How Fati Abubakar Is Using Instagram To Change The Way The World Sees Borno



30-year-old Fati Abubakar was born and raised in Borno State, though she has seen the devastation caused by the violence of Boko Haram, she is on a mission to present another side of Borno to the world

Armed with her camera she goes around capturing moments of happiness and positivity in the midst of the chaos, she shares the photos with the world on her instagram page called Bits of Borno. She also raises donations for those in needs through her page.

In an interview with Refinery29 she commented on people’s perception of what she does:

“Because of how our culture is very conservative, they are not used to seeing a woman with a camera walking around, so they kind of disapprove. Occasionally, people say, ‘You should get married,’ or, ‘You should focus on getting a real job, this isn’t a profession.'”

She also spoke on the trauma of living in Borno:

“You take it day by day; today it might be peaceful and tomorrow it might be chaos. It’s very uncertain. It can get depressing. “The fact is that you live life on the edge and you’re never calm, even for a few days. It’s very traumatizing.”

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