| Skilled Humanitarian Photographer
Aside being a passionately skilled humanitarian photographer, Dr Kadiri Kehinde Kadijat is an accomplished Academia and a seasoned Scholar and teacher of Mass Communication who has found deep passion for health communication, humanitarianism and photography.
A picture they say tells a thousand words and if anyone was to give a proper definition to those thoughts, then Dr Kadiri’s feet suits the shoes better. To her photography is like every form of art that can be used to ventilate thoughts and emotions to the outside world. She believes photography can be used to set world agenda and enlighten people on how to make the world a better place. These thoughts led her to the documenting of lives of people in rural communities within Kwara State through photographs on her various social media handles such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Kadiri documents on both the mundane and imperative issues in the rural communities she visited. These photographs endeared her to many of her followers who were curious to know the stories behind the pictures. In one of the instances, one of her followers decided to pay up the school fees of a school girl who had been sent out of school.
In another instance, Dr Kadiri had taken and uploaded pictures depicting the water problem facing the people in Ago-Oja community deep in the heart of Kwara State. This caught the attention of a follower who donated a manual bore-hole to the community. Similarly, another set of pictures depicting children wearing torn and dirty clothes made another follower to send few bags of good clothes to her. She later got more clothes from family and friends to add up to the ones earlier sent. The clothes were shared not only to children but also adults in the same community. Dr. Kadiri did not end it there, she organised a malaria campaign in the community in which a seasoned health practitioner spoke on malaria and its antecedents, mosquito nets as well as malaria repellent creams were distributed to the people. Malaria test was conducted for the inhabitants of the community and drugs shared to those who tested positive to malaria.
Recently, Dr. Kadiri conducted a crowd funded campaign that led to the building and furnishing of a one bedroom flat for a 100-year-old woman popularly called Mama Ikirun who was living in a dilapidated muddy home.
As a result of this humanitarian activities, Kadiri has set up an NGO, The Health Builders Initiative (THBI), which is still in the process of being incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). THBI’s humanitarian projects are not a flash in the pan as the young NGO though in its infancy is positioned towards embarking on more humanitarian projects in future.
Kadiri, who had her first degree in Mass Communication at the prestigious University of Lagos and a second degree in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon before proceeding to Universiti Utara Malaysia for her PhD in Communication is a lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State. She is a member of Nigeria Institute of Public Relation and Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria.