Earth is our Home – A flashback to the Olusosun dumpsite Fire Incident in Lagos

Earth is our Home - A flashback to the Olusosun dumpsite Fire Incident in Lagos

By Eti-Inyene Godwin, Media Associate (Photography), Social Good Lagos, as part of World Environment Day 2018 Online Campaign

The Olusosun Landfill in Lagos, Nigeria is the largest dumpsite in Africa, and one of the largest in the world. During the late hours of Wednesday (March 14th, 2018), there was pandemonium in Lagos State as fire erupted from Olusosun dumpsite.

The men of the Lagos State Fire Service were almost overwhelmed as the raging fire worsened by exploding combustible material and they couldn’t contained it as thick smokes from the fire engulfed the vicinity for more than three weeks.

Due to its proximity to residential areas, some residents had to flee from their homes because the smoke from the fire was just too much to bear. As of the time I documented this fire incidence, It was four days after the fire started.

Some people also lived in the dumpsites and I met a woman that told me that she has been living inside the Olusosun dumpsite with her family for more than ten years.


Over the years, we has been saddled with lots of environmental issues in Nigeria (including deforestation, desertification, and pollution), all of which can be attributed to the nonchalant way we relate with the environment, It starts with us.

We need to start taking issues about our environment seriously because EARTH IS OUR HOME.

Together we can push for a cleaner, greener future by controlling our plastic usage. HAPPY WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY

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