Train Voyage Across Nigeria
Ever since the railway line connecting Lagos, in Nigeria’s south, with Kano, in the north, reopened in December 2012, I’ve wanted to make this journey. The north and the south are essentially two different entities — Lagos is a hub of growth; Kano is an ancient trading city just south of the Sahara that struggles with incursions from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. This is among the longest train lines in Nigeria, covering roughly 700 miles from lush wetlands to sweeping desert and brush. Nigeria can be a hard place to take photographs; it’s not a country with press freedom, and people usually greet strangers with suspicion. But on this trip, I became a familiar face. I was surprised how easily I could move around.