Tuesday 29 January 2019


On the 22nd of January, 2019, the French Cultural Centre in Abuja hosted the exhibition by Premiere Urgence International (PUI) on their work with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Borno state, the heartbeat of the Boko Haram insurgency in north-east Nigeria. Specifically, it was a photo exhibition that showcased the work of PUI in Maiduguri. The photos were stories of what obtained 'before' & 'after' - what PUI met on ground and the transformational effect of PUI on the IDPs.

Rizwan ul Haq, Head of Mission, PUI in Nigeria answered intricate questions about their operations in IDP camps and with IDPs outside camps. The Moderator was Helois Ellien, Cooperation Attache & Deputy Director of the French Institute in Nigeria. The creative photographer, Clarence Ugbede was on hand to answer questions about his inspiration for each of the photos! From the photos, it was clear that PUI is doing a laudable job in the north-east, especially Maiduguri. PUI needs all the help it can get. On my part, I have elected to use my wealth of experience in the training of their staff for more effective and efficient operations...  
L-R: Rizwan ul Haq (Head of Mission, Premiere Urgence Internationale in Nigeria) & Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa (Independent Consultant/Conflict Transformation Expert, Abuja).

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