Skyrocketing growth in Lagos has led to conflicts over land, often resulting in violent attacks on poor communities. More than 30,000 people were forcibly evicted from their homes in the fishing community of Otodo Gbame in November 2016 (see Evictions in Lagos - Otodo Gbame).
Evictions and the resultant loss of homes leave residents as refugees in their own city. Following the evictions in Otodo Gbame, residents from Sogunro, another waterfront informal settlement, travelled through the lagoons of Lagos in boats to collect and accommodate evictees in their own homes.
Residents from Otodo Gbame have suffered greatly, and in many cases have become separated from family. Meanwhile, the already densely populated host-community of Sogunro has been strained by the sudden growth in population. Overcrowding has led to illness and disease outbreaks, though there is no government health centre within the maze of waterfront buildings.
Some residents are slowly starting the process of moving back and rebuilding Otodo Gbame, though the threat of evictions remain for all waterrfront communities in Lagos, including Sogunro. These photographs portray the Sogunro community, and tell the stories of the hosts and evictees who have become refugees in their own city.