I'm Andrew Howard, a 21year old college student out of San Diego California. This is one way to share my photos.
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Delta Nigeria - The Rape of Paradise, photographer George Osodi
“Nigeria is West Africa’s largestproducerof crude oil but years of corruption and poor governance has left the southern Niger Delta desperately poor, its environment devastatedby oil spills and gas flares and other environmental hazards as a result of activities of the oil companies in the region.
The story of Oil Rich Niger Delta started almost 10 years ago when Osodi decided to leave his well-paid job as a banker to buy a camera and teach himself photography. It didn’t start too well. First of all, no one in Nigeria, he said, takes photography seriously and he received no encouragement from neither his friends nor his family.
To him, the Delta region, where he grew up is an endless source of wonder and stories of pollution, conflicts, greed, danger but also hope. However, no matter how hard he looked, every piece of documentation about it had been made by foreigners. He thought that the fact that he grew up ‘inside’ those issues would give him a perspective no foreigner could have.”