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50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta takes a graphic look at the profound cost of oil exploitation in West Africa. This body of work traces the impact of the 50-year history of Nigeria’s oil interests and the resulting environmental degradation and community conflicts that have plagued the region. This project explores the frustrated expec- tations, widespread indignation and unprecedented restiveness between the local communities and oil companies on the one hand, and with the State and Federal Governments on the other. The result has been a gen- eral deterioration of both political and social cohesion. Now one of the major suppliers of U.S. oil, Nigeria is the sixth largest producer of oil inthe world. Set against a backdrop of what has been called the scramble for African oil, Curse of Black Gold documents the consequences of a half-century of oil exploration and production in one of the world’s foremost centers of biodiversity. This work exposes the reality of oil’s impact and the absence of sustainable development in its wake, pro- viding a compelling pictorial history of one of the world’s great deltaic areas. Kashi’s photographs capture local leaders, armed militants, oil workers, and nameless villagers, all of whose fate is inextricably linked. The images bear witness to the ongoing struggles of local communities, illustrating the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty.