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Monday, 21 March 2016

All poor communities need, are the basics you enjoy: A tale of two strange bedfellows in Lagos Island

By Paul Ukpabio, community pix by Biodun Adeyewa and internet pix of Banana Island  

The pictures indeed show a large contrast between these two communities in Lagos Island. While both are on the edge of the waters, the residents live separate lifestyles. Banana Island is for the exclusive rich. While the other is for the exclusively poor?
Banana Island at night
 The saying goes
that, ‘no condition is permanent’ but for the poor residents of some of the riverine communities in Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos State such as Otodogbame, these harsh conditions have come to stay!
Aerial view of Otodogbame community
 There is always one bad news after another for residents of these unfortunate communities, and for years, they have grown to accept such as their lot. Only in February, a strange disease set in and ravaged the people.
Luxury homes with luxury fittings
The standard of living exposes the residents to harsh human conditions that leave each person on a survival thread only the divine can understand.
A child searches for water at Otodogbame
 Will there ever be an escape or succour for these lot?
The only school at the community
A street in the community
The only health clinic
Aeriel view of Banana Island

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