The dilemma homeless girls face on a daily basis, are dreadfully pitiable. They are condemned to a life of rejection, trauma, deprivation and poverty. Isioma Madike, who took a tour of the city, visiting some bridges, markets and hot spots, serves a story of lost souls
Stories she never ever wants to revisit but which she forever is unable to forget. The early evening is spent rummaging the large garbage piles on the nearby dumps; relentlessly searching for something to fill her aching belly with, before she surrenders to yet another drag of gbana, as hemp is popularly called on the streets. However, Mary is just one of the many homeless girls in the city of Lagos. The mega city nonetheless is as interesting as it is repulsive. While so much goes on in daytime, at nights, the markets and other hot spots turn into something else.
The markets are, indeed, an assemblage of absurdities. They are a mixture of the homeless, miscreants, ruffians, and fraudsters. For most homeless girls, especially those who reside in the markets, the fear of street urchins called area boys in local parlance is palpable. 781b155fdc