Let’s take a trip down memory, back to the early and mid 1900s. Let’s remember the ancient royals from the royal houses of Ghana, Cameroon, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Zanzibar, as they are immortalized in these vintage photographs.
1930s Ghana: King Otumfuo Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, of the Asante people.
Nji Monkouob, an uncle of King Njoya of Cameroon (1911-1915). Copyright: Anna Wuhrmann
Rwanda: Princess Emma Bakayishonga, King Musinga’s daughter.
Daughter of the Sultan of Bamum, Lydia Mongwene, Cameroon (1911 – 1915) ©Anna Wuhrmann
Ghana: King Akufo Akropong (ca. prior to 1907)
Brother of the King of Urundi.
Chief Kamga, Bandjoun Chiefdom, Bamileke Region, Cameroon (1934) ©Paul Dieterle
Queen Nenzima of the Mangbetu people of Congo.
King Menelik of Ethiopia (1896) Copyright: Vlkerkundemuseum der Universitat Zurich
Martha Munga, a daughter of the King – Bamum people, Foumban, Cameroon (1911-1915) ©Wuhrmann Anne
Benin: Queen Ohan Akenzua, Royal Wife of Oba Akenzua II, on a trip to London, England.
Ethiopia: Queen of Kings, Empress Zewditu I, with one of her most favored priests. (Between 1916 and 1930)
Cameroon – She is the favorite wife of King Njoya (ca. 1911 – 1915) ©Anna Wuhrmann
Bamun Kingdom, Cameroon – Princess Ngutane, cradles her firstborn son Amidou Mounde who was born in 1915.
Ali II bin Hamud, Sultan of Zanzibar (1884-1918).
King Musingam and the royal family of Rwanda (1910).
King Oba Akenzua II of Benin, and his wife Queen Ohan Akenzua.
The son’s of the Sultan (King Njoya), standing next to a Drum at the entrance of the Palace, Cameroon (1911 – 1915) ©Anna Wuhrmann