Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mike Adenuga Towers

Headquarters of Globacom, the emerging Nigerian telecoms giant that is in talks to purchase 50% Telkom shares in South Africa's Vodacom. It is located on the Victoria Island and owned by Mike Adenuga Jr., a publicity shy but very amiable businessman. I once tried to photograph him at a charity dinner in Ghana last December but his aide stopped me. It was the same for everybody that aimed a camera at him.

His favourite animal is the bull which he likes for his own bullishness in business terms. He has another building like this called the Bull Plaza. His company ssponsors the Nigerian football league and the mascot of the league is a raging bull. All personal totems of his.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Getting to grips with illegal shops

Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Environment dismantle a roadside kiosk on Oregun Road. The government is fighting hard to return the city to its old beautiful look after years of being over run by illegal construction.

It is a battle which has earned it the ire of citizens. Many people set up kiosks just so they can be able to get by during times of economic crunch. These shops also serve to employ a lot of people all over the state. When you put them out of work, how do you hope to get people employed?
How will they pay their taxes? How will they be kept off the streets and off crime?

The numerous problems and contradictions facing developing countries.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Dangerous crossing

A pedestrian prepares to cross the very busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at the Berger-Isheri Oke Junction. Calls have been made by citizens to the government to create a ped-bridge across the road even as authorities have maintained that it is illegal to cross the highway.

Who wins?