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Anthony Joshua, Gus Casely-Hayford, Kenya King and More Receive UK's Highest Honors

These extraordinary people were recently appointed OBEs and CBEs by the Queen.

It's #Goals month here at OkayAfrica, and we're celebrating aspirational Africans making waves in their respective fields with an emphasis on sports and athleticism, in conjunction with the 2018 World Cup.

Just in time for this month's theme, Queen of England has released her bi-annual Honors List, which awards some of the UK's most accomplished citizens with the highest honors.

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Louis Philippe de Gagoue. Photo courtesy of the artist.

NextGen: Louis Philippe de Gagoue Is the Dynamic Photographer Who Thrives Off of Spontaneity

Meet the Cameroonian-Ivorian photographer who's creating forward thinking editorials on his own terms.

This week, we'll be publishing short profiles, essays and interviews on the theme of "Afrofutures". Together these stories will be a deep dive into the way African and diaspora thinkers, technologists and artists view a future for Africans in the world and outside of it.

Take a look at our introduction to Afrofuturism here, with the second edition of the conversation here.

We'll highlight and celebrate young, leading talents who already put into practice what a future with black people look like through their work in the return of our profile series, 'NextGen.'

Cameroonian-Ivorian photographer, stylist and art director, Louis Philippe de Gagoue, has an eye whose work has landed him in Vogues across the world, France's L'Officiel, Elle, Nylon, Dubai's Brownbook and Germany's Blonde.

For de Gagoue, fashion has no borders. His portfolio is a unique blend of his African heritage alongside the Western and Far Eastern worlds. He's often described as vibrant, quirky and cool. His aesthetic is unbounded; it's home to culturally loaded settings, androgyny, jarring colors and compositions. We, the viewers, are transported to his imagination—his work offers a sort of escapism.

Though signed to Paris's notable Artsphere agency, he bounces from France to Cameroon to Ivory Coast to Morocco and celebrates not having citizenship to a Western country, for when he is famous, "No one will be able to disassociate him from the African continent."

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Art by Bart Cooper.

#OkayAfroFutures: 25 Otherworldly Works of Art By Our Readers

These Afrofuturistic pieces, from our talented readers, will leave you in awe.

As we round out Afrofutures month here at OkayAfrica, we want to take the time to highlight some of the most imaginative and forward-thinking visual artists in our sphere: our readers.

We sent out a social media call-out, asking artists to submit their best afrofuturisitc artwork using the hashtag #OkayAfroFutures and the results were—in true aforfuturistic fashion—simply otherworldly.

We received over 100 entries, showcasing the creative talents of our readers across the diaspora and we've selected 25 to feature in the gallery below.

You'll find some of our favorite submissions, along with the artists' handle below. Be sure to keep up with your faves on Instagram and be sure to follow the #OkayAfroFutures hashtag on both Instagram and Twitter to see more mind-bending visual art.

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