Colourism: Shades of Africa

Towela "Kams" Tembo2021

African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy
Roodepoort, South Africa

In her first social documentary photo series at the tender age of 16, Towela “Kams” Tembo highlighted the impact of preference of specific skintones over others and how that affects different girls (and boys) in Africa and beyond. The sequenced pictures each follow the visual storyline of the collective, nuanced struggles of light skinned and dark skinned girls in a world while curating the story through photography from one of struggle to one of self-empowerment for young women of all shades of Africa.

Make-up and Hair stylists : Abale and Samantha from Jovem Moda BW with Ketty Mphande
Writer/Poet : Thabang Sekape
Featured Muses : Nancy Vandensteen, Bubuya Moesi, Resego Wame Otlhogile, Amantle
Sebape, Thabang Sekape and Prince Kevin JohnSon


  • Title: Colourism: Shades of Africa
  • Creator: Towela "Kams" Tembo
  • Date Created: 2021
  • Location Created: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Rights: Towela "Kams" Tembo
  • Medium: Photography
  • Curated By: Towela "Kams" Tembo

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