Living in Makoko

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Updated May 15, 2012

Nestled inside Yaba Local Government Area of Lagos State, Makoko is one of many water and coastline settlements. It is a slum that is said to have existed for over 100 years.

It is flanked on the left by the University of Lagos, to the right, the main business district of the state and right infront of it the third mainland bridge, the longest bridge in Africa and one of three bridges linking Lagos Island to the mainland. Within the community are many people who are not just Nigerians, but a conglomerate of cultures and languages of the whole West African coast.

Togolese, Cameroonians, Ghanaians, and Gabonese people live here, side by side with the Egun fishing families from Badagry in Lagos, the Ilajes of other states in southwest Nigeria and the Ijaws of the Niger Delta region.

The chaotic maze of wooden houses built on water is considered one of the city’s liveliest neighborhoods. Much of Makoko rests on structures constructed on stilts above Lagos Lagoon

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