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It is great to come your way again today, 11-11-11, six weeks after our debut post on the Bella Naija Photo Stories series. In the first episode, we explored the informal sector of the Nigerian economy with a special focus on the city of Lagos. The next episode threw some light on environmental sanitation in the nation’s commercial capital, imploring all and sundry to take the issue as a personal as well as collective one. This week, we revisit the ‘underground economy’ in Lagos and Rivers States, our primary focus being the women who strive to make a living therein.

Everywhere you go, you feel their pulse. They are hardworking and will go to any length to make ends meet. Absolutely. In the face of stringent rules set by the government of the day, and an urgent need to sanitize an emerging urban economy, they dare the harsh elements of weather to engage in trade. Many had the short end of the stick handed to them when they could not go beyond elementary school, no thanks to poverty and/or fathers who never believed in educating the girl-child. Some, graduates from higher institutions, even join the train, when white-collar jobs take eternity to materialize. Clearly, there is a strong link between a person’s level of education and their earning power.

In the typical African society, the man is considered the migratory and polygynous being. Consequently, the major burden of nurturing and educating the offspring is largely transferred to the mother of the children. It is worse when the man, who is the statutory head of the house, cannot provide the required robust all-encompassing leadership. This further entrenches the saying often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi that: “If you educate a man, you educate an individual; but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”

At the 2010 High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals, world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the MDGs and called for intensified collective action and the expansion of successful approaches. They called for action to ensure equal access by women and girls to education, basic services, health care, economic opportunities and decision-making at all levels, recognizing that achievement of the MDGs depends largely on women’s empowerment. Women’s empowerment refers to the ability of women to transform economic and social development when empowered to fully participate in the decisions that affect their lives through leadership training, coaching, consulting, and the provision of enabling tools for women to lead within their communities, regions, and countries. It is the cultivation of personhood in women largely based on their mind and the knowledge it possesses.

In similar vein, we lend our voices to the clamour for the establishment of credit and savings components as a way of both enabling these women to increase their incomes and come together to address wider gender issues. We’ll be back in a fortnight!

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'Agege Bread' on the Move


Somewhere in Port Harcourt; 'Boli' is almost a staple


Smoked fish seller on Creek Road wins some points for hygiene


Cycling to make a living in PH


More smoked fish...


Garri in the making...


'Nothing spoil for Lagos!'


This is a common spectacle in South-Eastern Nigeria


And, she wades through the dirty puddle


The homemaker?


Middle-aged street traders in Lagos


You live in Lagos? Get yourself some concoction!


The Young shall grow... into what?


'This is what we do!'_ Nonwa-Gbam Tai L.G.A, Rivers State


Back from the farm


Let's go make some fire!


Onipanu Bus Stop, in Somolu, Lagos


'Thirst-quechers' on Lagos Island


Solitary trek for livelihood...



Baby goes to work with mama


Isn't this a colourful sight?



Tapioca hawker



Do you know what this is?





And, she looks smart and fit!


Sleep. Baby, sleep!


Mama's still got much strength?


Cold-drink hawker in Obalende, Lagos


Another colourful marketplace...




If you ply the Bariga-Palmgrove route in Lagos, you should have seen this Lady already! 🙂


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CREDITS:

Bayo Omoboriowo is a freelance photographer and photo artiste. A double-finalist (Still Life & Lifestyle) at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Photography Awards in July 2011, his works have appeared on BellaNaija.com, YNaija.com, and in Y! Magazine. He loves documentary photography, though he also dabbles into events and portrait.
Twitter: @BayoOmoboriowo | Blog: www.bayoomoboriowo.com | Facebook Page: Bayo Omoboriowo

Jide Odukoya, a graphic designer and (front-end) web designer, decided to build a career in photography barely a year ago after purchasing a Canon 550D with which he had experimented for a while. A Photoshop faithful, he dabbles into several kinds of photography, the top three being documentary, street, and wedding photography, in that order.
Twitter: @jideodukoya | Blog: www.jideodukoya.com/blog | Facebook Page: Jide Odukoya Photography

Gbenga Awomodu is an Editorial Assistant at Bainstone Ltd./BellaNaija.com. When he is not reading or writing, Gbenga is listening to good music or playing the piano. He believes in the inspirational power of words and pictures, which he explores in helping to make the world a better place. He writes from Makurdi, Benue State, where he is presently on the national youth service programme.

Twitter: @gbengaawomodu | Blog: www.gbengaawomodu.com | Facebook Page: Gbenga Awomodu

107 Comments

  1. moses

    November 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    why are the women all from phc?????????? na wah ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  2. Layo

    November 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    First!!!!!!!…..simply typical Nigeria…what can we do?

  3. Busola

    November 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    BN please delete the captions it takes away from the photos. Let the image speak for itself!

    • Alero

      November 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

      I agree, I found myself rolling my eyes at the captions before I looked at the pictures which can and do speak for themselves…..

  4. blah

    November 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Kai this was so inspiring! Nigerian women are forces of nature- I tell you. In fact let me call my sweet mother.

  5. doll

    November 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    wow! that is all i can say

  6. Tee

    November 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    This is so moving! Heaving under the weight of survival yet forcing smiles for the family.

  7. choco

    November 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Beautiful post……got me reflective and encouraged.

  8. nich

    November 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    nigeria is a shame….in the 21st century see where we are…….hwakers everywhere……

    i almost denounced being a nigerian until the emergence of nollywood, the rise of pentecostal churches, the music industry, and globacom when i somewhat changed my mind….

    this industries proved how talented nigerians can be despite being in hell fire as long as i am concerned…..
    it also proved that the people are good people except the evil leaders…..

    for me until the youths cry out for the death and blood of every governor, minister alive except the present women in office…….until they go all out for war crying for revolution…this nation can never recover…..
    the children would still face insecurity, lack of proper education, poverty, lack of electricity and other basic amenities

    • POintOf Correction

      November 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      what sort of dirty unethical talk is that!!…Do you think its war that will solve the problem!!!Yes the previous leaders we’ve had, have caused alot of damage to Nigeria.But you, what have you done??????Seriously, what have you done to make a positive impact on Nigeria?…Please, please, please, if you dont have better suggestions to GROW Nigeria, do not comment!Its silly!…..suggesting war?…Lol..your funny!…Have you even thought of how expensive it is and where the less priveledgew will be after a war….you might just render them homless!!…PLease think hard befor e you WRITE!

    • Pastor Larry

      November 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Shame to you nich…Shame to you!
      Nigeria is a great country. We will not kill Nigerians in the name of war or any revolution.
      First you mentioned some good points when you pointed out Nollywood etc. But you fowled when you talked of war and revolution..
      You must realize that Nigeria is made up of highly intelligent people. Highly educated people. Nice, sociable people. DO YOU WANT TO KILL THEM IN WAR?
      Look at the pain in the faces of these women. DO YOU WANT TO KILL THEM IN WAR?
      These women aree lean all lean, struggling to make pennies . DO YOU WANT TO KILL THEM IN WAR?
      These women walk in dirty water, cross dangerous roads with heavy loads on their backs. DO YOIU WANT TO KILL THEM IN WAR?
      These women sit on dirty streets, hawking,
      These women sit in open space exposed to scorching sun. DO YOU WANT TO KILL THEM IN WAR?
      Your problem is :
      You are greedy. You want Nigeria to be like Europe or USA. You do not know that those in Europe and USA lost lives in struggles to get to where they are today.
      You do not realize that Nigeria is a baby just 51 years of independence.
      You do not realize that we are growing rapidly compared to other countries.
      You do not realize that NO ONE WINS IN WAR.
      You do not realize that NIGERIA IS BLESSED.
      Now I pray the Lord to show us the peaceful way to manifest the other blessings that we seek.
      To the photographer: Nich fails to realize that war would kill people like you and I.
      I thank God for giving you the inspiration to show us the DIGNITY OF LABOUR.
      The women in the pictures. MY MOTHERS, MY SISTERS, MY DAUGHTERS, I pray the Lord to grant you the reward of the labour. May your work be prosperious, May the Lord grant you financial prosperity, May the Lord grant you joy from your labour, May the Lord guide the leaders to help you ease your pain, May the Lord open their eyes to see that you need better environments to support your family..IN JESUS NAME. AMEN!

  9. Ndidi

    November 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Well done! The photographers captured the true dignity and nobility of the Nigerian woman even as she carries a heavy burden. These proud and beautiful women remind me of the women who came before and their struggles that allowed me to become the woman I am today. Thank you BN, keep up the good work. Sometimes, we have to see the authentic Nigeria and not just the glamorized version.

    • Q

      November 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      You’ve said it best. I was going to say that this is not the ‘underground’ economy, dis is d main/real economy….this is how over 70% of our population survives n thrives, how den can it be an underground phenomenon… God bless d hands n elbows of our mothers before us who showed us that we too can be a part of our economy’s survival…

  10. Jovie Onyema

    November 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    That pic that had the signboard of Ministry of Works and Housing behind women selling bananas abi na plantain was very hilarious. They are “Working” under the sun without a shop to “House” them. naija funny.

    anyhow, it’s inspiring to see hardworking women taking what they’re doing serious; supporting their families. the bible doesn’t even prevent a women from finding something to support the family as we see from Prov. 31. I love seeing that women can be entrepreneuring, innovative and determined to be significant for their families and society at large.

    • Didi

      November 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      I love ur comment abt proverbs 31.It brings a lot of things to mind.
      Women are to do all they can to support their families, no excuses at all for me.

  11. God Bless Nigeria!!!!!!!

    November 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Wonderful Nigerian Women….Doing all it takes for the family…God truly bless Nigerian Women!!!!!!

  12. HiroHairven

    November 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Amazing

  13. Tosin

    November 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you for introducing us to ourselves. I dig the umbrella trio. There are some other truly captivating pics there too. I’ll come back to look again.

  14. Micheal

    November 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    am first !!!! typical 9ja scenes “muah”

  15. Lala

    November 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    i love!!!… makes me miss home even more
    http://rantsofanaijababe.blogspot.com/

  16. kunbs

    November 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    every single one of them is amazing and beautiful…

  17. tola adeyinka

    November 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Pictures speak words. Hardworking incredible women.

  18. iBreatheFun

    November 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    It’s funny how this story is posted and there’s no one rushing to comment first. Are we going to deny the heart-crushing reality of the current Nigerian society? Women and Men?

    Mother doesn’t go to school and she doesn’t send children either. The rate of illiteracy is not getting any lower yet no one is doing a THING about it. Bribery and corruption are the leading forces in the country today. What are you going to do about it Nigerians? Some of those who do go to school don’t graduate from university, others go abroad, make homes for themselves and forget where they came from. Who is going to fix this? I know I am preaching to the choir here but sometimes even they need to be reminded of the heart-crushing reality.

    Take a look above, this IS NIGERIA. Yes, there is Sheraton and Nicon and all the other beautiful places but take that away and what do you have left? … This.

    The woman walking through filthy water, do you think she does so because she is ever so curious to know how it feels to step into water swarming with worms eager to eat into her skin? or because she just doesn’t know any better and has to do that to make money and survive? These pictures break my heart. And as much as it does, there is nothing I alone can do. Take a moment to do the right things Nigeria! Help those you can. Put the trash in the trashcan. Stop cheating in school because when you graduate it actually IS a nice feeling to know that you deserved whatever score(s) you got. No one’s going to get up and fix everything. It starts and ends with you. You cannot not sow a seed and expect harvest.

  19. @_Iyore

    November 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    They are strong . Bless them

  20. konnie

    November 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    wow

  21. amber rose

    November 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    wow

  22. amber rose

    November 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    i am a heavy patron of bole. oh, and Agege bread. i love lagos for that

  23. queenimayya

    November 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    These women are incredibly strong and hardworking. How do they balance all that stuff on their heads?

  24. OLAYINKA

    November 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Beautiful and Vibrant Pictures. Brings the reality of living and existing in Nigeria. Its well.

    • Akan

      November 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Olayinka, Not only in Nigeria you find all these scenes! Visit Mumbai, India, Beijing China and all the major cities of the World and you will not see any difference!! It is called “Urbanisation”

  25. iTawa

    November 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    wow superwomen!!! I miss agege bread n boli…*sniff*

  26. yvonne

    November 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    always love ur posts….

  27. Jade

    November 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    yaay first

  28. Moi Meme

    November 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    These are the “real” women…not the ones now adays who want everything easy with sugga daddy..easy money they didnt work for…God If I could have the strength and resilience of one of these women…then theres nothing I couldnt do, especially with all the opportunities I have living abroad…

  29. ayo

    November 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    who run this world…………………………………..WOMEN

  30. oputa

    November 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    its heart breaking to see women go through all this, women are meant to be taken good care of but see what the world is doing to our women , some of them are already old but still going thtough all this, feel like crying 🙁

  31. moyosola

    November 12, 2011 at 12:21 am

    To all the mothers who strive hard to give their children a meaningful life even when no man is involve, GOD bless you all. My prayer is that you all will live to eat the fruit of your labour.

  32. IfYouNoLikeMe go JUMP

    November 12, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Women of strength

  33. Mabel

    November 12, 2011 at 12:54 am

    And to think after all that hard work they still have to go home to take of theri family’s dinner, romantic needs of their husband, and care for children. May they prosper and their children bring them joy.

    • Gidi

      November 14, 2011 at 8:17 am

      Amen!!
      I also pray that their husbands will pay a little more attention to their romantic needs too.

  34. Uzee

    November 12, 2011 at 1:05 am

    These pictures have put the spotlight on the resilient spirit of the Nigerian woman.

  35. krys

    November 12, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Hardworking ladies, inspiring

  36. BukiOni

    November 12, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I have so much respect for these women, for their strength, resilience, resourcefulness and hard work – they hustle hard for their families. May God bless the work of their hands and grant them their heart’s desires.

  37. nikky

    November 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

    This is a true representation of below average Nigerians. we usually don’t hear much complains from this demography, they are very resourceful and very neglected too.

  38. Theresa

    November 12, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Amazing hardworking and humble women! Life is what you make if it my friends, be humble, hardworking, learn a skill, do anything positive to survive instead of moaning about govt. failures and begging or prostituting. But for the grace of God I would be doing the same thing, however even if my fortunes fail, i will roll my sleeves, be humble and get into the trenches just to survive and take care of my children.

    • Gidi

      November 14, 2011 at 8:01 am

      Word!!

  39. Purpleicious Babe

    November 12, 2011 at 2:49 am

    WOw….. onipan somolu lagos nigeria…….my childhood city.. Awwwwwwwww…… brings back good memories.. Havent been since 1999…….

    • harleybee

      November 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      me too..my childhood city….

  40. kemi

    November 12, 2011 at 2:53 am

    This picture bought joy to my face, I was feeling really down and depressed but this pictures gave me hope that I need to work harder. This women are working extra hard during menial jobs and here I am just lazy to find the right job with a degree. I will educate myself further and do more with my life…thanks for sharing. I feel blessed and ready to work hard.

  41. Tunmi

    November 12, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Our women are such amazing people, all women are. And the Nigerian govt fails to recognise and cherish them. Thank you for these photo-stories. They should make it into a museum

  42. jennietobbie

    November 12, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Wow!! I’m proud of these women!!!

  43. emeka

    November 12, 2011 at 6:37 am

    i love nigerian women so much …not just because they are beautiful but because they are hard working

  44. Uju G

    November 12, 2011 at 7:53 am

    WOW!!! incredible .. what other way to describe survivors? This is it .. maximum respect

  45. busarni

    November 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

    just ope n wish some of dis our so called politicians see dis. this is wat poverty can do upon all d oil we produce,nigeria is just a *nut case. i ave given up on her (naija). kudos to nigerian women,no mata wat de are passin thru @ any point in time,yu still see most of dem beamin wit smiles.So,are Nigerians truly de happiest ppl? nid an ansa, asap,,,,

  46. Tolu

    November 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Love, love, love these pictures.

  47. chinenye

    November 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Women like these need support to harness and grow their trade. It could bea bicycle and transperent show glass for the ‘agege bread seller’. ‘dryers for the fish sellers, ‘rain boots and pulling equipments for the hawkers’ etc. I hardly see men carry their wares on their heads. Is this also gender disparity! Help a woman today!

  48. nike

    November 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    The woman in the 29th picture is hawking black soap.

  49. istidele

    November 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    a picture speaks a thousand words, thanks for giving a voice to the oppressed and voiceless in Nigeria. God will judge.

  50. muse origins

    November 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Women can move heaven and earth to take care of their families. You wan try?

  51. MyView

    November 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Love it! Now I want to go home.

  52. cathy

    November 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    nice work

  53. mosun

    November 12, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    WOW BRING A LOT OF MEMEORY… MY MOM WAS ONCE IN THIS PEOPLE SHOE, . MY MOM ALWAY CARRY ME IN HER BACK TO SELL TURKEY BACK IN AGEGE,BUT I THANK GOD EVERY DAY CUS EVERYTHING HAS CHANGE FOR THE GOOD. NAIJA WOWMEN ARE ALL SUPERWOMEN …. GREAT PIC

  54. chioma

    November 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    My heart breaks for Nigeria…

  55. Eve

    November 13, 2011 at 2:46 am

    the real hustlers…beautiful! i pray each and everyone of them continue to excel in whatever it is they do.

  56. mary007

    November 13, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Mixed emotions. Thanks for this. God bless our strong mothers! The baby sleeping moved me to tears, the woman on the moving truck! I am crying. God be with their hustle

  57. Oliver Twist

    November 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

    This got me!!! I had to stop for a moment to thank God and seek for forgiveness; been complaining on how I need to change my wardrobe and get a new bag, then I read this…

    It still brings us to sad and deteriorating state of a great and rich country called Nigeria.

  58. Nk

    November 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

    *sighs* @ THE YOUNG SHALL GROW…. INTO WHAT?
    The pictures sure speaks a thousand word!!! Well done photographers 🙂

  59. bunmi ojo

    November 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Once u educate a woman, u are educating a nation! I absolutely love this feature, cos it shows strong women who strive to make ends with no matter what, I’m proud to be an african woman! We are superwomen

  60. Demmy

    November 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    It’s a pity that people have to work this way just to make ends meet while I don’t do anything and even demand some things sometimes rudely from my mom without thinking that some people do not have much and they are contented. Feeling very ashamed of myself right now.

  61. beau

    November 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    and when they get home they still have to do housework??? oga o.

  62. beau

    November 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    and when they get home they still have to do ALL THE housework, childcare and be on alert for sex???

  63. gracious

    November 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    proudly 9ja kudos to all women out dere.im really inspired by this post

  64. Ijeoma

    November 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    The fact is that this is not the “underground economy” it is THE ECONOMY. Most Nigerian women survive day to day through informal means of makind money.

  65. kemzz

    November 14, 2011 at 2:07 am

    And here i am complaining. Father forgive me

  66. Miss Margaret

    November 14, 2011 at 3:08 am

    That picture with the caption “and she’s smart and fit” had me in stitches! I’m not saying its a lie but…kai!
    http://worshipandswag.wordpress.com

  67. Priscy

    November 14, 2011 at 7:40 am

    There is no doubt we run this Mother…….A woman’s life. god bless them!

  68. Zee

    November 14, 2011 at 7:43 am

    God bless the women of the world!

  69. Dahli Voka

    November 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Nice pictures

  70. AJCiti

    November 14, 2011 at 8:12 am

    This is amazing, I know that stuff is super heavy… I wonder how they do it. I also wonder if it’s bad for their necks? Anyways still amazing, SALUTE

  71. shydiva

    November 14, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Kudos to the chic on that keke napep…but doesn’t she get HOT?

  72. quassi

    November 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Kudos to the hardworking Naija women. This is for the west to see that our country is not all about fraudulent people but in it exist hardworking,determined to survive, hopeful (in the midst of little), happy people.

  73. Haddy

    November 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Awesome women…inspiring stories that make me thank God for being a Nigerian. talented photographers. well done!

    • Jamila

      November 17, 2011 at 2:13 am

      It does the opposite for me, makes me regret being Nigerian. A country blessed with so many natural resources yet most of its citizens live in poverty and squalor. Children that ought to enjoy their childhood and go to school are busy hawking goods on the dusty streets in 2011. I weep!

  74. madam Ben

    November 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Amazing Women. They work through thick and thin to keep the home. God bless you all and reward your hard work

  75. Patience I

    November 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

    These are strong and hardworking women…and yes i have seen the lady in the “keke marwa” severally…truly inspiring, Good Job!

  76. hauwa b.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Hustlers making the paper.
    All of them are business owners, dont cut them down.
    Proud to be a hustling woman.

  77. pynk

    November 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Fabulous work. I agree d caption should be deleted. Let the reader interprete.

  78. akudo

    November 14, 2011 at 11:48 am

    wow…..these pictures definitely touched my heart…..women everywhere trying their best to keep the family running………..just take a second look at the child with a bowl of pure water satchets on his head…….the sadness in his eyes is definitely piercing……….yet the rich keep getting richer, our politicians squandering money as if tomorrow will never come.GOD WILL JUDGE THEM ALL

  79. BrownSugah

    November 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    The pictures speak so much for the Nigerian woman much more than any words could say. Kudos to our mothers, who strived and toiled to make us who we are today regardless of priceless sacrifices they had to pay.”No one like mother to me”. This is a special tribute to mothers everywhere who everyday make sacrifices to put food on the table for their children to eat and i doff my hat for u BN for this special article. The bigger salute goes to my mom Mrs Bose Ihaza without whom i wouldn’t have been who i am today and for all the discomforts and sacrifices especially for when it was not convenient, i give you a “double” salute. My “Maale”!!! Welldone!
    Thank you BN, Nice one!
    http:/nitabrownsugah.wordpress.com

  80. Anonymous

    November 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    These are actually the real women, not the Louboutin wearing, brazilian-weave, black berry addicted counterfeits displayed everywhere.

  81. Abanonu

    November 16, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I respect these women..there is dignity in labour than in soiled hands. May God crown all their endeavours with His favour and success. AMEN

  82. Chinwendu

    November 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you for these photos…

  83. Tj

    November 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Great pictures! We need to accept that this is by far the majority, not the people on the red carpets that fill this site, but if na CNN do am now people go dey shout.

  84. fairangel

    November 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for all the pics, very inspiring.

  85. Dee

    November 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    /the irony of the pic of jesus in the background

  86. Tosin

    November 17, 2011 at 12:12 am

    All I saw were working children that should be in school, situations that should not be happening. Mothers (Bless them) struggling to provide for their families, and the one with the woman wading through the flood should read ‘what else can she do?’. I love the photography here but I’m just wondering why they’ve been so glamorized, when the lives of each of those women must be harsh. Also, the captions attempt to raise the pictures from the reality that they portray to something…’fun’ and playful..How are we to interpret these photos? I’m confused…

    • Honestly

      November 17, 2011 at 2:21 am

      Exactly! All I see in these pictures are hardship. The captions and some of the responses so far make it seem as if this is how life ought to be for these women and their children. It is no wonder Nigeria is not progressing. I never want to have to strain my neck carrying heavy goods on my head and with a baby strapped to my back. I call that sufferhead in that hot Nigerian sun. It is no wonder alot of these women will be looking very old before they even turn 50 years old. I and my kids don’t want to be in their shoes and as a country, we Nigerians ought to bury our heads in shame.

  87. nwando

    November 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I know the Bariga-Palmgrove lady! These women work the hardest but earn so little.

  88. Ogo

    November 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    this is nice……we need to know and reflect

  89. Lasky

    November 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    What else should this women do, they have no other choice than to hustle for them Selves….They have to hustle in other to see food eat, cos the leaders don’t care if you live or not….All they know is how to embezzle the nation’s money or to loot money….But this present government will definitely make a change, cos i believe so

  90. Asia

    November 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Wow,
    Nigerian women are hardworking, i respect and have love for women who struggle everyday to put food on the table, send their children to school etc, i pray one day they enjoy the fruit of their labour.

  91. Strawberry

    November 21, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Sooo inspiring

  92. Baby Dee

    November 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    @ the Boli in Porthacourt picture, i don’t think that’s PH because Boli is not a staple in PH. Boli and roasted fish is the staple. You won’t see anyone roasting Just boli without Fish right on the same grill as well as garden eggs on the side. I miss my PH.

  93. chinnygurl

    November 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    i feel like crying. 4 real. i look back and i think of how mum will deny herself comfort just me and my siblings to go to school and feed. mothers are great. i salute!!!!!

  94. Adebamiro victor

    November 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    This is so great,keep up the good work.I was inspired.

  95. Debby

    December 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    God bless the women all over the world!

  96. Enwongo Cleopas

    January 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    THIS IS THE NIGERIA OF OUR DREAMS? This women have done so much and laboured and suffered and they are still strong. God bless Nigerian women.

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