african kings

See these amazing recreates of famous African Kings brought to life by photographer James C. Lewis. A trip to memory lane where photography meets education. Brilliantly done with a purpose to enlighten us about the great history and kingdoms in Africa. And I thoroughly loved it. Click the next button to see the set.

 




16. AFRICAN KINGS SERIES | Hannibal Barca (247 BC – 183 BC)


was an African Carthaginian military commander, generally considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. Also creditd for having major victories against the Roman Empire with his mighty warriors that marched into battle on the backs of great elephants! He was later defeated by the Roman Empire and returned to Carthage, North Africa where he was elected to the “Office of Suffete” which was the Highest Appointed Official in Carthage at that time.

SIDE NOTE: Contrary to the incorrect depictions passed down through history, Hannibal was NOT a White man. He was in fact a Black man of North Africa and the coins baring his likeness in the attached article clearly tell the real truth of who he was: http://www.blackhistoryheroes.com/2012/07/hannibal-barca-of-carthage-north-africa.html | model: Adonis Price | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

15. AFRICAN KING SERIES | Cetshwayo kaMpande (1826 – 1884) was the King of the Zulu Nation from 1872 to 1879


and its leader during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. He famously led the Zulu nation to victory against the British in the Battle of Isandlwana. | model: Derrick Ledet | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

14. AFRICAN KING SERIES | Pharaoh Akhenaten meaning “Effective for Aten”


He was known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV, was a pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years and died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC. He is especially noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten. Husband of Nefertiti and father of King “Tut” Tutankhamun. | model: Don James II | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

13. AFRICAN KING SERIES | King or Oba (as it is known in West Africa) Sunni Ali Beer (circa 1442-1492)


built the largest most powerful empire in West Africa during his 28-year reign. With a remarkable army,he won many battles, conquered many lands, seized trade routes and took villages to build the Songhay empire into a major center of commerce, culture and Moslem scholarship. | Model: Tony Jackson | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

12. AFRICAN KINGS SERIES | King or Asantehene (King of all Asante) Osei Tutu (circa 1650-1717)


Osei Tutu was the founder and first ruler of the Asante nation, a great West African kingdom now known as Ghana. He tripled the geographic size of Asante and the kingdom was a significant power that endured for two centuries. Model: Kellen Marcus | Photographer & Stylist: James C. Lewis | Wardrobe & Accessories: Maryse M’bo Ako

11. AFRICAN KING SERIES | King or Oba (as it is known in West Africa) Sunni Ali Beer (circa 1442-1492)


built the largest most powerful empire in West Africa during his 28-year reign. With a remarkable army,he won many battles, conquered many lands, seized trade routes and took villages to build the Songhay empire into a major center of commerce, culture and Moslem scholarship. | Model: Tony Jackson | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

10. AFRICAN KING SERIES | Idris Alooma (1580–1617)


He was Mai (king) of the Kanem-Bornu Empire, located mainly in Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. His name is more properly written Idris Alawma or Idris Alauma. An outstanding statesman, under his rule (1564–1596) Kanem-Bornu touched the zenith of its power. Idris is remembered for his military skills, administrative reforms and Islamic piety. His feats are mainly known through his chronicler Ahmad bin Fartuwa. | Model: Kineh N’gaojia | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

9. AFRICAN KINGS SERIES | King Askia Muhammad I (1443 – 1538)


Born Muhammad Ture ou Mohamed Toure in Futa Tooro, later called Askia, also known as Askia the Great, was an emperor, military commander, and political reformer of the Songhai Empire in the late 15th century, the successor of Sunni Ali Beer. Askia Muhammad strengthened his country and made it the largest country in West Africa’s history. At its peak under his reign, the Songhai Empire encompassed the Hausa states as far as Kano (in present-day Nigeria) and much of the territory that had belonged to the Songhai empire in the west. His policies resulted in a rapid expansion of trade with Europe and Asia, the creation of many schools, and the establishment of Islam as an integral part of the empire. | Model: David Ferrell | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

8. AFRICAN KING SERIES | Thutmose III (1481 BC – 1425 BC)


He was the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Thutmose III ruled Egypt for almost fifty-four years, and his reign is usually dated from April 24, 1479 BC to March 11, 1425 BC; however, this includes the twenty-two years he was co-regent to Hatshepsut. During the final two years of his reign, he appointed his son and successor, Amenhotep II, as his junior co-regent. | Model: Eric Graham | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

7. AFRICAN KING SERIES | King Tenkamenin of Ghana (1037-1075 AD)


Through careful management of gold trade across the Sahara, Tenkamenin’s empire flourished economically yet his greatest strength was in government. He listened to his people and provided justice for all of them. His principles of democratic monarchy and religious tolerance make him one of the great models of African rule. | Model: Ebai Ayuk-Enow | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

6. AFRICAN KING SERIES | Taharqa (710-664 BC)


He was a Pharaoh of the Ancient Egyptian 25th dynasty and Ruler of the Kingdom of Kush, which was located in Northern Sudan & Ethiopia. He is also mentioned in Biblical references – Scholars have identified him with Tirhakah, King of Ethiopia, who waged war against Sennacherib during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah (2 Kings 19:9; Isaiah 37:9).

5. AFRICAN KING SERIES | Mansa Abu Bakr II ( also known as Mansa Abu Bakari II circa 14th century)


He was the ninth Mansa (Title of Ruler in Mali) of the Mali Empire, the richest and largest empire on earth at that time, covering nearly all of West Africa. He succeeded his nephew Mansa Mohammed ibn Gao and preceded Mansa Musa. Abu Bakr II appears to have abdicated his throne (1311) in order to explore “the limits of the ocean” and was said to have set out on this feat 181 years prior to Christopher Columbus however, his expedition never returned. He is now referred to as “The Voyager King” | Model: Zaq Jackson | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

4. AFRICAN KING SERIES | Ghezo or Gezo was an Ahosu (King)


King of the Kingdom of Dahomey, in present-day Benin, from 1818 until 1858. Ghezo replaced his brother Adandozan (ruled 1797 to 1818) as king through a coup with the assistance of the Afro-Brazilian slave trader Francisco Félix de Sousa. He ruled over the kingdom during a tumultuous period, punctuated by the British blockade of the ports of Dahomey in order to stop the Atlantic slave trade. | Model: Fredrick Harper| stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

3. AFRICAN KINGS SERIES | Kwaku Dua I (1797 – 1867)


He was the eighth Asantehene of the Kingdom of Ashanti (King of the Asante. In 1834, King or Asantehene Kwaku Dua I of the Kingdom of Asante succeeded Osei Yaw Akoto to throne as the King of Asante. On 18 March 1837, Asantehene Kwaku Dua I of the Kingdom of Asante signed a contract between him and King William I of the Netherlands. These recruits would become known as Belanda Hitam. As part of the deal, two Asante Royal Princes, Kwasi Boakye and Kwame Poku accompanied the Dutch back to The Netherlands, where they were to receive a Dutch education. Model: Marvin Montgomery | Wardrobe & Jewelry: Maryse M’bo Ako | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

2. AFRICAN KINGS SERIES | Zulu kaMalandela (1627-1709)


The son of Malandela, was the founder and Chief (King) of the Zulu clan which came from the Nguni people. In the Zulu language, Zulu means heaven. | model: Amistad W. Carty | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

1. AFRICAN KINGS SERIES | Opoku Ware I (1700–1750)


He was an Oyoko (King) Asantehene – the ruler of the Asante – in the now-disbanded Asante Confederacy which occupied parts of what is now Ghana. He is credited with being the “empire builder” of the Asante Confederacy. | Model: Tobi Olagunju | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

All Pics by James C. Lewis

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