For hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy.
As a result, logging remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa’s rainforests and woodlands.
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"It's a dangerous business."
These days, despite laws to prevent illegal logging, the trees which once made the lands in southwest Nigeria fertile and green are disappearing fast.
As an observer when I shot this story, I noticed that both legal and illegal logging – anything from searching the bushes, to raking and cutting trees, to loading them on trucks – is a dangerous business for those who engage in it.
On many occasions, I was told, many young men who search the bush for mature trees get injured or even killed by felling or wild animals.
Still, it remains a means for survival for many Nigerians and in some cases an avenue for informal work for unemployed university graduates.
Taofeek Muyideen, 25, has been loading logs onto the back of trucks for the last five years. He moved from the city of Ibadan to the Igbatoro village to work and save up for university as his parents were too poor to pay for his education.
Another man, Kabiru Ogundijo, 34, has worked in the wood and timber business since 1991. A high school drop out, he says has made good fortune selling wood.
A form of biomass, wood is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans, who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa’s rainforests and woodlands.
For many communities which are not and have never been connected to the national electricity grid, it is their sole source of energy and many Nigerians rely on firewood for their cooking needs.
But Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development.
In one of the bushes I noticed that logging had significantly reduced the animal habitat. I suspect many nearby communities and villages were left without windbreakers.
While there could be a few temporary gains from logging, the practice remains environmentally devastating and deserves the attention of the international community and the government at home.