Photojournalist of the month: Andrew Esiebo

As a diversion from the conflict zone and humanitarian subject photographers typically featured on MdM, this month Andrew Esiebo is in the frame for his coverage of an often overlooked determinant of health. The images below are from his on-going ‘Mutation’ series in which he explores architecture and captures urban elements that mark or represent the transformative history of Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. Safe settlement is a priority not only of the UN-Habitat initiative, but urban health is a well-established field in its own right.

But this portfolio is, at its core, a personal endeavour for Esiebo. Lagos is his birth town, hometown and current base for his worldwide commissions (including organisations such as UNICEF) that seek him out for his willingness to expose and highlight stories of cultural richness and narratives of change. In the case of Nigeria, his work exhibits a fondness for football, music, God captured with an eye that attempts to make them somehow new.

'Mutation'. Nnamdi Azikiwe street, the business district of Lagos and the commercial nerve of Lagos. Image Credit: Andrew Esiebo.

‘Mutation’. Nnamdi Azikiwe street, the business district of Lagos and the commercial nerve of Lagos.

 

'Mutation'. Tafa balewa Square, Lagos, on lagos Island. Image Credit: Andrew Esiebo.

‘Mutation’. Tafa Balewa Square, Lagos, on Lagos Island.

 

'Mutation'. View of Marina Street, Lagos Island, the business district of Lagos and the commercial nerve of Lagos. Image Credit: Andrew Esiebo.

‘Mutation’. View of Marina Street, Lagos Island, the business district of Lagos and the commercial nerve of Lagos.

 

'Mutation' series. Image Credit: Andrew Esiebo.

Rising. ‘Mutation’ series.

 

Otodo Gbame, Lekki, Lagos. A view of Otodo Gbamé, a fishing slum community tucked in fast up moving Lekki peninsular district in Lagos. It has experience various land conflicts because of the surge in land demands for the costly real estate proliferating Lekki. Over the course of two days, 500 homes were burned, two young men and three children were killed, and 14 people were injured. Image Credit: Andrew Esiebo.

A view of Otodo Gbamé, a fishing slum community tucked in fast up moving Lekki peninsular district in Lagos. It has experienced various land conflicts because of the surge in land demands for the costly real estate proliferating Lekki. Over the course of two days, 500 homes were burned, two young men and three children were killed, and 14 people were injured.

 

'Mutation'. Ebute- Metta area, on the mainland of Lagos, Nigeria. Image Credit: Andrew Esiebo.

‘Mutation’. Ebute-Metta area, on the mainland of Lagos, Nigeria.

 

'Mutation'. Tafa balewa Square, Lagos, on lagos Island. Image Credit: Andrew Esiebo.

‘Mutation’. Tafa Balewa Square, Lagos, on Lagos Island.

 

'Mutation'. Ebute- Metta area, on the mainland of Lagos, Nigeria. Image Credit: Andrew Esiebo.

‘Mutation’. Ebute- Metta area, on the mainland of Lagos, Nigeria.

 

'Mutation'. Ebute- Metta area, on the mainland of Lagos, Nigeria. Image Credit: Andrew Esiebo.

‘Mutation’. Ebute- Metta area, on the mainland of Lagos, Nigeria.

 

Image Credit (all): Andrew Esiebo

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