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Africa Fashion Week London 2015 From The Lens Of Glenn Osei-Gyimah

UK-based photographer Glenn Osei-Gyimah documents the best looks from Africa Fashion Week London 2015.

Part catwalk, part exhibition, Africa Fashion Week London returned over the weekend to spotlight work from some of the best African and African-inspired designers in the UK and beyond. Founded by Ronke Ademiluyi– the same British-Nigerian lawyer-turned-entrepreneur behind Africa Fashion Week Nigeria– the event touts itself as "Europe's largest catwalk event of African and African-inspired design." This year's edition took place over the course of two days at Olympia London, with 100+ participating designers and brands. Prior to the event, Maggie Smith, a 20-year-old model and receptionist of Ugandan and Scottish heritage, was selected as "The Face of AFWL 2015."


London-based photographer Glenn Osei-Gyimah was on hand to document some of the best looks at this year's African Fashion Week London. Osei-Gyimah touched on the significance of covering the event in an email to Okayafrica:

"Since it was first launched back in 2011, this has been my third Africa Fashion Week in a row. I've seen it move from the Old Truman Brewery to its home of the last two years at the Olympia in Kensington. That move is pretty symbolic to the growth of this event; as is expected of it, that it continues to get bigger, not only with the number of designers taking part, but also the people who travel from different parts of the world to be a part of it. Hopefully to those who are not too familiar with this event and to those who wished that they could have made it, the images shown here can give you the perspective of being a part of Europe's largest catwalk event of African and African-inspired design and to help it continue to grow."

Glenn Osei-Gyimah is on Instagram and Twitter.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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