Curse of the Black Gold

Curse of the Black Gold

The Niger Delta is rich in oil, yet Nigerians living there are poorer than ever, violence is rampant, and the land and water are fouled.

In this National Geographic multimedia presentation, viewers come to understand the downside of what it means to live in an “oil rich” nation. This is the story of how such a commodity creates rather than solves problems. The people of the Niger Delta tell their own stories about the impact of oil on their lives when such a resource is not managed well. (“A hungry man is an angry man.”) This presentation collects photos and audio made by photographer Ed Kashi, resulting in five audio slide-show segments of approximately 60-90 seconds each. Also includes links to related National Geographic article, photo gallery, field notes from Ed Kashi and writer Tom O’Neill, and links to other relevant resources.

Photography and audio: Ed Kashi

Producer: Miki Meek

Design and production: T. Kevin Kilgore

Photo Editor: Kurt Mutchier

Photo Coordinator: Whitney Hall