From the Multiple Stories Series by Onyeka "Yeka" Ononye
I would like for you to listen to this audio recording before you scroll through the pictures as I believe things will make a lot more sense this way. However, if you’re a free spirit and would like to do as you please, then have a go at it.
- Searching-This young man came up to the window at Obalende and was asking for something. I couldn’t understand what he was saying and I’m not sure it was in English.
- I cross this express almost every night. Each night, I vaguely wonder if it’s my last.
- Keke -That’s a Keke. They’re usually for transporting people, but Nigerians in all our resourcefulness have transformed the parameters of its usage.
- My people carry things. This young man is carrying a generator. I don’t know how long he carried it for, or from where. But we carry things.
- The buses are called Danfos. Inscription is common. Religious sayings, traditional proverbs etc.
- Area boys at Sabo bus stop. They usually sit and chill here in the evenings, drinking out of red plastic cups like any you might see at an American house party.
- Shantytown from Yaba Bridge
- Burning wood and sunsets: The bus to Obalende broke down here one time. I was glad. This is one of the more peaceful legs of my return journey. Logging happens here and the burning wood has become a familiar part of my trip.
- View from Falomo bridge, heading home.
Written by by Mohini Ufeli
These pictures were shot using an iPod touch thereby ensuring that you have an authentic view into my daily journey to work.
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This personal project was partly born out of a series of conversations series creator, Onyeka Ononye, once had with a good friend on cultural awareness and partly from a TED talk by Chimamanda Adichie on the danger of a single story. From these two sources she learned that “we don’t love what we don’t know”. In her mind, storytelling could bridge that divide. From this realization, The Power of Multiple Stories series was born. The series presents multiple perspectives on what being Nigerian means and how the experiences in a foreign country can change, challenge or confirm some of those ideas.
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