Sarah Waiswa, aka The Afrohemian Nomad, is a Nairobi-based photographer with a knack for capturing the most interesting people in the city. Commonly featured on her Instagram feed are the brother/sister duo of Velma Rossa and Papa Petit who together as 2manysiblings have left an impressionable mark on the Kenyan fashion scene. Wasiwa’s Instagram account is a passionate affair with portraits and the occasional landscape taken from little known hide-outs in the city and her jaunts outside of it. She uses her iPhone and Canon to capture the city’s joys and triumphs.
Francis Kokoroko is a Ghanaian-based photographer whose images capture the creativity at play in its capital city, Accra. His photos are a take on juxtaposition and portray texture, light and joy. When not capturing portraits of the city’s inhabitants, Kokoroko meets them in their places of congregation: at the beach, in transit, at school, and in their homes, where he captures candid moments of family and friends.
For years, Nana Kofi Acquah’s Instagram feed has been featured on many lists of Instagrammers to follow. His photos are an elongated love letter to Africa and its people.
Steven Chikosi is a photographer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. His work mirrors that of Nana Kofi Acquah’s through a shared vision for telling Africa’s stories with dignity. But where Acquah focuses on portraits, Chikosi is more intrigued by landscapes and cityscapes.
Though South Africa is home to many envy-inducing Instagrammers, Bella van der Linden, a photographer based in Port Elizabeth, stands out as taking photos that are a nature-loving traveler’s dream.
While studying in the US, Yagazie Emezi fell deeper in love with her home continent and its arts. She eventually moved back to Lagos, Nigeria where she is now based, and began capturing the sights and faces of Africa’s largest city. Emezi describes herself as a “visual curator” and also runs Bialere, a “digital project set out to locate young and upcoming photographers with the intent of providing a platform that showcases their work and points of view of Africa.”
Ayoub Arouk, based in Agadir, Morocco, takes photos that study life in Africa’s northermost and often forgotten parts. Meshing images from Agadir’s beautiful beaches and streets, Arouk’s photos invite quiet contemplation and wonder.
After decades of unrest, Somalia is a country struggling to redefine its image in the 21st century while making a cultural and economic comeback. Abdi Latif Dahir is an avid traveler, which means many of his photos are shot from across the globe. But when he turns his camera back to his country, and shares his version of Somalia, it is with both cutting humor and adoration.