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
The headscarf goes by many names in Africa. They call it the “gele” in Nigeria, the “duku” in Ghana and the “Kilemba” in East Africa. In South Africa they call it the “doek” and after many years in which its use was confined to the periphery, its now back in the mainstream with a bang – with a little nod to American rapper Birdman.
Global Ovations has named Ghanaian model, Victoria Michaels, as the brand ambassador for the 2016 Mercedes Benz African Fashion Festival.
Pope Francis delivered a speech during yesterday’s Mass in Kenya, wearing a unique #MadeinKenya robe, specially made for him by Nairobi based Dolly Craft Sewing Project. The project made two chasubles for the pope and more than 2,600 garments for the priests, bishops and other religious officials
She’s South Africa’s first working albino model, a film actress and TV personality. A powerhouse who has not let her skin condition define her path towards her dreams, she is also our woman crush this Wednesday. Refilwe Modiselle had a chat with TIA’s Khanyo Mjamba about her successes, ideas of beauty and the bright future
TIA’s Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire looks at the prevalence of African Wear in East and West Africa and concludes that the law and political attitudes in Uganda and Kenya discourage the wearing of African clothes harsher than in Nigeria and Ghana
“All you wear is ‘Native’?” “You don’t wear ‘regular’ clothes?” “Why don’t you wear English clothing?” I wear African attire all the time and these are questions I’m asked in Lagos, Nigeria, where men wear English suits with neckties in the blazing sun. Why?
Despite African and African-inspired attire being all the rage and trending internationally, Africans in America can still be refused entry to nightclubs because of their attire. “Isn’t African dress equal in all respects to European dress?,” asks one writer.