Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

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



The all-white reinvention of Medieval Europe commonly depicted in popular fiction, films, tv shows and art is entirely that: a fiction. An invention. An erasure. Obviously, people of color have been an essential and integral part of European life, European art, and European literary imagination since time immemorial. To cite “historical accuracy” as a means to project whitewashed images of the past into the future to maintain a fiction of white supremacy is an unconscionable farce.

People of Color are not an anachronism.




Signal boost!

(via 2brwngrls)



Portraits of Malagasy women of different ethnicities.  Names unknown.

Photos by: Frans Lanting


'A Different Mirror' is a three-day multidisciplinary art exhibition by 9 Women of Colour artists in Brixton, London. Socially constructed ideas about race, gender and culture remain key in how Women of Colour perceive themselves.

The exhibition will use art as the basis to capture and explore body image and perception, examining the effects of body image on who we are. In addition to supporting Women of Colour artists we want to create a programme that relates to, engages with and celebrates the experiences of Women of Colour in London where these discussions are often limited. 

We want to use this platform as a safe space and creative medium to discuss body image, body positivity and healing by creating accessible educational activities. 

For more information go to http://thebodynarratives.com/exhibition


Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition occurring in both genders regardless of ethnicity, in all countries of the world. It can happen to anyone if both father and mother carry the gene for it to be passed on even if they do not have albinism themselves. While numbers vary, in North America and Europe it is estimated that 1 in every 20,000 people have some form of albinism. In Tanzania, and throughout East Africa, albinism is much more prevalent, with estimates of 1 in 2,000 people being affected. Albinism results in a lack of pigmentation in the hair, skin and eyes, causing vulnerability to sun exposure and bright light. Almost all people with albinism are visually impaired; they may have a shortened life span by lung disease or may develop life-threatening skin cancers.

In several African countries, it is believed that body parts of persons with albinism possess magical powers capable of bringing riches if used in potions produced by local witchdoctors. Some even believe that the witchcraft is more powerful if the victim screams during the amputation, so body parts are often cut from live victims.

“These are manifestations of the worst forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and can never be justified,” the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez said. “Under international human rights law it is the duty of the State to afford protection to persons with albinism against such barbaric acts.”


Enough of this straight hair business. Standing in a steamy room later. #backtothefro #hadmyfun

I’m completely ecstatic that I found your blog! I love everything about you, and you’re such a blessing to this world. I’m half Nigerian, but I was born here in America. And I’m just so in love with your views. I as well have the same values and beliefs. I would love to become friends, and/or if you need a pen pal - I’m definitely someone you can count on. I just really wanted to say hi, and keep up the positive vibes. 


We’re going to start suggesting cute WOC (both celebs and regular girls) to follow on Instagram because why not??

First up, Fariha of 2BG of course!  @mofafafaaa


French artist Xoil has a characteristic tattooing style that looks like he has stamped, stenciled, or drawn directly with a felt-tip pen on his clients’ bodies.

That moment when you post an awesome photoset for tumblr to enjoy. You’re welcome.



Okay, this is sooo genius. The message, the concept, the music. 

Mind blowing…power of the mind, body and soul…

*light-clapping* Very nice. Message received, I’d say.

By Ali Golzad, a Texas-based artist originally hailing from Göteborg, Sweden by way of Tehran, Iran.

"My choice of mater­ial, cor­rug­ated card­board, to cre­ate bas-relief por­traits of dis­placed chil­dren in their nat­ive hab­it­ats, reflects their unseen status. Like cor­rug­ated card­board, the twenty mil­lion are every­where yet invisible. I have a strong affin­ity for these trau­mat­ized and abused chil­dren because of my child­hood. To me the plight of child sol­diers and chil­dren abused as sex slaves escapes notice in the civ­il­ized word which causes me to ques­tion how civ­il­ized we really are. To me, these are “Invis­ible People.”"


Hi Yagazie! i just saw your post about the Basotho blankets and want to thank you personally for giving such awesome light to a part of my culture.
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

You’re welcome! I am glad you enjoyed it!!


In 1960, Garanger, a 25-year-old draftee who had already been photographing professionally for ten years, landed in Kabylia, in the small village of Ain Terzine, about seventy-five miles south of Algiers. Garanger’s commanding officer decreed that the villagers must have identity cards: “Naturally he asked the military photographer to make these cards,” Garanger recalls. “Either I refused and went to prison, or I accepted. 

“I would come within three feet of them,” Garanger remembers. “They would be unveiled. In a period of ten days, I made two thousand portraits, two hundred a day. The women had no choice in the matter. Their only way of protesting was through their look.”

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Lost Nigeria is a set of photo essays showing life in Nigeria and California in the 1960s and 1970s. Senongo’s mother moved to Nigeria in 1961 as a missionary, just after Nigeria gained independence from Britain. She immediately began working at Benue Leprosy Settlement, a place for lepers to be treated and then reintegrated into social life. "She married my father there, and for the next few decades, our family has moved, fitfully, between Nigeria and the US."

I love old pictures and will never tire of seeing Nigeria captured in the past.  Although I wish more information could be given to some of the photographs, I appreciate the immortalization of a different time nonetheless.

"Where possible, I have attempted to provide captions, but in some cases that is impossible. These pictures were converted from film slides by a dear family friend, but much of the context has been lost to history. These pictures are a vital personal history, and I hope you enjoy looking at them."

Though there is a Baptist clinic in her village, this woman prefers the power of the “headache plant” against her skin to cure her pain.—Ogbomosho, Nigeria