Sylvain Cherkaoui sylavin

Freelance photographer based in Dakar

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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “There are still equality challenges. I think sometimes people push it to the back of their minds, but if we push them to talk about it, if we push them to bring it to the forefront, then the society will be more conscious of how they treat women.” -Uduak Isong Oguamanam⠀ ⠀ Uduak Isong Oguamanam is a film producer and writer in Lagos, Nigeria. She has been writing movie s since 2002, around the time “Nollywood” was first overheard around the sets of Nigeria’s burgeoning film industry. “Back then,” she says, “women did not have much of a role in film except as housewives, sex workers, and wicked stepmothers.” A lot has changed since then and Uduak has become one of Nollywood’s leaders and launched her own production company, Closer Pictures, in 2015. She is making sure women characters are as strong on screen as they are in real life. Her family are equally important to Uduak. She credits her #1 fan, her husband, for helping make it all possible.⠀#leicam240 ⠀ A recent study shows that 41% of Nigerian women are entrepreneurs. Nollywood is the second largest movie industry in the world and employs about 1 million people. Although women used to be portrayed as subservient and problematic, Nollywood films have evolved to include powerful women in front of and behind the camera. This new filmmaking has the ability to help positively shape perceptions and possibilities for women into the future.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin part of the Extraordinary Women of West Africa project with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #herworkourbusiness #nollywood #lagos #nigeria #extraordinarywomen #closerpictures #osiwa Lagos, Nigeria
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “I’ve worked as much and as hard as anybody else and I think I have gotten ahead because of my hard work, and not because of my gender. My gender has not made it easier for me, neither has it made it more difficult.” -Uduak Isong Oguamanam⠀ ⠀ Uduak Isong Oguamanam is a film producer and writer in Lagos, Nigeria. She has been writing movie s since 2002, around the time “Nollywood” was first overheard around the sets of Nigeria’s burgeoning film industry. “Back then,” she says, “women did not have much of a role in film except as housewives, sex workers, and wicked stepmothers.” A lot has changed since then and Uduak has become one of Nollywood’s leaders and launched her own production company, Closer Pictures, in 2015. She is making sure women characters are as strong on screen as they are in real life.⠀#leicam240 ⠀ A recent study shows that 41% of Nigerian women are entrepreneurs. Nollywood is the second largest movie industry in the world and employs about 1 million people. Although women used to be portrayed as subservient and problematic, Nollywood films have evolved to include powerful women in front of and behind the camera and have the ability to help shape the cultures perception of women into the future.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin part of the Extraordinary Women of West Africa project with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #herworkourbusiness #nollywood #lagos #nigeria #extraordinarywomen #closerfilms Lagos, Nigeria
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “I’ve experienced what all albinos have. You go out into the streets and kids make fun of you. I never bothered my brothers with that. I was the one who defended myself. I asked myself If I could have a normal life, a normal professional life, a normal personal life.” - Maah Koudia Keita⠀ ⠀ Maah Koudia Keita is a leader, advocate, and musician. She and her brothers form the popular Senegalese Afro Pop band "Takeifa" in Dakar, Senegal. She also established Care Albinos, an organization that distributes skin protection, runs skin cancer screenings, and provides psychological support to people with albinism throughout Senegal and Africa. She uses her celebrity to advocate for people with albinism, speaking out about eliminating the stigma against people with albinism in public appearances and to the media. ⠀ ⠀ People with Albinism in Africa face a range of threats depending on the country; from stigmatization to ritual sacrifice. But they all face the high risk of skin cancer from exposure to intense sunlight throughout the continent.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin part of the Extraordinary Women of West Africa project with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #herworkourbusiness #senegal #dakar #albinism #carealbinos #takeifa #afropop Dakar, Senegal
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ "When it’s time to register my children in school, I go to where I planted and I harvest crops and sell them to buy their uniforms.” - Jumama C. Varmah Jumama lives in Goernodean, Liberia, where she and her children farm on the weekends when they aren’t in school. The Liberian government routinely concedes large areas of fertile land to multinational agribusiness corporations. This limits the livelihoods of small-scale farmers, especially women who already struggle to access land. Jumama farms on the edge of one such concession, a right that could be stripped from her at any time. Jumama has overcome many hurdles to finish school and support her family. Hurdles that include; two civil wars, seven pregnancies, an Ebola outbreak, poverty, and not least the fact that girls have a harder time accessing education in Liberia, a country where males are given priority in access to education and to farmland. Still, she has managed to access both. Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #westafrica #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #liberia Liberia
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ Zilaha in a sewing class. Not just any sewing class, one that protects young women and girls from early marriage and gender-based violence.⠀ ⠀ “The girls that we work with include victims of violence, some were abducted, some are domestic workers, others are beggars. There are also divorcees, who left their husbands as young girls. If they are able to earn some money they can improve their lives. So we teach them a trade.”⠀-Safia Ibrahim ⠀ Safia Ibrahim teaches young women sewing skills, and gives lessons on marriage and women’s health issues in Zinder, Niger. Learning how to sew and design garments are skills that young women can use to avoid early marriage and help support themselves and their families.⠀ Safia Ibrahim was 16-years-old when she was forced to marry her brother-in-law. Her parents had insisted on the marriage when her older sister died, leaving two young children to care for. She eventually succeeded in divorcing him but was left to care for herself and the children on her own. Driven to help other women like herself, she began working with vulnerable girls in Zinder who, like her, had little or no formal education to teach them skills and other knowledge needed to support and advocate for themselves.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #niger #westafrica #forcedmarriage #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #endchildmarriage Zinder
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “When a girl gets married and goes to live with her husband, many problems can arise. You must protect yourself and pray to God that he will protect you. If you have problems, ask us. We can help you and your family too. Because here in Zinder, it’s difficult to find information.”⠀ ⠀ Safia Ibrahim teaches young women sewing skills, and gives lessons on marriage and women’s health issues in Zinder, Niger.⠀ ⠀ Safia Ibrahim was 16-years-old when she was forced to marry her brother-in-law. Her parents had insisted on the marriage when her older sister died, leaving two young children to care for. She eventually succeeded in divorcing him but was left to care for herself and the children on her own. Driven to help other women like herself, she began working with vulnerable girls in Zinder who, like her, had little or no formal education to teach them skills and other knowledge needed to support and advocate for themselves.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #niger #westafrica #forcedmarriage #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #endchildmarriage Zinder
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “Peace does not have a price, but there’s always a cost. We had equipment but everything was destroyed. We had to start from scratch and now we’re behind. Without peace, we cannot work.”⠀ ⠀ Jeannette KebeLamah, president of the women's group in Koule, Guinea, works with people in the community on all aspects of rice production and packaging for sale; farming, sterilizing, drying, sifting and bagging. Before the conflict they had several rice bagging machines, now they must rely on only one.⠀ ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production and agriculture destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace. ⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation. ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights Koulé
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “After our fourth child, my husband left me for another woman. I could not just sit, doing nothing. Otherwise, who would feed my family?”⠀ ⠀ Jeannette Kebe Lamah cares for her pigs close to her home. In addition to keeping pigs, she works in rice production and is president of the Koulé Women’s Group, a group of women representing several ethnic groups in the forest region of Guinea in Africa, who perform community building and rice production. ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production and agriculture destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace. ⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation. ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights Koulé
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “I put everyone on equal footing. I don’t favor Guerzes because I am Guerze. I don’t favour Malinkes or Peuhls. I am a woman.“⠀ ⠀ Jeannette Kebe Lamah, president of the women's group in Koulé, Guinea, during a beautification project in the town square. ⠀ ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace.⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights Kouléa, Kissidougou, Guinea
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ Next up, west African women who are breaking glass ceilings, busting stereotypes, and supporting their communities. All week we will be sharing work from the Extraordinary Women of West Africa project by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin -now on view @photovillenyc.⠀ ⠀ Thanks to Sven Torfinn for sharing his work documenting the harm petty offense laws cause ordinary people in Malawi.⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #westafrica #womenwork Zinder
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115 | 9 | 4 weeks ago
I am sure now, in 200 years I will buy a loft in #greenpoint #brooklyn #nyc #bikelife #bicycle Greenpoint Historic District
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#Repost @uduakisong1 (@get_repost) ・・・ I started my Nollywood career from the very bottom. As a production assistant on an @ememisong production. I think it was on the set of Hit and Run. Now it's getting bigger than me. While my primary aim as a filmmaker is to entertain, Nollywood also provides me a platform to do more, to address societal ills, to kick start conversations that could one day bring lasting change. I'm particularly interested in the female African child and hope to live to a time where her rights will not be trampled upon. In this documentary by @sylavin and @liloomis for OSIWA, I talk about Nollywood and the place of women. http://osiwa.org/ebb/films/ click on my face in the link to watch. God bless you. Link also in bio. @opensocietyfoundations @photovillenyc #photoville2017 #everydayafrica #brooklynbridge #nyc #nigeria #lagos Brooklyn Bridge
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Meet us in Brooklyn Bridge at #photoville2017 you will discover the stories of 5 #extraordinarywomen @photovillenyc #opensocietyfoundation #osiwa #opensociety @opensocietyfoundations Brooklyn Bridge
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Preparing the exhibition with @opensocietyfoundations #extraordinarywomen @photovillenyc #nyc see you on Wednesday! Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Tribute in lights #worltradecenter #11s #9/11 #brooklynbridge #nyc #iphone7 #nofilter Brooklyn Bridge Park
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#soundcheck before the #joweeOmicil show on #jazzvillette2017 #jazzvillage #leicam240 #bash La Villette, Ile-De-France, France
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#Maiduguri is not only #bokoharam @agencecosmos @liberationfr #onassignment #Nigeria http://www.liberation.fr/photographie/2017/08/24/sylvain-cherkaoui-a-maiduguri-apres-boko-haram_1591664
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À lire dans @liberationfr aujourd'hui. Texte de Patricia Huon. Histoires à #Maiduguri #nigeria malgré la menace de #bokoharam les jeunes tentent de vivre.
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#Repost @photovillenyc (@get_repost) ・・・ "Extraordinary Women West Africa" traces the lives of five West African women, emphasizing the exceptional contribution of women to regional development. Women are more than half of the African population, and are more economically engaged than anywhere else in the world—within their communities and nations they play important yet often unacknowledged leadership roles. Eliminating barriers and empowering women could deliver a huge boost to productivity in Africa.⠀ ⠀ Images come from Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal, and were captured by @sylavin. The exhibition is supported by @opensocietyfoundations and will be a container exhibition for #photoville2017
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The famous Michael Jackson trafic guard amid the #kekenape in #Maiduguri #bornostate #onassignment Maiduguri
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