Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi as a young Queen Mother Idia of Benin (16th century). || Part of ‘BLAST FROM THE PAST’ spread, of STYLE MANIA magazine. || Photo: Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Stylist Onidiri & Zubi. Model: Oluchi Orlandi
"Ladened with gold, a prominent woman of the Ivory Coast's Adioukrou people - distant relatives of the Asante - displays a third of the ornaments in her jewellery chest. Gold dust, once prized as currency, flecks her face on a day when she and her husband are honored for reaching a noteworthly level of wealth'