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Interview: If you are passionate about the new Africa then wear African-made fashion
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Lifestyle Interview: If you are passionate about the new Africa then wear African-made fashion

Kenyan fashion house KikoRomeo under its visionary founder and Head Designer Ann McCreath has helped put African fashion on the map for more than twenty years. KikoRomeo, is the biggest name in fashion in Kenya, McCreath’s adopted home, and the brand just had its best showing yet at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg. In her first ever interview with This Is Africa, McCreath opens up about her brand’s continental ambitions, the state of the fashion industry in Africa and why leaders on the continent really need to start walking the talk when it comes to promoting “brand Africa”

The Salooni Project: Black women’s hair through the past and into the present and future
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Lifestyle The Salooni Project: Black women’s hair through the past and into the present and future

‘What practices of self-care and love have been replicated and shared by black girls and women in the styling and braiding of their hair? What collective and individual traumas have we endured and perpetuated as a result of rejection from western hegemonic cultures, and in our own attempts to conform and survive a world in which beauty standards are dictated by Caucasian culture?’ These are some of the themes that the makers of the Salooni multi-disciplinary art project are exploring

Bits of Borno – the region’s resilience celebrated in photographs
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Lifestyle Bits of Borno – the region’s resilience celebrated in photographs

Since the rise of Boko Haram, the media have painted a picture of Borno State in Nigeria as a place of death and destruction. Photojournalist Fati Abubakar, however, is using social media to challenge perceptions about her hometown. In ‘Bits of Borno’, her acclaimed online photo series, she documents the resilience of ordinary people in difficult times. Enajite Efemuaye caught up with her to talk about the power of visual storytelling, her love for photographing children and what media attention means for her work.

The This Is Africa website launch: How we threw the party of the year in Nairobi
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Lifestyle The This Is Africa website launch: How we threw the party of the year in Nairobi

Ain’t no party like a This Is Africa website launch party! Just ask everyone in Nairobi where last week, This Is Africa put together the launch of the year to roll out our new-look website and debut the French version of the site. The launch was so ridiculously well attended our hosts, Nairobi’s swankiest new spot the Radisson Blu, had to make adjustments to contain the overflow. We’d love to tell you that the who’s who of Nairobi’s media, entertainment, civil society and industry attended the launch but why do that when we show you? Have a look for yourself