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100 Women: Delphine Diallo and Abrima Erwiah Share With Us the Power of Collaboration

Ghanaian/Ivorian-American fashion business woman, Delphine Diallo and French-Senagalese artist, Abrima talk the fruits of their collaboration in the fashion and visual arts industries.

Ghanaian/Ivorian-American co-founder and co-creative director of Studio 189, Abrima Erwiah, and French-Senegalese visual artist, photographer and activist, Delphine Diallo, let us in on a passionate talk about their recent business collaboration ventures.

These two women are an inspiring example of what harvests when two hardworking, creative African women come together in the name of women empowerment and love for Africa and the diaspora.


With Studio 189, in conjunction with her business partner, Rosario Dawson, Erwiah showcases and sells fashionable items while spreading African pride and female empowerment with every seam and on every runway. Diallo's masterful photography captures the essence of femininity, and shows the many qualities of women; that they can be warriors, mothers, and leaders at the same time. It is no wonder that two are a perfect match.

In their interview, Diallo and Erwiah lightly touch on their business chemistry, and explain what brought about their partnership in the fashion and photography industry. Diallo expresses how the two have a shared interest in telling stories with their products and how many artist fall short on providing real meaning behind what they produce. In the video, the duo ultimately shares that the secret to success and change is not by posting and creating art without substance, but by making art that comes alive and has the ability to change hearts and minds, and resonate with the soul.

We will be looking forward to more work produced by Diallo and Erwiah but in the meantime, view the full interview below. You can find other inspirational African women from our 100 ground-breaking African women list here.



Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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