INTO THE NIGER DELTA

OKAHANDJA 90 is working on an interactive graphic novel SPOILED that combines illustration and photography. SPOILED looks at the oil resource curse as it unfolds on the final frontiers of Africa. Team member and photojournalist Akindtunde Akinleye has been documenting the effects of oil in his home country Nigeria for the past . He is also the first Nigerian to be awarded the prestigious World Press Photo award in 2007.  Read his article about his journeys into the Niger Delta, a region that has endured the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez oil spill every year for the past 50 years:  http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/01/15/oil-and-the-delta-bush/

"My birthplace is a country of 160 million — a vibrant population housing something like one fifth of the world’s black people. It is blessed – or should I say cursed? — with huge natural resources. The people are its best resource, more important than oil or gas — though politicians seem to forget this sometimes. Oil bubbling out of the ground has swollen this beast of corruption to monstrous proportions. Elites from every corner of the country struggle to get a piece of the ‘national cake’, neglecting education, employment, health care and infrastructure to wallow in disrepair as they chase the oil dollars." - Akintunde Akinleye

Photo by Akintunde Akinleye

Photo by Akintunde Akinleye