Men play checkers in the remaining section of Badia East, an informal settlement in Lagos, Nigeria in February 2014. One year earlier, hundreds of households woke to construction equipment demolishing their community on order from the Lagos State Government with little or notice. Most had minutes to reach safety losing their homes and possessions. Thousands are still displaced one year later. Badia East is one of the communities that should have benefited from a World Bank funded $200 million “slum upgrade” project but the Lagos State Government failed to abide by policies that would have notified and resettled residents properly. Photo by Jane Hahn @janehahn #nigeria #lagos #badiaeast #slum #worldbank #checkers #men

Men play checkers in the remaining section of Badia East, an informal settlement in Lagos, Nigeria in February 2014. One year earlier, hundreds of households woke to construction equipment demolishing their community on order from the Lagos State Government with little or notice. Most had minutes to reach safety losing their homes and possessions. Thousands are still displaced one year later. Badia East is one of the communities that should have benefited from a World Bank funded $200 million “slum upgrade” project but the Lagos State Government failed to abide by policies that would have notified and resettled residents properly. Photo by Jane Hahn @janehahn #nigeria #lagos #badiaeast #slum #worldbank #checkers #men

A dambe boxer poses for a portrait before a match at Mile 12, in Lagos, Nigeria in February 2014. “Dambe” is a traditional form of boxing common among Nigeria’s Hausa people, originating in the north but found all over the country. The striking fist is wrapped with material after small cuts are made along the arm and special herbs are rubbed into the wound and amulets worn for increased strength. Originally seen as a rite of passage, most men now box for fame. Photo by Jane Hahn @janehahn #nigeria #lagos #fightclub #market #mile12 #dambe #dembe #boxing #men #club #hausa #martialarts #amulets #malam #riteofpassage

A dambe boxer poses for a portrait before a match at Mile 12, in Lagos, Nigeria in February 2014. “Dambe” is a traditional form of boxing common among Nigeria’s Hausa people, originating in the north but found all over the country. The striking fist is wrapped with material after small cuts are made along the arm and special herbs are rubbed into the wound and amulets worn for increased strength. Originally seen as a rite of passage, most men now box for fame. Photo by Jane Hahn @janehahn #nigeria #lagos #fightclub #market #mile12 #dambe #dembe #boxing #men #club #hausa #martialarts #amulets #malam #riteofpassage

Men wait for a haircut at a barbershop in the remaining section of Badia East, an informal settlement in Lagos, Nigeria in February 2014. One year earlier, hundreds of households woke to construction equipment demolishing their community on order from the Lagos State Government with little or notice. Most had minutes to reach safety, losing their homes and possessions. Thousands are still displaced one year later. Badia East is one of the communities that should have benefited from a World Bank funded $200 million “slum upgrade” project but the Lagos State Government failed to abide by policies that would have notified and resettled residents properly. Photo by Jane Hahn @janehahn #lagos #nigeria #badiaeast #barbershop #men #forcedevictions #personalprojects #fashola #worldbank #development #africa

Men wait for a haircut at a barbershop in the remaining section of Badia East, an informal settlement in Lagos, Nigeria in February 2014. One year earlier, hundreds of households woke to construction equipment demolishing their community on order from the Lagos State Government with little or notice. Most had minutes to reach safety, losing their homes and possessions. Thousands are still displaced one year later. Badia East is one of the communities that should have benefited from a World Bank funded $200 million “slum upgrade” project but the Lagos State Government failed to abide by policies that would have notified and resettled residents properly. Photo by Jane Hahn @janehahn #lagos #nigeria #badiaeast #barbershop #men #forcedevictions #personalprojects #fashola #worldbank #development #africa

LAGOSIANS- Music fans watch on as one of Nigeria’s current music stars performs at the Gidi Culture Festival at Elegushie Beach, Lagos Nigeria on 2nd March 2014. #DoubleExposure #naija #9ja #africa #skelewu I have always been intrigued by Lagos. I grew up in Accra on an equal dose of amazing and traumatizing stories about this city. I first visited 13 years ago and my love for the city only grows. Anytime I tell people, anywhere in the world I find myself, that I love Lagos, they look at me with either shock or confusion but the truth is, there is so much happening for this city. I have had the privilege of meeting some of the city’s most influential, most talented, most popular over many visits. I want to dedicate my instagram posts for the next couple of weeks to all the amazing Lagosians I meet everyday. Enjoy. Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah (copyright:2014).

LAGOSIANS- Music fans watch on as one of Nigeria’s current music stars performs at the Gidi Culture Festival at Elegushie Beach, Lagos Nigeria on 2nd March 2014. #DoubleExposure #naija #9ja #africa #skelewu I have always been intrigued by Lagos. I grew up in Accra on an equal dose of amazing and traumatizing stories about this city. I first visited 13 years ago and my love for the city only grows. Anytime I tell people, anywhere in the world I find myself, that I love Lagos, they look at me with either shock or confusion but the truth is, there is so much happening for this city. I have had the privilege of meeting some of the city’s most influential, most talented, most popular over many visits. I want to dedicate my instagram posts for the next couple of weeks to all the amazing Lagosians I meet everyday. Enjoy. Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah (copyright:2014).

LAGOSIANS- Two hawkers are heavily engrossed in a conversation at the beach where they sell beads. I have always been intrigued by Lagos. I grew up in Accra on an equal dose of amazing and traumatizing stories about this city. I first visited 13 years ago and my love for the city only grows. Anytime I tell people, anywhere in the world I find myself, that I love Lagos, they look at me with either shock or confusion but the truth is, there is so much happening for this city. I have had the privilege of meeting some of the city’s most influential, most talented, most popular over many visits. I want to dedicate my instagram posts for the next couple of weeks to all the amazing Lagosians I meet everyday. Enjoy. Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah (copyright:2014).

LAGOSIANS- Two hawkers are heavily engrossed in a conversation at the beach where they sell beads. I have always been intrigued by Lagos. I grew up in Accra on an equal dose of amazing and traumatizing stories about this city. I first visited 13 years ago and my love for the city only grows. Anytime I tell people, anywhere in the world I find myself, that I love Lagos, they look at me with either shock or confusion but the truth is, there is so much happening for this city. I have had the privilege of meeting some of the city’s most influential, most talented, most popular over many visits. I want to dedicate my instagram posts for the next couple of weeks to all the amazing Lagosians I meet everyday. Enjoy. Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah (copyright:2014).

Okota, Lagos, Nigeria. Photo by Emeka Okereke @emekaokereke. (This is the last image in this week-long series by Okereke. Thanks for following along!) Emmanuel Iduma writes: “A tricycle (Keke Napep) is framed by intending passengers. Some context: the state government banned commercial motorcyles on major thoroughfares. Tricyles multiplied, yet couldn’t match the spill of people. Everywhere in Lagos, and indeed everything, is a container for this spill. For Okereke, unbridled energy can be brought into focus. And how well he does that!” Emeka Okereke is a photographer, poet, and founder / artistic director of Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Project @invisibleborders. Emmanuel Iduma is a writer, critic, and author of the novel Farad. He blogs on mriduma.com #lagos #nigeria #africa #tricycle

Okota, Lagos, Nigeria. Photo by Emeka Okereke @emekaokereke. (This is the last image in this week-long series by Okereke. Thanks for following along!) Emmanuel Iduma writes: “A tricycle (Keke Napep) is framed by intending passengers. Some context: the state government banned commercial motorcyles on major thoroughfares. Tricyles multiplied, yet couldn’t match the spill of people. Everywhere in Lagos, and indeed everything, is a container for this spill. For Okereke, unbridled energy can be brought into focus. And how well he does that!” Emeka Okereke is a photographer, poet, and founder / artistic director of Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Project @invisibleborders. Emmanuel Iduma is a writer, critic, and author of the novel Farad. He blogs on mriduma.com #lagos #nigeria #africa #tricycle