French photographer Daniel Laine ventured to Africa to photograph 70 monarchs between 1988 and 1991. The process of getting the portrait sessions often required sensitive diplomatic relations. Africa is home to many a monarchs, but Laine select those who maintain a “traditional and spiritual authority that is difficult for the western mind to comprehend.” There are rare and fascinating portraits, the one book titled “African Kings: Portraits of a Disappearing Era” is now out of print, but used copies are available on amazon.
Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III King of Akropong-Akuapem (Ghana)
Oni of Ife Nigeria
Oba Joseph Adekola Obunoye Olowo of Owo Nigeria.
Nyimi Kok Mabiintsh-III King of Kuba D.R.Congo.
Ngie Kamga Joseph Fon of Bandjun Cameroon
Joseph Langanfin (Benin)
Isienwenro James Iyoha Inneh Ekegbian of Bénin Nigeria.
Igwe Kenneth Nnaji Onyemaeke Orizu III – Obi of Nnewi Nigeria
Hapi IV – King of Bana (Cameroon)
Halidou Sali Lamido of Bibemi (Cameroon)
Goodwill Zwelethini – King of Zulu (South Africa)
El Hadj Seidou Njimoluh Njoya – Sultan of Fumban and Mfon of the Bamun (Cameroon)
El Hadj Mamadou Kabir Usman – Emir of Katsina (Nigeria)
Bouba Abdoulaye – Sultan of Rey-Bouba (Cameroon)
Aliyu Mustapha – Lamido of Adamawa (Nigeria)
Agboli-Agbo Dedjlani – King of Abomey (Benin)
Abubakar Sidiq – Sultan of Sokoto (Nigeria)
Salomon Igbinoghodua Oba Erediauwa of Bénin (Nigeria)twistedsifter