Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

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black girls with eating disorders are so important & need to be protected

because it’s believed that we don’t think about things like that, we all apparently love our “inherently” thick bodies and thickness is something we all glorify and strive to achieve

we’re too “strong” to have any kind of illness, especially not an ED

EDs among black girls are so common and are easily dismissed as “white girl stuff” and thats so destructive and harmful

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Grace Bol for Julien Macdonald LFW SS15

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In response to anyone who thinks they have an fierce inner black woman in them and is not in fact, a black woman

See the thing about that fire and that “fierceness” is that it’s born out of our oppression, out of always being told that we are ugly, that our bodies are too fat or too muscular, that we don’t have the right kind of hair — and having to deconstruct all those things and tell ourselves that we are beautiful even though society is telling us that we are not.  

That strength is born out of always having to defend ourselves against white supremacy and anti-black-woman-patriachy. From years of not seeing ourselves represented in anything aligned with beauty, of buying products that are made to make us look like not ourselves.

So there is no way you could have an inner black woman in you. You have not experienced our struggle, you don’t know it, you haven’t lived it, and you can’t imagine it. 

See, you can’t sit with us, because we haven’t been able to sit at your table since our existence in this country. And while we were being excluded from your table we made our own, and it is fabulous and fly. And of course you now want to try and have a seat at our table, take our table, use it and ignore all the labor that went into creating THAT table.

But nah, sorry boo boo.

You ain’t never going to be us, you can try to wear your hair like us, you can try to dance like us, talk like us, wish you were us, but know this —


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Alongside most Nigerian religious adherence were systems of belief with ancient roots in the area. These beliefs combined family ghosts with relations to the primordial spirits of a particular site. In effect the rights of a group defined by common genealogical descent were…

I have not forgotten the purpose of my website, but being without a laptop for several weeks has made updating it a bit of a challenge. So please bear with me all those waiting on email responses and website feature/ contribution inquires. I haven’t stopped entirely, just moving at an incredibly slow pace. Only for a moment, though. Thank you for your continued support and I can’t wait to soon get back into the full swing of things! 😘 (at www.yagazieemezi.com)


All the places my baby is going to this autumn without me. Spread the word to appropriately located homies! 

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The Weaver.
Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah @africashowboy.
#Ponsomtenga #Burkinafaso #Africa


Every time i see or watch this video i just want to cry to myself and then just surround myself with beautiful black women and men all the time and get down like this. like. all. the. time

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The YAGAZIE Lunch Series

I have been in Lagos for over five months now and it has not been without its challenges. Lagos is bursting at the seams with activity and life and I wanted to contribute to the bee hive. Ever since my YouTube and blogging days, I have eagerly awaited the opportunity to create a space for young African women to gather and freely talk. With this step, I hope to work towards creating a safe space for young women to discuss several issues revolving around mental health, sexuality, eating disorders and other personal and social issues.

Personal stories flew back and forth across the tables and I was a bit taken aback by the willingness to share. Success. Here in Nigeria, it is so common to hear the youth openly discuss politics, academics, pop culture, etc, but when the time comes to talk about personal issues such as mental health, sexuality, abuse, we hush up. We go behind close doors to talk softly while the majority of us choose not to talk at all. But these are issues that affect us as individuals. (Keep reading)

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So happy for her. 

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Well friend, you’ve come a long way. Plastic surgery and physical therapy free like whatevs (will pay in old age though 😔). Favorite body part. #personal


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Liya Kebede for Monique Pean
By Ryan Mcginley.

I’m really okay with all these selfie shots since I never take them… But a girl got an iPad and was feeling special - Yagazie

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Mix and match prints with striped rib details, we can’t get enough of the @PreenbyTandB collection this #LFW #SS15

Laurent Elie Badessi traveled to Niger, Africa in 1987 and 1988 to photograph indigenous tribes for his Master’s Degree thesis project entitled “Ethnological Fashion Photography”. His goal was to study the impact of photography on natives from different ethnical groups, some of who had never (or very rarely) been exposed to this medium. The psychological aspect in the interaction that occurs between a photographer and his sitter during a photo session was also a focal point in his research.

For this undertaking, Badessi adopted the method of “La photographie négociée” (the Negotiated Photography), introduced to him by his teacher photographer Michel Séméniako. Badessi was seduced by this method and decided to use it here, because it allows the sitter to determine most of the parameters for a photo session that captures his/her image. In this case: the pose, the clothes, the make-up, the accessories, the time of day and the location. To make these sittings playful, he decided to use an element specific to human kind—clothing—as the main source of interaction between him and the autochthones.

For his research to be pertinent, Badessi decided to stay extended periods of time with each different ethnicity to better appreciate their culture. He and his team lived with the following ethnicities all across the country: the Haoussas, the Bororo (Wodaabe), the Kanouris, the Gourmances, the Djemmas, the Beri Beris and the Touareg.

The experience with the Bororo happened to be one of the greatest highlights of the project. Because they worship beauty, this highly nomadic group was particularly drawn to the “magic” and playfulness of having their photo taken.

Photography was totally foreign to this group of Bororo. To familiarize them with the medium, Badessi started taking Polaroid of his teammates, so they could see and understand its process. Little by little they became more comfortable with the team and expressed an increasing curiosity towards the “magic box” known to us as the camera. This particular group of about 100 nomads had only seen their image as a reflection of themselves into the water or in the mirror. When Badessi took their photo on Polaroid, he had to explain what to look for on the image–their face, their hat, their accessories, et cetera. Appearing so small wasn’t rational to them. It was total magic, because they were used to see their reflection as a life-size image, but not as a “tiny person” on a small piece a paper! Once they were able to recognize themselves, they laughed and placed the Polaroid over their heart. It was very emotional to see how touched they were and how precious the Polaroid became to them.

The photo sessions were a success and they became an integral part of the Bororo’s daily routine. After the cores, they could not wait to get ready for the sittings.

As Badessi mentions in his thesis, “we were in symbiosis with them, as much as they were with us. They were excited to have visitors and to share these great moments together. It was very inspirational to look at them getting ready. Somehow it was a meditative experience for us, because they took their time, you did not feel the constant pressure of the clock ticking in the back of your head, like we do in our culture, especially in big megalopolises. They totally lived in harmony with Mother Nature and respected her rhythm.” (Keep reading)

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