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Africa Nouveau Style: 14 Looks From Nairobi's Flyest New Festival

The inaugural Africa Nouveau Festival brought out some of the flyest looks in Nairobi.

Photos by Darlyne Komukama


Last weekend saw the inaugural edition of Nairobi's Africa Nouveau, a two-day festival of music, food, art and fashion at the Ngong Racecourse. "Africa Nouveau proved itself a pan-continental channel for the social and political aspirations of young people," wrote our on-the-ground correspondent Kampire Bahana. In addition to showcasing some of the most futuristic sounds on the Continent– including Fantasma, Boddhi Satva, DJ Satelite, Jojo Abot, Just A Band, Muthoni The Drummer Queen and Okayafrica's very own stage curated by DJ Cortega– the festival brought out some of the flyest looks in Nairobi.

Above, we take a look at the styles of Africa Nouveau from the lens of Kampala-based photographer Darlyne Komukama. Look out for a few familiar faces like Ghanaian songstress and stylist Jojo Abot and Papa Petit of the Kenyan brother-and-sister creative duo 2manysiblings.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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