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Royal Portraits of Nigeria’s Monarchs by George Osodi

JENNIFER SEFA-BOAKYE | OkayAfrica   in  ·
February 22, 2015

Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs is the Newark Museum‘s forthcoming exhibit of large-scale color portraits by acclaimed Nigerian photographer George Osodi. The images, which are are being exhibited for the first time in the U.S., come from Osodi’s Nigerian Monarch series–an ongoing photo documentation of present-day kings and queens ruling throughout the country.

Osodi, a Lagos-based photojournalist who is best known for his exposé on the environmentally degrading effects of the oil industry in the Niger Delta, traveled around Nigeria for several years training his lens on the traditional rulers who serve as mediators and regional custodians of law and order. The vibrant life-size portraits featured in the exhibit capture the monarchs on their thrones draped in full regalia, either gazing steadfastly into the camera or in lavish repose with their royal court…

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