Episode 063: Humanitarian Photojournalism with Jacob Foko

54:05 · 2018

In this episode, Devi chats with Jacob Foko about the path of Humanitarian Photojournalism. Jacob Foko, Prince of the Baleng in West regional part of Cameroon, Africa, is an award-winning photojournalist, experienced multimedia producer, and passionate humanitarian.  Devi & Jacob discuss:

Humanitarian Photojournalism definedThe “University of Life”What Jacob learned when doing the project of “Hundred Faces of Poverty”Giving a voice to the story of those who do not have a voice in societyAfrica in miniatureThe inspiration of Jacob's exceptional motherGuiding countries to do good work through the power of Humanitarian PhotojournalismWhat gave Jacob the courage to face death, so that the stories of other’s could liveWhat it took for him to be ValedictorianDoing what you do best and doing it very wellHow to know what stories to tellThe lens that is necessary to shine light on what is invisible to most of the societyHow humanitarian photojournalism fits into Spiritual EntrepreneurshipThe powerful lesson that Jacob learned from his encounter with President Bill Clintonand more... 

More about Jacob: He spent fourteen years as a staff photographer and reporter for Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) as well as the magazines Libre Afrique, Africa Express, Africa International and Jeune Afrique Economie. His most celebrated project, “Cameroon’s 100 Faces of Poverty” in 2002, earned him an invitation from the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon to speak about the challenges of being a photojournalist in an unfriendly political environment. He is a visual and multimedia producer and documentary filmmaker graduated from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Journalism and a Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. He served as keynote speaker at both graduations and simultaneously received an “Outstanding Achievement Award” and an “Advance Achievement Award.” In addition, he was presented the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) “GREAT Award for Excellence, Achievement and Talent” on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Jacob has established a non-profit organization and a production company called Global Humanitarian Photojournalists, Inc. (GHPJ) in 2007, and Blue World Media Network (BWMN) in 2011. The aim is to document and spread awareness of worldwide poverty and human rights abuses, as well as to present the stories of people and organizations making a difference to abused and at-risk populations.


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