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.
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.