Niger Delta


Samuel James

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This project seeks to provide the public with an intimate and nuanced visual record of the ongoing struggle for power, land and oil in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, one of the world’s largest and most polluted oil-producing regions. The work begins deep within the Delta’s spiritual heartland, at the source of its crude oil, where riverine villagers eke out their subsistence from the surrounding creeks and forests. From here, we trace the passage of crude up and down the echelons of power and explore the damage it inflicts on those who don’t have access to its benefits.


Samuel James has spent the past four years working on an extensive documentary engagement with Nigeria, Africa's most populous and largest oil producing nation. In the fall, he teaches nonfiction storytelling at the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the Institute for Global Leadership of Tufts University. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he is based in Lagos and New York City.

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