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These African-Inspired Prom Looks Are Giving Us Life

Teens from the diaspora are owning prom season with these African-inspired designs.

DIASPORA—Prom season 2017 is in full effect, and much like last year—and in 2015, when New Jersey design student, Kyemah McEntyre, debuted her internet-stopping dashiki-style gown—some of the most stunning looks this year have been African-inspired ensembles.


Teens from the diaspora are rocking these statement ensembles to standout on prom day—of course—but many are also donning them in order to show pride in their heritage.

From mermaid dresses to matching top and bottom sets, young prom-goers are proving that you really can’t go wrong with bold wax print, vibrant kente cloth and a well-tailored design.

We’ve scoped social media for some of the best African-style prom looks so far. Check them out below.

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This beautiful young lady approached us 3 weeks ago and said i quote " i am Haitian living in connecticut i want to look like an African Queen and SLAY at my prom" that was all the brief we needed. So we modified the ENYA dress and gave her a mermaid skirt with a looooong train. http://www.stylesafrik.co.uk/product/enya-one-shoulder-patchwork-dress/ We think @shine_ika_ looked absolutely amazing such a Royal Queen with her King wearing the Matching male accesory set. Do you think we met the brief? To customise your Enya dress pls.send us a DM or email to info@stylesafrik.co.uk. #occasionwear #Africanprintdress #ankaraprintstyles #ankaradesigns #guba #akwaaba #missghanauk #africanprintdress #slay #slayed #bridesmaiddresses #straplessdress #africanbridesmaids #africanbride #kentebride #kenteprintdress #kentecloth #guba #fashionbloggers #ASOS #ocassionwear #akwaabauk #redcarpet #oscars #couturedresses #prom2017 #promdress #bridesmaids #kentebride #ghanabrides #prom2k17 #promslayage2k17

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Had to do it for the culture🇳🇬

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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