MAKOKO LOKO: Life on the Water

Somi Nwandu

Off the coast of Lagos’ mainland is a community largely situated on water. A vast floating insanitary slum filled with heartbreak, hope and resilience. As one crosses the Third Mainland Bridge, the single pathway between the mainland and the island of Lagos, they are graced with a coastal view of the community. The wooden houses built on bamboo stilts, almost uncomfortably close to each other, are an extreme contrast to the modernity of the island.