Executive Director, Global Humanitarian Photojournalists, Inc.
Jacob Foko is an award-winning photographer, experienced photojournalist and passionate humanitarian. Before arriving in the U.S. in 2003, he spent fourteen years as a staff photographer and reporter for Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) as well as the magazines Libre Afrique, Africa Express, Africa International and Jeune Afrique Economie (headquartered in Paris). His most celebrated project, “Cameroon’s 100 Faces of Poverty” was exhibited simultaneously and to major acclaim in the ten nation states of Cameroon and, in 2002, earned him an invitation from the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon to speak about the challenges of being a photojournalist in an unfriendly political environment.
In 2005, Mr. Foko moved to Santa Barbara, California to pursue a degree in Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute. At his graduation from Brooks, Mr. Foko served as keynote speaker and received an Outstanding Achievement Award, presented to a select number of Brooks’ graduates. More recently, in 2009, the Career College Association (CCA), now called the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), presented Mr. Foko with their GREAT Award for excellence, achievement and talent.
Mr. Foko has established a non-profit organization and a production company of his own: Global Humanitarian Photojournalists, Inc. (GHP) (2007), and Blue World Productions (2011). GHP acts as a micro-media source, producing documentaries in collaboration with social justice non-profits.
Mr. Foko is a visual and multimedia journalist, documentary filmmaker. He is a recent graduated and valedictorian from Full Sail University with Masters in New Media Journalism. Through his work, he continues his lifelong mission to raise awareness and develop resources that address social injustice. Highly involved in the operation and management of GHP and Blue World Productions, Mr. Foko also undertakes Pro Bono projects for non-profit partners such as the Taproot Foundation in Washington D.C., and La Fondation des Urgences d’Afrique in Paris.