As last year announced Nigeria as Africa’s fastest growing economy, the effects are evident. Abuja, the country’s capital of fourteen years, is barely recognisable from its former state. New roads sprawl across the city and shopping centres, churches and mosques are springing up with the same ferocity. Further East, into the rural areas of the country, Asaba’s new airport is a testament to President Goodluck’s government, with whom there seems to be a more egalitarian distribution of government funds than his predecessors. As a result, if you want to travel around the country, flying’s the best way to go. Internal flights have become relatively cheap, but be warned that they run firmly on African time; translation – they’ll change the flight time by 5 hours and tell you when you arrive to check in that you’re early or have already missed it. Whether it’s Abuja or Lagos, although the streets are peppered with okadas and public buses, you’ll need a driver to get around. In ever expanding cities, walking is virtually impossible, and in the heat, you wouldn’t want to.
- Arabella Hamilton
A selection of the images accompanying this article are taken from a project by Jane Hahn, a photographer based in Senegal, whose work ranges from post-conflict areas to everyday life in West Africa