This photo shows the union between an African American women and a Senegalese man. They are participating in a dance class led by choreographer Aïda Colmenero Dïaz, in Ecole des Sables, Senegal. This professional dance centre unify African people, something that politicians have not been able to accomplish. This place brings together all of the African diaspora and helps them bond through art.
Africa is not a land to conquer and flatten, it is a land to feel and listen to
This is a picture of my grandmother taken for my final major project. This project is aimed at changing the whole western perception of African photography. This picture is meant to demonstrate the happiness that African people have, no matter their struggles in life. I hope that my picture contributes to changing African photography into a more positive art form. I hope this also inspires other photographers to do the same.
Through good and sensible leadership, change is possible
I believe that by honouring the diverse range of cultures Africa has to offer, the continent will thrive. Diversity is key to any society, and Africa has a lot of diversity. This image shows a traditional Himba woman adorning their traditional hair; dreadlocks cut from their brothers and woven into their own to symbolise connection to their family and community. Although Western society is encroaching on these traditional customs I believe that going back to our roots will keep us true to our African Heritage and make people proud to be African. Stay true, Stay African!
Good governance, transparency, social justice, and equal opportunities
The Maasai people live with important traditions and customs. However, for the past few decades they have had an influx of modern technology and increasing pressure to clear their lands. The continuation of their rituals is very important to their survival. This old Maasai leader has a vision that the same traditions, customs and values shall be passed along to the next generation.
The narrative that Africa is rising is complex
This is an image of 60 year old twins. It illustrates love.
It takes courage and commitment to lead
This image metaphorically represents the future of the continent, while keeping its present and past in mind. The dark grey earth in the foreground represents how Africa is shaped by its nature and traditions. In the future, Africa will need to focus intensely on its potential and strength in natural resources, while still keeping its identity. The wall in the background represents the obstacles ahead, while the gap in the wall shows there is optimism. Lastly, the ambiguous figure signifies that it is the African people, their endurance, inner strength, determination, and persistence that make Africa the continent it is. Africans themselves will make all the changes needed.
Always remember our history, but still look to the future