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Osogbo in Osun state


market experience starts early
market experience starts early
The Yoruba city that became the city of Suzanne Wenger: Osogbo is about 200/250km north east from Lagos. It features an interesting mix of churches and mosques. The railway crosses the town.

Osogbo central mosque
Osogbo central mosque
The oldest part is hosting a market along several narrow streets, the remains of a palace, the grand mosque with a dome partly damaged as if a bomb had landed there. Grass grows on the edge of its roofs. It is built of stone the same way as the cathedral which looks much less impressive and all towards the sky.

the cathedral of all saints
the cathedral of all Saints
A part of the market is dedicated to witchcraft.
A lot of the houses could actually be very beautiful colonial buildings were they not in an advance stage of dilapidation. Their façade are reddish yellow as if the ground had slowly varnished them.

faded beauty
faded beauty

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