OKUN: Africa Inspired Beachwear

Wandering through Covent Garden recently, my eye was caught by a new store setting up with fabulous yellow print wallpaper and the name OKUN, which I knew was a Yoruba word. Intrigued I popped in to find out more. ÒKUN (which means ocean) is a new London-based, Nigerian owned fashion brand producing male beachwear. The original designs are inspired by African prints such as Congolese Kuba, Ghanian Adinkra, … Continue reading OKUN: Africa Inspired Beachwear

Ty Tys: Ties With A Stylish Africa Inspired Twist

Wonder if I am the first person who has been inspired to write a style post after watching The Book of Mormon?! Mormon missionaries definitely rock a distinctive street style that can be spotted a mile off with their precise partings, white short-sleeved shirts and dark ties. In Book of Mormon there is a style twist which made me think of a cool company I … Continue reading Ty Tys: Ties With A Stylish Africa Inspired Twist

centre: Ira Mandela Siobhan (Dancing Elegbara). Seated left-right: Noma Dumezweni (Yemaya), Michelle Asante (Oya) and Naana Agyei-Ampadu (Oshun)

London Theatre to Watch Now: Feast at the Young Vic

There’s a great production called Feast currently on at the Young Vic. Yoruba mythology in Nigeria is the starting point of the show, which then weaves a path through the diaspora showing how Yoruba traditions travelled and adapted across time and continents via the Atlantic slave trade to the present day. All packed into a 90-minute multi-media extravaganza of song, dance and a live chicken! It’s a … Continue reading London Theatre to Watch Now: Feast at the Young Vic

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World’s Best Department Store, Selfridges Showcases Nigerian Fashion

When I heard about Ndani, a Nigerian fashion pop-up at Selfridges, I was keen to check it out because  A) I practically live in Selfridges  B) I don’t recall ever seeing any African country in the style spotlight to a mainstream audience C) It’s just lovely to see something different. The “tribal” trend is a perennial fashion favourite but very rarely (ever?) is there any … Continue reading World’s Best Department Store, Selfridges Showcases Nigerian Fashion

World Travel Market Street Style

Last week was spent promoting Cameroon Tourism at World Travel Market, the leading annual event for the global travel industry attracting nearly 50,000 participants from around the world.  I could discuss the latest travel trends and technological innovations but have decided instead to focus on the far more important issue of style. Do love seeing people in their national dress. Here’s my pick of the … Continue reading World Travel Market Street Style

JC Penney Announces Collaboration with Michelle Obama fave, Nigerian Designer, Duro Olowu

Forget H&M collaboration this, and Top Shop collaboration that, finally here’s a masstige collection I’m really excited about. The American chain J C Penney has just announced that its next designer collaboration will be with London-based, Nigerian designer, Duro Olowu.  The collection will include womenswear, stationery and accessories by Iris Apfel, with prices between $10 and $100. The bad news is that JC Penney is … Continue reading JC Penney Announces Collaboration with Michelle Obama fave, Nigerian Designer, Duro Olowu

Barbie and Ken Get Married Nigerian Style

I just love this – the attention to detail is ridiculous.  Inspired by a Barbie themed fashion shoot in Italian Vogue, London-based, wedding photographer, Obi Nwokedi created this intricate tableaux of a traditional Nigerian Yoruba wedding. Not surprisingly it took five months to complete. See the full set of pictures here. Continue reading Barbie and Ken Get Married Nigerian Style