Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

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

My first tattoo - Yagazie 

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Inspired by a Tretchikoff painting, these portraits are done by Cape Town photographer Paul Cocks styled by Kate Desmarais who fashioned head-wraps out of clothing. 

Model: Nargis Musawwir from Base

Hair & Makeup: Marieke Sixx

Studio and lighting: Pro Rental Cape Town

Lagos, Nigeria.

Lagos, Nigeria.

Woman with a child from northern Dan village of Biankuma, Ivory Coast, West Africa
Photo: Vandenhoute, 1938-39, IV.F.V. 89-10
Woman with a child from northern Dan village of Biankuma, Ivory Coast, West Africa
Photo: Vandenhoute, 1938-39, IV.F.V. 89-10


The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women

“Omo gives you brightness you can see” Vintage Kenyan Advert. 

“Omo gives you brightness you can see” Vintage Kenyan Advert. 


So pretty.



Regardless of the dangers of pregnancy and giving birth, something that 800 women die daily as a consequence of maternal mortality, there is often little room for women to talk about what pregnancy and motherhood can mean for them. Dara Mathis talks about her own personal childbirth…


Sirach Charles (Angel) by Luc Coiffait

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Jean Depara, “Kinshasa” (1951-1975) 

Lemvo Jean Abou Bakar Depara, known as Depara (1928–1997), was an Angolan-born photographer who worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Depara purchased his first video camera to record his wedding in 1950; four years later, he was made official photographer to the Zairian singer Franco. In 1975 he became official photographer to the National Assembly of Democratic Republic of Congo. He also took many photographs of the social scene of Kinshasa. He opened his studio, Jean Whisky Depara, in Kinshasa. He worked there until 1956 making portraits, family photographs and pictures of celebrations. In that time Kinshasa was a center for music where rumba and cha-cha were played the whole night. Many people from West Africa came there to spend the night in the clubs and cafes.

Depara mixed with the public as a photographer. He was famous for his love for women, whom he tried to seduce camera in hand. At his death in 1997 he left a large archive of untitled negatives; many of these have been reprinted and titled for sale since his death.



Visual Anthropology Photo Essay - Corpus: Mining the Border, Sierra Leone, by Danny Hoffman 2013

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"For almost 1,000 years, the Rabari have roamed the deserts and plains of what is today western India. It is believed that this tribe, with a peculiar Persian physiognomy, migrated from the Iranian plateau more than a millennium ago. The Rabari are now found largely in Gujarat and Rajasthan.”

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
How long is your natural hair straightened? It's so beautiful and you're gorgeous!
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Thank you! It used to be a bit below my fingers but I trimmed a few inched off it!

This guy really commented: You have beautiful hair for a dark-skinned person.

And when I replied to try and educate this fool and his ignorance behind hair and complexion, he really went again and said,

"I don’t think you understood me. I meant that for your complexion, you have nice hair."

It’s too early.

She was bored. She loved, had capacity to love, for love, to give and accept love. Only she tried twice and failed twice to find somebody not just strong enough to deserve it, earn it, match it, but even brave enough to accept it.
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