Education is Forbidden: Multimedia Documentary by Rahima Gambo

Education is Forbidden: Multimedia Documentary by Rahima Gambo

Rahima Gambo (b. 1986) is a Nigerian photographer who explores themes of postcolonial Nigerian identity, gender, history, memory and socio-political issues through long term visual projects. Education is Forbidden is a documentary project that reveals the lives of students trying to receive an education in north-eastern Nigeria.

The project is an extensive multimedia narrative that presents words, images, design and videos  about the experiences of students attending schools and universities in the midst of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Students wait for class to begin at a government school that was attacked in Maiduguri. It is one of only seven public schools reopened in the state. Maiduguri Nigeria, 2016. © Rahima Gambo
Buni Yadi massacre survivor, Damatturu, Nigeria, 2016
“I don’t feel safe because there are some neighbourhoods where you hear they are still killing and burning,” said Rukkaya, 17, a student. Maiduguri, Nigeria, 2016. © Rahima Gambo
Students outside class at a government school in Maiduguri. After prolonged closures, students have returned to schools that are in bad need of rehabilitation and suffer from a severe shortage of teachers. Maiduguri, Nigeria, 2016.
Rukkaya and Hadiza during break time at school. They remember having to hide their school uniforms in plastic bags because they feared becoming a target of the insurgent group. Maiduguri, Nigeria, 2016. © Rahima Gambo

Rukkaya and friends pose for a portrait at a government school in Maiduguri. Public schools were allowed to reopen after a two-year closure enforced by the state government after 279 school girls were abducted from the town of Chibok. Maiduguri, Nigeria, 2016. © Rahima Gambo

 

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