At Ashesi, Francis Kokoroko earned his degree in Computer Science. After taking a photography class, however, he realized his true passion. Now an accomplished photojournalist in Accra, Francis is working to document Ghana’s culture and social progression.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
Photography is only an extension of the bigger purpose. It has been a journey of observation, listening and being part of cultures, friendships and private lives. Being trusted enough to be allowed to tell these stories from my visual perspective is the inspiration! It is very motivating to know that the pictures I make become a starting point for conversations and opening people up to worlds both familiar and unknown.
What is it like to be a photographer for Reuters in Ghana?
The guys at Reuters are amazing and they are always pushing me to deliver my best. I also enjoy good mentorship and this has helped shape my storytelling skills a lot. Shooting for Reuters is is a privilege because it presents me with a much bigger audience.
What subjects in photography are you most drawn to and why?
I enjoy shooting everyday life on the continent and also exploring cultures and social issues. I am drawn to these issues because I believe there is a backlog of stories on culture and social progression that has to be documented.
Which stories excite you the most?
I enjoy stories that are progressive and insightful. For me, these stories present vital information on what is possible and looking beyond present limitations.
What is the greatest thing you learned at Ashesi?
Working with integrity. This has really helped me in my career after school and trust me it is a quality that works better than any paid ad!
In your opinion, what is the most important work that Ashesi does?
I think Ashesi is presenting options we never thought we had. It is inspiring the next generation of leaders and innovators who will relook at existing challenges and see opportunity and take up the responsibility of driving the change needed on the continent.
How do you see yourself as a change maker in Africa?
“Change maker” is quite a strong label. Africa is hungry for change and I believe it is no longer a matter of choice for the present generation to think of change as a far-fetched concept. I do my best to bring progressive change to where I am and to what I do, not just in the field of photography.
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