#ChibokGirls:These images portray our collective forgetfulness
We forget a lot as a nation.
Maybe it’s more appropriate to say that we have selective amnesia and that is why we have failed to move forward as a nation. We fail to properly address issues and heal from the aftermath of unfortunate incidents. We are too quick to move on, closing the door on our past and inadvertently darkening our future.
Earlier this month, Garissa University in Kenya unveiled a plaque containing the names of the 148 students who were massacred by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group last year. Those students will forever be remembered. That is their own wall of ‘honour’ and that is what we lack in Nigeria.
We have experienced a lot of tragedy as a nation, but not once have we honored the fallen. It is not enough to protest and shed tears as we keep hope alive, the Chibok girls ought to be celebrated; they deserve to be remembered.
That realization inspired this photo shoot. I wanted to explore some of the thoughts that the Chibok girls possibly dwell on daily, being held captive in their fatherland or its neighboring countries. Hopefully, this will enable us remember that the Chibok girls and all other abductees are still missing and that they have names. Although they are yet to be found, they remain with us, every day.
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