Bits of Borno is a photography project created by Fati Abubakar to document everyday life in Borno State, a place ravaged by Boko haram.
Fati Abubakar is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, public health humanitarian health worker from Nigeria. She specializes in documenting cities, towns highlighting both the positives and negatives of each location.
She focuses on health perspectives, using photography as a medium to highlight the problems at community level. She also has an interest in documenting cultures, conflict, urban poverty, rural development and humanitarian issues. She has a special interest in counter narratives for underrepresented communities.
She has embarked on a personal project to showcase her hometown of Borno State, Nigeria at the time of Bokoharam. A project which has been titled ‘Bits of Borno’ on social media has gained critical acclaim and has been published in media outlets including The New York Times, BBC, Reuters, CNN, Voice of America, Newsweek Europe, Africa is a Country blog, Nigerian newspapers such as ThisDay and the Blueprint. She has been commissioned to work with UNICEF, International Alert, Media Information and Narrative Development (MIND). Her work with MIND on water and environmental issues such as waste disposal titled ‘Water Wahala’ was exhibited in March, 2016.
"Her lens has captured schoolchildren and grandmothers, vigilantes and merchants, all with a story to tell"---CNN
"...Fati Abubakar who grew up in Maiduguri is out to document the life and hope that remains in the city, and has attracted a following to her Instagram account where she posts photos, quotes, and captions of the city’s residents."---New York Times
"Her subjects range from market traders, to billiards enthusiasts, to members of the self-defense groups that patrol Maiduguri’s streets. She posts their portraits, along with brief snippets from their interview, on the project’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts."---VOA
"She wants to take pictures of happiness. That's one of the goals that Fati Abubakar set when she started her Instagram feed bitsofborno last year.---NPR
"But amid that violence, there is still hope and resilience. It's those powerful moments of positivity that Abubakar trains her camera on. She captures them all and shares them with the world..."---Refinery29