Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

None of the images posted here belong to me unless stated otherwise.
Asker Anonymous Asks:
do you blow dry and pick your hair to get your fro like that?
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:



i love you im glad you exist im so happy you’re alive

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The amazing work of Loyiso Mkize

Loyiso Mkize is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. “creating visual art is a talent and gift i have enjoyed all my life. it has evolved into a tool that i use to express my views and ideas. I paint people and paint about people. our complex nature fascinates me and therefore compels me to expressively tell our story. My work is African and celebrates the beauty and wealth running in the veins of her people. its in the subjects eyes, lips, skin tone/texture, dress, hair, that i draw inspiration from. the experience and stories we carry with us are the corner stones from which we mold a new identity. it is the human spirit that i aim to share in my art.”


~ designs by pablo gauthier

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Hot springs conversation.

I don’t normally serenade men, but when I do, it’s on a mountaintop.


Women in Africa and the Diaspora: “Hungry Aba Gal”

Known for her long yarn braids and afro that touches the sun, Yagazie Ledi Francisca Emezi is an Igbo (Nigerian) and Tamil (Malaysian) artist born and raised in Aba, Nigeria. With two degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Africana Studies, she is dedicated to cultural preservation within the African community.

Yagazie is not only a talented artist and hairspiration for many women, but also a source of hope for those battling with an eating disorder. Openly sharing her battle with bulimia on her now defunct blog Hungry Aba Gal, Yagazie was able to bring light to an issue that is rarely addressed within African communities.

In whatever it is that she does, Yagazie freely expresses herself and her love for Africa. Rise Africa received the opportunity to interview Yagazie. Here’s what she had to say…

Be silent in a group of people See what they reveal to you.
Yoko Ono
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Potraits from South African photographer Andrew Putter’s ethnographic series Native Work which consists of 21 photographs of black Capetonians photographed in black-and-white dressed in various traditional Xhosa attire, each of a particular significance, juxtaposed against colour photographs of the same individuals wearing casual Western garments.

The series undoubtedly carries a heavy colonial framing demonstrated in the nature of Putter’s black-and-white anthropological-like portraits that resemble modern-day versions of colonial postcards that became a norm in colonized lands around the world. This concerning element in Putter’s series is also made more problematic through the racial dynamics of a white photographer in South Africa photographic black ‘subjects’, as well as in the title of this work, which, despite Putter’s admission and recognition of this element of his series, is not something that can entirely be dismissed.

Native Work is a highly intriguing visual framework that provokes the consciousness of the viewer to consider the critical and historical role of photography and the photographer, in both the colonial and post-colonial context, as well as the forced transitional process that colonized populations underwent that violently compromised and stripped them of various foundational elements of their identities.

‘Cognizant of the dangers inherent in Duggan-Cronin’s colonial, ethnographic approach to making images, Native Work nevertheless recognises an impulse of tenderness running through his project,’ writes Putter in an article about his project published recently in the journal Kronos: Southern African Histories. ‘By trusting this impulse in Duggan-Cronin’s photographs, Native Work attempts to provoke another way of reading these images, and to use them in the making of new work motivated by the desire for social solidarity, a desire which emerges as a particular kind of historical possibility in the aftermath of apartheid.’

By exploring his own complex feelings towards an ideologically tainted but aesthetically compelling visual archive, Putter enters the fraught terrain of ethnographic representation to wrestle with himself about his own complicity, as an artist and a white South African, in this troubled visual legacy. Art critic Alex Dodd writes that this new work ‘constitutes one of those rare instances in which it becomes unmistakably clear to the viewer that the primacy of authorial intention has everything to do with the subtle alchemy that determines the meaning and affective power of images. In this case, the immense respect and tenderness that went into the making of the photographs registers visually as a kind of auratic quality of dignity that shines through each and every portrait.’


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A great shot by photographer Khalil Musa for Volt Magazine.

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Why don't you want children just curious ?
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

I just don’t, my dear.  I’ve gotten asked this question LOADS of times, but really, that’s my answer. An explanation would be different of course. But why explain such a personal life decision, you feel?

Some people expect an answer such as, “Oh I’m scared of child-birth.” Or, “I don’t want to ‘ruin’ my body.”   Or, “I’m just in that selfish life stage.” Something of the likes. But I can tell you now that it’s none of those reasons … as a matter of fact, do I need a reason? Lawwd, let me stop before I start ranting lol. Hope my answer is enough for you!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
you are my dream girl,what i call an african queen,one i hope one day would help me lead my palace,or well it would be ours lol & i could call my wife,my one and only,the mother of my children's, waking up everyday with sole goal is to make sure you always smile,the kind of smile tht make the sun jealous,because of how bright ,beautiful and warm it is,one that lighting the world ,my,yours,our world , A secret admire RR
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

I don’t want children though.

Asker repo-thedj Asks:
Lovely! You and your blog!
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Thank you!!

Asker latikastheme Asks:
I just discovered your tumblr and I love your taste/eye for design, and i like your cartoons. also, you are totally gorgeous. anyway, this wasn't a question, but have a nice day! :)
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Thanks so much for this, dear! I do appreciate. YOU have a nice day!!

My day yesterday. I got invited out to the Jemez Mountains natural warm springs by an old co-worker and his cousin. Hadn’t seen him in close to 3 years, so it was a bit of a random invite. But I remember us always getting along at work. Embracing my latest vow to be more social, I agreed to go on the hike. And I’m glad I did. They were both a lot of fun. As in, honest fun; the kind of fun you had as a kid when you would just play and not realize what a great day you had until you’re being tucked into bed. The hike was beautiful. We stopped several times just to take in the view and occasionally have our echoes bounce back at us. We met more people at the springs where we swapped stories and just …. stared at everything. I haven’t witnessed nature that beautiful in years. We watched the sun slowly descend behind the mountain before hiking back down. - Yagazie