Dapper Nigerians in the 1940s

September 26th, 2015

Whether in traditional attire or western suits, Nigerians have always considered themselves to be stylish. As evidenced in these portrait images by photographer, Solomon Osagie Alonge, in Benin, 1945.

Alonge was a famed photographer for the Benin court. His works there have been exhibited globally, and we’ve even featured him here (the Smithsonian is still running this exhibition till January 10, 2016). But these new works show photographs he took when he opened his studio in Benin. Those who could afford to, went to Alonge to have their portraits taken. Some of the portraits are below.

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This is a beautiful glimpse into Nigeria, in the mid 20th century. The birth of the dapper look perhaps…a movement that happened as much in Africa as in the west. Also, notice all the natural hair? Beautiful.

Via Washington Post



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