Boyz In The Cloudz by Sebastian Barros

Boyz In The Cloudz by Sebastian Barros

Dense clouds of smoke surround the face of ‘Six Tigers’; leader of the Idiogun Boys. In-between extorting cash, smoking weed passes the time: “Marijuana is like pure water here,” says Six Tigers as he puffs a joint, whilst sitting under the stairway of a crumbling building with members of his gang

Few are proud to be Area Boys, and many often find themselves on those street corners or knocking on car windows due to financial hardship. Their parents are unable to pay their secondary school tuition or they have been expelled. Shame keeps them from returning home.

Boyz In The Clouds shot by Sebastian Barros is a rare glimpse into the gang’s downtime, where marijuana is the escape from the harsh realities of gang life in Lagos.