Durbar festivals are celebrated at the culmination of the Eid-ar Fitr and Eid-al-Adha in several states across Nigeria, particularly in locations where there’s a lot of people practicing the Islamic Religion. A colorful parade that usually ends in front of the Emir’s Palace. Although started in 1911 as a political colonial tool, over the years the Durbar has taken on the flavors and cultures of the people who organize and participate in the Durbar.
One of the largest constructions of the colonials before leaving Nigeria, the Makurdi Bridge was built to replace the old ferry services offered by the Nigerian Railway Service in 1932. The bridge eventually served as an escape route for Nigerians of Igbo extraction fleeing from their homes in Northern Nigeria due to the pogrom that heralded the beginning of the Nigerian Civil War.
The images showcase different buildings and the varieties that can be found across the country. From the little town of Iseyin to a mudhouse in Kura and the Emir’s Palace in Kano.
This particular picture brings to mind Bon Jovi’s lyrics “… live when I’m alive, sleep when I’m dead.”
Nigeria’s landscape is a photographer’s paradise with her hills, mountains, deep forests, and rivers.
One of the stereotypes of Nigeria is her overpopulation, and the starving children, but these young ones burst that myth.