lives of hundreds of Nigerian children are documented in an exhibit of photos
they shot themselves. The exhibit opened recently in Lagos. Voice of America's Kim Russell narrates Paul Ndiho's report.
The children come from some of the most affluent as well as disadvantaged
communities in Lagos. Their photos are meant to help educate people about the
extreme poverty gap in Africa's most populous nation. All of the children were given cameras for a weekend to take pictures of their
homes and environment. Ete
Ayide is the head of the African Child Development Initiative: "One
part of the project is to bring awareness for the children around Lagos, to be
aware that there are some children who are less fortunate than themselves, and
to develop the whole empathy process."
than 400 of the best images were put on display.
Akinyi is a student photographer. She says
some things went wrong in her efforts, and gives an example: "There
were a lot of mistakes when I was taking the pictures. Like the flash, it was
quite hard, because the flash kept going off."
Lagos has some of Africa's most
expensive real estate, alongside wooden huts built on stilts over a
photographer Tobi Aguntor says the photos show two extremes of a vast city of
14 million people. He says he took pictures of everyday items: "I
took pictures of some things like the food we eat, even green leaves that live
around us, even water that lives around us, even goats and other animals and
is sub-Saharan Africa's second-biggest economy after South Africa. It's home to
the continent's largest oil producers and some of its major financial
institutions. Organizers say they hope the photo project helps to stimulate the
intellectual potential of all of the children, no matter what their backgrounds may be.