Nigeria : Photos

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Drinking water access

A world map showing countries where access to drinking water is an issue.




Hypolimnas salmacis salmacis 20170923-04




Acraea quirina 20170923-07




Bematistes epaea 20171014-01




Uncontrolled hunting is driving animals to extinction

Southwestern Nigeria




Wildlife being sold as medicine

Because large-bodied animals have been mostly depleted due to centuries of uncontrolled hunting in southwestern Nigeria, a medicine man at this local market has been selling mostly small-bodied animal carcasses.




Alani Olufemi Olutoye of Idoani Kingdom, Idoani, Ondo State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms

Alani Olufemi Olutoye of Idoani Kingdom, Idoani, Ondo State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms




Roadside Market, Igbara Oke, Ondo State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms

Roadside Market, Igbara Oke, Ondo State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms




Clappertonia ficifolia 20171015-30




Clappertonia ficifolia 20171015-29O




Leea guineensis 20171015-50




Leea guineensis 20171015-51




pool at night ...

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pool at night ...




leaving ...

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leaving ...




night chat ...

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night chat ...




Roadside Market in Igbara Oke, Ondo State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms

Roadside Market in Igbara Oke, Ondo State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms




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Workers of the agriculture sector march past during the celebration marking the international workers' day at Agege stadium in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on May 1, 2017. (Photo by Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)




Tomide

When I asked my previous subject, Amos, if he wanted a photo with his friend who was standing nearby, he suggested I make her my next subject – solo instead. I made it her choice and, assuming she had witnessed the ritual of photographing and chatting, asked if she was interested. She said “Ok” and I showed her Amos’ photo on my camera. He was standing with his back to us, chatting with a friend who was working the virtual reality demonstration nearby. She proceeded to arrange her straps and get ready to be photographed. I suggested she center her necklace and she thanked me. Meet Tomide.

I asked her where the name Tomide originated and she said “I grew up in Nigeria.” I told her it was a beautiful name and that she was the first Tomide I have ever met and restrained pleasure flickered across her face. “Thank you” she replied. Once I had her separated a bit from the blue wall of the shopping centre atrium, I gave the request that she look into the lens of my camera and I proceeded, offering occasional bits of encouragement when I noticed that she was shy. People passing in and out of the mall paused to watch as we did the photos.

Once the photos were taken we proceeded to talk. Tomide is 18 and she told me she came to Canada just two years ago. Her fluent English would have surprised me but previous subjects from Nigeria had already explained that Nigerians speak English growing up. I commented that Amos seemed like a very nice guy and she agreed. She and Amos are classmates in one of the courses they are taking. She is in a Languages and Intercultural Religion program in school.

Tomide came across as quiet and shy but prepared to fulfill the needs of my project. When I asked what advice she would give her younger self she clarified the question and then said she would tell herself to give more thought to her future. When I asked for some detail she said she didn’t bother with envisioning a future when she was younger and the result is that she now doesn’t know what to study because her goal is not clear. I commented on how difficult it is for young people to make these important decisions before they have much life experience and mentioned that my career direction did not form until I had been out of university for three years.

“What is a challenge you have faced or are facing in life?” was my next question. Tomide thought for a few moments and then said “Breaking out of my shell, meeting people and communicating. I’ve always been really shy so moving to a new country and meeting new people has been very hard for me.” I told her she deserved an extra thanks from me for participating in my project if she is so shy. I added “So my project could be part of your therapy – getting practice in meeting a stranger and having a conversation.” She gave a cautious smile and nodded. “I’m getting braver.”

When I asked her for a message to share with the project (a piece of advice about life) she was thoughtful and then said “Just be yourself and do what makes YOU happy, not what others want you to do.” When I asked what makes her happy she said “Sports. I really like sports.” I commented that she and Amos are alike in that regard but it turned out Tomide likes individual sports more than team sports. “Track and field is what I like. I’m a sprinter.”

I thanked Tomide for participating in my project and told her I was glad Amos had introduced us. I tapped Amos on the shoulder (he was still chatting with his friend) and gave him a thank you too. We had handshakes all around and I wished them both a nice day and success in school. They returned the good wishes and Tomide made a point of telling me she hopes my photo project is a success too.

This is my 542nd submission to The Human Family Group on Flickr.

You can view more street portraits and stories by visiting The Human Family.




Roasted Corn, Oke Omiru, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms

Roasted Corn, Oke Omiru, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms




Green Plantains, Roadside Market, Ilesa-Ife Road, Osun State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms

Green Plantains, Roadside Market, Ilesa-Ife Road, Osun State, Nigeria, #JujuFilms





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