Abuja photo festival: Photographers take over FCT

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Professional photographers stormed Wuse market in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to highlight its tourism potentials on Wednesday.

This was part of the activities for the 2018 Abuja International Photo Festival themed; “Photography for socio-economic development”.

While at the market, the photographers interacted with the traders and took pictures of possible spots that would attract tourists.

Osaze Ekhator, the festival director told NAN that the photo walk was a necessary tool to highlight the socio-economic potential of Wuse market.

“Photography is more than fun. It is a veritable tool in shaping conversations and telling stories in ways that words cannot.

“This is why we have embarked on this photo walk to show the world all the beauty that Wuse market has, as one of the largest commercial hubs in the FCT,” Osaze said.

He also added that this is the second photo walk the festival had embarked on.

In 2017, participating photographers went to Daki-Biu village, a satellite town in the FCT.

Similarly, some of the participating photographers told NAN that the photo walk is their own ways of giving back to the society by using pictures to tell stories.

Samuel Olatunji, a photographer said: “People do not understand that the purpose of photography transcends beyond covering events. This is why photo walks like this are important.

“From things like this, the world will get to see Nigeria and Africa at large for what it truly is; and our tourism value will improve,” he said.

Meanwhile, some of the traders at Wuse market expressed their joy at the attention the photographs might bring to their trades.

The Abuja International Photo Festival featured a network of industry professionals and other stakeholders discussing ways to integrate photography in nation building.

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