The Photo Community: The #TheUntoldStoriesOfTheNorthEast Online Campaign


By Mustapha Gwary

The Northeast has been plagued by the Boko Haram crisis, with Borno State being the most affected – crippling social and economic activities in the state. Despite the gradual return of peace and stability in the region, the positive stories about improved social and economic activities, and the resilience of residents rarely makes news.

To alter the negative narratives and perceptions about the Northeast as a gloomy and haunted region, devoid of socio-economic activities and opportunities, a social media photo campaign was launched on the 13th of October 2017. The project is an initiative to counter violent extremism through the use of social media led by 30 young photographers from Borno State.

30 youth who are passionate about photography in Maiduguri were selected and trained in the art of photography. Through the use of social media, they are carrying out an online CVE photo campaign that aims to alter the negative narratives and promote positive narratives about the resilience of the people recovering from insurgency in Northeast by posting images on Facebook and Twitter using these hashtags #UntoldStoriesOfTheNorthEast & #CampaignAgainstViolentExtremism.

These youth are also known as The Photo Community. BBC Africa covered their story in this short video; you can find the video here Facebook and Twitter .  Some of their amazing pictures are curated on this page [@thephotocommunity_ ] on Instagram.

Finally, if you reside in any of the states in the Northeast that has been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, please join the campaign by posting positive pictures, and show the world the resilience of the people in your communities. Use the hashtags #UntoldStoriesOfTheNorthEast & #CampaignAgainstViolentExtremism

There’s life beyond the scourge of Boko Haram crisis in the Northeast.