Yagazie Emezi

DEDICATED TO THE CULTURAL PRESERVATION OF THE AFRICAN AESTHETIC.

Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist
Artist

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

ART FEATURE:

A digital gallery guide app for an exhibition at the Barnes Foundation called Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders. This app brings the collection to life using the advantages of digital media: interactivity, layered information and animation. 

VIDEO SHORT:

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders

British artist of Nigerian descent, Yinka Shonibare MBE (b. 1962) creates work that cites the art historical tradition and intellectual history of Europe while exploring history, race, slavery, authenticity, and commerce. His sculptures—life-sized mannequins clothed in the colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe but most closely associated with Africa—offer a provocative examination of European colonialism and European and African identities. Nominated for a Turner Prize in 2004, Shonibare has shown his work extensively in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of the Barnes, he will create a sculpture especially for the exhibition titled Magic Ladders, in addition to presenting approximately 15 additional works across nearly every medium of his oeuvre, including sculpture, painting, photography, and installation.

Curator: Judith F. Dolkart, deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Anthropologie.

Video by Proudfoot, London
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Catherine Samba-Panza, 59, has been elected interim president of the Central African Republic, making her the first woman to hold the post.

Central African Republic’s transitional parliament elected the mayor of Bangui, Catherine Samba-Panza, as interim president on Monday, tasked with ending months of sectarian killings and guiding the country to elections.

Samba-Panza, who defeated seven other candidates, succeeds Michel Djotodia, the leader of the Seleka rebels who seized power in March. Djotodia stepped down on Jan. 10 under intense international pressure after failing to halt inter-religious violence which has displaced more than 1 million people.

Samba-Panza was elected in a second-round runoff by 75 votes to 53 for her rival Desire Kolingba, the son of former president Andre Kolingba.

The landlocked former French colony descended in chaos in March after Seleka unleashed a wave of killing and looting, triggering revenge attacks by Christian militia known as ‘anti-balaka’.

Many now hope that the election of a new interim president with no links to either camp will help to bring calm to the nation of 4.6 million people. 

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Turks of African Descent:

Photographer Ahmet Polat  began this journey in 2006 in an effort to expose the forgotten African history of the Ottoman Empire and document the Turks of African slave heritage. With the publication of his photo book AfroTurksPolat gives a viewing into the inner worlds of the black minority in Turkey.

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Asker msmusemir Asks:
First of all, I just want to say I LOVE your hair. I'm curious to know, do you ever have strangers make rude comments about it? I ask because I am the mother of a mixed child with an afro, and you would be amazed at the amount of complete strangers that walk up to us and tell me I need to cut his hair... right in front of him. He's six so he's old enough to be insulted by it. I'm wondering if this happens to adults as well, or if people just think its okay to say that because he's a child.
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

In Nigeria, my hair is seen as unruly and I’ve had people tell me to cut it or straighten it, but at they same time, they compliment me on it. Personally, I’m never insulted by their comments because it stems from a different perspective of beauty and honestly as Nigerians, we’re just going to find something else to insult anyway lol.

It is NOT okay for people to say that in front of your child regardless of age. I hope you tell them off in front of him and right after, I hope you let him know every time that he is beautiful and so his is hair. And teach him how to say just that to those stupid, intrusive strangers. 

Bet they’ll feel real stupid once a kid tells them he’s beautiful just the way he is.

Asker lustfulxeye Asks:
Omg you're so pretty, and I love your blog!❤️❤️
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Thank you, baybeh!

The two versions of me that I use to go to the gym, just to confuse the men there who have tried to hit on me in the past. Apparently how I look and dress to the gym gravely affects my chances on getting hit on again lol.

With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed when he could not find a black doll for his niece.

The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and, with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist – traditional Nigerian costumes.

The dolls represent Nigeria’s three largest Ethnic Groups; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba so far.

Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses a month, and reckons he has 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market.

"I like it," says Ifunanya Odiah, five, struggling to contain her excitement as she inspects one of Okoya’s dolls in a Lagos shopping mall. "It’s black, like me.”

Like Barbies, Okoya’s dolls are slim, despite the fact that much of Africa abhors the western ideal of stick-thin models. Okoya says his early templates were larger bodied, and the kids did not like them.

But he hopes to change that. “For now, we have to hide behind the ‘normal’ doll. Once we’ve built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies.”

SOURCE: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jan/15/barbie-nigeria-queen-africa-dolls-mattel-toymaker

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Asker fuckfoley Asks:
You are truly an amazing inspiration. Thank you.
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Thank you!!! That means a lot to me! Thank you!!!

For those of you who have been keeping up with my tumblr for some time, as an introvert, you guys know how hard I find face to face interactions with several people to be. Without exaggeration, 90% of my time is spent alone, some days spent in complete silence.

I chose to meet up with a friend tonight who was unfortunately, too drunk to pay attention to the fact that he was around company. Upon my decision to leave and on my way out of the bar, I ran into an old acquaintance from my freshman college years and we got to talking.

He introduced me to his friends and shit, I’m just so proud of myself for keeping the conversation going for close to 2 hours through reminiscing on the old days and swapping stories. More importantly(to me) and sticking to my true nature of being straight-forward, whenever I felt the conversation was teetering on the edge of awkward silences/moments, I let them know just by saying things like,

"Hey, is this the part where we run out of things to say and the conversation dies?"

"Let me know if I totally overstayed my welcome with our entire dialogue."

"Is this awkward?"

Luckily, the men were such gentlemen and would good-naturedly respond with,

"You’re not awkward at all, you’re doing great."

"No, this is really good conversation."

Whatever. It was good practice for me as a way to brush up on my communication skills, speaking of which, I’ve done a preeeetty darn decent job typing all of this while still drunk.

When I’m in my 70’s and most likely before that, I’ll still do things like get on a swing and always remember that the simple joys of life are the best joys of life, and they’re free.

Asker jasminery Asks:
I immediately thought of you when I heard that speech part of Beyonce's song "flawless". You should go listen.
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Hahah I’ve gotten that so many times lol! Thank you! It’s flattering to be compared to Adichie, even though it’s just by voice!

Asker mhofungandu Asks:
THANK YOU for your openness & willingness to share from pictures, video's, introspective posts & all the other content you share. I credit your blog for making me more curious about documenting my life & history as an african.
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

I am so happy to hear that, thank you!

In case of some of you didn’t know, this time last year I was a nanny for 3 months to 5 kids in a Jewish community on Long Island. I took the job that offered pay only in the form of board and food because I was homeless and at that time, felt like I had no other options. When it comes this quote from the below article, it all rings true; 

"Mothers talk about who much they love these women and they’re part of the family yet when it comes to money they tend to be much more tight.”

The mother definitely tried her best to make me feel part of the family, but refused to part with money as a form a payment. This ultimately led to me leaving for a better situation along with me simply having struggled with a lot of negative situations there. (Also, I just want to focus on my creative stuff!) Never at any point did I feel sub-servant to the family and because of my brief experience as a nanny combined with being a now naturalized black immigrant, I have a new found respect for the dignity these women carry among themselves while taking care of someone else’s child(ren).

Black Nannies/White Children: Photo Series Reveals the Racial Divide in Child Care