Lagos: Divided City

  Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. A boy poses for a photo while steering his canoe in the floating village of Makoko. Here, children start to steer their own boats at 7 years old. 

Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. A boy poses for a photo while steering his canoe in the floating village of Makoko. Here, children start to steer their own boats at 7 years old. 

  Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 25, 2015. Agbodemu Ishola, a local politician and activist, meets with members of the Makoko neighborhood to discuss community issues and the upcoming election. 

Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 25, 2015. Agbodemu Ishola, a local politician and activist, meets with members of the Makoko neighborhood to discuss community issues and the upcoming election. 

 A woman waits for a text message on the outskirts of Makoko, in Lagos on Feb. 25 2015. 

A woman waits for a text message on the outskirts of Makoko, in Lagos on Feb. 25 2015. 

 A boy rides on top of a transport truck in Lagos on Feb 25, 2015.  

A boy rides on top of a transport truck in Lagos on Feb 25, 2015.  

  Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. The floating slum of Makoko is a low-income coastal community in Lagos. The vast majority of its residents are fishermen who often struggle with unemployment. 

Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. The floating slum of Makoko is a low-income coastal community in Lagos. The vast majority of its residents are fishermen who often struggle with unemployment. 

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  Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. Many houses in the floating village of Makoko are surrounded by water. Locals use canoes to get around.

Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. Many houses in the floating village of Makoko are surrounded by water. Locals use canoes to get around.

 A local resident of Makoko sits in a canoe used to move between the homes and businesses on Feb. 25 2015. 

A local resident of Makoko sits in a canoe used to move between the homes and businesses on Feb. 25 2015. 

  Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. A resident of the Makoko floating villages uses a canoe to navigate the area’s passageways.

Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. A resident of the Makoko floating villages uses a canoe to navigate the area’s passageways.

 Two women pause to talk in the floating slum of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria on Feb. 25 2015. 

Two women pause to talk in the floating slum of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria on Feb. 25 2015. 

 Two teenagers pose for a photo in Lagos, Nigeria on Feb 24, 2015. 

Two teenagers pose for a photo in Lagos, Nigeria on Feb 24, 2015. 

 A woman poses for a photo while waiting for her bus to work in Lagos, Nigeria on Feb. 25, 2015. 

A woman poses for a photo while waiting for her bus to work in Lagos, Nigeria on Feb. 25, 2015. 

 A business owner in Lagos, Nigeria opens her shop for business on Feb. 25, 2015. 

A business owner in Lagos, Nigeria opens her shop for business on Feb. 25, 2015. 

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 A man balances a sewing machine on his head as he offers services by the side of a highway in Lagos, Nigeria on Feb. 25, 2015. 

A man balances a sewing machine on his head as he offers services by the side of a highway in Lagos, Nigeria on Feb. 25, 2015. 

  Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. The floating village of Makoko sits just beside a highway overpass in Lagos.

Lagos, Nigeria. Feb. 26, 2015. The floating village of Makoko sits just beside a highway overpass in Lagos.