Daniel Obasi's Afrofuturistic Fashion Film Shows How Wax Print Can Still Be Edgy

"An Alien In Town" follows two humans who stumble upon an alien and show it the Lagos way of living.

Last year, OkayAfrica highlighted Daniel Obasi, Nigerian stylist and art director, as one to watch in the "NextGen" series—which featured an array of young Africans putting into practice what Afrofuturism truly stands for through their work.

His latest project, in collaboration with Vlisco and A White Space Creative Agency, is a strong start of a year of exciting work we're looking forward to see from him.


An Alien In Town is a short fashion film that "follows two stylishly clad humans who take on the responsibility of teaching a new found alien how to fit within the Lagos metropolis."

Featuring designs from Tokyo James and Abiola Olusola using Vlisco's special collection, the 5-minute film is a simple, yet beautiful execution of a futuristic vision of Lagos paired with vintage elements and cinematography. For Obasi to partner with Vlisco for this project, a brand that is nostalgic for many West Africans who grew up customizing clothes with their wax prints, shows the overarching juxtaposition of the old meets the new.

The designs featured in An Alien In Town show how wax prints can still be edgy, youthful and cool. Though challenging to pull off, Obasi does that vision justice in this film.

Watch An Alien In Town below. For more on what inspired the film, watch Obasi's interview with Vlisco here.

Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kofi Annan, Has Died

The celebrated Ghanaian humanitarian and the first black African to serve as head of the UN, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

Kofi Annan, the seventh UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away on Saturday morning following a brief illness. "His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during the last days," read a family statement. He was 80.

Annan was the first black African to serve as head of the United Nations, holding the prestigious position from 1997 to 2006. He was lauded for his global humanitarian work, eventually earning Annan and the UN a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for "their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

Annan was head of the UN during the onslaught of the Iraq War, proving to be one of the most challenging global events to occur under his time as Secretary General and one of the most divisive of the early 21st century. "I think the worst moment of course was the Iraq war, which as an organization we couldn't stop—and I really did everything I can to try to see if we can stop it," he said in 2006.

Annan was also the founder of the Kofi Annan foundation and chairman of The Elders, an international humanitarian organization of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela.

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Janet Jackson Returns With Afrobeats-Inspired Song & Video 'Made For Now' Featuring Daddy Yankee

The icon's latest is a nod to the sound, fashion and culture of the diaspora.

Ms. Jackson is back.

The iconic artist returns with her first single since the release of her 2015 album Unbreakable, and it's a timely nod to the "made for now" influence of afrobeats fashion, sound and culture.

On "Made For Now," which features Puerto Rican reggaeton titan Daddy Yankee, Janet Jackson does what she's done successfully so many times throughout her decades-long career: provide an infectious, party-worthy tune that's fun and undeniably easy to dance to. "If you're living for the moment, don't stop," Jackson sings atop production which fuses dancehall, reggaeton and afrobeats.

The New York-shot music video is just as lively, filled with eye-catching diasporic influences, from the wax-print ensembles and beads both Janet and her dancers wear to the choreographed afrobeats-tinged dance numbers, which see the dancers hitting the Shoki at one point in the video. The train of dancers travel throughout the streets of Brooklyn, taking over apartment buildings and rooftops with spirited moves.

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You Need to Hear Juls' New Single 'Saa Ara'


New hip-hop and highlife grooves from the celebrated UK-based Ghanaian producer.

By merging the diverse influence of growing up in Accra and East London, Juls has managed to cultivate a hybrid afrobeats style that has set him apart from the rest.

For his latest single, "Saa Ara," he teams up with award-winning rapper Kwesi Arthur and gifted lyricist Akan.

The brilliant fusion of vintage highlife instrumentals and booming hip-hop beats, along with Kwesi Arthur's lively chorus and Akan's fiery delivery gives the song a very spiritual and classical feel.

Soothe your soul this weekend with these tasteful sounds from Juls.

Listen to "Saa Ara" by Juls featuring Kwesi Arthur and Akan below.

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