Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

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


Chief Festus Sam Okotie-Eboh (1919-1966) was a prominent and flamboyant Nigerian politician and former minister for finance during the administration of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.  Despite being mentioned in several corruption allegations,  Okotie-Eboh is still regarded as one of the founding fathers of Nigeria. He played his role in the formation of the nation and leading up to and following Nigeria’s independence. 



Cyrus Kabiru is a Kenyan self-taught sculptor and painter. He crafts artworks from found objects he collects in the streets of Nairobi and is best known for his series of eye-catching handmade spectacles.

"Currently practicing in Nairobi. He is a self taught painter and sculptor. His paintings are often humorous portrayals of contemporary living within Kenya. Kabiru adopts the role of a flâneur, the observer, explorer, and lounger using his paintings as the output for his experiences. His sculptural work embodies his role as a “collector” of Nairobi cast offs. Kabiru fashions and refashions these waste, recycled, and found materials into various forms. Currently he is focusing on a series that depicts African nature using thousands of bottle caps sewn together. He is perhaps best known for his C-STUNNERS, an ongoing work which where Cyrus creates and wears artistic bifocals. The work sits itself between fashion, wearable art, performance, and one of a kind commodity objects. C-STUNNERS have a certain energy and playfulness that really captures the sensibility and attitude of a youth generation in Nairobi. They portray the aspiration of popular culture bling; they reflect the ingenuity and resourcefulness of people; the lenses provide a new filter giving a fresh perspective onto the world that we live in transforming the wearer not only in appearance but in mind frame as well."


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Nigerian photographer August Udoh captures the competitors of Dambe. Since the 1950s, Nigerian boxers have held their own in international boxing competition. Dambe is a Hausa martial sport that used to take place at the village level. Matches were held on festival occasions, and the art was the special province of members of the butchers’ guild. 

Dambe uses only one hand to strike, while the “weaker” hand is extended toward the opponent and used to ward off blows.  Dambe competitions are held between groups who meet in dueling pairs on a symbolic battlefield, and the metaphor of warfare is apparent in the continuing use of the term “killing” to signify the strike that leads to winning a match.

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Rites of Passage:

The November issue of Vogue India spotlights wedding style in this shoot photographed by Signe Vilstrup of Tomorrow Management. Models Kelly Gale, Gita Gale, Manu Bohra, Mariette Valsan, Nidhi Suni, Natalia Rassa, Anirudh Singh Kanecha, Chander Shekhar Bissa, Raghunath Singh Aaktali and Goverdhan Pareekh take on the role of the wedding party in traditional looks fit for an extravagant affair. 


Women in Africa and the Diaspora: “You Can’t Sit with Us”

“Womanism is counterproductive to the feminist movement.”

“Why must black women separate themselves and have their own movement?”

“It doesn’t matter if you are black or white. Aren’t we all women?”

Imagine a high school cafeteria.  The “nerds” have their own table, the emo/gothic kids have their own table, the artsy kids have their own table, the cheerleaders and athletes have their own table and so on. You may even see some students separated by race, ethnic backgrounds, sexuality and religions. The Black American table, the African table, the white table, the Latino table, the Muslim students table and the students who are in the LGBTQIA community. If you were to ask a student from each group to explain their high school experience, you will most likely get contrasting answers. Of course there are similar struggles they face because they are all students around the same age, but due to their identity(ies) their types of struggles will greatly differ. You cannot use the anecdote of a white heterosexual student to determine the experience of a minority LGBTQIA student.

It’s the same with Feminism and Womanism.

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Lupita Nyong’o photographed by Emma Tempest for InStyle mag


I’m tired of seeing white people treating poor countries as if they were their very special emotional playground.

Racists travel to under developed countries under the guise of ‘appreciating their culture’ or ‘searching for themselves’ (whatever that means) or any other seemingly thoughtful premise.. They enjoy the ‘exotic’ foods, marvel at the ‘exotic’ landscapes, snap photos (without asking first) of those very ‘exotic’ natives.

They have profound revelations about how in the western world we have much more commodities than necessary, and how these poor rural simpletons are so happy with the little they own, cause they’re blissful savages, much less complex than the average white US citizen. 

Some of them even manage to say utterly disrespectful stuff (e.g.’oh look at these people living in the middle of nowhere’ (cameron diaz) or that ‘they defecate in the woods ‘hunched like animals’ (drew barrymore) and the worst part is, they don’t even seem to realize.

… Then they go back to their countries, with a serious white savior complex, and show all their relatives photos those wonderful, smiling exotic natives, just before complaining about illegal immigrants taking all their jobs.

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Poverty stops me from being truly obnoxious. 

why you got to slay us like that tho? poverty, but you lookin expensive guh lol.

Lol! Looking expensive is key! Considering I sure as hell didn’t buy this outfit! The jacket alone was $300!

I will never accept and embrace shrinkage. Never- by Yagazie



Mum & Grandma - Eritrea

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Jemez Hot Springs. Can’t wait to see what it looks like up there in winter - Yagazie

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Mozambique: c. ‘79-82

Mozambican children saluting the movement.

Photo by: Günter Mosler

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The majority of the things I want in life, I’ve spent a large portion of my life without them and I’ve always been happy.

Ideally, I just want to live in the middle of nowhere on a hill and write and draw and listen to nature and once in a while, have friendly, far-off neighbours come over and have tea and gossip with me and I’ll have two dogs and a cat and they’ll come and go as they please and once a year relatives could visit me and we would go to the beach and I’ll have a garden and probably a Nigerian pygmy goat and if I had a husband, we would slow dance to music on the record player every evening and I’d have a fireplace. 

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