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THE PRICE OF URBANISATION.
Martha, a mother of 3, looks intently into the future that seems to be bleak. She's one of the victims whose house had been demolished by the government to in August; 2021. 
Martha, stands in front of her demolished house. 
Martha and her last child poses for a portrait in a small room where she now finds refuge. 
 Shedrach Meshack, a 300l student of the University of Abuja. His house had been marked for the next demolition exercise and this has completely left him restless. 
A portrait of Shadrach in his room. (He says he's greatest fear is going for lectures then coming back to meet a demolished house. Hence, he moves around with his most valuable properties "certificates" anytime he steps out).
Halima, in front of her demolished house. 
Salami Suleiman stands in the remains of his demolished "3 bedroom" bungalow house. He is married with four kids. All he could save prior to the demolition were just bed and television. 

Mr and Mrs Isiaka Oluwatoyin poses for a portrait in front of their demolished house. 
Mr and Mrs Isiaka with their kids.
Mr Isiaka Oluwatoyin and his kids poses for a portrait in a mosque where they currently find refuge as a result of the demolition of their house.
Mr Martins, a school teacher and a married married man with a kid is also a victim of the demolition, August; 2021. 

Mr Ezekiel Nyam, 52. A Tiv man, who left Benue due to the Fulani herdsmen crisis to relocate to Abuja where he had been able to build himself and his family a home which was later demolished. He is a farmer and an Iron Bender. 
A woman stands in front of her demolished house.
Mr Mohammed, a chief in Iddo Village was also not spared as his house was also demolished.
Siblings who's family house had been demolished starres into the sky to watch a drone fly as it captures the ruins that had been done in their area. 
A child, standing in a place she once called home. 
 Mother poses for a portrait with her kids. They are also a victim. 

A victim stands on the remains of her demolished house.
Mr Isiaka shares an intimate moment with his new born child at front of the mosque where they live ever since their house had been demolished.
Mrs Halima stands inside the mosque, in front of her few belongings that was saved before the demolition. 

A "nunu" seller hawks on the demolition site, 2021. 
"The Price of Urbanisation"
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in Abuja demolished houses (which are believed to be "illegal" ) built at Sabo Iddo community near the University of Abuja permanent site. 
Sabo Iddo is a home to many students, petty traders, and mostly, the low-income earners who do not have the resources to live in the more civilised part of the F.C.T. 
Mr Ikharo Attah, the Chairman, FCTA Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation, said the exercise was aimed at promoting sanity in line with the Abuja master plan and to foster a better modernised and civilised vicinity! But this is certainly at the expense of the Residents, whose house are being demolished without any compensation from the government. 
This project seeks to showcase the victims who have directly paid the price for urbanisation and as such, making many of them homeless, and hopeless, whilst they look out for any possible help for shelter.
THE PRICE OF URBANISATION.
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Adesegun Adeokun

THE PRICE OF URBANISATION.

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