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.
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.
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
Photo source: @bitsofborno