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Experiencing an enormous appetite for African Fashion Trends

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Africa, home to seven of the fastest growing economies in the world is developing at a massive pace and about 70 percent of the population live in countries that have experienced average growth in excess of 4% over the past decade. From app creation, hydrogen cell vehicles and prominent personalities.

According to Deola Sagoe, one of Nigeria’s finest designers, African Fashion Industry currently contributes only a small fraction of what it is capable of contributing to the continent’s GDP. Let us face it, African Fashion is experiencing massive media presence, which means the world is completely aware of the Industry and its talented designers. In essence, the Fashion Industry is fresh, innovative and extremely vibrant. African Fashion has shifted from being traditionally oriented to become quite stylish, classy and very trendy. Globally, our outfits are well-worn for its outstanding prints.

Fashion is part of our daily life and if you are looking for the most popular African eye catchy outfits, please take some time to get familiarized with different trending African Fashion styles for event, occasion and daily activities.

  1. Dashiki:

It’s more than just a loose unisex, fitting, colorful, traditional, cotton, v-neck Shirt which goes along with Skirts, Pants, Leggings and Shorts, but importantly, it’s perfect for the hot humid weather in most African countries. Dashiki dresses are handmade products and it has been around and will clearly stick around for a long while. It’s very smart, chic, stylish, comfortable, available in different sizes, and cool trending garment worn day and night on various formal and informal occasions. Like many African dresses which have gained popularity, Dashiki still remains the all-time favorite globally. The attire still remains a trendy favorite for many designers and it’s been featured in movies across Africa.

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2. Head Wraps:

African classy and sexy women embrace the idea of Head Wraps which is increasingly popular and trendy. It is very stylish, convenient and easily complement any outfit or accessory. This style is all up in my feelings right now. African Women embracing the African black beauty.

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3. African Blazers:

Our African men are not left out from the Fashion Game. From well clean made Suit to traditional African Blazers. They have initiated the trend for stunning fashion designs. This fashion style struck the chords of peoples’ demands, most especially men within the Entertainment Industry across Africa. “African Man no dey carry last”.

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We are in the time when African fashion is shining with so much magical authenticity and it’s competing with the countries regarded as the fashion empires of the world. At this point, I don’t TINK African Fashion will ever go extinct.

African Fashion Houses are about to give internationally known Fashion Gurus a run for the money.

We Global Now –Citizen of the World

THERE ARE NO LOCAL COMMUNITIES ANYMORE, WE ARE GLOBAL NOW

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Whether we know it or not, a time is coming when we may no longer be referred to as Ghanaian, Nigerian, Egyptian, South African, heck we may no longer be referred to as African. We will then be none as Earthlings or something of that sort. If you read that and chuckled, it means you are human because greatness amuses us in disbelief until it happens. I am not alien myself and as a result, I chuckled the first time this came up but after spotting the trends, its only logical to note that this is set to happen soon.

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Let me highlight a few trends:

1. Growing interconnectedness: who would have thought that today you would seamlessly be in contact with friends and loved ones across the globe? Who would have thought you can be best friends with someone who isn’t from your country? In fact, there was a time that people of different race thought of each other as aliens because the knowledge of someone with a different skin colour was strange.

2. We speak one language: one prerequisite for a community is a generally accepted language. In becoming a global community the world has adopted its own generally accepted language which is Technology. It breaks down the language barrier and allows you to connect easily.

3. Developing Local concepts with global mindset: because we see ourselves as part of something beyond our locality, we ceaselessly develop concepts locally to deliver global impacts e.g the fight against global warming, the war against terrorism, aids, malaria, polio, poverty etc.

4. Implementation of Global policies: a Kenyan will not be affected laws made in Botswana because their laws have boundaries. As global citizens, global laws are boundless and are expected to be upheld through-out the globe.

5. Global Events and awards Recognition: now artists are becoming the more creative as they know that their works, whether art, music, movies and so on, are being monitored globally due to the inclusion of global awards such as the Nobel Peace Prize, Grammy Award, Oscar Awards and so much more.

6. Mergers: global powerhouses/business have begun to merge in order to consolidate efforts to deliver global impacts e.g Shazam and Apple

The world is developing a global culture and everyone everywhere is awakening to the fact that they are part of something bigger than themselves or their locality; they are part of the world. This is why when there is a disaster somewhere in the world everyone rises to offer some level of aid and support because we are all connected.

One day you will no longer have passport with your country’s seal, you will have passport that grants you access to the world.

Are you a Global Citizen? Just TINK about it for a minute

KABAFEST: The gathering of Nigerian creatives up-north

KABAFEST: The gathering of Nigerian creatives up-north

Literature and art has played a key role in preserving and reshaping Nigeria’s diverse culture. It’s always a great seeing events and programs fostering efforts to pass culture down to the next generation. The Kaduna State Government has announced a Kaduna Book and Art Festival (KABAFEST). This initiative is the first of its kind in Kaduna. Working in partnership with the Book Buzz Foundation and Gusau Institute, the Festival promises to be just more than just another exciting gathering for art and book lovers. With a diverse and rich line up of writers and panelists like Toni Kan, Leila Aboulela, Zaynab Alkali, Andrew Walker, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim amongst many others, the 5th – 8th of July has a lot to offer.

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Radio, Nigerian Music and Pop Culture.

IN NIGERIA TODAY, RADIO PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN SHAPING POPULAR CULTURE ESPECIALLY IN THE COUNTRY'S LOCAL MUSIC INDUSTRY. 

The Nigerian music industry has grown into one of the country’s major cultural exports and it continues to gain more international acclaim daily while inspiring trends in many cultural contexts.

Across the Nigeria media, Music plays a key role in local culture, for many millennials and popular culture. From dance, to slangs to lifestyle, music in Nigeria holds down pop culture like no other media. Interestingly the Nigeria media space has turned to embraced tightly new media in a rather commendable way. Being the country with one of the largest active internet engagement in the African continent, one would think the web would by now take over exclusively the shaping of culture and its expressions.

As far music is concerned in Nigeria, internet plays a role but there is a medium in almost every home shaping the industry a little bit more than we may know or admit and that is Radio. Radio has been considered as an effective tool to disseminate various forms of information and has been rated by many to be the most powerful mass media for broadcasting information quickly

Davdio at the Beat Fm, Lagos Christmas Party / Via thenet

Davdio at the Beat Fm, Lagos Christmas Party / Via thenet

The Nigerian Radio space has remained vibrant and activing shaping new and emerging culture in the country’s music industry. Labels, music agencies and artistes still spend big on radio airplay. Radio being a key medium reaching all from the top to the grass root stays dynamic and vital in music distribution till date. In today’s Nigeria, internet penetration has improved citizenship and mass awareness in governance, this may also be seen in music distribution but this has not taken over the key role radio plays in the country. With over 150 active radio stations serving the different regions of the 36 states across the country, this huge number stands bold in the face of TV (Pay and terrestrial) in the country.

With the strong role radio plays in shaping culture in Nigeria it is only easy to see why labels and media agencies spend big on airplay. Success for many artistes and records today still gets measured by airplay. Media tour for many artistes beyond the internet starts and ends with visits and interviews at radio stations, basically due to the medium’s effectiveness.

Beyond radio airplay, radio programs have built artistes and promoted pop culture, enforcing culture through interviews, talk shows, and guest co-hosting by musicians and growing acts. Many Radio houses secondarily are also leveraging the platform in organizing events off-air which prominent features of local music acts,  thereby reinforcing their influence on music culture in the country.

Dance X History

USING BODY LANGUAGE AS AN ART TO CONNECT WITH OUR HISTORY

Amazing how a group of young African (Afro-Mexican)  women living in Oaxaca came up with an initiative to preserve our rich and diverse culture through song and dance ( which is known to be a universal symbol of unity; in that whether or not you understand the lyrics or origin of a song, half the time you still sing along, right?

Afro-Mexicans are Mexicans who have a heritage from Sub-Saharan Africa. They are an ethnic group made up of recent immigrants of African descent to Mexico and the descendants of slaves, such as in the communities of the Costa Chica of Oaxaca and GuerreroVeracruz and in some cities in northern Mexico. The history of blacks in Mexico has been lesser known for a number of reasons: their relatively small numbers, regular intermarriage with other ethnic groups, and Mexico’s tradition of defining itself as a “mestizaje” or mixing culture.

GROUP MEMBER, GETTING READY FOR A PERFORMANCE

GROUP MEMBER, GETTING READY FOR A PERFORMANCE

“Dance really lives in our bodies and the thing that I’ve come to learn, embrace and lift up is that we have history in our bodies that’s living and breathing,” Brown (choreographer & dancer shared. “We have our own individual history but we also have our heritage. Each one of us has our movement language and it’s about tapping into that and pulling that out.”

DANCE GROUP DURING A PERFORMANCE

DANCE GROUP DURING A PERFORMANCE

For many years in Mexico, until 2015, Blacks lived in Mexico for centuries without recognition until 2015, which saw a shift. For the first time in Mexico’s history, its census bureau recognized the country’s Black population in a national survey that put the number of afro Mexicans at approximately, 1.4 million citizens (1.2% of the population) who self-identify as “Afro-Mexican” or “Afro-descendant.”

LEADER OF THE DANCE GROUP, ANAI HERRERA

LEADER OF THE DANCE GROUP, ANAI HERRERA

“All the dances are from Africa’s northeastern region, we chose this area because after researching on the internet, we realized that that’s where the slaves that came from our town came from. Our dance troupe did the research and we learned those dances,” Anai Herrera, one of the lead dancers, said.

STATUE OF OBATALA

STATUE OF OBATALA

“In school, they teach our children about Europeans and indigenous natives, but the history books practically don’t recognize our history.”

What the Obatala dancers have done is to simply raise awareness about the knowledge of afro-Mexicans, and for they in themselves to be a part of the African culture and take deep pride in it; because to be an integral part of something and still not be recognized or talked about is disheartening to say the least, it is subtly saying you don’t exist; imagine being a member of your family but still have to spend years proving and raising awareness of your rights to the family name and other privileged benefits just because your siblings feel you aren’t good enough or sideline you because of hidden leadership and revered skills.