it is customary through-out nigeria to build your home behind a tall gate ~ something to keep your family in, and the rest / the unknown and known/ out. the size and grace of your gate is indicative of your status, your wealth, your need for privacy. despite the imposing facade, these gates are both beautiful and welcoming. to drive up to the gate and announce yourself, via intercom or the gate man, gives your arrival a sense of tradition and formality. who knows what lies beyond the gate?