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Beauty Across Ages! Check Out These Colourful Images From Ayo Akinwande’s Photo Shoot – Òrékeléwà



Photographer,  Ayo Akinwande sent these stunning images to us and we knew we had to share. Here’s what he says about the inspiration for the project.

Òrékeléwà (which means “Beauty” in the Yoruba language) was the first phase of the photography project titled ‘Women of Africa’, an on-going, long-term series that explores the beauty, strength and values of the African woman motivated by the need to counter misconceptions and depictions of women from the continent in images of poverty, starvation and misery.

I began photographing the series in February 2014. The initial challenge was convincing the women to collaborate with me on the project. After making several trips to explain my ideas to them, the images were created in stages in different locations where the women resided. It was a collaborative effort with a number of make-up artists and a stylist over a 9-month period.

The visuals utilised modern-day gadgets and accessories in traditional settings and landscapes to create a unique narrative of juxtaposition, with the images playing the role of bridging the gap between the old and the new.

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Photo Credits

Desmond Macauley (@deydeysoso_) makeup and styling
Seyi Kafi (Styling)
Adeniji Opeyemi (@ankarafreak) styling
Mercy Ifeoma (@eefsycouture) styling
Susan Okolo and Cynthia Inoni (Models)
Ayo Akinwande (@iamayoakinwande)


  1. Onyii

    August 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm


  2. Red

    August 23, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Awwwwww. Love it! So vibrant!!!???

  3. Leah

    August 23, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I love love love!

  4. Manny

    August 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    This is heartwarming.

  5. Bimbo

    August 23, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Absolutely brilliant….

  6. Gorgeous

    August 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Very gorgeous. All the lines in those women’s faces show they have not had an easy life, but still can have fun…

  7. Abi

    August 23, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I love it…..Arugbo soge ri

  8. Baby gurl

    August 23, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    This is so beautiful I cried. The images less seen. Reminds me of the US blog “Advanced Style”.

  9. 'Diddie

    August 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Wow…creative and something different!

  10. Skinnybrownie

    August 23, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Aww.. I really love the concept.
    The pictures just warm my heart each telling it’s own story. I love it all

  11. Asake

    August 23, 2016 at 11:14 pm


  12. Wana

    August 23, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Awwww..Love IT!!!

  13. Fabulous B

    August 24, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Kudos! Bravo!

  14. Dee Nina

    August 24, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Beautiful, breathtaking, captivating…in fact, words fail me. I LOVE these images! Well done to the women pictured and the whole team behind the photoshoot.

  15. Lou

    August 24, 2016 at 3:56 am

    The lady with her eyes closed and eyebrows arched is a stunning beauty

  16. Moyo

    August 24, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Wow, refreshingly different, women in their natural habitat. I wish the make up was less though. Well done

    • Olori

      August 24, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Ah women in the village love makeup o don’t try them lol

    • DOtherDee

      August 24, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Perhaps, although I think the makeup was deliberately ‘overdone’ for a more startling contrast. My opinion anyway.

  17. Miwa

    August 24, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Wow……This is lovely. I could see strength, courage, resilience and determination to keep on fighting.

  18. shield

    August 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Love this mama’s posture. Scream: Fierce! I can imagine that in better circumstances she would’ve been a mega-mogul or something like that. She still got the swag!

    • tunmi

      August 24, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Yes!!!!!!! I love these, thank you

  19. Amaka

    August 24, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Wow, I love this. i am happy someone is doing this. You can see that our elderly still have that bubbling life in them.

  20. Jay

    August 24, 2016 at 10:03 am

    This is wonderful art

  21. Prince

    August 24, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I love the concept

  22. Igbeyinadun

    August 24, 2016 at 10:57 am


  23. DOtherDee

    August 24, 2016 at 11:21 am

    This is Fantastic!!!!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤?????
    Beautiful, heartwarming,awww-inspiring…(yes, awww, not awe!?)
    Such a wonderful concept and so brilliantly executed! Photos are amazing! A truly gifted photographer/artist and team. Bravo guys! I hope this wins awards(if that’s your thing) May your gifts forever be used to inspire and enlighten.
    See me gushing! #PhotoEffect!

  24. Isi nne mummy!

    August 24, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Love these. Well Done!

  25. Tosin

    August 24, 2016 at 1:13 pm


  26. Iyaalaje

    August 24, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Waoh! …just Waoh!!!

  27. gurl_wendy

    August 24, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    These pictures are simply beautyfullllllll…

  28. nunulicious

    August 24, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    the pucker lips and the young girl turning eba with the older woman guiding her are my two favourites! where can they be bought? biko no call thousand dollars for we oh. We are aspiring young people!

  29. dupri

    August 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I love these photos…. I was just smiling all through, kudos to the entire creative team for putting this together.

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