africanurbanismPart 2: The same space, captured by three shots at three different (but subsequent) points in time: City transport and engineering specialists design and build Owerri’s streets, sidewalks and medians, but its everyday pedestrians, commuters, and vehicle drivers who inform these spaces through their movements, which are sometimes planned, sometimes unplanned.
The city of Owerri has six major corridors, each of which connects it to a neighboring city or town (Onitsha Road, Orlu Road, Okigwe Road, Port Harcourt Road, Egbu Road, and Aba Road). On these major urban corridors, intersecting streets are the opportunity to turn right, left or to turn around - but they are few and far between (approximately 100-500meters between intersections on these roads, which are also concentrated commercial corridors). It’s a deliberate and controlled design, but consistently subverted by drivers who find and create opportunities to turn, turn around, reverse, and essentially, to more easily operate in the city.
In his book The Practice of Everyday Life, Michel de Certeau differentiated between dominant institutions that possess the strategic power to impose abstract models and to design the spatial environment from less powerful individuals operating within these spaces; although the individual inhabitant is forced to operate within a set physical environment, his/her power is opportunistic and manifested through unexpected tactical appropriations - in his book, de Certeau imagined a pedestrian cutting a street corner to create a shorter route; every day in Nigeria, it’s keke and other drivers (shown here) who run over and gradually obliterate street medians, so as to create the opportunities to make convenient u-turns in their restrictive city.
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