PHOTOGRAPHY: ‘My Lagos’, A Multimedia Project for National Geographic by Robin Hammond

Jan 9, 2015 • Articles, Nigeria, VideoNo Comments

Bursting with electric energy, Lagos, Nigeria’s capital, is on the rise as a growing economy, bringing promise despite long-standing violence and poverty. Experience the city through the eyes of the people who call it home. -National Geographic

New Zealand-born photographer Robin Hammond took to the streets of one of Africa’s most vibrant cities to find out what life is like for Lagosians living in the Nigerian capital. The video was produced for the National Geographic Magazine.


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Last year Nigeria declared itself the biggest economy in Africa. With a new wave of successful entrepreneurs striving for financial success, it has added 89% to its gross domestic product (GDP), increasing its worth to $510 billion. That’s 130 billion more than previous leaders South Africa.

In places like Lagos the economic boom is apparent and the rift between the wealthy and the poor widens.In an article for National Geographic, journalist Robert Draper refers to this economic shift. He states, ‘As with other African metropolises, oil-enriched Lagos has long nurtured an elite class only marginally inconvenienced by the squalor enveloping the city as a whole. Now the upper class is expanding, and despite persistent income inequality, so is the middle class. The growth of the latter in Nigeria, according to a 2013 survey by Ciuci Consulting, a strategy and marketing firm in Lagos, is driven by the expanding banking, telecommunications, and services sectors, particularly in Lagos. Nigeria’s middle class grew from 480,000 in 1990 to 4.1 million in 2014, or 11 percent of households. Seemingly overnight, Lagos has transformed itself into a city of Davids clamoring to become Goliaths.’View the full article here.

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Hammonds book ‘Zimbabwe: Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence’ was voted as one of Time Magazines Best Photobooks of 2013. His book ‘Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis’ is also a recipient of numerous awards.

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