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Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria

Makoko : An aquatic shanty town in the center of Lagos. This community was originally created in the middle of Lagos in the 19th century by the Tofinu people of Ganvié, the Venice of Africa, in what is today the Benin Republic. Makoko is an informal settlement across from the 3rd Mainland Bridge located in central Lagos. This community is often a considered something of a "no man's land" as far as law enforcement is concerned... French is very useful here when speaking to the elders ! The authorities of Lagos have destroyed the entire village many times in attempts to clean things up, but like a phoenix, Makoko consistently reappears.