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George Osodi: His Royal Majesty Oba Alayeluwa Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III, the Elegushi of Ikateland (detail)

Work / Photography

George Osodi documents the monarchs of Nigeria

A year on since we first covered George Osodi’s work on the site he continues to astound us. The Lagos-based photographer produces some of the most incredible photojournalism I’ve ever seen; this series Nigeria Monarchs: The Custodians of Peace and Cultural Heritage documents the figures across Nigeria who, in spite of having no constitutional rule since the monarchy was officially abolished in 1963, remain key personalities in the country’s political landscape. The travelling exhibition had a stint in London last year and is about to open in Budapest, Hungary, serving as further proof (if any was needed) of the curiosity which exists worldwide about these majestic and exotic figures. What’s more George hopes to photograph 100 of the monarchs, so the collection is not due to stop growing any time soon.

Nigeria Monarchs will run from 19 September until 14 December at the Ethnographic Museum in Budapest, Hungary.

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George Osodi: His Imperial Majesty Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade the OONI of Ife

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George Osodi: His Royal Majesty Oharisi III ñ Ovie of Ughelli

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George Osodi: His Royal Majesty Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II, Obi of Idumuje Unor

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George Osodi: His Royal Majesty Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi I. The Dein of Abgor Kingdom

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George Osodi: His Royal Majesty Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun Larooye II, Ataoja of Osogboland

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George Osodi: His Royal Majesty Oba Alayeluwa Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III, the Elegushi of Ikateland