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Bits of Borno

A conversation with photographer Fati Abubakar
October 25th, 2017
1:00 PM


Banner photo: ©Fati Abubabakar. Instagram: bitsofborno. Photo caption: Women rush to a food distribution point.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem

A light lunch will be served.

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. Her work can be viewed at

Sponsored by the Duke Africa Initiative, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Department of African and African American Studies.

Learn more about her work:

Refinery29: "This Woman's Beautiful Instagram Account is Changing How the World Sees Her Home," by Kaelyn Forde, August 9, 2016 "Fati Abubakar: Touching portraits of life after Boko Haram," by Thomas Page, October 3, 2016

NPR Goats and Soda: "Who's the Woman with the Camera Chasing Smiles and Styles in Nigeria?" by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, October 2, 2016:

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 ...

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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 ...

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