WRAPA Supports Abuja International Photo Festival 2018
The Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) proudly supported the second edition of the Abuja International Photo Festival to create a week-long of empowerment, learning and fun. Photographers and aspiring photographers across Africa converged at the Exhibition Pavilion in Garki, Abuja for the Abuja International Photo Festival 2018. The event, which began on the 15th of October and ended on the 20th of October featured town hall sessions, photography masterclasses, photo exhibitions, photo walks, dance, music and more.
If there’s one thing photographers and those aspiring to be shouldn’t have missed at the Photo Festival, it’s the masterclasses. These classes focused on how to build a successful photography career.
The Abuja International Photo Festival is an annual gathering of photographers from across Africa for synergy, knowledge sharing and exploration of the multi-dimensional perspectives of the art and business of photography in a bid to its promotion as a social good. The theme of this year’s festival was Photography for Socio-economic Development, bearing in mind that there is no real sustainable development without the development of women, this year’s festival had a stronger focus on photography for women. Photography has been perceived as a male career, hence the male domination in the field. This year’s festival was speaking to the empowerment of women with photography skills to create self-dependency and sustainability thereby reducing the chances of abuse against women, hence, the support and active participation of WRAPA at the event.
The Abuja International Photo Festival 2018, featured a special event tagged Sisters’ Art, which was entirely sponsored by WRAPA, the event was aimed at bridging the gap that exists in seeing photography as a male dominated industry. The sisters’ art was organized to inspire and equip females including the “girl child” to explore her creativity in that craft and also to learn how to use the skill acquired to better tell her story as female. Female achievers in the creative/photography and development industry were present to share their thoughts and experiences as an inspiration to the upcoming sisters. The female photographers and aspiring were also given step-by-step guides on how to kick-start and sustain a successful photography venture which spanned across different sectors of photography.
As a result of this intervention by WRAPA through the Abuja Int’l Photo Festival 2018, Over six hundred (600) participants of the festival are now aware and committed to the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) and its mandate for the promotion of women’s rights and protection of women from all forms of violence and repugnant practices. Over one hundred (100) female photographers and female aspiring photographers were trained on the art, science and business of photography with twelve (12) masterclasses on photography. The Sister’s Art equipped over thirty (30) females with strategic tips on the business of photography for their self-sustainability, thereby reducing the chances of GBV occurrence. Platforms for collaboration and mentorship for these female photographers were also established as a result of this intervention.
There was entertainment like dance, music, games and comedy. If you love photography and its impact as a tool for socio-economic development and missed this year’s event, please kindly plan for next year..