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The Young African and what they wear.

What comes to mind when you think of African fashion?   I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of it lately, celebrities wearing a lot of African inspired looks a la King Bey herself.   I even did a double take whilst watching one highly addictive Korean Drama, is she wearing African print? Look at Mindy Kaling also rocking her cute little African inspired outfit!   There has been an absolute explosion worldwide, African inspired looks, Africa fashion weeks available and popular in various stylish cities in the world. African music is bumping in everyone’s headphones.Did you see Taraji P Henson Instagram about listening to Wizkids  Caro? I will now proceed to show you what young Africans on the continent are doing with fashion, how they interpret it, how they wear it.     Egypts Hadia Ghaleb   A major key to some amazing styling of everyday garments in Africa is thrifting and the tailor down at the market who is churning out all sorts of outfits we must have for weddings, kitchen parties.( don’t forget …

Sons and Daughters of the African soil.

  A lot of Africans in the Diaspora were either born on the continent or are first generation ‘diasporan Africans’. With mixed marriages being the norm a lot of their offspring are of ‘African descent’ and wear this badge proudly. They may have to hear stories from their parents about making footballs out of plastic bags, how they played on the street with lots and lots of friends, how eating at a friends house got you into trouble. (‘Don’t we feed you here?!’) Or how bringing home a bad grade meant being threatened with a swift trip back to the ‘village’, where drawing water at the well was your intended fate if you couldn’t be in the top percentile of the class. The taste these kids may have, of a life even close to that, is the strictness their parents try to implement (echoing their own parents, but often interspersed with laughter and hugs, which a lot of Africans felt was missing in their upbringing. ‘Wheres your report card? ‘ was the closest someone once said …

Awesomley African

Young Africans who’s social media pages, blogs, Instagram accounts and websites I visit very often. For inspiration, for wisdom, entertainment, laughter..and love. I love girls girls girls girls….. Beulah Oseuke     If you know about anything Nigerian, anything even slightly Nigerian is bound to hit you full force with some tenacity, leaving you incredulous wondering ..what happened? Remember Rise Africa? The site where young Africans were flocking, devouring provocative articles, amazing pictures, giving their opinion in a safe and valued place. That space is now known as Ezibota. Beulah is the founder of Ezibota.Ezibota began as Rise Africa—an emotional appeal from African youth around the world. “Ezibota is refreshing. It’s an opportunity for young Africans to discuss on a global scale the realities that frustrate us, the stories that give us hope, the individuals in our lives who have crafted who we are and where we are going. I enjoy this space because it connects me to people who I otherwise might have never met.” Beulah knows no bounds, generous to a fault, always …

Awesomely African

There are so many out there and I applaud you. Young Africans who’s social media pages, blogs, Instagram accounts and websites I visit very often. For inspiration, for wisdom, entertainment, laughter..and love. I’ll list a few at a time, as I have some things to say about each one:) 1. Ernest ‘The Danjuma’ Enebi ( or last name Carter, as some of you know him) Ernest, Ernest. So stylish, so ambitious and so funny! If you have the honour of being the recipient of his many funny facebook updates or images on Instagram, you know what I mean 🙂 As co-founder of Denda  and a strategy expert for Face Africa  (and probably many other things that this blog post cannot cover.) Ernest is a busy man, but ever so friendly and entertaining. Denda is a boutique strategy and management consulting firm that offers tailored business and organizational development solutions for start-ups, small businesses, non-profits, as well as investors and philanthropists. Face Africa with your help can realize the dream of providing 100% water coverage to communities across …

Mwanabibi

      Mwanabibi is one of the amazing women trail blazing natural hair care in Zambia. What has the gears turning underneath all those gorgeous curls?   What do you celebrate about being a woman? I love how multifaceted women are. We can be strong and vulnerable, nurturing yet uplifting. Our innate intuition allows us to excel through building relationships. I feel that this unique trait means that as women we are able not only to progress as individuals but to enable those around us to do the same. I celebrate women’s ability to create and nurture a sense of community. What do you wish other women knew? I wish other women knew the strength they posses. That they would not try to compete with men but to understand that our strength is in being women. I think this is something that has come with age but I think the more confident I’ve become in my own skin as a woman the better I have been at understanding and pursuing my goals. Strength isn’t …

Susan aka Dr. SEA

Susan, an inspiration to all African women in Europe and all over the world, inspires me to go for my goals..and does so looking good all the time! What do you celebrate about being a woman? Honestly first I see myself as a person then as a  woman. As a person I celebrate the amazing people God put in my life and of course my achievements. I mostly celebrate being a woman by celebrating achievements of other women. Besides I celebrate the privileges we enjoy as women. Most people’s first word is “mama”, what a privilege!! I sometimes feel sorry for the dads in this light.  Another example: it is easy to get help as a woman,even from strangers. The world easily yet unknowingly helps us to get to our goals. Most often we are underestimated, we don’t seem to pose a threat so barriers are not quickly built.It is easy to slip through if you are smart to figure things out. It is some sort of discrimination which I have learnt to use to …

Diaspora Truth-The Podcast for Celebrating Young Africans

Want to hear what I sound like? Listen to the Diaspora Truth Podcast  Diaspora Truth was borne out of the need for a platform that showcased the multi-layered narrative of Africa and Africans, regardless of where they lived or what they did for a living. The most prominent narrative of the African in the diaspora was one of a child lost to it’s own voice, ancestry, and traditions while those at “home” remained behind, struggling to grow the abandoned country. When the interwebs were flooded with stories of the prodigal diasporan, the story shifted to one where the African in the diaspora had seen the error in their ways and were returning home in droves with their knowledge to “lead the new way of thinking.” Regardless of what one chooses to understand and believe, Mukuka and Twaambo felt that so many stories that didn’t fit these divergent narratives were being ignored. We do it because we love to hear, and share stories, stories that matter, stories that exist, stories that move, and entertain. I ask …

Ambitious African women

Is there anything an African woman cannot do?   What has helped these women get to the top?   Ambition and tenacity. A go-getter attitude, refusing to quit. Another thing that has been detrimental to our success is  having tools to use to get to these heights.   For a long time, one picture that has been painted about African women is the sad African mother, with the starving children and  the  water well  that is  lots of kilometers away  that she has to walk to get draw water from.She  lives only for the survival  of her children and her husband, the sun beating on her back, her husband being mildly abusive. (The portrayal of African men is another issue that needs to be tackled!)   Nobody stops to ask what her ambitions are. What does she want?   She loves her family, she will move the earth to provide for her family,..but what does she want to achieve for herself?   How possible is it that she will see these ambitions to fruition?   As a modern African woman living …

Tukiya and Sekayi – MaFashio

  Tukiya (Kii) and Sekayi (Khayi), two fashion bloggers from Zambia caught my eye a while back, first from the quirky name of their blog, but most of all their eye-catching ensembles and how they have taken to the Zambian fashion world like ducks to water. With frequent swap meets and featuring at numerous fashion events..I’m keeping my eye on these girls! What do you celebrate abut being a woman? That I’m a woman in an age when women have more choice and respect than ever before. – Tukiya   What do you wish other women knew? That they have the potential to have a great positive influence, on the world, and each other.  – Sekayi    How do you express yourself creatively? Tukiya loves to write poetry and wardrobe styling, while Sekayi is more into trying new and interesting looks, with make-up, drawing inspiration from literally everything and using Tukiya as her guinea-pig. 🙂 How are you making a difference in the world? We try to use our position in the fashion industry to help those …

Sherida

Sherida

  Sherida caught my eye with a blogpost and in the picture she is wearing the heck out of some red lipstick. (Dont believe me? Check out her her google + ). She is an incredible graphic designer who does some thought provoking work.   What do you celebrate about being a woman?   As shallow as it may sound, I celebrate our bodies. It is a fascinating phenomenon to me. I believe we posses the most beautiful art form in nature to call our own. Every inch of our bodies is deliberate and carved in such a way that we can give life, nurture and protect.   What do you wish other women knew?   That there is room for more of us at the top. The catty competitiveness that is often promoted within women (by both sexes) is not an example of human progress and definitely not attractive. We ought to inspire and uplift each other not pin ourselves against one another. The beauty that comes from being in a female friendship is overwhelming and …