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.
He is a visual and multimedia producer and documentary filmmaker graduated from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California with a Bachelor Degree in Visual Journalism and a Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. He served as keynote speaker at both graduations and received simultaneously an Outstanding Achievement Award and an Advance Achievement Award.
In 2009, the Career College Association (CCA), now called the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), presented Jacob with their GREAT Award for excellence, achievement and talent at the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Jacob has established a non-profit organization and a production company: Global Humanitarian Photojournalists, Inc. (GHPJ) (2007), and Blue World Productions (Blue World) (2011)
GHPJ acts as a micro-media source, producing documentaries in collaboration with social justice non-profits. The aim is to document and spread awareness of worldwide poverty and human rights abuses, as well as to present the stories of people and organizations making a difference to abused and at-risk populations.
Blue World produces corporate-sponsored videos, social justice documentaries, and editorial photography. It was created to meet the unique needs of companies in the U.S. and around the world that require video/photo coverage for corporate events and supporting photos for editorial pieces.
Through his work, Foko continues his lifelong mission to raise awareness and develop resources that address social injustice. Highly involved in the operation and management of GHPJ and Blue World, Jacob also undertakes Pro Bono projects for non-profit partners such, the Taproot Foundation in Washington D.C., and La Fondation des Urgences d’Afrique in Paris.