Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

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Ndande, Senegal. 22yr old Bineta Ndiaye looks at herself in the mirror as her 19yr old friend Coumba Faye fixes her hair at her home in Ndande.

Photographer: Joe Penney



Ralph Ziman

Ziman, a South African street artist who now resides in Venice Beach, California, attacks Africa’s dominant gun culture with piercing colors and images that don’t fade from memory. With knitted masks and beaded weapons, Ziman paints Africa’s obsession with guns and the power they provide as so bizarre and overwhelming it’s nearly surreal. Both worshipped and feared, Ziman’s guns appear like dangerous totems from an unknown ritual, somewhat removed from the gun culture we’ve heard so much about. The vendors who star in Ziman’s photos were not at all directed in how to pose with the weapon replicas. Yet the viewer can sense the additional status pulsing through the subjects as they hold their powerful instruments, even if only for the duration of a photograph.

Think 12 Years a Slave newcomer Lupita Nyong’o is overwhelmed?
Barkhad Abdi (representing Somalia) is nominated for an Oscar this year for Best Supporting Actor. Before entering the film industry, he worked as a limousine driver and disc jockey in Minnesota.
"The nomination has been crazy, in a good way. It was just so exciting, I’m really humbled and honored and really happy about the nomination. I still cannot comprehend it fully."

Think 12 Years a Slave newcomer Lupita Nyong’o is overwhelmed?

Barkhad Abdi (representing Somalia) is nominated for an Oscar this year for Best Supporting Actor. Before entering the film industry, he worked as a limousine driver and disc jockey in Minnesota.

"The nomination has been crazy, in a good way. It was just so exciting, I’m really humbled and honored and really happy about the nomination. I still cannot comprehend it fully."





Sapeures- New Guinness advert (2014)

I need gifs of this, like, yesterday.

This shit right here is EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

These men are dapper as fuck

Everyone go home witcho weak ass beer commercials.

They done shut down the whole game

This explains Black Cool throughout the whole Diaspora.


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"The boy who cries in the photo is Diego Frazao Torquato, who played the violin in the String Orchestra of the Afro Reggae. Afro Reggae is a non-profit organization that gives kids hope and an escape from negative environments. The occasion was the funeral of his social project coordinator, Evandro João Silva, who was murdered in downtown Rio. Diego contracted meningitis at age four, aggravated by pneumonia, and struggled with memory difficulties. He still managed to learn the violin. Diego, born and raised in the slums of Parada de Lucas, dreamed that the violin would take him to see the world. Sadly, shortly after this photo was taken Diego died of leukemia. At Diego’s funeral José Júnior, the coordinator of Afroreggae stated, “I think the legacy of Diego is hope, it is the willingness to change, to transform”.”


"Nigerian-Cameroonian pop musician Dencia is quickly becoming the talk of social media networks and Nigerian blogs with the release of her “skin care” line Whitenicious. Whitenicious promises to help users rid themselves of pesky dark spots by gradually lightening the hyper-pigmented areas of their skin.”

Now in Nigeria and various other countries in Africa (and in the Diaspora), skin-bleaching is really not a new thing and most of us know the dark reasoning and history behind this practice. This is partially explained by Nigerian-American rapper Kingsley “Rukus” Okafor:

“It’s hard to understand until you’ve been in the streets of an African nation. There’s a different treatment and desirability factor in Africa for lighter skinned women, well beyond what we experience in the US. It’s an epidemic. You can’t walk a day in the streets of Lagos without seeing someone who has/is bleached. The possible benefits (more respect, increased desirability to men) outweigh the consequences, especially in a male-dominated society where women’s “independence” is frowned upon. Finding a well-to-do husband/sugar daddy is a priority and women are willing to do what they have to, to fit standards of beauty. The euphemism is “skin-toning” and although “bleaching” is banned, skin-toning is a huge money-maker that I’m sure has lined the pockets of enough politicians to allow it to keep being sold despite international outcry.”

And as we keep on carrying out the sermon of self-love and black beauty, this Whitenicous crap is such a blatant insult and slap in the face to who we are as black women. Jesus. Look at madness.

Not paying attention to the view. #thisisnormal

I’m still adding to my list of contributing photographers for yagazieemezi.com! It’s all about giving a voice and platform to our young African creatives so if you feel that you are a right fit, or know of someone who is, just tag yourself or that individual and I’ll reach out to you. #comingsoon #YAGAZIEcountdown (at www.yagazieemezi.com)


Inspired Citizen and Ajuma Nasenyana: Speaking Out Against Skin Bleaching

Ajuma Nasenyana is one of the world’s top fashion models. Hailing from Northern Kenya, she began her career as a national champion in running before being discovered by a local modeling agent. She has been invited to walk the world’s most prestigious runways including: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Victoria’s Secret. But, growing up, her life wasn’t as glamorous. She was teased incessantly for her dark skin. Since she has become a public figure, Ajuma has made it her mission to spread the word about the skin-bleaching epidemic in Kenya and on the continent of Africa. She hopes, through her words and actions, she can inspire a younger generation to forego this risky practice and love themselves for who they are.


Because how can we ever tire of her?

Ataui Deng for Marie Claire France.


Herieth Paul for Rag & Bone Pre-Fall 2014.


  1. People arrive to Minkammen, South Sudan having crossed over the Nile River by night, Jan. 9, 2014. Thousands of exhausted civilians are crowding into the fishing village of Minkammen, a once-tiny riverbank settlement of a few thatch huts 20 miles southwest of Bor. Some say they had spent days hiding out in the bush outside Bor as gunmen battled for control of the town, which has exchanged hands three times in the conflict, and remains in rebel control.
  2. A woman covers her face as a UN helicopter takes off from Minkammen, where people receive food aid and other items from a recent International Committee of the Red Cross delivery on Jan. 8, 2014People arrive to Minkammen, South Sudan on Jan. 9, 2014 having crossed over the Nile River by night.
  3. A woman holds her child receiving treatment at a makeshift clinic at an internally displaced persons’ camp run by the United Nations in Juba on Jan. 7, 2014.
  4. A South Sudanese man sits in the shell of an old bus in a spontaneous camp for internally displaced persons at the United Nations Mission to South Sudan base in Juba, South Sudan, on Jan. 9, 201
  5. South Sudanese men lay down between makeshift shelters in a spontaneous camp
  6. People go about their daily life in Minkammen. 

Nearly a month after fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, pushing nearly 200,000 people from their homes, the political power struggle between loyalists of President Salva Kiir and his ex-deputy Riek Machar rests on a knife’s edge, threatening to spiral into a deadly ethnic conflict. The world welcomed South Sudan’s birth in July 2011, but if thousands of peacekeepers and pressure from superpowers can’t influence a truce at the negotiating table in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it may end up lamenting its tragic collapse.
- Andrew Katz

Images by 
Nichole Sobecki 

Asker justchev Asks:
What is the name of the song playing in the video for your website launch? It reminds me of the music I grew up with and got my cockles all toasty.
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Uwa Tuto Uwa Fufu 

Super old school!

Asker gazamoney Asks:
Hi I love ur accent and smile keep smiling you make my day..
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Thank you!!! <3

I LOVE PRINTS!!! Growing up in Nigeria, I got stuck with school uniforms, hand-me-downs and the ‘mother hand-picked this for me’ clothes. But I was surrounded daily by vibrant traditional clothes worn by others around me as they bustled about their everyday routines; which perhaps explains my attraction to patterns. Moving to the States as a teen fueled the already present desire to fit in, to blend in, but the more I believed I was doing just that, the more I felt myself crippling with body-consciousness and self-esteem issues. So at some point during my college years, I simply let myself be and started to wear what my eyes were drawn to in order to express myself.

As fond as I am of my dark colors, I cannot get enough of my printed items because with their jumble of patterns and designs, they seem to represent who I am on the outside - Yagazie

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Everything. Anything. She&#8217;s flawless in all.

Everything. Anything. She’s flawless in all.