The many modern-day kings and queens of Nigeria: A photo exhibit by George Osodi (Photos)

Up until the 1960s, kings and queens controlled hundreds of ethnic groups in Nigeria. Today, the descendants of those rulers still play important roles as intermediaries between politicians and the people in their communities and as custodians of the cultural heritage.

An upcoming exhibit at the Newark Museum, “Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs,” collects photos from George Osodi’s ongoing project, which has taken him into the palaces of more than 20 kings and queens all over the country.

Read more: George Osodi photographs Nigeria’s monarchs in his exhibition Royals and Regalia at the Newark Museum..

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