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Benson Ibeabuchi

Benson Ibeabuchi is an International documentary photojournalist and filmmaker living in Lagos, Nigeria. Benson's interest in photography is to be a keen observer of humanity by capturing and retelling stories from perspectives that are often overlooked.

Benson is a professional member of African Photojournalism Database (APJD) a joint project by the World Press Photo Foundation and Everyday Africa. His attention to detail and work ethics has led him to work with various reputable organisations such as The Nigerian Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale Art Festival, LagosPhoto Festival, DIA Fund, Diaspora rise up, YIAGA Africa, AYADA Lab, NIRSAL among others and has been exhibited at the first Canon Alumni Exhibition as well as at the Alliance Francaise Lagos for their 2018 World Music Day Exhibition.

Benson’s images have been utilised and featured in AJ Stream (Aljazeera Stream), The Sole Adventurer, Nataal, IAM Magazine Nigeria and Art Africa to name a few.

Benson attended the first creative lab organised by the Native Photography Agency in collaboration with African Artists’ Foundation, The IWMF, and Blink. Benson also was also one of 10 young photographers nominated to participate in the Canon Storytelling Masterclass organized under Canon’s Miraisha program and was a mentee at the Fotofactory Lagos under Eva Maria Ocherbauer in 2018.

When Benson is not on assignment, he works on personal projects.

 
English Igbo Yoruba

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On Saturday, the 22nd of September 2018, the people of Osun came out en masse to cast their vote. After a long day of voting, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the election inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes is higher than the margin between the two top candidates and scheduled a rerun for Thursday September 27 and this would take place in seven different polling units across 4 local governments in the state. The affected Local governments are Ife North, Ife South, Osogbo and Orolu local government area.


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19th December 2018, a pipeline explosion occurred at around 2am (local time) this time destroying a lot of properties at a stretch of about 2.8km. According to eye witness, the incident occurred after a pipeline was punctured again by hoodlums who came with three tankers to steal fuel. When they finished scooping the fuel, they did not close the pipe and the fuel passed through the gutter and flowed down to the abattoir. Some butchers, who were roasting cow skin at the abattoir, were not aware that there was fuel in the gutter. So, the fuel attracted the fire and that was what led to the fire outbreak.


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According to legend during the process of migration, the Ga people experienced famine and severe hunger. However, they mustered up courage to till the land, planted corn and called upon Ataa-Naa Nyonmo, Dzema Wodzi and Sisadzi, the ancestral spirits through libation to bless the farms to yield in abundance. In response to their prayers, rain followed, the crops grew and yielded in abundance. Every year the Ga celebrate this abundance of food and victory over hunger with a specially preparedvdiet from fermented corn powder called kpokpoi and palm nut soup with fish. The Village heads then goesvround the streets of Accra and sprinkles Kpokpoi on the streets and every door in the village to signify thevbeginning of the feast, thank the gods and pray for more blessings in the new year.


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