Hairstyles That Ascend, and Aspire, in Nigeria. Photographs by Okhai Ojeikere - LENS
By Whitney Richardson, NYT Photo

Credit J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere, Courtesy of Gallery Fifty One

When the country celebrated its independence from Britain in 1960, a hairstyle called the tall house literally sprang up.(...)
Through the following decade, hundreds of other braided styles could be discovered throughout the country, each carrying a distinct meaning.(...)
The Nigerian photographer J. D. ’Okhai Ojeikere sought to preserve these traditions by creating a visual time capsule of close to 1,000 portraits of different looks — including braids, twists, plaits and buns.

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