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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Kids during fun time along Ikorodu road, Lagos State  
Their innocence and freedom is a trust the leaders MUST not thread on in their greediness and selfishness. These are the future of Africa, and we must do our very best to lead and teach them right. 

It is known that kids’ heart are like slates. It reads and wirks on whatever is written on it. 

My question is “what would the child around you read from you?”

 

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Celebrating every Nigeria girl-child in the struggle stream

  
Today’s Stories Of Nigeria celebrates every Nigerian female.Nigerian female child is not the lazy and always dependable one. She is trained to support her husband and kids. She is never to be a burden to the husband and not dependent solely on him for survival. She is trained to be able to do many things to bring in money. In short, a Nigerian woman is a prototype of the proverbs 31 woman in the holy bible.
The image shows a teenage girl in a tailoring shop, receiving training as an apprentice. She hopes to be a renowned fashion designer as soon as fortune favors her. May her dreams come true soonest.
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