Makoko in Nigeria is one of the more unusual slums in all of Africa.

It is built on water, which provides a way of life for the fishing community - but also risks spreading disease because of the cramped population.

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At least 200,000 people live here and after more than a century of non-inteference, local officials recently took a keen interest in the slum.

But the people of Makoko say they will continue to live the way their forefathers did and take comfort in their communal existence.

In the first of a four-part special on global slums Mohammed Adow reports from Lagos.

Watch the six-part documentary series "The Slum" here.

Source: Al Jazeera