Photographer's Note

I ended my long journey through West Africa in 1981–1982 in Lagos, Nigeria, where I was to catch a flight back home. The huge city didn't have the best reputation, so although I was happy to be home in a few days it was with mixed feelings I arrived there by shared taxi from Cotonou, Benin.

As it turned out I didn't have any major problems in Lagos (except that I didn't like the big rat sometimes running around in my hotel room), but already the first evening I realized that it wasn't the best idea to go out alone to look for a place to have dinner.

I was surprised at dusk the first day to find all pedestrians and street stalls gone and all cars with their windows carefully closed and most likely the doors locked. Within a few minutes I found out that I was almost alone in the street. Just me and some men who very much looked like "bad guys".

I discreetly hurried back to the hotel.

During the days the city felt safe, even though many areas didn't look very nice. Today's main photo is from one of the most crowded areas I saw.

In the WS one photo is from another not very pleasant street. Another WS shows that not all of Lagos looked so bad.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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