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Ethopia · Identity · An Ongoing Project


Almost every photo I've seen of indigenous African tribespeople was taken by a white man.


I'm from Nigeria. I wanted to tell the stories of these community from an African perspective, the stories of the lives they lead. I wanted to celebrate them in glorious technicolor. Between 2018 and 2020, I visited the Mursi tribe, the Hamer tribe, the Kara tribe, the Nyangatom tribe, and the Dassanech Tribe.

Mursi headdresses are made out of animal bone and leather cow hide. It is both a decoration and an object to intimidate neighboring enemies.

The iron rings around the neck of Hamer Tribe woman represent that they are second wife of her husband. A first wife will only wear one ring. At puberty, women of the Hamer tribe start applying a deep red clay to their skin and hair.

This is an ongoing project.

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