Body Painters

The people of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia are one of the most photographed tribes in Africa, mainly because of their body art! They use elaborate body paint, body scars and headdresses, crafted out of their available natural resources to express their culture, art and social status. The Karo people, in particular, differentiate themselves from their neighbouring…

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Green Masquerades

I am fascinated by these masquerades from Nigeria and Burkina Faso shot by Phyllis Galembo. My interest lies in how they have used these communities have used nature so artistically to express their culture, beliefs, values and creativity. Below are masquerades from Ekong Ikon Ukom, Calabar, Nigeria, Yaie Masquerade, Bansie Village, Burkina Faso; Atam Masquerader,…

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Africa Yoga Project

Yoga is most definitely not a typical African pastime. So I found it quite intriguing when I found the Africa Yoga Project. Yoga has generally been hailed as a good way to unite your mind, body and spirit, to find harmony, healing, therapy, relaxation, meditation, and physical wellbeing (what with all the contortionist moves). This…

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Uganda: God Loves Uganda

The documentary, God Loves Uganda, has touched on a sour topic to say the least. In a country that has a ‘kill the gays’ bill, anti-gay laws and attitudes in Uganda, like most African countries, are highly welcome. This has left Uganda an open field for Western advocates to dispense their stringent, conservative and hateful…

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Swaziland: The Reed Dance

The Reed Dance is a traditional Swazi dance where all the young, eligible female virgins of Swaziland gather, and most importantly, dance in celebration of the Royal Family. This event has been taking place for centuries! Although the festival is to celebrate the Swazi royalty, it is also to promote a sense of unity in…

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South Sudan: Obakki’s Faces of Change

The Canadian label, Obakki, is proud to be 100% Humanitarian! They pride themselves in sustainable business, growth and giving back, and they are doing an awesome job of it. They have focused a lot on the young and hopeful country, South Sudan, and have since done many successful water projects in the country. This 2012…

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Sudan: Refugee to Supermodel

The Sudanese Supermodel, Alek Wek, has one of the most recognisable faces in the world of modelling. She honestly doesn’t look like anyone else. She stands out, whenever, whereever. She has walked on the runways of Paris, Milan, New York etc. and has modelled for most of the world’s leading designers. Essentially, she has redefined…

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