Instagram has become a real source of revenue for aspiring photographers and models. By promoting products, some Instagram users make thousands of dollars per post. A large following on Instagram isn’t just a sign of popularity. It could be lucrative. These African accounts have the fan base and the ability to engage that is sure to attract sponsors: 8 African Instagram accounts you should follow.
Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar is a Ugandan photographer who aims to show a side of Africa not often depicted in the international media. He predominantly captures moments in which people are doing what they love. On his account, you’ll see break dancers, schoolgirls laughing together, and moments of familial love. His photos are full of life and energy.
South Africa Through My Eyes doesn’t showcase images from a single photographer but rather serves as a place where people with raw images from South Africa can tag their photos. The page receives a lot of up-close photos from safaris–some so close you wonder how the photographer safely captured them.
Ninky3 displays everyday life around Egypt, and the vibrant dichotomies around every corner, like religious conservatives in head-to-toe robes walking among sports cars and couples in designer clothing walking through ancient buildings that have seen centuries of human activity.
African Cityzens is a joint account produced by two photographers traveling through Africa together. They have posted photos from Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and Mozambique to name a few. Along with often touching moments, the page also captures quirky images, like shoppers bargaining, or food vendors pumping fuel into their hot dog-shaped truck.
Kenyan photographer Mutua Matheka’s photos could just as easily be on the pages of an Urban Outfitters catalog or National Geographic. He specializes in portraits. Sometimes they’re of young, urban couples in crisp, trendy clothes, and sometimes of security guards on secluded properties.
Tanzanian photographer Nasrin Suleiman captures everyday life as well as stunning moments of natural beauty in her hometown of Zanzibar. Most of her imagery revolves around beach life, including fishing villages, children catching starfish and other marine life. If the tourism board needs photos for brochures to attract visitors, Xo’s page is the place to go.
Andrew Esiebo works to document the urbanization of Nigeria through his photos. You’ll find photos of a world that at once looks frozen in time, but is also speckled with sparkling new ATMs and buses covered in ads for high fashion.
Everyday Africa is run by humanitarian photographer Peter DiCampo, who served in the PeaceCorps in Ghana for three years, and journalist Austin Merrill, who has worked extensively in the Ivory Coast. With thier backgrounds, the photos they take tell stories and capture genuine and vulnerable moments from all walks of life. These include families living in poverty and high fashion models taking glamour shots.