Survival in Nigeria’s Floating Slum (a photo essay)
- Demolition starts at Makoko slum in Lagos
- Lagos Governor Fashola – “Elements using Makoko to draw foreign grant”
- Makoko after the “clean-up”
- Makoko: A Lagos Venice in the making