Our insensitive nature

Walking with my camera few months ago, hunting for stories I can tell with my craft, I sighted this aged woman who would probably be in her 80’s or even 90’s begging for alms from a man in his luxurious SUV. As a compassionate being (only God knows why I get emotionally connected with people’s needs easily) I didn’t know when I started shedding tears forgetting I was on one of the busiest express ways in Nigeria. Realizing this, I quickly stylishly wiped my tears and raised my camera to shoot, getting landscape and portraits orientation, I decided not to take a full image as I know I won’t be able to stand it. It was a torn bathroom footwear she was wearing at her age (and I know that danger if she should slip on a mud or tiled floor).

I wonder why we have been so insensitive to the needs of people around us, especially those who can not help themselves. Like this woman, no one will employ her. And maybe her family is all dead or something, still we need to look into housing these precious ones. They have labored on some of us and it’s time to give back to them.

It always hit me hard to see older ones beg. Such should not be, especially in the midst of such wealth as a nation. I am tasking the Nigerian government to do something about this. Save our older ones from begging and roaming the streets and let’s create homes for them, especially the homeless, internally displaced and dysfunctional older folks. This is one of the responsibilities of a functional society.

The woman pictured lives in Ifo, Ogun state, Nigeria. She goes about with her mat which she rests on when tired. She routes the environment daily, begging for alms.

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A good way to remember the last harmattan 

A good way to remember how dry the harmattan was.   
This was taken during one of my morning street walks earlier this year.  

 It is usually a mini forest in the middle of rainy season but now void of freshness in dry season. 

Good morning great minds! 

F2.8, ISO100, 1/160 sec FL@19mm & 34mm

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#Commercial bike seriesMost local and road side “pick-up” or “drop-off” parks in nigeria have one thing in common. You always see commercial bike riders waiting for potential customers or dropping someone at the park. 

#Commercial bike series

In this image, a woman is loading her goods on a bike after dropping off a cab from the farm. She is probably taking the goods to her shop for sale to the end users. 
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Walking into my frame

  
An aged security man usually called “Olode” in Yoruba language was looking around a recently burnt truck in amazement and he walked just into my frame.  

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Underage hawkers during school hours

  
While on my normal personal Photowalk today in Papalanto, Ogun State this afternoon, I sighted so many underage hawkers roaming about with different goods for sale during school hours. I felt burdened and questioned why a 12 year old will abscond school. But to my surprise, one of them I chatted with said he loves working than schooling. Another said he lost his parents and had to help his guardian in her business to raise funds for school fees. Among the ones I saw today are these beautiful four I like you to see. They need your help. 
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Nigeria Everyday

 Hi everyone. 

I started a documentary series last month particularly to show the world what happens here in Nigeria everyday. The page title is @NigeriaEveryday on Instagram. It is the first child of the Stories Of Nigeria (check on facebook and instagram), a documentary project to tell the beautiful stories of Nigeria. Check it out and follow the flow. 

A book will be published soon when all modalities are settled. It will definitely be a world class piece for this grneration of art collectors and posterity.

Creatively Yours,

Tolu Oluwapojuwo

#NigeriaEveryday