By Saheed Afolabi
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have deemed it fit to celebrate Nigeria budding photojournalist, Justina Aniefiok for her remarkable exploits covering the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire.
Quintet of Justina, Khady Sy from Mauritania, Sarjo Baldeh (Gambia), iLa Yeboah (Ghana) and Weam Mostafa Elsayed (Egypt) were part of the tournament, while telling the Afcon stories through their lenses.
Reacting to CAF accolade, Justina recalled that the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon brought her to limelight amidst varying challenges encountered, covering her first major tournament outside the shores of Nigeria.
She further opened up on how she was able to overcome her fears and exposed her works to the World.
“Cameroon 2021 brought me to the limelight. I had to hand everything over to God to take perfect control as I was scared of how I will survive when I get to Cameroon,” Justina told CAF.
“But everything went well. I’m proud of myself because, I was able to overcome my fear and to showcase my work to a large audience.”
Justina has established herself as a major force in the photojournalism, distinguishing and carving a niche for herself in covering women’s football after quitting playing the game at the amateur level due to lack of support from family.