News | Nigeria Photographer Wins 'Women Photograph' Mentor-ship | The Arts-Muse Fair

Women Photograph, an initiative that launched earlier this year to elevate the voices of female visual journalists across the world has released a list of twenty-two female photographers for its first class of mentees for 2017-2018.

Amongst the selected mentees is Fati Abubakar, a Nigerian photographer famous for her photo documentary of the Boko Haram insurrection in Borno state. Under her ‘Bits of Borno’ series, Fati Abubakar has documented the effect of the crisis on the people of Borno state while also highlighting the resilience of the people in impacted by the conflict.

The mentoring program will pair 22 industry leaders (11 photographers and 11 photo editors) with 22 early-career photojournalists over the course of a year. Mentors include editors from National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and photographers who are the recipients of Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, and World Press Photo awards.

Women Photograph received more than 600 applications from all over the world from which it made a final selection of 22 photographers that includes 6 Africans from Nigeria (Fati Abubakar), Ethiopia (Hilina Abebe), Kenya (Khadija Farah), South Africa (Miora Rajaonary & Willow Smith), and Malawi (Thoko Chikondi).