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Afolabi Sotunde

Abuja (F.c.t.), Nigeria
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About Afolabi
Afolabi Sotunde is a journalist based in Abuja (F.c.t.), Nigeria.
“While covering the 2011 presidential election, I saw smoke from burning fossil fuel. I asked the driver to turn the car around to investigate. The smoke was decreasing and crude floated on water. The images I took fell flat. Then out of nowhere an object fell into the water with a splash, giving me a shot of oil separating from water in mid-air. Pure serendipity.”
My earliest memory of photography is when I took pictures at a friend’s wedding in 1992.

I am self-taught as a photographer, learning by trial and error.

My first assignment was actually as a wedding photographer in the 1990s. Using my Pentax ME Super and Unomat flash, the wedding pictures came out well and the clients were very pleased. That encouraged me to persevere with photography.

The assignment that left the biggest mark on me was the burial in 2007 of Nigerian peacekeepers killed in Sudan brought back to the military cemetery in Abuja.

Among the people buried that day was a Nigerian officer called Danjuma Madaki. He had a 6-year-old daughter who came with the mother for the burial. Sitting on her mother’s lap in the front row of seats at the burial ground, Madaki’s daughter picked up a handkerchief to wipe the teardrops from her mother’s face while she was also crying.

I found this child’s care for her mother amid her own grief so touching that I wasn’t able to continue shooting. I had to remove myself from the scene for a while to get myself together before returning to finish the day’s assignment. The image was among the photos of the day around the world in The New York Times.

The future for photojournalism is to use creative, multimedia reporting and find other ways of engaging people.
English Yoruba
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Politics Natural Disasters Sports

Your Daily Dose of Creativity

17 Mar 2024  |  www.feeldesain.com
The article showcases a selection of Reuters' best photographs from 2011, capturing major events such as the Arab world uprisings, Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster, and other personal stories. It includes images of natural phenomena, historical events, and cultural moments from around the world.

Nafdc Dg briefs the media in Abuja

Cameroon indomitable lioness train in Abuja

school girls released in Northern Nigeria by kidnappers

Kidnapped school girls released in Nigeria

Nigeria Flooding Kills More Than 600, Uproots Millions

Nigeria destroys 1 million expired COVID-19 vaccine doses

Nigerian Schoolboys Meet Officials After Being Freed by Kidnappers

Picture of the week from the Nigeria/Cameroon match in Abuja

Weekly Governmental Meeting and Former Chief Of Staff To Acting Secretary Of Defense Kash Patel Speaks At CPAC

28 Feb 2024  |  imagelinkglobal.com
The article reports on the attendance of Kash Patel, the former Chief of Staff to the Acting Secretary of Defense, at the 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland, United States. The event took place on February 23, 2024. Additionally, it mentions the weekly German government cabinet meeting attended by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Chief of Staff at the Chancellery Wolfgang Schmidt in Berlin, Germany, on February 28, 2024. Both events are highlighted with accompanying photographs by Christian Marquardt and Zach Roberts.

Gunmen kidnap 32 people from southern Nigeria train station

10 Jan 2023  |  www.france24.com
Over 30 people have been kidnapped from a train station in Edo state, Nigeria, by gunmen wielding AK-47 rifles. This incident underscores the escalating insecurity across Nigeria, which is becoming a significant concern as the country approaches its presidential election in February. The governor's office confirmed the event on Sunday, highlighting the challenges faced by the government in ensuring safety and stability in the lead-up to the elections.

Nigeria Rebukes Transparency International Over Corruption Ranking

28 Jan 2020  |  newsaf.cgtn.com
Nigeria has expressed dissatisfaction with Transparency International's 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranked the country as one of the most corrupt globally, and second in West Africa. The Nigerian government, through the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), criticized the report for not acknowledging the government's anti-corruption efforts. The ICPC highlighted the increase in court cases and convictions against corrupt individuals, including high-profile figures, and pointed to various transparency mechanisms implemented by the government. Despite acknowledging that more work is needed to combat corruption, the ICPC emphasized Nigeria's progress in asset recovery and open government standards, and noted President Muhammadu Buhari's continued support from the majority of Nigerians.

Tragedy in Nigeria as a school collapses and traps a hundred children

13 Mar 2019  |  www.elperiodico.com
A school building in Lagos, Nigeria, collapsed, trapping about a hundred children inside.

Creative Images

11 Oct 2015  |  www.gettyimages.com
The article showcases the vast collection of royalty-free multimedia content available on Getty Images, including images, videos, illustrations, vectors, and music. It highlights the exclusivity of some content, emphasizing that certain visuals and audio tracks cannot be found elsewhere. Getty Images offers a wide range of formats and styles, catering to various creative needs. The platform also provides access to Epidemic Sound's library for original audio content. Additionally, the article touches upon the latest editorial content in news, sports, and entertainment, as well as user-generated content, all available in high-quality formats such as 4K and HD.

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