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In Nigeria, we say that those who do not work hard should not eat...

My father died when he was 52, my grandfather when he was 48 and I'm 50.
Most men in Nigeria die when they are between 30 and 50 years old. Their wives usually live 20 years longer. These men are mostly low-skilled and manual workers. They often die because of accidents associated with their heavy work. I have been photographing ten young laborer and asked about their life situation and what they think about the future ... They are in their lives best moments and have a lot ahead of them. These men love their work and do it with all their hearts.

I have chosen to show them in portraits because it's where I see the vulnerability of their souls and I have also chosen to show one image from their place of work.

Young laborer in Nigeria are living dangerously. It's like a vicious circle that these men are into and cannot escape.

My own father died when he was fifty-two years old. He was a businessman and had a stroke. My grandfather died when he was 48. He was an officer in the Nigerian army.

My heart goes out to all workers who die defending their own pride and humanity. If the government takes care of all workers, the destiny of our nation will change and our harvest would be abundant.

The president of Nigeria said that the country has lost more than 400 billion dollars to corruption since independence. He went further to say that corruption is the worst part of human rights violation. With this level of brutality in Nigeria no child can grow. The question is what is going to happen to the next generation of Nigerian workers and laborer?