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BN Photo Stories: Nigerian Cities – Landscape & Skyline

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It is such a beauty to behold the blue sky as the day breaks and its tired mien when the Sun sets in the West. Living in the countryside blesses you with ample time and space to stare at these natural wonders, unlike in many busy cities where the zillions of skyscrapers easily make you forget there is a sky up there.

The sky commonly refers to everything that lies a certain distance above the surface of the Earth, including the atmosphere and the rest of outer space. This is often in reference to the Earth’s surface. In the daylight, it appears to be blue because air scatters blue sunlight more than it scatters red while at night, it appears to be a mostly dark surface or region scattered with stars. During the day, the Sun can be seen in the sky, unless obscured by clouds. In the night sky, and sometimes during the day, the moon, planets and stars are visible in the sky. Some of the natural phenomena observed in the sky are notably clouds and rainbows. As a result of human activities, smog during the day and light radiance during the night are often seen above large cities.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution over a century and a half ago, human activities have continued to impact severally on the environment, especially the sky. Even as man has endeavoured to initiate development, he has done more harm by introducing poisons into the water and air, and an alarmingly large hole in the Earth’s protective covering of atmospheric ozone appears over the Antarctic. Toxic mists envelope our major cities and initially fertile portions of our planet have become deserts, never to be green again in our lifetimes. Still, the abuse continues. The poisons in the air include nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, soot, lead, and ground-level ozone. Ordinarily, wind disperses them. But the wind does not always blow. In London’s winter of 1952, there was a temperature inversion: a cold layer of air settled under a warm layer, slowing the dispersion and allowing pollutants to accumulate close to the ground. The result was the worst air pollution disaster ever recorded. The air was so misty that drivers had to use headlights in the middle of the day. Guides walking on foot, and carrying lanterns, picked out paths for buses. By the time the London “killer fogs” drifted off on the breeze, the venomous air had fatally sickened 4,000 and helped reawaken the world to the hazards of air pollution.

Today, air pollution and climate change control are a major component of the Millennium Development Goal 7 – to ensure environmental stability by the year 2015. While there have been remarkable improvements in the developed world, most developing nations are very far behind in meeting set goals. In this post, we bring you landscape and skyline images from selected Nigerian cities, including Abuja, Enugu, and Lagos. Enjoy!

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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

18 Comments

  1. nollywood

    December 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Nice. Each photo tells a different story

  2. partyrider

    December 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    beautiful..

  3. hussler

    December 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    very beautiful!

  4. Berennyz

    December 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    awesome!!!

  5. diamond

    December 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Creative. God blessed Nigeria with nature.

  6. Demmy

    December 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures

  7. pendo

    December 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    wow one country different contrasts simply amazing!

  8. Nk

    December 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Woooooow! Breathtaking pictures!

  9. tyna

    December 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Very inspiring photographs i really like them, good job guys.

  10. Focus

    December 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    these are beautiful pictures!.. I have new screen savers! I miss naija

  11. ashi

    December 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    wow such beauty! its inspiring to see when someone turns junk into an allure.
    http://ironyofashi.blogspot.com/

  12. mekhi phifa

    December 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Bella abeg u wrote ENUGU above among d pics but I didn’t see any ?
    Though it cannot be compared with Lagos in any ramification but it is one the most of PLANNED cities Nigeria can boost of.
    Its very clean n Full of all “kinds” of Ibos… I mean all types…lol

  13. Adiya

    December 24, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I love that one of the bridge! These are really nice. And real

    Adiya
    Muse Origins
    Muse Origins FB

  14. NNENNE

    December 25, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Oh my home, oh my home. When shall I see my home…

  15. cathy

    December 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    fantastic!

  16. Kunmi

    January 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    BEAUTIFULLLL. LOVE LOVE LOVE 🙂

  17. chubaba

    January 4, 2012 at 7:51 am

    classic…. So tell me why and how can i LEAVE My NAIJA!!!!!

  18. oluwatope oluwadarasimi

    October 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I love my country may God bless Nigerian AM PROUD TO BE A NIGERIAN

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