Photography by the students of the Aileen Getty School of Journalism, part of the YaLa Academy
What I Mind is Community Live
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
They Are Catalysts for Societal Wellness
— 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.
Kids of Ouagadougou
— 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.
— 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.
A Ride to University
— 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.
Kampala Dry, Kampala Wet
— 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.
Women Making Ends Meet
— 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.
The Joy and Art of Dressing
— 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.
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.
Morning in Bujumbura
— 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.
— By Denis from Uganda