King Duke IX of Old Calabar, 1895. Akwa Akpa, known to colonists as Old Calabar or Duke Town was an Efik city-state that flourished in the 19th century in what is now southeastern Nigeria. Although now absorbed into Nigeria, traditional rulers of the state are still recognized.
In the early 1970s Jean Broster and Alice Mertens collaborated on African Elegance, a book which set out to ‘describe in photographs and words the beauty of the tribal people of the Transkei’. The Transkei was a former independent territory of South Africa during Apartheid.
Africa| Wodaabe woman (aka Bororo) only Fulbe group to preserve the ancient nomadic tradition. Earrings made from the rare and unusual Talhakimt pendants. These are Bohemian glass trade beads manufactured to imitate earlier stone and metal currency objects of the Tuareg's of the northern Sahara. They are likely to have been produced in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Photo taken in Chadawanka village, Niger by Eliot Elisofon, in 1971.
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