Monday, 02 March 2015 23:13 Published in Society

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I feel like an alien when I go home, and it’s heart-breaking. Before my grandmother passed away, communicating with her was near impossible. There was a basic level of understanding between us, through use of emphatic gesturing and my parents and cousins acting as intermediaries. But those tender moments, those truly powerful moments that you can only get when you spend quality time one-on-one with somebody, I missed out on with my grandmother. Why? She couldn’t speak English. And I couldn’t speak her language, Twi...

Monday, 24 November 2014 12:30 Published in Fashion & Beauty

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The African continent is blessed with ample natural resources, more so than anywhere else on earth. It is because of this that there remains a sharper focus on investing in the extractive industries. An understandable play. However, this focus often comes at the expense of Africa’s creative business potential. Even within cultural norms, young Africans are encouraged to follow careers in engineering, medicine, and accounting (the drill is now obvious), leaving the more creative and artistically-inclined professions deprioritised.

I’ve dedicated much of my life to advocating for the promotion, protection and renaissance of African artistry  its creativity, music, fashion, style, and every other element behind what truly is the genesis of African expression and image-based representation. What we wear isn’t just about looking good; what we wear is a silent (but very tumultuous) statement about one’s self, one’s heritage and one's way of life. In fact, fashion is one of the most poignant cultural storytellers of all time, innately descriptive of our nature, nurture, and state of being. Fashion is a grand ambassador that unaidedly speaks the most epic of universal languages, capable of influencing and positioning societies worldwide.

So, if fashion is a language, with a high-powered voice, whose tune is it singing in Africa?

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