Here are the last set of photographs from my last day in Abuja…
1. t’s so easy to take a constant water supply for granted.
2. Churchgoers shine in the morning sun.
3. A supply of firewood: your cooking and heating all rolled up in a single log.
4. Zinc roofs talk to the sky. “If only you knew what went on down below, you’d be smiling too.”
5. For some, like this brick transporter, Sunday is not a day of rest.
6. One container of water ready to go.
7. The Gishiri Village streets come to life. Not slowly, but in a flash: suddenly the streets are alive!
8. The yellow keke is on the lookout for passengers. It will find them soon enough.
9. Occasionally I catch a glimpse of goings on in between the in betweens…
10. Two yellow suns light up the neighbourhood.
11. Technically those kids are not in prison. On the other hand, some force is holding them back. They look, they long, but do not move.
12. Business as usual.
13. A beauty salon opens up for the day.
14. Easy-to-find transport. Move your gear from A to B at an extremely reasonable price.
15. One last check before heading out on another day of zipping from here to there and back.
16. What this picture cannot capture is the sound of multiple church services singing out from an endless array of PA speakers.
17. Tires for sale. Arranged as if on a ceremonial pole.
18. A motorcycle bleeds oil under the watchful eye of a motor mechanic.
19. Another football match takes place in the grounds of our friend the primary school.
20. Mechanical preparations for the week ahead.
21. Dog sees something interesting. Dog wants to investigate. Dog can’t go anywhere because of the leash around its neck.
22. The local kerosene store. In the background, up on the hill, are neighbouring villas from a very different world.
23. During a recent Global Baby Convention, an international panel of baby judges declared this a most excellent mode of transport.
24. Second hand home appliances wait patiently for new owners.
25. I decided to stop and say “Hello” to a lizard. It’s not quite as easy as you think: them lizards refuse to stay still.
26. A look back at the local primary school.
27. Sunday is another busy day for motorcycle taxis.
28. I came across a washing party. Lots of soap and laughter.
29. It’s very easy to cross paths with cattle.
30. The boy in the red shirt is cattle boss for the afternoon. His style was pretty laid back.
31. One day, like the village, the building on the right will give way for something new.
32. There’s only one reason this cow grazes alone on a sunny Sunday morning… The answer has something to do with misbehaviour.
33. Sometimes the world lines up in a peculiar fashion.
34. One person’s abandoned is someone else’s hangout.
35. Fumigator Man is out on a fumigation mission. Things are about to get ugly.
36. Cattle during an early morning grazing break.
37. A cup floats in a tub of water. Do I hear an invitation?
38. Buckets love to be filled, but very few people like filling them.
39. One last look at the cattle…
40. The orange gas cylinders are the reason I took this photograph. I passed them almost every day of my visitand always wondered ‘Why are they there?’