Makoko is a slum neighborhood located in Lagos, Nigeria. At present its population is considered to be 85,840; however, the area was not officially counted as part of the 2007 census and the population today is considered to be much higher. Established in the 18th century primarily as a fishing village, much of Makoko rests in structures constructed on stilts above Lagos Lagoon. Today the area is essentially self-governing with a very limited government presence in the community and local security being provided by area boys. The government of Lagos State commenced the demolition of the shanty settlement on Monday , 16th July 2012 after giving the residents a 72 hour eviction notice. Thousands of the settlers were affected by this government action. This is the end of over 100 years of settlement by this community. (SOURCE: WIKI)
Lagos-Nigeria: Female hawker paddling canoe and selling garri in the Makoko slums of Lagos which is being demolished by the Lagos State Government after a 72-hour eviction notice to vacate the area.
PHOTO CREDITS: IDOWU ASUMAH/DEMOTIX