The Heir


My first story from Nigeria, done together with my colleague Øystein Mikalsen, is from Goi in southern part of the country. Goi is one of the villages that have paid the highest price for the country’s oil drilling. In 2004 a massive oil-leakage upstream from Goi forced the villagers to move out. Still today everything is contaminated. People have been deprived of the livelyhood. Crude oil is the blessing of the elite, and the curse of the ordinary man and woman in Nigeria.

For the full story and more pictures, go to our blog Untold Stories.


45 thoughts on “The Heir

  1. Superb photograph Otto. The multinationals have little regard for anything bar the bottom line and the shareholders. Ordinary decent folk don’t figure if they get in the way of yet more profit. In the west, governments temper their activities with regulation to a degree. In Africa, so long as the president has got a new personal jet, they can do what they like.

  2. This is the sad part of it all … great photo. We destroy so much to get what we want .. and we don’t take in consideration what happens to those that has to live it – how their lives change in another direction. Look at all the king prawn farming … and what that do the nature. Here in Sweden they don’t sell farmed king prawns anymore.

  3. Great images, both here and in your other blog, but such a sad sad story… And very shocking.
    We had a disaster here too in Quebec last July, nothing to compare with this village, but a train with many wagons transporting crude oil derailed and exploded, destroying half of downtown of Lac Mégantic village, (about an hour drive from where I live) and killing fifty two people.
    These stories are so sad…

  4. This is shocking, initially I felt it was beautiful picture (the photograph still is), but was shocked when i read this to see how horrible this must be. It’s an oil leakage, that’s among the worst things that can happen.

  5. Otto, I am glad that you are reporting about these atrocities and, thus, create more awareness of them! There is so much of this going on around the world. It’s like an epidemic. It’s so huge that the onlooker feels paralyzed by its immensity.

  6. Add to this, (while on a somewhat smaller scale than the big-news oil disasters, but nevertheless just as intense), Duke Energy’s recent coal ash spill in my state, NC. Cause and effect everywhere, large and small. Have enjoyed reading about the smaller farmers and fishermen in Africa, Otto. Great, albeit sad, stories; thanks for sharing.

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