Nigeria: Young Men and Women Participated in Online Countering Violent Extremism Photo Campaign in Maiduguri

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  • January 28, 2018

Thirty young men and women that participated in an online Countering Violent Extremism Photo Campaign will show case their photographs at a mini exhibition in Maiduguri Borno State northeast Nigeria on 29 th January, 2018 at Forshams Hall Old GRA, Maiduguri.

The campaign which was supported by the Borno State Ministry of Information, Home Affairs and Culture and the North East Regional Initiative offered the budding photographers a platform to capture images that highlight positive narratives about the resilience of people recovering from insurgency in Borno State and across the northeast.

The campaign kicked off in August 2017 with a ten-day intensive workshop on photography for the selected youth where they each received hands on training, a mobile phone and a camera to help them capture compelling images and also post these images on social media.

Following the training, the photographers were mentored by Borno State indigene, photographer and visual storyteller, Fati Abubakar. The campaign modelled the pattern of Fati Abubakar’s Bits of Borno photo series in which she selects a series of compelling images to show-case the courage and resilience of the human spirit in the face insurgency.

The photo campaign dubbed ‘The Untold Stories of the North East’ debuted online with a positive response by audiences from around the globe. The images captured and Campaign Against Violent Extremism to increase the profile of the campaign in the social media sphere.

Several prominent bloggers and news agencies including the BBC, engaged with the campaign whilst the Borno State Governor shared an image taken by participant on his personal social media pages.

The mini photo exhibition will double as the graduation ceremony for the young photographers and will allow them share the untold stories of the north east with the world.

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