OkayAfrica's 100 Women
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100 Women: OkayAfrica's Vibrant New Capsule Collection Is Here

Our new Ghanaian-made limited edition collection features vibrant kimonos, headwraps and obi belts in collaboration with 100 Women honoree Abrima Erwiah.

Throughout the month of March, OkayAfrica has celebrated the contributions of African women across the diaspora through our annual 100 Women list. The month is coming to a close, but we're still not done celebrating.

Today we present our 100 Women Capsule Collection in collaboration with 2018 honoree Abrima Erwiah of renowned New York and Accra-based fashion house Studio 189, who drew inspiration from women across the African diaspora to create her vibrant, fluid designs.

"All of the items are made by hand—hand-batiked in Ghana," says Erwiah. "The fabrics are very colorful and the prints are tropical. The reason we liked to do that is because it's consistent with the idea of the global African narrative. I like to imagine a world where you can see a tree or a flower and you can see it just as well in the Caribbean, Ghana, South America or LA. It's further proving that we're all connected."


The three-piece capsule includes patterned kimonos, head wraps, and obi belts, each designed in colorful, earthy fabrics all crafted in Ghana.

This collection was conceived with the African woman of the world in mind—the many women who work, wake, and wander finding their likeness in communities throughout the continent and diaspora. It's the effortlessness of a patterned layer Kimono, the accent of an Obi belt, and the command of a seamlessly tied headwrap that makes this collection unequivocally our own.

Check out the collection below, along with some behind the scenes images of the production process. We hope you enjoy the collection just as much as we enjoyed brining it to life.

SHOP OKAYAFRICA'S 100 WOMEN CAPSULE COLLECTION HERE.

Red & white leaf kimono and obi belt.Photo by Darren Bandeira

Navy & turquoise leaf kimono and 'camo' obi belt.Photo by Darren Bandeira

Black & white leaf kimono and obi belt.Photo by Darren Bandeira

Pink, navy & green leaf kimono and 'camo' obi belt.Photo by Darren Bandeira

Navy, turquoise & white kimono and 'camo' obi belt.Photo by Kofi Anokye

Navy & turquoise pineapple headwrap. Photo by Kofi Anokye

Red & white pineapple headwrap. Photo by Kofi Anokye

Turquoise & white pineapple headwrap.Photo by Kofi Anokye

Navy & blue pineapple headwrap.Photo by Kofi Anokye

The Making Of

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Photo by Victor Raison

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Photo by Victor Raison

Photo by Kofi Anokye

Photo by Kofi Anokye

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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