Black Panther: A Better Future is Possible

For the 29 young people from Lagos informal communities, Black Panther was more than just a movie. 29 of them participated in the March 28, 2018 private viewing session at Ozone Cinema, coordinated by SPACES FOR CHANGE’S | S4C’s Youth Development Team. Communities where these young people live, often called slums, is characterized by decades of governmental…

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…

Enough! Stop criminalizing young people living in the slums!

Miscreants. Street urchins. Drug addicts. Criminals. Thugs. Prostitutes. These are examples of the negative adjectives commonly used to describe young people living in urban slums and informal settlements. Labeling them in this manner often provides justification for security agents to routinely raid the spaces and places where they live, leading to the arrest and detention…

Slum Youth Challenge the Rhetoric of Hooliganism and Criminality

With support from Spaces for Change, the youth living in the Lagos slums of Ijora Badia-East and Ebutte-Metta are using arts, music, dance, drama, skill acquisition training and public concerts to challenge popular narratives that label them as “criminals, hoodlums, miscreants.”  At a public concert held in Badia East on March 30, 2016, hundreds of local…