OkayAfrica's 100 Women
Photo by Darren Bandeira

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.


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

Photo by Victor Raison

Photo by Victor Raison

Photo by Victor Raison

Photo by Victor Raison

Photo by Victor Raison

Photo by Victor Raison

Photo by Kofi Anokye

Photo by Kofi Anokye

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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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