In the mid of 2016, we launched a website called Bakandamiya. The site was designed like a community platform where members could post contents and interact with one another. Our goal with the website was to establish a massive, all-in-one platform where people could exchange ideas (mainly in Hausa language) about education, science, culture, history and development – part of the main reason we termed it ‘Dandalin Musayar Basira,’ meaning, ‘a platform for an exchange of ideas.’

Therefore, we made one of the significant features of the site to be a blog, where people could write articles on various topics of interests related to the theme of the website. For example, we have numerous articles on science and innovation, Hausa language and culture, modern and traditional Nigerian food recipes, analyses on local and global social issues.

As we worked on providing a vast pool of resources for Hausa readers in Nigeria and around the world, one of the significant challenges we faced (and we’re still facing) was finding the right photo that would always accompany our articles. We would spend about 20 – 30 minutes editing an article, but nearly an hour or more searching for a suitable image to go with it. There was a considerable lack of images depicting northern Nigerian contexts, especially when it comes to portraying life in rural areas. In fact, there was a general lack of photos that tell stories about Africa apart from a few scenes uploaded online by foreign tourists.

The existence of the gap that we explained above necessitated the establishment of something, and so, came the birth of Bakandamiya Downloads (previously named Suura).

To us, this website represents both historical and modern images of northern Nigeria, Nigeria and Africa. It is a place where publishers like us can find the right images they’ve been looking for to tell their inspirational stories about the people, the culture and the landscape. It is also for photographers (and photo enthusiasts) who captured African sights and sounds and would like to share it with the world. Most importantly, it’s a free online community where members can share free copyright photos and videos.

At the moment, Bakandamiya Downloads is manifesting itself as a growing digital marketplace for stock photos, video footage, stock audios, graphics, e-books and many downloadable products.

Everyone is free to sign up and upload their free and paid products. Click here to get started.

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