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Award winning photojournalist Paolo Woods joined the Council last night to share a stunning visual account of the economic, social, and environmental impact of Chinese investment in Africa. His photographs, published in the recently translated book China Safari: On the Trail of Beijing’s Expansion in Africa, reveal a lesser-known story of Chinese economic success and uncover how “Made in China” has become increasingly synonymous with “Extracted in Africa.” Woods’ photographs also highlight Chinese contributions to infrastructure and development across the continent where colonial powers before them had failed. Perhaps the most intriguing photographs in the series are those that capture everyday life of Chinese in Africa. Despite the success of economic cooperation, social and cultural isolation persists. A full video recording of the program, including Paolo Woods’ complete series and commentary, is now avaliable here on our online archive. Below is one of the amazing photographs from China Safari and a quick video clip of the event.

Mr. Wood was born in Shanghai in 1948 and arrived in Nigeria at the end of the 70¹s were he stared an industrial empire that includes today about 15 factories with more then 1600 workers, construction companies, hotels and restaurants. He is an official adviser to the president and has obtained the title of African chief and the authorization to use police cars as his own which helps in the monstrous Lagos traffic jams. He uses as well the police as private bodyguards, like here on the construction site of 544 villas built at record speed on the Lekki peninsula near the headquarters of the Chevron oil company.

Mr. Wood (pictured above) was born in Shanghai in 1948 and arrived in Nigeria at the end of the 70's were he stared an industrial empire that today includes about 15 factories with more then 1600 workers, construction companies, hotels and restaurants. He is an official adviser to the president and has obtained the title of African chief and the authorization to use police cars as his own, which helps in the monstrous Lagos traffic jams. He uses as well the police as private bodyguards, like here on the construction site of 544 villas built at record speed on the Lekki peninsula near the headquarters of the Chevron oil company.

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