Footage courtesy of Deji Akinpelu

In a city that has a population of more than 21 million people - and is expected to triple by 2050 - how do you balance the needs and demands of all who call it home? In a city that generates around one-third of the country's gross domestic product, how do you progress without leaving millions behind? 

Lagos, Nigeria is facing a crisis caused by its rapid growth.

Crumbling infrastructure cannot support the sheer volume of traffic that ensues each day - causing commute times of two to three hours. More than half of the population is living on less than two U.S. dollars a day - the reality of a largely informal working economy. Electricity is haphazard, often having multiple outages in a day. Education is too expensive for many families, leaving a large portion of the population uneducated. 

The list goes on. 

So, in a city where nearly two-thirds of the population live in slums, what is it like when the impoverished fall through the cracks as the city hurtles forward?

This project is a small glimpse into the complex problems surrounding the city and the ramifications of misaligned interests between the government, the wealthy and the overwhelming majority. 

Inside are the stories of individuals and communities that are trying to make a positive impact, trying to shake up the status quo, and sadly, those that have been crushed by an imbalanced system.