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Welcome to the Ghetto

Ibadan: delivery
 

“Welcome to the ghetto.”

A half-day spent in one of Ibadan’s tight shanty town communities, sniffing out sufficiently conducive contexts and people to conduct interviews. The game centers you can hear echoing through the alleyways – kids playing FIFA 20xx, the sound of Premiership commentators and the crowd’s roar.

Ad-hoc interviews are easier to conduct in a tight physical space – the element of genuine surprise, less opportunity to size you up, more opportunities to move the conversation to meaningful. Despite, or perhaps because of, the poverty, the heat, the open sewers, these are the days.