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Wizkid Made His Runway Debut Over the Weekend & Folks Couldn't Get Enough

Who knew Starboy could slay a catwalk like this?

Not only is Wizkid an international pop star, but it looks like the Nigerian artist may also have a serious future in modeling—who knew?

Starboy was in Milan, Italy over the weekend, where he graced Dolce & Gabana's SS19 menswear catwalk, alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell, who has been increasingly and vocally supportive of all things afrobeats and Nigerian culture, since she visited the country back in April. British-Nigerian rapper Tinie Tempah also hit the runway during the show.

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Industrie Africa Is the New Platform To Discover Top African Designers

The digital showroom launched June 1 and goes beyond highlighting trends.

Named the "Wikipedia of African Fashion" by Vogue, Industrie Africa is a new digital showroom featuring African designers.

The website was launched on June 1 by Nisha Kanabar and Georgia Bobley who wanted to create an online platform that reflected the growing diversity of designers across the continent. The platform currently has over 80 designers from 24 different countries. Speaking about her motivations for creating the site, Kanabar said to Vogue's Chioma Nnadi, "People often view African fashion as a trend that comes in waves and it's so much more than that." The site goes beyond highlighting trends to creating an online archive for brands across the continent.

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NextGen: Nsimba Valene Lontanga Is Using Art Direction and Trend Research to Highlight Africa's Diversity

The Congolese art director, fashion designer and entrepreneur is on a mission to foster the power African creatives already have.

This week, we published short profiles, essays and interviews on the theme of "Afrofutures". Together these stories were 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've highlighted and celebrated 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.'

Nsimba Valene Lontanga is an art director, fashion designer, trend forecaster and entrepreneur hailing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The bombshell intriguingly holds many hats. She has launched a line based in Ghana, Libaya, lingala for 'women's top' and more recently, Fofa, "an online database offering an archive of trailblazers influencing the African narrative."

Lontanga's love of fashion unsurprisingly comes from a Congolese upbringing in which her parents placed a heavy emphasis on how they dressed and presented themselves. She was raised in the Netherlands and has always had a desire to create. Lontanga began painting to reflect an Africa she was proud of. Later, she studied trend research and concept design and decided to do a project related to trend forecasting on the African continent. It is through her research that she discovered creatives telling stories pertaining to the Africa she always imagined. Everything naturally progressed from here.

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