In this episode, Devi chats with Jacob Foko about the path of Humanitarian Photojournalism. Jacob Foko, Prince of the Baleng in West regional part of Cameroon, Africa, is an award-winning photojournalist, experienced multimedia producer, and passionate humanitarian.
Devi & Jacob discuss:
- Humanitarian Photojournalism defined
- The “University of Life”
- What Jacob learned when doing the project of “Hundred Faces of Poverty”
- Giving a voice to the story of those who do not have a voice in society
- Africa in miniature
- The inspiration of Jacob’s exceptional mother
- Guiding countries to do good work through the power of Humanitarian Photojournalism
- What gave Jacob the courage to face death, so that the stories of other’s could live
- What it took for him to be Valedictorian
- Doing what you do best and doing it very well
- How to know what stories to tell
- The lens that is necessary to shine light on what is invisible to most of the society
- How humanitarian photojournalism fits into Spiritual Entrepreneurship
- The powerful lesson that Jacob learned from his encounter with President Bill Clinton
More about Jacob:
He spent fourteen years as a staff photographer and reporter for Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) as well as the magazines Libre Afrique, Africa Express, Africa International and Jeune Afrique Economie. His most celebrated project, “Cameroon’s 100 Faces of Poverty” in 2002, earned him an invitation from the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon to speak about the challenges of being a photojournalist in an unfriendly political environment.
He is a visual and multimedia producer and documentary filmmaker graduated from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Journalism and a Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. He served as keynote speaker at both graduations and simultaneously received an “Outstanding Achievement Award” and an “Advance Achievement Award.” In addition, he was presented the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) “GREAT Award for Excellence, Achievement and Talent” on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Jacob has established a non-profit organization and a production company called Global Humanitarian Photojournalists, Inc. (GHPJ) in 2007, and Blue World Media Network (BWMN) in 2011. The aim is to document and spread awareness of worldwide poverty and human rights abuses, as well as to present the stories of people and organizations making a difference to abused and at-risk populations.
Connect with Jacob online @
- Global Humanitarian Photojournalists: www.ghpj.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jacob.Foko
- Production Company – Blue Art Media Network: Bwmn.us
- JacobFoko.com http://www.jacobfoko.com/about/