Give it up to Nigerians who rep. their country wherever they go. Give it up to Nigerians who promote their country with the works of their hands. Give it up to Yagazie Emezi, the self-taught documentary photographer promoting Nigeria–and Africa as a whole–with the works of her hands!
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You may be thinking; “Never heard of her.” Well, you need to educate yourself if you haven’t. Yagazie Emezi is an artist and self-taught documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria focused predominately on stories surrounding African women and their health, sexuality, education and beauty standards.
Since starting her career in 2015, this extremely talented lady has been commissioned by Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Inc. Magazine, TIME, The Guardian, Refinery29, Everyday Projects, The Weather Channel and New York Times Magazine. WOW! Talk about a trailblazer.
Her pieces capture Africa at its most natural form with no apology. She is such an activist for Africa that she uses her photographs to speak out about issues Africans face. Issues like the impact of education for girls in at-risk communities, exploring how trauma survivors with African communities adapt to their new bodies. Also, preaching body positivity as a noteworthy cultural phenomenon.
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She is so good at what she does that Yagazie has received various awards for her work. One of which is the 2018 inaugural Creative Bursary Award from Getty Images. Also in 2018, she received a grant from the U.S Consulate General in Lagos for her photo-series addressing the reality of sexual violence against women and the vulnerable young in Nigeria.
Now you know who Yagazie Emezi is, you are welcome. 🙂