Photography by the students of the Aileen Getty School of Journalism, part of the YaLa Academy

Political Aspirant


— By Kennedy from Kenya

These are pictures I took of an aspirant for the seat of Senate in Nandi County, in Kenya. The aspirant is 28 year old Samson Kiprotich Cheragei showing an old woman his campaign portrait during one of his campaigns in the county. The aspirant won the party primaries and is slated to face other aspirants vying under different parties on 8th August 2017 when Kenya electorates goes to the poll.

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Touring Johannesburg

— By Nobantu from South Africa

On Friday 26 May I had the pleasure of taking a friend, who was visiting South Africa, on a tour of Johannesburg. It was a busy day, packed with tons to see and even more to learn. Being a youth activist living in Kenya, meant that Angel was eager to visit historic sights of political significance. We toured “Constitutional Hill,” sampled the gallery at the Hill, and drove through much of Johannesburg until we had our longest stop at the “Apartheid Museum.” We polished off the day with pizza and drinks at “86 Public,” a restaurant renowned for its heart-warming pizzas. Unfortunately, we were not always allowed to take pictures in some paid exhibits. However, we managed to get lots of other cool snaps along the way.

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Comrades Marathon

— By Nomalungelo from South Africa

South Africa is one of the most beautiful and lovely countries in the world. We have different events that unite different nationalities together to celebrate:

Comrades Marathon is the world’s largest and oldest ultra-marathon race, occurring annually every May/June in the province of KZN between the two cities of Durban and the Capital City of KZN, Pietermaritzburg, or visa versa. Comrades Marathon is an ultra-marathon of approximately 89 km. It started in 1921 until now, and 7,100 runners participated in the 2017 Marathon. The race is opened to everybody, and different nations keep on running this race.

Each and every route that the runners pass, the community comes out in their numbers to support the runners. Some of the runners run for charity reasons, some for advertising products, others to promote their culture, others promoting their countries, and others for health reasons. However, the most important is that Comrades Marathon promotes unity between countries /nations.

We are South Africans, Durbanites, you cannot take that from us.


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A Day at the Beach

— By Sophie from Madagascar


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Overcoming Unemployment in Zimbabwe

Samantha (1)— By Samantha from Zimbabwe

With the increase in the rate of unemployment any source of income is a lifeline in the lives of many Zimbabweans. From selling traditional pots made from mud, grass brooms, fruits, snacks and vegetables many have been able to supplement salaries to make ends meet. These various small sources of income have put food on the table, pay for school fees and provide some basic needs. In some cases these ventures are the only source of income for some families. In such an economy any open space can be converted to a market place. From the gate to the bus stop any place that has people passing by is suitable to have a table with diverse products to sale.


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What I Mind is Community Lives


— By McDonald from Malawi

This is a photo story about my friend Cecilia Mankhwala. She is a Project Field Coordinator for a project called Smallholder Dairy Improvement Project (SDIP) at Sustainable Rural Growth and Development Initiative (SRGDI). Cecilia is a young lady who has inspired many girls for her love to work with rural communities. She does not mind conditions faced on her mission to bring change to rural areas. Most of areas she works in are typical remote with challenging environment but she humbles herself to achieve her objectives. I have just taken some shots of what Cecilia is proud of doing. Cecilia is popular in the community for the SDIP that has initiated for the improvement of incomes at household of dairy farmers due to increase of milk production from 5 litres per cow per day to 12 – 30 litres per cow per day.

SDIP was funded by Rural Livelihood Economic Enhancement Programme (RLEEP) by the Government of Malawi and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The restaurant where Cecilia takes her lunch is at the well-known trading centre called Goliati in Thyolo district in the southern region of Malawi. Goliati is the home area of the Malawi’s current president and is about 7 kilometres to the cemetery of the former president of Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika brother to Peter wa Mutharika the current president.


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Students Rally


— By Sanet from South Africa

While there are many beautiful things I could share about my country, I have chosen to share some of the realities surrounding protests in support of bringing down university fees. Thus, here are South African students rallying together for the common cause of bringing down university fees.


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Tabitha Home


— By Festus from Nigeria

As a humanitarian, I take out time, sometimes to visit the vulnerable or orphans. I recently graced the 10th year anniversary of Tabitha home. A home for both orphans and vulnerable children; it plays host to both orphans and children who are vulnerable, including those their parents can afford to pay their school fees. Mrs Febisola Okonkwo is the director of this wonderful home also known as help initiative. She has a heart of gold. She left her banking job 10 years ago just to start helping the vulnerable children hawking wares on the street or orphans who don’t have anyone to send them to school. In the last 10 years she has sponsored more than 3 students who are University graduates. She’s currently helping 14 vulnerable children to live a comfortable life.


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They Are Catalysts for Societal Wellness

mcdonaldid— By Macdonald from Malawi

Women are agents for every society. They haven’t endorsed for this responsibility but are naturally responsible in everything to move in a family, community and nation at large. Women have unique responsibility and capability to develop their families. They do what they can to make lives of their children and family healthy and happy. Women in Malawi are such hard workers -as any woman on earth- to bring happiness in lives. For instance, female dairy farmers in Thyolo district are contributing to economic growth and infrastructural development in Malawi through milk production. Malawian women are also in forefront when it comes to governance participation.


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Kids of Ouagadougou

alexandrine— By Alexandrine from Burkina Faso

When walking in Ouagadougou, day and night, I captured the images of children that were offered to me. I want to show those who keep smiling despite the difficulties of life.



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My Childhood

azur— By Assumpta from Rwanda

These pictures deal with child labor, lack of water and education. It’s a true story, my story. I grew up in poor conditions of living. This made my education so hard. My country was recovering from genocide, and clean water was a serious matter: before going to school my first task was fetching water in a valley located a bit far from my home. Once upon the time, Yala citizen journalism gave a story telling assignment (Photograph Essay), and this gave me an idea of visiting the valley close to where I grew up. Two scenarios took me back in history; people fetching dirty water and a young boy pushing water on his bike. That’s exactly similar to my childhood situation except for the bike. Fortunately, my story is not a tragedy due to “education for all”; a Rwandan government policy introduced to promote girls education.


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A Ride to University

linus— By Linus from Nigeria

Without these hardworking taxi drivers, students in the University of Nigeria based in southeastern Nigeria woulld struggle to go to classes. Every morning, students walk to the bus stations nearby to board these cabs or what’s called “UNN shuttle” to go to classes. Each car carries four students for well below 15 cents.


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Kampala Dry, Kampala Wet

clare  — By Clare from Uganda

This is Kampala on two different weather days; on a dry and rainy day. On a rainy day, Kampala streets flood, and the city gets congested, especially at the peak hours when people are travelling back home from work. On dry days, you will find street children and beggars on the streets.


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Women Making Ends Meet

theodora— By Theodora from Ghana

Here in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, a major way uneducated women make ends meet is through street hawking. They do this to supports their family. They sell pineapple and pawpaw, braised rice with sardines, vegetables, bar soaps, detergents and sponges, watermelon, sachet water and so on.


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The Joy and Art of Dressing

ajayi — By Ajayi from Nigeria

John Galliano once said that “the joy of dressing is an art”. Fashion is indeed a form of art dedicated to the creation of clothing and other lifestyle accessories. Fashion varies as a result of religion, country, styles and taste. My focus is on Africa Print.

Africa Print, popularly known as Ankara, is primarily associated with Africa mainly because of the tribal-like patterns and motifs. Ankara was formerly known as Dutch wax print, originally manufactured by the Dutch for the Indonesian textile market. But the prints gained more interest in West Africa and reflected Africa culture and lifestyle more. It is a very versatile fabric and many items such as shoes, bags, clothing and accessories are designed.

With Mariam Abubakar Lawal, a close friend and an exquisite Ankara designer- start-up entrepreneur, who creates and designs shoes, bags and clothing with the fabric prints. She has special skills in combining colours, tones and shades in an original manner. Mariam’s journey as a designer started because of her undiluted passion for fashion and the skills she had, despite her skills she had a month intensive training. Her business was supported financially by families and friends. Her business thrives well in Lagos, Nigeria with over 30 customers within 3 months of opening her business.

Fashion is about styles and fashion is life.


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Madagascar the Island

— By Lova from Madagascar

These are some picture of my countryside, where my mother grew up.  A very beautiful place with beauty, calm and happiness.


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Morning in Bujumbura

ryan-id— By Elvis from Burundi

Bujumbura is life in the morning. People, me included, wake up early in morning at 5:00 to work. Some are going on the church, others are going to work in their field. Women are talking, children are helping their parents in cooking and cleaning dishes, moto bicycles taxi driveers are waiting for people. Bicycles taxi driveers are carrying grass for animals. Everyone is happy to go to work. I took these pictures myself between 5:30am and 7am.


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Family Reunion

— By Denis from Uganda


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