20 Exceptional Pictures of African People

Africa is a very diverse continent with some of the most colorful cultures, traditions and people. The continent has gone through eons of years and often times leaving just a few clues to decipher its past but imagery and photography lend a very vital means to have a sneak peek into the strange and intriguing Africa that has been around for a long time. Pictures of African people provide a link to the missing past and remote Africa from the current and changing one.

Apart from the political division of the continent into various countries, there are a lot of cultural differences among the very many ethnic groups in the continent but the beauty lies in each coming together to create a perfectly blended community that is built on and is still in tune with nature. These incredible pictures of African people open up a brand new perspective to Africa’s most colorful traditions as seen in the dressing, ornaments, body piercings and decorations. Some of these ornaments, body piercings and decorations are part of cultural apparels based on traditions that are thousands of years old while others are just mere actions of beautification but in all these, one thing stands out which is the fact that there are a lot of color mix and match (perhaps there may be need for a study to confirm that Africa has been practicing and is the inventor of the now trendy “color blocking” that is making waves in the fashion industry). Take your time and explore these pictures of African people and get more insight into the incredible Africa.

Muhuila women Angola

Muhuila Women Angola

Jovenes Mursi - Mursi youth

Jovenes Mursi – Mursi youth

Karo Man

Karo Man

Pareja Arbore - Arbore couple

Pareja Arbore – Arbore couple

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Pictures of African people

boy at the Ethiopean mountains

boy at the Ethiopean mountains

Himba Child

Himba Women


Mujer Mursi - Mursi woman

namibian women

African girl

African hair

Beautiful smiles of Africa

himba girl

togo woman

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Xhosa Boys

Xhosa tribe

Ndebele Women

Swazi Women at a Reed Dance

These pictures of African people are clips mostly from Angola, Ethiopia, Namibia and South Africa.

  • The Muhuila Women of Angola wear rolls of neck beads which often makes the neck longer as they keep adding the beads over time. They love very colorful dressing which kind of matches their unique hair style.
  • Karo (also called Kara) is a small tribe with an estimated population of one to three thousand people. They live along the eastern banks of the Omo River in southern Ethiopia. If there is one thing common with the warriors of Karo, it is Kalashnikovs (riffle) which is usually slung across their backs. For the women of the Karo, beauty is literally “skin deep”. Part of “beautification” ritual performed during childhood among girls include cutting of scars onto their stomachs by the elders with the hope of attracting a husband and after the last of the scars has been cut, she would be allowed to marry and have children.
  • The Xhosa tribe is one of the most populous ethnic groups in South Africa. About 18% of South Africans speaks Xhosa. This makes Xhosa the second most spoken language in South Africa.  The language is marked by a number of tongue clicking sounds.
  • The Himba people are a small indigenous group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people occupying the northern part of Namibia. They wear little clothing usually made of animal skin. Modern clothing is hardly seen but when available, it goes to the men. Himba women are known for covering themselves with otjize which is a mixture of butter fat and ochre. This is possibly done with the intention of protecting oneself from the sun. The red colouration and tinge it gives to the body depicts a Himba woman’s ideal of beauty.

Image Credits: Antonio Alomar, Dror Yalon