Monday, 28 December 2009

A village on stilts

Not very far from Cotonou city, is the fishing village of Ganvie. Populated with fisherfolk of Tofinu community, it is said that the ancestors of the present residents moved into this swampy patch running away from the slave hunters of the 17th Century. The village is built on stilts, and the community members ride boats into the city to sell their fish and buy their material needs. Women have a strong social and economic presence.

Varun and I shot these pictures.


  1. Great Pictures Gopi and Varun! I guess women having a bigger social and economic presence is common place in all African cultures.

  2. Nice pictures Gopi, Varun seems to be taking on from papa as far as pictures go.