Rahima Gambo

Visual Journalist and Documentary Photographer
Education is Forbidden
Location: Abuja
Nationality: Nigeria
Biography: Rahima Gambo (b.1986 London, UK) is a Nigerian visual artist and photographer who came to artistic practice by working independently on long-form transmedia documentary projects. Currently, she explores a decolonizing, feminizing, rehabilitative... read on
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Education is Forbidden
Copyright rahima gambo 2021
Date of Work 12/31/69 - Ongoing
Updated 04/03/21

As students remember their experiences living at the forefront of the Boko Haram conflict, their stories often sound like a dark folktale somewhere between the real and the imagined. The act of remembering past traumatic experiences doesn’t fit neatly into a timeframe. Each retelling creates a third space, an alternate reality that is timeless and unresolved. 

The students photographed here often have stories to tell about the killed, injured and abducted. But beyond this contemporary conflict, the project explores the school site as a concept embedded in Nigerian history as a symbol of a violent colonial encounter and reflects on the idea of a collective memory that connects the student body and the idealisation of an education system that is falling apart. 

“Education is Forbidden” is a deeply layered mixed media engagement about the aftermath of conflict, the nature of memory and the echoes and consequences of colonial education in north eastern Nigeria. The project was supported by a grant by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF).

- Education is Forbidden 2015-2016 
See the four part multimedia (journalistic) series at the project website Educationisforbidden.com

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By Rahima Gambo — Tatsuniya I (2017) and Tatsuniya II (2019) a photography and film series takes place at Shehu Sanda Kyarimi..


By Rahima Gambo — "Nation" is a collection of images from various assignments, commissions, events and wanderings..
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