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A shot from Nigeria Streets. Nigerian Streets are filled with these bikes(popularly known as Okada) mainly because they navigate the Nigerian roads easily during traffic jams. I spotted this interesting bike as we drove past the market. I said to myself "oh my God, this guy is actually carrying 4 Tires", this shot makes me think of things people do to make ends meet

whatever it takes

A shot from Nigeria Streets. Nigerian Streets are filled with these bikes(popularly known as Okada) mainly because they navigate the Nigerian roads easily during traffic jams. I spotted this interesting bike as we drove past the market. I said to myself "oh my God, this guy is actually carrying 4 Tires", this shot makes me think of things people do to make ends meet

comments (22)

  • Mia
  • Americana
  • 9 Jan 2007, 00:38
It definitely ain't easy carrying those tires like that... but interestng too cuz like you pointed it out, it makes you wonder the lengths ppl go to to make ends meet. Thank you for sharing.
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks for stopping by.
Tremendously captured shot from Nigerian slum village.
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Ogonna.
Nice photograph. The balance of the man carrying 4 tires is an amazing capture. Good eye!
  • Dudee thea
  • Purwokerto, Indonesia
  • 9 Jan 2007, 03:07
intersting object,,the man is very strong wink
i like this shot dotun. its simular to another one you took with a guy balancing tires while riding on the back of a bike. i really like the treatment youve done with this one.
The use of sepia tone really enhances this very interesting shot!
  • sk
  • 9 Jan 2007, 06:55
AWESOME capture, God help naija
  • P.J.
  • 9 Jan 2007, 07:51
Looks like such an old photo. I really like it!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jan 2007, 08:35
An excellent capture and posting Dotun. I can see why you enjoyed your visit - there should be many of these photo moments there.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2007, 08:37
This is life as it is, dear Dotun! What a nice capture and I do like it in sepia, as already mentioned.
Superb capture Dotun, I like the way you've processed it too.
Amazing... !!! The "green" filter on the black and white well suits the capture... from another time, another place... well done Dotun.
great capture. way to have your camera handy.
  • Feyi
  • SW19
  • 9 Jan 2007, 13:48
it's really strange how something perfectly 'normal' in one country will be classified as an assault on the senses in another country.
i am sure nobody in lagos bothered to cast a second glance at the '4 tyre guy'.
now imagine someone tried that here, he would immediately be mistaken for a circus or freakshow.
like i always say, God will ask us why we just stood and watched while our fellow humans bled for the sake of bread.

Not so much the photo, but the image.
Rant over.
This type of situations does not occur habitually where we move, for that reason these images are more impressive. I like much the tone of color that you have given him.
well done dotun, funny as ever
oh my gosh!!!!! Nice 1 ; good eye : nice editing.........am awaiting the other Lagos runs........
  • Mal
  • 9 Jan 2007, 22:22
Hey D, You spotted a contestant in the strong man comp training on his way to work! wink

On a serious note, this is a really great image! I hope that you do not mind me commenting that, I have noticed you stepping up a gear with your images! This is thought provoking and well excecuted and processed and I look forward to more of the same. Mal
na wa ooo
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 9 Jan 2007, 23:56
Good grief! It must be some powerful bike, because this chap is riding pillion!

I couldn't lift two of these tyres at once let alone carry four with my arms stretched out like that.
As Mal says, this is a really thought provoking image. Thank you.
  • Roode$t
  • Eko, Naija
  • 15 Jan 2007, 11:45
Good one here... deliberately or otherwise, you nearly had me believing the guy that was carrying the tyres was also piloting the okada simultaneously....
good good

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