The Women Who Live Under the Bridge By Lawal Ayomipo
On my way to work this morning, I went past the Obalende bridge which is my daily route. Today for some weird reason my attention was really drawn to the beautiful women who lived under the bridge. Their sleek contours, their incredibly dark hair, the ambience with which they worked, I was enthralled and couldn’t take my eyes off for some reason.
And no, I’m not a creep. I wasn’t watching the women traders who display their wares even though they’re equally beautiful, I’m referring to the beautiful women strawn on the pillars under the Obalende bridge in colorful graffiti.
I did some research and found out that in 2017 the Lagos Government commissioned an artist Polly Alakija to transform the Falomo bridge, she did and has continued since then.
My personal favorite has to be the Painting of Nigerian Women. 50 women on 50 pillars as ‘pillars of strength’ for the Lagos @50. Each one telling their unique story. You could see the story by just looking at it. Speaking to vanguard at the time of the commissioning, she said; “You know, if you think about women and what they are in the society, they are very often the unsung heroes. They are strong. You know there is this expression: she is a pillar of strength. So that’s what these pillars are: these are my pillars of strength, celebrating women of Lagos in a very soft, gentle way.”
The underside of the Obalende bridge is being renovated to make it comfortable and beautiful for people to relax. Let’s see how it turns out. I’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile just before you get a chance to check the paintings out next time you’re in Obalende, view a couple candid shots of them below;