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Ever lived in a ghetto? How was it like?

This week’s vox pop is an interesting one as we shared in the experiences of people who have once lived in the ghetto. We threw out this opinion poll to people on Facebook and we were able to harness reactions of different sorts.

According to dictionary.com, ghetto is defined as a section of a city, especially a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships.

We find that this slum area particularly in Lagos state is on the increase. Some of the commentators sarcastically referred to the whole of Nigeria as a ghetto.

Below were some of the responses:

Aop Heritage – “Ghetto with morning trouble. To use bathroom and pit toilet sef na wayec. Edumare punish poverty.”

Ogedengbe Sunday ghetto! abi, what did u call it? is nigeria not a #ghetto?

Felix O Sylvanus Ghetto could be relative. The experience differs. For me, growing and having to pass throu that arena was really fun at that time. Piling in up to use the three available toilets and the three available bathrooms. Having to join the entourage of some nice cook sharing the same kitchen according to your block. The football space and having someone always there to chase you every every time..smiles.. Growing up was really fun not having a huge barricaded walls separating each house…lots more

Akinbode Israel. Fun. Fights. No privacy. Noise. Snores. Smoke. Heat. Congestion. Ruggedness. Survival.

Lolo Ruth Chins Everybody gat your back in ghetto, those guys that are term ‘bad’ are the ones with the most creative and beautiful minds, if the thieves know you they cannot steal from you, no criticism, everybody wants you to succeed so you can come back and help others.

Ruth Ewere The best place to live on

O’Kemi Drummer As a child, I lived in the Mushin ghetto. It was fun for us as children.

I will never live there again with my children. That era is gone forever.

So, let’s hear from you. Have you ever lived in a ghetto? How was it like?

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