It's All In My Head is an ongoing, research-based multimedia project that explores the coping mechanisms of survivors of terrorism and extreme instances of conflict, crisis and cruelty in Nigeria.
The project advocates for increased and long-term access to psychosocial support for the survivors, which in turn will improve their mental health and well-being.
In the last four years I have worked with more than sixty survivors of terrorism and violent conflict in different parts of Nigeria. It is interesting to note that while these survivors find a way to rebuild and adjust to their new lives, many of them never get to talk about their experiences. Thus, the idea of "moving on” can be considered to be a charade of sorts as they are stuck in the past while trying to start over.
A lot of the survivors struggle with depression, PTSD, and vengeful thoughts, while others have found solace in their existence and religion.
I started this project to draw the attention of society to the state of mind of some of these survivors.