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Bits of Borno


Oct 25 2017


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Bits of Borno

[ Image credit: Fati Abubakar ]


Bits of Borno

A Conversation with Fati Abubakar

Photographer Fati Abubakar has embarked on a personal project to showcase her hometown of Borno State, Nigeria, in the time of Boko Haram. Bits of Borno on social media has gained critical acclaim and has been covered in media outlets including The New York Times, the BBC, Reuters, CNN, Voice of America, Newsweek Europe, Africa is a Country, and Nigerian newspapers such as ThisDay and The Blueprint. Abubakar will speak about documenting everyday life in Borno and share some of the photographs from this series.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Sponsored by the Duke Africa Initiative, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Department of African and African American Studies.

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"In canonical representations of war, it is easy to forget that daily life of the sort Fati Abubakar documents — chores, celebrations, quiet moments — also takes place. To see this is not to diminish the destructive capacity of war, but to place it in a wider frame." —Samuel Fury Childs Daly, In Gratitude: Bits of Borno, Forum Online


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Fati Abubakar

Fati Abubakar is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, and public health worker from Nigeria. She specializes in documenting cities and towns, highlighting both the positives and negatives of each location. She focuses on health perspectives, using photography as a medium to highlight problems at the community level. She also has an…...

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Samuel Fury Childs Daly

Duke University

Samuel Fury Childs Daly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. His current research connects the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970) to the history of fraud and "419" in late twentieth-century Nigeria. A separate project considers the history of military desertion in…...

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