Nigerian Photographer, Ayo Akinwande decided to explore a theme tagged Òrékeléwà (which translates to “Beauty” in the Yoruba language) as part of his ‘Women Of Africa’ project.
The talented photographer was motivated by the need to capture the true essence of the African woman across all spectrums, and counter misconceptions and depictions of women from the continent in images of poverty, starvation and misery.
The visuals utilised modern-day gadgets and accessories in traditional settings and landscapes to create a unique narrative of juxtaposition, with the images playing the role of bridging the gap between the old and the new.
Check out awesome pictures from the series below.
All Images courtesy: Ayo Akinwande
1. Strike a pose.
2. Eyebrows on fleek!
3. Friendship goals.
4. We could really do with a pouting lesson or two.
5. Blow us a kiss grandma.
6. We can’t help but marvel at her elegance.
7. Her smile is so beautiful, such cute dimples.
8. 21st Century Grandma
9. A true African Matriarch
10. Ageless Beauty