Challenging Frequent Police Raids in Urban Slums

  Young people living in the slums and informal settlements have one major pain: they are stereotyped and negatively labelled as criminals. These stereotypes and negative labels often provide justifications for security agents to frequently raid their homes and communities, arresting and detaining them in the disguise of fighting crime. Working in collaboration with SPACES…

Pushing for Change through Digital Story-telling

After participating in an intensive 5-day course on digital story-telling, 15 youths from informal settlements across Lagos State have learned how to produce their own digital stories about the social inequalities, extreme deprivations and forced displacement that they face everyday. Through a 7-part process, the participants comprising 8 males and 7 females, aged 20-35 years,…

Averting Another Round of Forced Evictions in Badia Community

A government-community policy dialogue that SPACES FOR CHANGE brokered between the Nigerian Railway Corporation and Ijora-Badia residents have averted another round of evictions in the community.   Ijora Badia has been the theater of repeated demolitions, forced evictions of historic proportions, which have resulted in significant disruption of social and economic activities. When officials of…

Communities Alliance against Displacement (CAD) Launched

Leaders and representatives of slum and displaced communities across Lagos have come together under one banner–‘Communities Alliance against Displacement’ (CAD)–to develop a common agenda for tackling forced evictions and mass displacements in the state. Launched on February 15, 2017, CAD is a loose network of community organizations pooling together their resources to address the land…

Death, Despair Haunts Badia Community

Iya Ope is DEAD!   Iya Ope’s death adds to the list of recurrent tragedies disproportionately affecting women and children in Badia-East community (in Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos) following the September 2015 demolitions and forced evictions of homes and businesses in the area. Bulldozers operated by Lagos State officials, in connivance with a private family,…