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Nigeria’s photographer Emeke Obanor wins German Peace prize for photography 2021, takes home 10,000 euros

Nigerian photographer Emeke Obanor has been awarded the The German Peace Prize for photography 2021 and will be taking home 10,000 euros.

Obanor portrayed images of girls kidnapped by the terrorist organisation Boko Haram who manged to return to freedom.

Emeke Obanor is an editorial and portrait documentary photographer, based in Nigeria.

Obanor earned himself the staggering amount of 10,000 euros on Saturday where, via a virtual award ceremony from the Museum of Cultural History in the Osnabrück Museum Quarter, he was announced the winner.

Monopol Magazine wrote that, ‘in his competition entry , Obanor depicts girls kidnapped by the terrorist organisation Boko Haram who managed to return to freedom. Although the girls were radicalised during their imprisonment, they have not lost the faith and courage to fight for their education and thus for a better future, it said in a statement.’

The German Peace Prize for Photography is a joint initiative of the Peace City of Osnabrück and the local Felix Schoeller Group and was announced for the first time in 2019.

Emeke Obanor works will be displayed for six months from Sunday in Osnabrück Museum Quarter.

Hanna 16, born in South East of Nigeria was abducted by Boko Haram, she gained freedom to find the school in her village burnt by Boko Haram, she attends a school organised by village volunteers. She wants to become a doctor. ( Image courtesy of
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Source:, monopol magazine

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