Young South Africa 2015

South Africa is a new democratic nation (only for 21 years), but their youth seem to have a clear view of where they would like South Africa to be in the near future, and their role, using their creativity, in helping South Africa get there. For their Young South Africa 2015 series, Between 10and5 collaborated…

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Men of The Ogele

All round Nigerian artist, Zina Saro-Wiwa, photographs the Men of The Ogele, a traditional masquerade group in Ogoniland, South-South of Nigeria. This is the first time this group has been photographed, so it’s a milestone cultural event. The Ogele Masquerade is formally called the Gbaaloo. And like most African masquerades, it’s a manifestation of the gods…

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Queen Amina of Zazzau

Many little Nigerian girls have heard of the legendary Queen Amina of Zazzau. Growing up, she was one of my earliest examples of a strong, female woman, who refused to let society dictate what she became. People, whether gender activists or professors of history, site her story as an influential one that advances ‘female emancipation’.…

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1st October 2014

Emmanuel Ikubese is Mr. Nigeria 2014. He was true to his current title yesterday, as he celebrated Nigeria’s independence day on the 1st of October 2014 with a beautiful photo shoot showcasing the three major tribes in Nigeria. “No matter what tribe or religion we represent, we are all Nigerians. Even as we celebrate our independence…

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The Lost Libraries of Chinguetti

The thought of a ‘lost’ desert library seems like something out of a Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones story line. It’s fascinating. But such a library exists in the diminishing town of Chinguetti, Mauritania, West Africa. The town used to boast about 20,000 locals during the 9th century Moorish empire, many of them scholars of science, religion,…

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