Download: Life Goes On in Osun
We are pleased to present to you Life Goes On in Osun, a photo chapbook by Oluwatomilola K. Boyinde, a Nigerian documentary photographer. Oluwatomilola captures people’s struggle for survival in Osun State, Nigeria.
“Though we’re facing many trials with great hunger, we do not lose hope.
We are living by faith that we’ll outlive this trying time, while we strive to
survive, against all odds.” – Oluwatomilola K. Boyinde
These photographs are from the “LIFE GOES ON IN OSUN” series. It is an ongoing
documentary photography series being carried out in Osun State, located in the
South-Western part (Yoruba tribe) of Nigeria, by a young Nigerian photographer
Oluwatomilola K. Boyinde. It is a series about the people’s struggle for survival,
against all odds in this period of economic crunch and great hunger that plagues
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For a period close to seven months, the State government was incapacitated to pay
the salaries of its workforce; and now, the government pays half of their salaries,
not even as it when due. Due to this, things have become very tough owing to
backlog of unpaid salaries, arrears and pensions. The people are facing a lot of
hardship, their lives in a tenuous balance. The commercial activities are suffering
and survival is difficult; because everyone is connected directly or indirectly to the
salary earners, the civil servants who their salaries are yet to be paid in full.
The Governor of the State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who was sworn into office on
Saturday, 27th November 2010, attributes the unpaid salaries to the state’s
dwindling allocations from the Federation Account due to tumbling oil prices at the
international market. Meanwhile, political analysts states that the genesis of the
economic crisis that has left the State paralyzed began in 2012 with the increment
in the state’s expenditure due the huge wage bill occasioned by the implementation
of the minimum wage for all junior workers, and later were extended to senior
Osun State came into existence on 27th August, 1991. The State which is one of
the then nine newly created States was carved out of the old Oyo State by the
General Ibrahim Babangida‘s administration. It is one of the 36 States which make
up Nigeria. It covers an area of approximately 14,875 square kilometers, lies
between longitude 04 00E and latitude 05 558”, and is bounded by Ogun, Kwara,
Oyo and Ondo States in the South, North, West and East respectively. The State
runs an agrarian economy with a vast majority of the populace taking to farming.
The State is blessed with vast human resources and an articulate, intelligent,
aggressive, virile and productive workforce. The people are warm and hospitable,
and politically conscious; they have a rich cultural heritage which is eloquently
demonstrated in all areas of their lives. Their culture finds expression in their arts,
literature, music and other social activities.
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The 2006 population and housing census put the population of the State at 3.4
million. There are more than 200 towns, villages and other settlements in the
State. The state has a considerable number of highly urbanized settlements. Some
of the major towns are Osogbo, Ile-Ife, Ilesa, Iwo, and Ede. Osogbo is the capital of
the State (where most of the pictures were snapped), rich in textiles art and crafts,
and famous for the annual Osun Osogbo Festival which attracts tourists from
different part of the world, with its groove enlisted officially as a World Heritage
Site by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in
Durban, South Africa on July 15, 2005.
Oluwatomilola Boyinde is the Publisher & Editor of Master Piz, an online Art Community.
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