BITS OF BORNO: UNTOLD STORIES THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

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African beauty
African beauty

Since the inception of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Borno has been stereotyped as a war zone; the land of the living dead. Once you launch a Borno search on Google, all that pop up are news of bomb attacks.

All smiles as they return from Farm
All smiles as they return from Farm

However, Fatai Abubakar; a Photojournalist from Borno state is changing this perception about  her state. Through Photography, she documents photo series that visually tell the stories of her people, their resilience as they move on with life.

Alhamdullilah
Alhamdullilah

Visual story telling is a well-respected genre of photojournalism. Sometimes the situation cannot be deciphered without a narrative. And in the special case of Borno, the stories need to be told. The photographs can stand alone but it is imperative that the story is added. I personally feel art can exist and is open to interpretation without narrative but I want my people’s voices to be heard and their stories to be told. What I see in Borno is strength, and that is what I photograph: A people who have been through difficulties beyond imagination but are still trying to live a normal life and are keen to move on. -Fatai Abubakar

Girls just having fun
Girls just having fun
Fertility
Fertility
Happy boy at the Muna informal IDP Camp
Happy boy at the Muna informal IDP Camp
Sorghum is one the major crops which serve staple foods in Borno.
Sorghum is one the major crops which serves as staple foods in Borno.

Photo source: @bitsofborno

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