Lagos, Nigeria a photo essay by Anton Crone, Executive Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi Cape Town
A guest post by Anton Crone, Executive Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi Cape Town
The belief is that when you go to Lagos, your hotel room is only good enough as a place to curl up and weep as you wait for the dawn to come.
Luckily our hotel was superb but the truth is we hardly spent any time there as we didn’t want the nights to end. In Lagos, karaoke is king; outdoor bars with huge flat screens displaying the latest music vids or live football are everywhere and the disco’s would make it a regular stop on John Travolta’s flight schedule.
And when the day does dawn, you’ve got plenty of light ahead of you to explore the city that epitomizes Africa. It is extreme. Traffic rules are made up on the spot. Poverty and agrarian life meet wealth and commerce head on. Victoria Island is the Manhattan of Nigeria, but the projects are more decrepit and even closer. And then there are the people. On my visit there I was as amused by the anecdotes of a Senator as I was by those of a shopkeeper. I was inspired by their lofty ambitions and the certainty that they would achieve them. I was humbled by their friendliness and acceptance.
Here are a few images that I hope capture a sense of this: