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Etinosa Yvonne’s “Its all in my head” explores the coping mechanism of terrorism and violent conflict in Nigeria

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Etinosa Yvonne's work explores the coping mechanism of terrorism and violent conflict in Nigeria
Images (c) Etinosa Yvonne

It’s All In My Head is a multimedia project that explores the coping mechanisms of survivors of terrorism and violent conflict by using layered portraits of the things they do to help themselves move forward or, otherwise. The project aims to advocate for increased access to psychosocial support for the survivors, which in turn will improve their mental health. In the last twenty years, Nigeria has witnessed an increase in terrorism and violent conflicts.

Images (c) Etinosa Yvonne

Some of these survivors have witnessed the most violent acts that have been meted out on them and their loved ones, and in some cases on all the things that they own. It is interesting to know that while these survivors may find a way to rebuild and adjust to their new lives, many of them never get to talk about their experiences. Therefore, the idea of moving on may be considered a charade as they feel stuck in the past while trying to start over. Exploring the coping mechanisms of these people offers insight as to how these survivors struggle to move on despite little or no psychosocial support.

Etinosa Yvonne's work explores the coping mechanism of terrorism and violent conflict in Nigeria
Images (c) Etinosa Yvonne

Etinosa Yvonne is a self-taught documentary photographer from Benin, Nigeria.

Etinosa Yvonne's work explores the coping mechanism of terrorism and violent conflict in Nigeria
Images (c) Etinosa Yvonne

She considers photography to be a medium of expression and a tool to drive social change. Etinosa leverages the power of visual storytelling to create awareness, educate, and inform people about causes and issues she is passionate about.

Etinosa Yvonne's work explores the coping mechanism of terrorism and violent conflict in Nigeria
Images (c) Etinosa Yvonne

She is a 2018 Women Photograph grantee and she also emerged the winner of the 2018 National Geographic/Lagos Photo portfolio review. Her works have been exhibited in the Kigali Photo Festival and THE FENCE (The largest outdoor exhibition in the US).   Etinosa currently resides in Nigeria where she is actively working on personal projects.

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