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Kings of Africa

[HALIDOU SALIL, amido of Bibemi]
"There are still several hundred monarchs on this continent. While some amongst them have been relegated to the level of touristic curiousities, others still maintain significant traditional and spiritual power. Born of dynasties which marked the history of Africa until the twentieth century, these kings are the source of underground power with which "modern governments" have to co-exist. Contrary to the Indian Maharajas, they have survived the upheavals of history, and evolve in a parallel world but one which is very real."
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From Daniel Laine 's online photograpy exhibition, Kings of Africa.
[HADJ MAMADOU KABIR USMAN, Emir of Katsina]

[GOODWILL ZWELETHINI, King of Zulu]

[SALOMON IGBINOGHODUA, Oba Erediauwa of BĂ©nin]

2 comments:

liezl said...

Kings and queens still play a vital role in children's lives.

My daughter (almost 5) was watching the news the other day and came running into the kitchen, shouting: "The king is dead!"
"What king?"
"The king of the World!!!"

It turns out to be the king of Tonga, one of the worlds longest serving monarchs. He also holds the record for the fattest monarch.

One reporter writes:

"Businesses and scams the late king and his children were involved with in recent years included taking ownership of the privatized monopoly Tongan power and telecommunications companies, satellite communications systems and ".to" Internet domain.

The king authorized taxpayer money to be used to start Royal Tongan Airlines, which failed, then gave the only license for a replacement airline to a prince, creating a lucrative monopoly. He was also implicated in Tonga's giving a self-styled court jester and con man more than US$60 million to invest in U.S. death "futures" -- only to lose it all."

For some funny stuff, also see:
http://www.rediff.com/news/2005/mar/16tps.htm

Anonymous said...

Amazing images. Note the phallic symbols in all of them...

Jennifer