Photographer Recreates Photos Of Ancient African Rulers Using Painted Portraits From Their Times. See these amazing recreates of famous African Kings brought to life by photographer James C. Lewis. A trip to memory lane where photography meets education. Brilliantly done with a purpose to enlighten us about the great history and kingdoms in Africa. And I thoroughly loved it.

Sometimes we hear the great stories about the great African rulers centuries ago and we can only admire them. Though we don’t even know how they looked like. How the dressed or where they lived whatsoever.

We can’t deny the fact a series of black culture and history have been washed off. Why? Because those who were supposed to pass on the stories of these great leaders resorted to studying something else. We know much about the rulers of our western colonial masters but have absolutely zero ideas about our very own great African rulers.

Sometimes when we are told tales about them we presume them to be nothing but stories made up by one desperate old man. The truth here is our great African leaders had their moments and were the real deal. Their greatness is unimaginable. An example is the Great Mansa Musa who is undoubtedly the most richest person to have ever lived.

Besides we’ve heard the stories but there are no graphical images to show us exactly how they looked like. The truth is there are. In an Era where photography was yet to be born, the ancients painted portraits of themselves instead of photographs. The sad part is that not all of these photographs survived long enough.

Thanks to our well devoted archeologists and African history nerds, portraits of the great African leaders were uncovered. Actually not all of them but most. And to bring these painted portraits to life, a devoted photographer by name James C. Lewis and his team made it possible to portray the retrieved portraits and make a photographical recreation of our great African rulers.

We wouldn’t waste more words. We will give credit to www.fashionghana.com for partnering with James C. Lewis to make this possible whiles also thanking them for brining the project to light. We will urge you to take a look at the recreations below and we promise that if you are not stunned you are free to sue us for wasting your time.

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Mansa Musa (1313-1337 CE)
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Mansa Musa I was the ruler of the Mali Empire in West Africa from 1312 to 1337 CE. Controlling territories rich in gold and copper, as well as monopolising trade between the north and interior of the continent, the Mali elite grew extremely wealthy. A Muslim like his royal predecessors, Mansa Musa brought back architects and scholars from his pilgrimage to Mecca who would build mosques and universities that made such cities as Timbuktu internationally famous. Mansa Musa’s 1324 CE stopover in Cairo, though, would spread Mali’s fame even further and on to Europe where tall tales of this king’s fabulous wealth in gold began to stir the interest of traders and explorers. Mansa Musa, the Mali Empire’s greatest ever ruler, was said to have spent so much gold in the markets of the Egyptian city that the value of bullion crashed by 20%.

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Hannibal Barca (247 BC – 183 BC)
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was an African Carthaginian military commander, generally considered one of the greatest military commanders in history. Also creditd for having major victories against the Roman Empire with his mighty warriors that marched into battle on the backs of great elephants! He was later defeated by the Roman Empire and returned to Carthage, North Africa where he was elected to the “Office of Suffete” which was the Highest Appointed Official in Carthage at that time.Photographer Recreates Photos Of Ancient African Rulers Using Painted Portraits From Their Times.

SIDE NOTE: Contrary to the incorrect depictions passed down through history, Hannibal was NOT a White man. He was in fact a Black man of North Africa and the coins baring his likeness in the attached article clearly tell the real truth of who he was: http://www.blackhistoryheroes.com/2012/07/hannibal-barca-of-carthage-north-africa.html | model: Adonis Price | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

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Cetshwayo kaMpande (1826 – 1884) was the King of the Zulu Nation from 1872 to 1879
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and its leader during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. He famously led the Zulu nation to victory against the British in the Battle of Isandlwana. | model: Derrick Ledet | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis. Photographer Recreates Photos Of Ancient African Rulers Using Painted Portraits From Their Times.

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Pharaoh Akhenaten meaning “Effective for Aten”
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He was known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV, was a pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years and died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC. He is especially noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten. Husband of Nefertiti and father of King “Tut” Tutankhamun. | model: Don James II | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis. Photographer Recreates Photos Of Ancient African Rulers Using Painted Portraits From Their Times.

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King or Oba (as it is known in West Africa) Sunni Ali Beer (circa 1442-1492)
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built the largest most powerful empire in West Africa during his 28-year reign. With a remarkable army,he won many battles, conquered many lands, seized trade routes and took villages to build the Songhay empire into a major center of commerce, culture and Moslem scholarship. | Model: Tony Jackson | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis. Photographer Recreates Photos Of Ancient African Rulers Using Painted Portraits From Their Times.

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King or Asantehene (King of all Asante) Osei Tutu (circa 1650-1717)
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Osei Tutu was the founder and first ruler of the Asante nation, a great West African kingdom now known as Ghana. He tripled the geographic size of Asante and the kingdom was a significant power that endured for two centuries. Model: Kellen Marcus | Photographer & Stylist: James C. Lewis | Wardrobe & Accessories: Maryse M’bo Ako. Photographer Recreates Photos Of Ancient African Rulers Using Painted Portraits From Their Times.

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Idris Alooma (1580–1617)
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He was Mai (king) of the Kanem-Bornu Empire, located mainly in Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. His name is more properly written Idris Alawma or Idris Alauma. An outstanding statesman, under his rule (1564–1596) Kanem-Bornu touched the zenith of its power. Idris is remembered for his military skills, administrative reforms and Islamic piety. His feats are mainly known through his chronicler Ahmad bin Fartuwa. | Model: Kineh N’gaojia | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis. Photographer Recreates Photos Of Ancient African Rulers Using Painted Portraits From Their Times.

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King Askia Muhammad I (1443 – 1538)
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Born Muhammad Ture ou Mohamed Toure in Futa Tooro, later called Askia, also known as Askia the Great, was an emperor, military commander, and political reformer of the Songhai Empire in the late 15th century, the successor of Sunni Ali Beer. Askia Muhammad strengthened his country and made it the largest country in West Africa’s history. At its peak under his reign, the Songhai Empire encompassed the Hausa states as far as Kano (in present-day Nigeria) and much of the territory that had belonged to the Songhai empire in the west. His policies resulted in a rapid expansion of trade with Europe and Asia, the creation of many schools, and the establishment of Islam as an integral part of the empire. | Model: David Ferrell | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis. Photographer Recreates Photos Of Ancient African Rulers Using Painted Portraits From Their Times.

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Thutmose III (1481 BC – 1425 BC)
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He was the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Thutmose III ruled Egypt for almost fifty-four years, and his reign is usually dated from April 24, 1479 BC to March 11, 1425 BC; however, this includes the twenty-two years he was co-regent to Hatshepsut. During the final two years of his reign, he appointed his son and successor, Amenhotep II, as his junior co-regent. | Model: Eric Graham | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

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King Tenkamenin of Ghana (1037-1075 AD)
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Through careful management of gold trade across the Sahara, Tenkamenin’s empire flourished economically yet his greatest strength was in government. He listened to his people and provided justice for all of them. His principles of democratic monarchy and religious tolerance make him one of the great models of African rule. | Model: Ebai Ayuk-Enow | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

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Taharqa (710-664 BC)
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He was a Pharaoh of the Ancient Egyptian 25th dynasty and Ruler of the Kingdom of Kush, which was located in Northern Sudan & Ethiopia. He is also mentioned in Biblical references – Scholars have identified him with Tirhakah, King of Ethiopia, who waged war against Sennacherib during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah (2 Kings 19:9; Isaiah 37:9).

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Mansa Abu Bakr II ( also known as Mansa Abu Bakari II circa 14th century)
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He was the ninth Mansa (Title of Ruler in Mali) of the Mali Empire, the richest and largest empire on earth at that time, covering nearly all of West Africa. He succeeded his nephew Mansa Mohammed ibn Gao and preceded Mansa Musa. Abu Bakr II appears to have abdicated his throne (1311) in order to explore “the limits of the ocean” and was said to have set out on this feat 181 years prior to Christopher Columbus however, his expedition never returned. He is now referred to as “The Voyager King” | Model: Zaq Jackson | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

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Ghezo or Gezo was an Ahosu (King)
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King of the Kingdom of Dahomey, in present-day Benin, from 1818 until 1858. Ghezo replaced his brother Adandozan (ruled 1797 to 1818) as king through a coup with the assistance of the Afro-Brazilian slave trader Francisco Félix de Sousa. He ruled over the kingdom during a tumultuous period, punctuated by the British blockade of the ports of Dahomey in order to stop the Atlantic slave trade. | Model: Fredrick Harper| stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

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Kwaku Dua I (1797 – 1867)
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He was the eighth Asantehene of the Kingdom of Ashanti (King of the Asante. In 1834, King or Asantehene Kwaku Dua I of the Kingdom of Asante succeeded Osei Yaw Akoto to throne as the King of Asante. On 18 March 1837, Asantehene Kwaku Dua I of the Kingdom of Asante signed a contract between him and King William I of the Netherlands. These recruits would become known as Belanda Hitam. As part of the deal, two Asante Royal Princes, Kwasi Boakye and Kwame Poku accompanied the Dutch back to The Netherlands, where they were to receive a Dutch education. Model: Marvin Montgomery | Wardrobe & Jewelry: Maryse M’bo Ako | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

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Zulu kaMalandela (1627-1709)
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The son of Malandela, was the founder and Chief (King) of the Zulu clan which came from the Nguni people. In the Zulu language, Zulu means heaven. | model: Amistad W. Carty | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

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Opoku Ware I (1700–1750)
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He was an Oyoko (King) Asantehene – the ruler of the Asante – in the now-disbanded Asante Confederacy which occupied parts of what is now Ghana. He is credited with being the “empire builder” of the Asante Confederacy. | Model: Tobi Olagunju | stylist & photographer: James C. Lewis

All Pics by James C. Lewis
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