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Life 8 - Scent of the Streets

Nigeria has had some success in getting more women into government and business. But what about at street level--in the crowded and often violent slums of the capital, Lagos? Every big city has gangs of young people on the margins; in Lagos, it's the 'Area Boys', gangs of youths who 'control' the neighborhood who know how to play rough and dirty to survive. So what's an 'Area Girl'? Is she tough and 'cool' too, or just a young woman without a job? With 10 brothers and sisters, Onyinye left school at the age of 12. Now she shoulders the responsibility for caring for her siblings by working on the street. But Onyinye wants a legitimate career--and dreams of becoming a catwalk model.

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