Aisha Augie-Kuta

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photoblog image Nature or nurture? We once felt safe

Nature or nurture? We once felt safe

With all that has been going in my country Nigeria lately, I wonder; Are people naturally violent when placed in certain situations or do we pick it up along the way? Children play with toys that mimic reality, does this in any way affect what we become in the future? This is my inspiration for this photo. I think everyday about my children and the world that they grown up in. It was never this bad in our time or were we just not in the know? Too many questions, so little answers.

Nature or nurture? We once felt safe

With all that has been going in my country Nigeria lately, I wonder; Are people naturally violent when placed in certain situations or do we pick it up along the way? Children play with toys that mimic reality, does this in any way affect what we become in the future? This is my inspiration for this photo. I think everyday about my children and the world that they grown up in. It was never this bad in our time or were we just not in the know? Too many questions, so little answers.

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I remember in primary school, our favourite game was 'police & thief' and I will like to think neither of my peers became either or one of the characters we always played. One day as a kid i picked up similar toys in your picture, handcuffs included. Showing them off to my father, i tried on the cuffs to which my father scolded me. That was a whole lesson. Our parents did a good job but I think the society at large played a role so much so that our parents were a little relaxed in their involvement. Unfortunately that luxury is gone now. The society is ineffective which calls for a constant involvement of parents all the way through. I had a.cousin that as a kid, dressed up as a ninja and never became a sword wielding psychopath and I had a superman man costume and I am no one's hero.
Wise choice of tone to tell this story, B&W works really well and the focus on the subject too, spot on!
Aisha Augie-Kuta: Thank you so much for the insight Lawal. It has taken me two years to reply this and I truly apologize. I only just saw your comment now. I agree with you totally. There is a serious breakdown in the system. The media and society at large are no longer watchdogs.
  • Lawal
  • Nigeria
  • 14 Jul 2014, 10:00
Better two years later than never, like the saying goes. But really no apologies needed. Keep up the good work.

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