Benedicte Kurzen (France) is a freelance photojournalist and a member of NOOR agency since 2012, based in Nigeria. Bénédicte holds a master’s degree in Contemporary History (the Sorbonne, Paris). After a brief passage in the Middle East, she focuses, in the next twelve years on conflicts and socioeconomic changes in Africa. Her photojournalistic approach is determined by the rules of ethics and in depth coverage. In South Africa, she explores some of the deepest social challenges of the post-apartheid society. “Amaqabane”, on the life of former anti-apartheid combatants is produced for prestigious World Press Joop Swart Masterclass 2008. In 2011, she receives a grant from the Pulitzer Center for “A Nation Lost to Gods” on Nigeria's ethnico- religious violence. It has been screened and exhibited at Visa pour l’Image and nominated for the Visa d’Or in 2012. In 2015, she becomes an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Nigeria.
Following food production and trade routes at Lake Chad, this project shows the efforts made by local people to resume trading in fish, cattle and grain, as a way of measuring potential for self-sustaining development.