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
The viral videos and recent #MyDressMyChoice protest highlighted the problem of men stripping women in public for dressing in ways they disapprove of. Njoki Wamai explains the invisible line that runs through Nairobi regarding “unacceptable” hemlines
An exhibition in Lagos highlights the importance of aso-oke, the premier fabric in Yoruba land. Artist Tunde Owolabi spoke to Oris Aigbokhaevbolo about the importance of preserving culture and associated skills before the Chinese get involved.
Kenyans are to protest against the stripping of a woman at a bus stop on Monday. Led by Facebook group Kilimani Mums, many have taken to Twitter to condemn the act under the hash tag #MyDressMyChoice
It was a shock to see the president in suit and tie, and surprising that it suited him better than the voluminous gowns he is more at home in
The fuss about female pop artists like Nigerian Tiwa Savage posing semi-nude in their music videos or displaying their bodies in public raises some important questions: do women own their own bodies? And why do men feel the need to police female sexuality?
“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.