Monday, August 9, 2010

The Best Nigerian Road Shots

Driving on Nigeria's roads means to always be prepared for the unexpected: we saw horrible accidents involving trucks carrying gasoline, goats and whole families being transported on little motor cycles, cars loaded to the brink and in Kano we suddenly had a herd of cattle come at us, surround us and move on...

The pollution created by two-stroke engines is massive. Kano in the North has the worst air pollution I've seen in a long time, probably rivaled only by Moscow at the moment.

Traffic rules are truly Darwinian: when approaching an intersection one needs to intimidate the other cars by honking and not showing any indication of slowing down. There will come a critical traffic density where the implementation of 'real' traffic rules will become unavoidable. Until then the 'single actor' perspective will prevail.

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