Lagos: Life By The Railway In Pictures

Every day, hundreds of people – young and old –hurry to board the train in order to beat the hectic traffic in Lagos.

Then you spot them- either sitting inside the train, on top of the train, or hanging by the railings… all that matters is that they beat the train schedule and arrive at their destination, safely.

But the thrust of this photo report is not about the life of train commuters but the life that exists at the rail line.

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The railway line is a hub of activities. A trader gets ready to display her wares along the Ikeja Railway line.

 

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Clothes and furniture makers are not also left out of the flourishing business along the railway

Clothes and furniture makers are not also left out of the flourishing business along the railway

Activities by the railway will not be complete without mentioning the hausa/Fulani beggars and Internally Displaced People (IDP) who make their living begging by the railway

Activities by the railway will not be complete without mentioning the hausa/Fulani beggars and Internally Displaced People (IDP) who make their living begging by the railway

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Business thrive amidst dirty environment along the rail-line

Given the number of people that pass by the railway and on the train daily, the railway serve as a good place for political leaders to canvass for vote. A poster of the newly-elected president and vice-president, Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo is displayed in Hausa community in Agege, Lagos.

Given the number of people that pass by the railway and on the train daily, the railway serve as a good place for political leaders to canvass for vote. A poster of the newly-elected president and vice-president, Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo is displayed in Hausa community in Agege, Lagos.

 

 

Inside one of the trains in Nigeria. Most of these train are worn out as they have not been replaced since Nigeria gained its independence from the colonial government in 1960...

Inside one of the trains in Nigeria. Most of these train are worn out as they have not been replaced since Nigeria gained its independence from the colonial government in 1960…

 

Have you ever traveled around Lagos by train? What is your take on the experience?

 

 

Busayo Sotunde is a prolific writer with special focus on Business, Entrepreneurship, Reproductive Health and other development issues in Africa. Her articles have been published by different outlets including Investing Port and Ventures-Africa.com. She has a penchant for reading and sustainable development. Follow Busayo on Twitter @BusayomiSotunde

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