Welcome to Lagos
I want to share with you great documentary series from BBC that explore some of the most extreme urban environments in the world. The first one is about the dump in Lagos, city that hosts ~16 million people.
As the editors of the programme says:
“The dump became symbolic of everything we were trying to achieve in the films. It looks at first sight like a rough, lawless, dangerous place, and most people in this country will be horrified to see people working there. But in actual fact, through the eyes of the people who actually DO work there, it’s a well-organised place where there’s good money to be earned. Decent, honest people choose to work there, preferring a life of grime to a life of crime. Some of them are university graduates. They are proud of the fact that they earn an honest living, and are making a better life for themselves and their families through sheer determination and hard work.”
The second documentary is about Makoko – the huge floating slum, a home to 100 000 people living on houses built on stilts. This video is the start of the second documentary set. Since I did not find the full one, the rest you can follow on youtube. Makoko is quite famous as I understood, it has a website, www.makoko.org, where projects dealing with this environment, are presented. I did not know, thats new for me.
The last part is about the sandy beach in the city of Lagos. Sunny and nice, it is an attractive place – and actually ~1 000 people reside there. Well squat the area to be more precise. And not because of the attractiveness or suitability of the area, but because they have nowhere else to live. The video is also the first set of part 3.
In the end after watching all of this, I got confused. Not that I felt urgent need to change my life, or to be a good will ambassador, or to help the poor – I just got confused because it seems that we exaggerate all problems. We have none :)