The debut collection from UK-based label Ife’s Closet, is inspired by Nichelle Gainier’s 2014 book ‘Vintage Black Glamour‘.
The label which launched earlier this year is inspired by the label’s founder Onyiye Chukwu who states in a recent blog post,
‘My muse for this collection is the woman on the go. Being a recent mum, I need clothes that are unique and easy to wear and that is what this collection represents. A classic bit of quirk.’
The collection is a juxtaposition of ‘classic silhouettes, laid-back style, West African prints and a sprinkling of vintage glamour’. All production is done between the UK and Nigeria. Check out some of our favorite pieces below:
‘Nobody But Me’ is the new single from Tanzanian recording artist and songwriter Vanessa Mdee (Vee Money). The song, which is in part Swahili, is her 5th release, was shot in Johannesburg by Justin Campos. The track also features South African rapper K.O.
Growing up, Mdee has lived in New York, Paris, Nairobi and Arusha. She was recently signed to act as brand ambassador for Samsung Tanzania. She also made history in 2007 as MTV’s first Tanzania VJ.
Wandy Rafaela is a US based Conceptual artist whose work arises from the exploration of her culture and self identity. Andy spend most of her formative years in Angola and Namibia.
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In a recent interview with Isabelle Edwards of Signed-Isabelle.com, Wanda states that she is hoping ‘to explore Angolan Folklore. We have so much of it that has been expressed but I don’t see enough Angolan conceptual photographers tackling it. It’d be fun and interesting to see where I could end up with this.’
We can’t wait to see what the future will hold for this upcoming photographer. To learn more, visit Wanda Rafaela’s Facebook page.
Three years ago, Yaa Nyamekye, Canada based Ghanaian, set out on a journey to become a presenter and TV host.
She’s achieved her aim since then interviewing the likes of Sandra Appiah and Isaac Babu- Boateng (Co – founders of face2faceafrica.com), Ghanaian Radio/TV/Event Host Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD) , Nacy , leader of No Tribe , a Ghanaian Gospel Group , actors Nana Ama McBrown and Kojo Nkansah (Lil Win) , and saxophonist Steve Bedi , amongst other influential celebrities/public figures.
Nyamekye is working on a new project; she calls ‘A New Africa’.
“‘A New Africa’ is a show that is dedicated to inspiring young professionals to create and motivate change on the continent of Africa by discussing relevant and current issues pertaining to the continent. The show also aims to uncover the truth and educate.”
The idea was proposed to her by her brother, Nana Bediako and friend, Yaw Tony. Initially, she thought of ‘Let’s Talk Africa’ as the name of the show, only to realize upon research that it’s been taken. She settled on ‘A New Africa’ with a panel of young professionals.
She knows there are other shows with the same theme but says her show is different, “There are many shows out there that discuss current events on the continent, but how many shows have a cast of young professionals, each individual with different perspectives expressing their views, and uncovering ways through which we can make a real difference in our homeland.”
“By bringing young people together to discuss what’s going on in the continent, the aim is to motivate change, and put Africa in a new light. For centuries the continent has been seen as a “country” filled with poor savages. The concept of the continent has been misconstrued; I am hoping that through this show, a new and better understanding of the continent can be created.” She adds.
The show will premiere on her Youtube account in the coming months and hoping that it gets shown on major media platforms.
Born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada to Ghanaian parents, Yaa holds a degree in Business Marketing from Algonquin College, Canada.
Her mantra in life? “Passions and dreams should not be pushed away and looked at as hobbies or goals that may never be accomplished. Instead, each day should be used to working towards making those dreams a reality because those dreams can and will be accomplished. “
She is aiming for excellence just like her mentors: her mother, Gifty Gyamfi , CEO of GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement) Awards , Dentaa Amoateng , Prophet (Dr.)
Cindy Trimm , Sandra Appiah , co-founder , face2faceafrica.com and Media mogul , Oprah Winfrey.
Blitz the Ambassador is known for bridging the gap between African popular sounds and American Soul. Recently he unveiled the release of his forthcoming EP Diasporadical and the debut of his new short film Juju Girl, both of which are due to drop in April. The film is set in 1960’s Ghana, the decade that saw Kwame Nkrumah appointed as the country’s first elected president. It was also a time when Dance highlife ruled the airwaves.
This is not the first time that Blitz has work on a film project. In 2008, he worked on the soundtrack for award winning PBS short, The Bronx Princess.
Juju Girl also stars model YaaSoulRebel. Check out some of the imagery below:
‘Nigerians in New York’ is an ongoing portrait series by self confessed ‘Renaissance Woman’ and photographer Cheeks. Cheeks runs ‘Cheeks In the big City‘, a blog full of images and blurbs illustrating her ‘journey to self discovery and life experiences’
Check out the images and description from the project below:
Relocating to New York from Nigeria was a bittersweet feeling for me. On one hand, I was excited to be trying something new and different. On the other, I was afraid of trying something new and different. After three years of constant struggle, I am starting to find a balance in this new life which is not so strange anymore. This experience inspired me to embark on a portrait series which I have titled NYgerians. I reached out to some wonderful Nigerians on social media and they were more than happy to take part. We discussed extensively, the stories behind our transitions and how it had contributed to our self discovery. I could feel a sense of pride in their mannerisms, listen to the awareness of their thoughts and see determination in their eyes. We connected based on our similar experiences and it was fun to talk to people that can relate.
‘Afro-Juba’ is a hair editorial shoot ‘inspired and dedicated to the games that defined our childhood’. All images were shot by Contemporary Kenyan photographer Osbourne Macharia. The games illustrated in the editorial (titled with their Swahili names) are BRIKICHO (Hide and Seek), CHA MAMA (Girls role playing as mothers and wives), DUF MPARARO (Skinny dipping in tadpole infested water) and MUWINDO (Hunting for Quails and ather smaller birds using a slingshot).
Our new obsession is a the new British comedic web series ‘Housemates’ written by Monique Needham. Led by an all female cast, the show follows the experiences and living situations of a group of twenty-somethings (Mya, Chenayi, Jade, Michelle and Zara). New episodes are uploaded every Wednesday on the Brother’s with no game channel on Youtube. There are also shorter teaser episodes on Sundays. Check out the first episode and the first webisode below: