The International photographer
James C. Lewis and CEO of Noire 3000,N3k Photo Studios , has created a striking Photographic Art series showcasing the Kings that ruled over Africa.His impressive work was recently featured in a French Art Gallery, and he is currently in the process of producing an African Queen series! The African Kings Art work is currently available in the form of Posters,T-shirts ,Throw pillows,phone cases and much more view here.
However Art is not just for decoration,Art has many purposes,it is a mode of expression,it teaches, and it can also inspire change.Photography has the power to capture a special moment in time or in fact to recreate it all over again.The Photographs that were taken in the precolonial and colonial era by the Europeans were used as a form of propaganda to promote their agendas,but it is now in our means to rectify whitewashed History and preserve African culture and its legacies,in this instance it comes in the form of a Photography exhibition,this African series creates much-needed imagery and representation,our History must be celebrated and told especially with the release of films this year like ‘Gods of Egypt’ which depict Ancient Egyptians with a majority white cast,and have no historical accuracy.
The Kings and the Nations they ruled.
Nzinga Mbemba (c. 1456–1542 or 1543), also known as King Affonso I, was a ruler of the Kingdom of Kongo in the first half of the 16th century. He reigned over the Kongo Empire from 1509 to late 1542 or 1543. King Affonso I was a visionary who saw his country as a unified Christian nation equipped with advanced knowledge and technology. He encouraged Christianity, made it possible to practice new skills in masonry, carpentry and agriculture. He established a modern school system and was the first ruler to resist slave trade. Model: Kris Powell | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis — with Marlene William-Elisha.
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 — with Kellen Marcus. — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
Mansa Kankan Musa (1280 – 1337) more commonly known as Mansa Musa was the tenth Mansa, which translates as “King of Kings” or “Emperor”, of the wealthy West African Mali Empire. He is documented to have traveled to Mecca and Egypt with vast caravans of gold and an entourage of thousands from his empire in 1324. His reign lasted 25 years from 1312 – 1337. He is also documented as the RICHEST PERSON TO HAVE EVER LIVED…speculated to have been worth $400 Billion dollars in today’s times. | Model: Travis Cure| Stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
Idris Alooma (1580–1617) 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 — with Ashley Jordan, Atlanta Happenings, GianPiermaria Barbieri, Incrowd Atlanta, tyler Perry, Playwrights Atlanta, Maurice Milles Mansa, Jibril Haynes, Salone OnBlast, Atlanta LookBook, Atl Pics, Jamie Cox and Marlene William-Elisha.
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. … See more — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
Thutmose III (1481 BC – 1425 BC) 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 — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
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 — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
Taharqa (710-664 BC) 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). — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
Mansa Abu Bakr II ( also known as Mansa Abu Bakari II circa 14th century) 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 — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
Ghezo or Gezo was an Ahosu (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 — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
Kwaku Dua I (1797 – 1867), 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 — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
Zulu kaMalandela (1627-1709), 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 — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
Opoku Ware I (1700–1750) 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 — with Choco Milo and Marlene William-Elisha.
Tutankhamun (1336 BC – 1327 BC) was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. He is oftent referred to as “KING TUT”. This boy king was short lived following the controversial rule of his father Pharaoh Akhenaten | Model: Curron Kal El Gajadhar | stylist & photog: James C. Lewis — with Marlene William-Elisha.
King Endubis (c. 270 – c.330) was one of the first rulers of Axum or Askum which was a powerful North East African Empire which rose to power after the decline of Ancient Egypt and Nubia. Axum is credited with conquering and bringing the ultimate end of the Kingdom of ancient Meroe (Nubia). Axum controlled the horn of Africa to across the Red Sea into the Arabian plateau. Endubis was the first king of Ancient Africa to mint coinage, and following Endubis, all Axumite (Ethiopian) Emperors minted their own coinage: gold, silver and bronze pieces with their faces and motto. Model: Antonio O. | Stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis — with Marlene William-Elisha.
Amenhotep II [meaning Amun is Satisfied] (1427–1397 BC) was the seventh Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Egypt. Amenhotep inherited a vast kingdom from his father Thutmose III, and held it by means of a few military campaigns in Syria; however, he fought much less than his father, and his reign saw the effective cessation of hostilities between Egypt and Mitanni, the major kingdoms vying for power in Syria. His reign is usually dated from 1427 to 1401 BC. | Model: Kelvin Hamner | Stylist & Photographer: James C. Lewis — with Marlene William-Elisha.
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 — with Adonis Price, GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
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 — with Marlene William-Elisha.
Pharaoh Akhenaten meaning “Effective for Aten” 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 — with GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
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 Muslim scholarship. | Model: Tony Jackson | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis — with Chris Anthony, GianPiermaria Barbieri and Marlene William-Elisha.
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