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To the story….
During my trip to the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba State, one of the photo opportunities that kept playing in my head was catching a farmer or a family of farmers if it was my lucky day working the fields. The Mambilla Plateau is one of the highest elevated regions in Nigeria and as you’d imagine, it has an amazing agricultural landscape with picturesque undulating hills serving as backdrops every corner you look.
Creating these photos is an opportunity I have always anticipated my whole life and quite frankly I knew the Mambilla Plateau was one of the few places I could create such photos in Nigeria
On my second day of arriving Gembu, the biggest town in the Mambilla Plateau, I had connected with a local who generously became my tour guide taking me around the mountainsides of the Plateau. These were corners that could only be accessed by motorbikes or four-wheel cars due to the rugged terrain.
Without any fear of falling off the cliff because my local tour guide appeared to have mastered his bike on the dirt roads, we rode for about one hour, crossed some rivers, parked the bike when the little dirt roads disappeared and walked some miles until we came across this farm where a beautiful little family were harvesting some vegetables. I said to myself it was my lucky day after all. It didn’t take a while before I connected with them and started taking some photos. The weather at this time of day wasn’t exactly in my favour so I had planned to return at a more pleasant time — which I did the next day but unfortunately for me, I didn’t catch them in the farm but nevertheless, I still feel incredibly lucky to have gotten some photos the first day and more importantly connecting and sharing with these local women who play a huge part in holding together the local economy of this region through subsistence farming.
The people of Gembu are generally really warm and welcoming and this continued to be the case as I explored what I think is one of the most distant and uncharted places in Nigeria.
All photos are copyright Abdulsalam Khalid