Scope and Contents
Photographs taken by James Lee in Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Zimbabwe between 1963 and 1970. The photographs document cultures, landscapes, and peoples of the African countries of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, and Zambia. Nigerian cities and villages illustrated include Asaba, Calabar, Enugu, Funtua, Ibadan, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Okigwi, Onitsha, Opobo, Oshogbo, Uyo, Wudil, and Zaria. People portrayed include the emir of Katsina, leopard society members at Uyo, and a weaver, Activities documented include a Bobo masquerade in Burkina Faso; a celebration at the court of the emir of Kano; a contest of traditional dance groups in Enugu stadium, Nigeria; and a Mossi dance in Burkina Faso. Architectural images show government colleges and schools, a house under construction outside Uyo, a mosque in Kano, a painted house in Wudil, ruins of a wall at Zaria, and a shrine to a river god in Oshogbo. Art works reproduced include funerary sculpture and sculptures made of concrete in southeastern Nigeria, mostly at Oshogbo. Images of the natural environment show cattle, egrets, the Niger river crossing in the town of Jebba, the riverside at Opobo, and Victoria Falls.