Islamic Insurgents (Boko Haram) have terrorised thousands of Nigerians in the North. Terrorism in the Northern Nigeria has led to displacement of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, most of whom are now refugees in other parts of Nigeria. However, the condition of these Nigerians as well as refugees has been overlooked. This project seeks to look into the plight of these Nigerians who're now refugees in their own country. Some select refugees in Ibadan, Western Nigeria, will be trained with some multimedia tools (e.g. phones, sound recorders, etc) to get international attention to their plight
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Ibadan, Oyo State
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
The population for this study are Nigerians who formerly resided in the North but have relocated to other parts of Nigeria where they are living as refugees. However, victims in Ibadan are the specific targets for this project. Although Boko Haram has been reported in the media, the condition of residents who have lost their livelihoods to the mayhem has been under-reported in the media. The Federal Government has increased budget for security but not for the plights of nearly 300,000 refugees–victims of Boko Haram, according to UN figures, cited by globalpost.com. These people, therefore, need tell their own story, using my proposed platform. Some of these people are semi-computer literates.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
Other people who will help support this project include the “seriki” (head) of the Sabo Hausa community in Ibadan. He, as the head of the Hausa/Northern people's community in Ibadan, is the major official link to the victims of Boko Haram insurgent attacks now living in Ibadan. Mr Wale Olanipekun (head of computer based training facilities) http://facebook.com/wale.olanipekun. Inusa Angela (Translator). Ogunyiola Ayorinde (Facilitator) http:// facebook.com/ogunyiola.ayorinde
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
We are looking at a multimedia output—videos, photographs and audios—that will be combined to report the condition of the refugees. Besides the main story that will be built on victims of violence in northern Nigeria alongside refugee conditions of the people from Northern Nigeria, we hope to get the refugees give first hand reports about the impact of the Boko Haram mayhem on their livelihoods, family, education, and business. They can also help clarify reports of human right abuses by the Nigeria military, as reported by Human Rights Watch.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
This is a community where I am at the moment, working on a photo story. I have built relationship with the heads of these people, some of whom are known to me. The interest of DAMBFEK portrays the continuous opportunity for the people to have the multimedia assistance of the company.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
At the moment, we are looking at 10 participants with strong visual and human-interest stories, whose stories will act as outlets for the experiences of other refugees. We have had contacts with some of these participants. We, however, will work with about 15 of our select participants but train 10 best participants of the 15 participants with whom we will work.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
As the project organizer—a multimedia journalist—who has practically trained Distance Learning students of the University of Ibadan in photography, I am going to train the participants on photography, videography, and sound recording. I will also co-ordinate the post-production of these multimedia data for a final video documentary presentation. The multimedia technology will provide the audience with various convincing data, which can be published separately–e.g as audio podcasts, still photographs, and short documentary film. Other facilitators are Mr Wale Olanipekun (head of computer based training facilities), Inusa Angela (Translator), and Ogunyiola Ayorinde (Facilitator)
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
The centre where we shall hold our computer-related training has 42 desktop computers with an internet connection speed of 2MBS bandwidth.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
This is a community where I am at the moment, working on a photo story. I have built relationship with the heads of these people, some of whom are known to me. I, therefore, strongly believe that the community will be glad to actively participate in this Rising Voice project, as the narrators of their stories to the global community. Gadgets that will be given to the participants portend continuous opportunities for participants to continue to document as well as update their stories, on a blog that will be built chiefly for them.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
One of the challenges we foresee is adequate financial capability to run an in-depth training for the 10 would-be select participants. We, however, have sought the financial support of DAMBFEK, a local multimedia production Company, which, at the moment, will commit $400 to the project, if accepted by Rising Voices.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
Making all necessary contacts and getting the refugees to volunteer to tell their stories. 2) getting the refugees to volunteer to being trained. 3) Having the refugees understand and know how to use all devices for gathering their stories.4) Having the refugees deliver necessary data, in form of audio, videos, photographs or texts.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
(June 1) One day of community visitation with other members of the project
(June 2-4) Three days training on photography
(June 5-11) One week of photo self-reports
(June 12-14)Three days of assessment of photo self-reports
(June 15-21) Another week of photo self-reports
(June 22-24) Three days training on videography
(June 25- July 1) One week of video self-reports
(July 2-4) Three days of assessment of video self-reports
(July 5-11) Another week of video self-reports
(July 12-14) Three days training on sound gathering
(July 15-21) One week of audio self-reports
(July 22-24) Three days of assessment of audio self-reports
(July 25-31) Another week of audio self-reports
(August 1-7) One week computer based training on editing of all photo, video and audio data
(August 8- 29) Additional three weeks of unforeseen challenging events
(August 30-20) Production of stories (podcast, photo story, multimedia short documentary film)
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Three Months Honorarium for Co-ordinator $152 x3 ($456)
Three Months Honorarium for facilitator $91 x 3 ($273)
Three Months Honorarium for translator $91 x 3 ($273)
Cost of facility for computer based training for one week ($122)
Refreshment for one week computer based training and Internet ($213)
Transportation of 10 Trainees ($61)
One week Honorarium for two Technical facilitators ($172)
Sony – Digital Voice Recorder $35 x 10 ($350)
Sony – Cyber-shot DSC-W730 16.1-Megapixel Digital Camera – Silver $85 x 10 ($850)
TOTAL $2 820-$400 (financial contribution of DAMBFEK) = $2 420.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
We hope Rising Voices will help amplify this suggested story when eventually published. we seek to raise a global awareness to the plight of these people.
Immanuel Abayomi AFOLABI