Category: Africa

Osaretin Ugiagbe: From Lagos to the Bronx

Fifteen years ago, Osaretin Ugiagbe left the sprawling metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria, for the South Bronx in New York City. Unbeknownst to the immigrant teenager, his new home was infamous for high levels of poverty and unemployment. But the neighborhood intrigued young Ugiagbe—particularly the working elevator that led...

The Camera Never Lies?

A Somali boy walks with a toy gun along Lindo Beach, near Mogadishu, on August 8, 2013. Muslims worldwide were celebrating the holiday Eid Al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan. It is said that the camera doesn’t lie. In a split second, photographing a boy walking on...

Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities

There is an associative magic that should accompany brilliant curation. Perhaps even beyond theoretical soundness. I suspect that the interplay between Tabita Rezaire’s Sorry for Real video and Dineo Bopape’s A Silent Performance (both of which form part of Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities) may be a function of geography as well as...

Emmanuel Jambo: East African Son

A dark room, a wedding, a retired photographer and a magazine editor changed 35-year-old Sudanese Emmanuel Jambo’s life. In another life, Jambo would have been a basketball player like his childhood friend, Luol Deng, an NBA Chicago Bulls basketball player, also from Sudan. Jambo’s first interaction with photography...

Limit(less): LGBTQ Africans of the Diaspora

Nigerian-American photographer Mikael Owunna’s project Limit(less) is helping redefine what it is to be African for LGBTQ Africans in Europe and North America. Born in the United States to a Nigerian father and Nigerian-Swedish mother, Owunna spent most of his life outside of Nigeria but was sent back after he was...