Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

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


Studio of Colours

Photography by Ofoe Amegavie, 2013

Model: Anita Anang

Made up & Styling: Netty Anang

Chelsea Bravo Spring/Summer 2014:

Dysfunction‘ is a collection inspired by dysfunctional emotion, geometric architecture and traditional African dress that represents the designer’s skill and aesthetic. In celebration of the African theme that runs throughout the collection, predominately natural fabrics such as linens and cottons in hues of beige, cream, grey and white, as well as metallic coated cotton and reflective techno accents which Chelsea says “bring modernity and freshness to the collection”.

"Born in Brooklyn, New York and moving to London with her parents at two years old, Chelsea has known since the age of 8 that she wanted to work in the Fashion Industry. Studying Art and Design at college lead her to go on to study Fashion Design at UCA Rochester. Graduating from UCA in 2010, her graduate collection ‘Soft Armour’ was selected to showcase at the nationally known Graduate Fashion Week in Earls Court London. Upon graduating Chelsea went on to intern with menswear designers and NewGen winners Christopher Shannon and Martine Rose before starting her menswear label Chelsea Bravo.”

Somali model and activist Yasmin Warsame (age 37) poses for the cover of Elle France in the current November issue.

Photographed by Takya, styled by Tamara Talchman, she donning Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Celine and Balenciaga.


Got off work and this is what I do: Dance one of the greatest movie dance scenes with my crappy webcam lol.


Asker Anonymous Asks:
do you speak african?
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:


africans dont speak african. americans dont speak american. asians dont speak asia. uncivilized goat


Njideka Akunyili was born in Enugu, Nigeria. She received her MFA from Yale University in 2011, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2006, and her BA from Swarthmore College in 2004. She is one of the 2013 recipients of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant. Akunyili’s work has been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; the Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI; and the Brooklyn Academy of Music among others. Her work is in the collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Yale University Art gallery, the museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Rubell Family collection.

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The River Of Sand In Mali by Jean Luc Manaud

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Filipe Branquinho: Occupations

This set of pictures was held in Mozambican cities, in order to capture its spirit through architecture, landscape and its occupants. The focus of this work is a particular social group that represents a majority and that is present throughout the urban fabric: in large cities, in the suburbs, the coastal zone, in gated communities, etc.. Each photograph is unique and wants to dignify the portrayed in the exercise of their occupation and how it communicates with the space it occupies. It is in this set of pictures that cities are elucidated in the light that surrounds them, in the color palette and in the history of people who live there.

"Mozambican photojournalists went through many different episodes of the local history. In a very short period of time they saw colonialism, the Independence (in 1975), post-colonialism, socialism, communism, civil war, democracy and today’s dynamic capitalism. But, the main subject of their photos was always the people and injustice that they faced in their daily lives".

1. Student Employee

2. unknown

3. Packer

4. Carpenter

5. Gardener

6. Fireman

7. unknown

8. Building Supervisor

9. Barber

10. High School Security

11. Coach

12. Baker

13. Car Repair Shop Guard

14. Boxer


French male models Maël & Francis in an african vintage setting for FASHIZBLACK Magazine’s november 2013 issue. Shot by Ernest Collins.

Issue currently available: 

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One of my old posts for StudioAfrica


Growing up in Nigeria, one of my favorite bi-weekly activities fell on a Saturday when I would trot off and get my hair buzzed for school. I always stuck to one barbershop because you grow to realize that it’s hard to replace the one person you trust with your hair. You become fond of the background noise of laughter, swear words and insults, you appreciate the tattered magazines falling off tables, and you are soothed by the humming of the razor against your scalp - Yagazie

Photographer Andrew Esiebo spent three months documenting the barbershops of West Africa, all very much varying in appearance. But regardless of what they look like, be it in Mali or Liberia, barbershops carry a deeper social and cultural meaning other than simply a place you get your hair cut.

Andrew Esiebo started out in photography by chronicling the rapid development of urban Nigeria as well as the country’s rich culture and heritage. As his work began to gain international recognition, Andrew’s started to explore new creative territory, integrating multimedia practice with the investigation of themes such as sexuality, gender politics, football, popular culture and migration. Source

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Got off work and this is what I do: Dance one of the greatest movie dance scenes with my crappy webcam lol.


Love story Uganda by 

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illbewhateveriwannado said: do u not like tht because u dont like ppl touching ur hair, or is it a racial reason? because ive had black ppl do this to me too (im a black girl myself). nd i see alot of black ppl do this to those wit naturally straight hair as well. jst wondering

I do not like ANYONE touching intimate parts of my body without my persmission. My hair is intimate. It is not socially acceptable especially in a work environment to reach out and touch someone’s hair. As part of haptic communication, acceptable areas are the hands, arms, shoulder and upper back. Being touched anywhere else by a stranger or a mere acquaintance, I liable to interpret it as rude, suggestive or even threatening.

I also live in New Mexico where the majority of hair-reachers are not white but with all parties, they tend to do so because it ‘looks so fluffy’ or there’s an apparent attraction to the mere texture. All annoying.

Went to another branch of my office for a birthday get-together and the second I stepped foot into the office, a co-worker squeals, “OH MY GOD! Your hair! I want to touch!” And proceeded to extend her hands and greedy fingers towards me.

Surrounded by my supervisors, I held back on my natural reflex to grab her hand and push them away from me and instead, I stepped backwards and said, “No.”

Before the awkward silence of the lady’s discomfort could settle, a white male co-worker breaks it by saying, “You shouldn’t do that. Can you possibly imagine how often people do that? Do you know how annoying that is?”

For the sake of the little Chicano woman (and supervisors), I chuckle about it before changing the subject.

It is annoying I couldn’t react normally because I was in a work setting. I work in a very open and comfortable environment, and unlike other places, I jolly well could have educated her on what she did wrong and faced no consequences, but it was refreshing to have a male step in and say part of what I would have. -YAGAZIE EMEZI


I enjoyed viewing love this shoot done byGilad Sasporta a fashion, portrait and art photographer based in Paris. We’ve all seen this sort of scene before; african setting with glammed up model creating a stark contrast to everything around her, but it is refreshing to see African models interacting in the same setting.