Friday, January 28, 2011

Video - Life on the Edge: Meet Lagos's Area Girls

Every big city has gangs of young people on the margins. In Lagos, Nigeria, it's the Area Boys, bands of children and teenagers who scratch a living from petty crime and the informal economy.

But when you're an Area Girl, life can be even tougher, especially in Lagos's teeming Ajegunle ghetto.

We follow one charismatic Area Girl, Onyinye, as she tries to make a life amid the Area Boys, learning about adolescent sexuality, ethics, and social responsibility.

Onyinye and her friends take us into the Area Girls' world of street runs, bottle fights and internet cafe dreams of breaking out into another world of schooling, modelling, family, or simply a decent wage.


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