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.

Photo courtesy of 1-54/SUTTON.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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