Arts + Culture

In Conversation with Ivorian Artist Laetitia Ky on Building Whimsical Hair Sculptures and Confidence

We catch up with Ivorian artist Laetitia Ky on her natural hair journey, Afrofuturism, building confidence and more.

Hair is not an unlikely creative medium. After all, we style our hair into cascading spirals, intricate braids and sleek, bone straight tresses at will. We wear afros like halos, cornrows as crowns, locs like ropes that hold the history of our past, present and future. Yes, we have always used hair as an artistic expression, designing our kinky, coily, curly or straight strands into masterpieces.

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Literature

NextGen: Congolese Author Sandra Uwiringiyimana Writes to Keep the African Spirit Alive

The 22-year-old survivor of the Gatumba massacre shares her perspective of Afrofuturism with OkayAfrica in 'NextGen.'

DIASPORAOver the course of July 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. 

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Video

Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna’s 'LOYALTY.' is an Afrofuturistic Love Story on Devotion and Invincibility

“LOYALTY.” is sprinkled with afrofuturistic ideas, which is both delightful and surprising as it blossoms into a sci-fi love story.

“Loyalty” landed just in time for OkayAfrica’s conclusion of our month-long exploration of afrofuturism.

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