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Lagos Vibrations

Lagos Vibrations offers a snapshot of daily life for ordinary people in Africa's most populous city. From its notorious traffic jams to its bustling markets and crowded housing for working-class people, to navigate this city you need energy, dexterity and tenacity.

By 2034 Lagos is expected to be home to over 30 million people. As the city grows and develops, new layers are added on top of the old, creating a cacophonous visual landscape where buildings, people, history, and nature all scramble for space.

Even though an average of 6,900 people are squeezed into every square kilometre of Lagos' metropolitan area, there is little urban planning and what little planning there is does not take the wellbeing of the millions of people who live under the poverty line as its first principle.

Yet Lagos shows how people adapt to their surroundings. Where there is no pavement, pedestrians create walkways of their own, weaving in an out of traffic. Below motorway flyovers informal parking lots for lorries quickly sprout and informal housing that is repeatedly razed to make way for luxury developments is doggedly rebuilt by its inhabitants.

Andrew Esiebo's meanderings around Lagos, his adoptive home, is an assortment of juxtapositions that exist in the city: between past and present, modernity and tradition. He shows the inventiveness of Lagosians in the face of rapid urban renewal - their endlessly creative ways of surviving. With these images he tries to capture the unmistakable life force of this sweaty, pulsating megalopolis.
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