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Her Media Diary Episode 8: Nelisiwe Nkosi


In this episode, South African photographer, Nelisiwe Nkosi talks about how photography helped her work through the trauma of being sexually assaulted on two occasions.

Her photographic series, “Breakeven” expresses the feelings of shame, violation, vulnerability and a yearning to be invisible. “Breakeven” went on to be exhibited at prestigious art centres and events, and even earned her a spot in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans’ list in 2020.



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Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic, consultant and co-founder of African Women in Media (AWiM). AWiM’s vision is that one-day African women will have equal access to representation in media. Joint winner of the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 (Sports Reporting), Yemisi ran her news website IQ4News between 2010-14.
Yemisi holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Birmingham City University, where she is a Senior Lecturer. She has published scholarly research on women’s rights, African feminism, and journalism and digital public spheres. She was Editorial Consultant for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 commemorative book titled “She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys”, and currently hosts the book’s podcast.
She speaks regularly on issues relating to gender and media. In 2021 she was recognized as one of 100 Most Influential African Women.