Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

None of the images posted here belong to me unless stated otherwise.


Photos by Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Some 370,000 people – almost half the population of Bangui, Central African Republic – have been displaced to dozens of sites across the capital over the past three weeks. About 785,000 people have been internally displaced throughout the country since the outbreak of violence more than a year ago. More than a thousand people have been killed in the past month alone.

The country has been plunged into chaos as its Christian majority seeks revenge against the Muslim rebels who seized power in a coup in March. Many Christian and Muslim civilians are armed, and the foreign troops brought in to try to rein in the violence have been sucked into the conflict and accused of taking sides. The Chadians, part of the African Union force, are Muslim and are seen by the population as backing the Seleka rebels who toppled the president. But 1,600 French troops who were deployed in the first week of December are accused of backing the Christian majority, and their patrols have come under fire in Muslim neighbourhoods.


Magalaa Khesa. In the Market

An Oromo marketplace, Oromo-Region, Harar, Ethiopia.


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Got a message from a young reader who felt shame over her name because people could not pronounce it or would not make the effort to, thus making her nervous over introductions. She was especially worried about not being able to connect with others as a freshman in college. 

My opinion:
DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF YOUR NAME! If people can’t make the effort to pronounce it right, how it is your fault? I’m YAGAZIE and I’m proud of my name. Honestly in college, I used to have people call me Frankie (short for my middle name, Francisca), but I quickly stopped that. No one is going to not talk you just because of your name, don’t be silly dear!! And if they do, no big loss. Trust me.

When I introduce myself to people, I look them straight in the eyes and with a firm handshake, I say my name. THE PEOPLE WORTH KNOWING are the ones that either get it or if they don’t, they ask, “Wait, how do you pronounce that?” Then I say my name slowly and have them repeat it. The ones probably not worth knowing are those who give that look which means that they didn’t get the pronunciation of your name, but they keep quiet. Having a shorter version of your name is really up to you. A lot of people just call me Yaga, but they MADE THE EFFORT TO SAY MY FULL NAME FIRST. And when people ask me what I prefer to go by, I say, “Yagazie”

It may sound corny, but give honor to your name. Have people say it. NOBODY is  going to deny their friendship to you just because of your name! Our names in our languages is a mark of who we are and where we come from and you shouldn’t let anyone make you feel anything but positive about it. - Yagazie

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My latest commercial work for Zain Group, a pioneer in mobile telecommunications across the Middle East and North Africa. This advertising campaign has now been rolled out on billboards across South Sudan. 

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Camps Bay 1st of January 2012, South Africa.


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Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic

Soooooo…..I drew myself as a mermaid who generally prefers to keep her hair dry. Because of reasons. - by Yagazie


When asked what they would make a film about, the women of the Nyamonge neighborhood of Chiga village in Kisumu, Kenya said, "Netball. We always see African women as sad and poor. We want to make a video about something we love." 

These women are multidimensional. Some own small businesses. Some farm, sell dried fish, make breakfast breads, sell fabric and scarves, or sing for a living. All of them are mothers and most are caregivers for orphans in their own home. They are leaders of water committees and microfinance groups. Their ability is infinite and inspiring. These ladies don’t mess around. 

Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential
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Adonis Bosso, Dominique Hollington, Henry Watkins, Khorey McDonald, Torey McDonald, Uriah Harris and Vince Harrington for the December edition of GQ Spain.

Photographed in New York by Giampaolo Sgura.


The winning photo shoot from the final round of Elle magazines New Talent Photographer Award.
Shot in Hout Bays Township; Imizamo Yethu
Photographer - Freddie Child-Villiers

When it comes to fashion photography in an African setting, I actually enjoy it despite having read some comments by people who say they dislike the contrast of fashion against a ‘rural’ background. But personally, when it comes to featuring African models, I see nothing wrong with it. It is not rural or a scene of poverty just because a photo shoot displays a model wearing nice clothes in what is really just a local, everyday scene in Africa. 

Asker ego--death Asks:
you're too gorgeous! have a nice day love c:
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

And YOU have a great day!!! Thank you!!

I'm a Nigerian guy and I. Am. In. LOOOOOOOVEE. With. You....goddamn it. Oh yea, awesome work by the way. :)
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Awww thank you. sweetness


"In the capital Addis Ababa, around 130,000 girls support themselves by selling their bodies. Most of the girls are under eighteen, many as young as fourteen. The youngest girls hardly earn enough money to buy their own food, whilst the experienced prostitutes make about two US dollars a night. Condoms, although free in many places, are rarely used. The men prefer to choose the youngest girls since they believe they are HIV free. This keeps lowering the age of those becoming HIV infected.

I went to Ethiopia to work as a volunteer for disabled children. Whilst there, I met this girls and  started spending many days and nights following them. Since many girls don’t have a home they take naps in between pleasing their customers and their days are spent at a hairdressing salon, drinking coffee and sharing their food.”

foxxxynegrodamus said: YOU LOOK LIKE A HOT BOY IM KINDA INTO THIS ;)

Lmaooo Ah luh ju